Maine Nixes Pro-Labor Mural

Governor Paul LePage of Maine has decided that the state’s Department of Labor is not projecting the kind of public relations image that will help boost job creation within the Pine Tree State.  Struggling with a rising trend in unemployment, the Governor is attempting to position Maine as a great place for businesses to set up shop thus providing employment for all those out-of-work labor lads and lassies.

But it seems that many potential job providers giving Maine the once over have been put off by the seemingly anti-business ambience exuded within the confines of the DOL’s headquarters building in Augusta.  From the lobby of the DOL, where visitors are greeted by a 36-foot mural depicting labor strikes and union strife, to the eight conference rooms used for business meetings that are all named after notable labor figures, business leaders are failing to feel that pro-business warm and fuzzy welcome.

One email complaint received by the Governor’s office had this to say about the March of Labor mural decorating the DOL’s lobby:

In this mural I observed a figure which closely resembles the former Commissioner of Labor.  In studying the mural, I also observed that this mural is nothing but propaganda to further the agenda of the Union movement. I felt for a moment that I was in communist North Korea where they use these murals to brainwash the masses.  Portland Press Herald

Now, if you were thinking of opening a business in Maine, wouldn’t you want to make sure that you’d be investing capital in a locale where the DOL would give you a fair shake?  Wouldn’t you want to know that the state bureaucracy empowered to ride roughshod over your business operations wouldn’t be eyeing your firm through the prism of a pro-labor lens?

The Governor has ordered the DOL to remove the mural.  And those conference rooms will be getting a more neutral name re-styling.

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