Maine’s business community is rallying together again – this time on troubling legislation that seeks to reform Maine’s unemployment insurance (UI) system without active input from Maine employers.
The following organizations are urging individual Maine employers to contact their legislators TODAY and voice your concerns: Associated Builders & Contractors - Maine Chapter; Associated General Contractors of Maine; Build 207; Hospitality Maine; Maine Aggregate Association; Maine Association of Broadcasters; Maine Association of Insurance Companies; Maine Auto Dealers Association; Maine Beer & Wine Distributors Association; Maine Better Transportation Association; Maine Beverage Association; Maine Energy Marketers Association; Maine Forest Products Council; Maine Grocers & Food Producers Association; Maine Jobs Council; Maine Motor Transport Association; Maine Sporting Camp Association; Maine Staffing Association; Maine State Chamber of Commerce; Maine Tourism Association; Manufacturers Association of Maine; NFIB Maine; Professional Logging Contractors of Maine; Retail Association of Maine; Retail Lumber Dealers Association of Maine; and, Ski Maine Association.
During the past 10 years, Maine employers paid more than $1.36 billion into the unemployment trust fund, averaging $136 million a year. You deserve a voice!
Maine employers do not object to discussions about potential changes to the Maine unemployment insurance system. We do however object to being shut out and to our interests being dismissed. Legislation under consideration (LD 1564 was amended to include elements of LD 1571), would:
Please urge your legislators to recommit to carrying-over unemployment insurance legislation to 2022 and to utilize the stakeholder process.
Maine’s business community deserves a seat at the table and must be involved in meaningful discussions on this and all UI proposals.
The cost to employers for any changes to UI must be considered, especially given the COVID19 pandemic impact on businesses across Maine with thousands of employees suddenly out of jobs.
Here are more details to help you voice your concerns to your legislators...
LD 1564 offers little help for employers…
LD 1564 includes costly changes…
An estimated 55% of Maine businesses – primarily small businesses – were shut down a year ago, and thousands of workers were suddenly without jobs.
A Balanced Process Matters!
Recommit to the Stakeholder Process!
Thank you for contacting your legislators to voice your concerns about this one-sided, flawed proposal!