- Posted on March 28, 2011 at 6:17pm by Emily Esfahani Smith
After Maine Governor Paul LePage (R) said that a mural adorning the walls of the Department of Labor was biased against businesses and ordered it to be removed, Maine’s Department of Labor quietly took down mural from its walls this past weekend. The mural was initially put up in 2008. Last week, the unions decried the governor’s “mean-spirited” removal of the murals, as The Blaze reported.
“The mural has been removed and is in storage awaiting relocation to a more appropriate venue,” Gov. Paul LePage’s Press Secretary Adrienne Bennett told The Huffington Post. “Workers and employers need to work together to create opportunity for Maine’s 50,000 unemployed. We understand that not everyone agrees with this decision, but the Maine Department of Labor has to be focused on the job at hand.”
The Sun Journal reports, that “Labor Department employees seemed surprised to see [the] mural replaced by bare walls and spackling. Several popped into the waiting area as news about the sudden removal spread.”
AUGUSTA — Gov. Paul LePage has ordered the removal of a 36-foot mural depicting Maine’s labor history from the lobby of the Department of Labor.
Worker advocates described the move as a “mean-spirited” provocation amid the administration’s high-tension standoffwith unions.
Acting labor chief Laura Boyett emailed staff Tuesday about the mural’s pending removal, as well as another administration directive to rename several department conference rooms that carry the names of pro-labor icons such as Cesar Chavez.