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LePage: State Reaches Agreement with Union over Laid-off Workers
10/15/2013 06:00 PM ET  

The agreement lays out a concept for dealing with federally-funded state workers who are laid off due to the federal shutdown.

Gov. Paul LePage says he's reached an agreement with the Maine State Employees Association on how to deal with federally-funded state workers who are laid off due to the federal shutdown.

LePage says the union has agreed, in concept, that the state will pay for employees' health benefits during any lay-off period. He says under the agreement, the state would also waive the requirement that workes must search for jobs while they are collecting unemployment. In addition, employees would be paid for any accrued vacation or leave time if the federal government doesn't provide back pay after the shutdown ends.

"We are very pleased that the union came to the table and agreed with our proposals to help our state employees who have been impacted by the federal shutdown," LePage says in a statement. "This is an agreement in concept, but it provides these employees with the security they will need if they get laid off."


 

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