How Maine’s public university system became one of the biggest threats to worker protections


James Myall, a policy analyst with the Maine Center for Economic Policy, who consulted with Tipping on the overtime bill, said, “They tend to oppose anything that is going to increase costs for them on paper without really thinking about the impacts on their staff or student working conditions.”

“Frankly,” Myall continued, “one of the reasons why they would be well impacted by the overtime bill is because their staff salaries were so low because they hadn’t had raises in a long time.” He added, “It feels to me that they’d be better off making the argument for more appropriations, instead of buying into the austerity mindset.”

Click here to read the full story, first published on October 30, 2019, in Beacon.