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Co-sponsored bill to give unions access to public employees

Q: Support strengthening the rights of unions?

Sara Gideon: Yes. Co-sponsored Maine House bill to require public employers to grant unions right to meet with and get information on employees. Endorsed by major Maine labor unions.

Susan Collins: No. Voted to advance President Trump's nomination of anti-union lawyer Eugene Scalia to head Department of Labor. Given lowest rating by AFL-CIO for record on labor rights.

Source: CampusElect on 2020 Maine Senate race , Oct 10, 2020

Prioritize needs of small businesses; raise minimum wage

Source: 2020 Maine Senate campaign website SaraGideon.com , Jun 4, 2020

Don't limit tipped workers to half minimum wage

SP 235: An Act To Restore the Tip Credit to Maine's Minimum Wage Law: An employer may consider tips as part of the wages of a service employee, but such a tip credit may not exceed 50% of the minimum hourly wage established in this section.Summary by Associated Building Contractors of Maine: Voters approved a referendum to raise the state's minimum wage gradually to $12 by 2020. Some critics worried about the elimination of the tip credit, which exempted employers from paying tipped workers the minimum wage. This bill restores the tip credit and allows employers to pay tipped employees half the state's minimum wage. It was seen as a compromise for Democrats, who supported the wage increase, and Republicans, who had concerns about what it might mean for certain businesses.

Legislative outcome:Passed Senate 23-12-0; Roll Call #246; Jun/7/17; Passed House 110-37-4; Roll Call #302; Jun/13/17; Rep. Sara Gideon voted YES; Signed by Governor Paul LePage, Jun/23/17

Source: ABCMaine.org on Maine legislative voting record SP 235 , Jun 13, 2017

Restrict employer's access to employee social media accounts

Maine bill HP 640/L.D. 921: An Act To Strengthen the Right of a Victim of Sexual Assault or Domestic Violence To Take Necessary Leave from Employment and To Promote Employee Social Media Privacy.

Summary by Littler-Mendelson P.C.: Maine has now enacted legislation that restricts an employer's ability to demand information regarding an employee's or job applicant's social media account. The Act expressly prohibits employers from requiring or requesting an employee or job applicant provide the employer with the password or other means of accessing his or her social media accounts. Governor LePage attempted to veto 65 bills including the Act. Maine lawmakers argued that the Governor missed the veto deadline; the Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled that all 65 bills had become law.

Legislative outcome:Passed House 83-60-8, Roll Call #136 on 6/2/15; Gideon co-sponsored & voted YES; Passed Senate 35-0-0, Roll Call #127 on 6/3/15; Vetoed by Gov. LePage 7/16/15

Source: Littler.com on Maine legislative voting record HP 640/LD 921 , Jun 2, 2015

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