Former Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives Mark Eves.
BERWICK – Former Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives Mark Eves’ campaign for Maine Governor is unionizing, he announced in an email Monday morning. Eves says his campaign is the first in the history of Maine to unionize, and only the third campaign for a governor’s office nationally to do so.
The collective bargaining agreement, which covers pay, hiring and firing and workplace environment among other concerns, comes just after Eves won a straw poll of Maine union workers.
Eves’ statement says the collective bargaining agreement was made between his campaign staff and the Campaign Worker’s Guild.
Erin Murphy’s campaign for Governor of Minnesota has unionized, as well as the campaign of Cathy Glasson for Governor of Iowa.
Eves, the former Speaker of the Maine House, has worked hard in recent months to draw a contrast on issues important to liberal voters between himself and Attorney General Janet Mills, who is widely considered the front runner in the race.
In a recent debate, Eves was critical of Mills’ rating from the NRA when she served as a legislator. Eves has called for the NRA to ‘get out’ of Maine.
Neither Mills or the other Democrat candidates for Governor issued an immediate response to Eves’ announcement that his campaign staff were unionizing.