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Angus King on Jobs

Independent Former ME Governor


Keep 900 shoe factory jobs in Maine

Charlie Summers and Angus King both sought to stake out the high ground as the pro-jobs candidate.

King visited shoe factories in Madison and Skowhegan and called for continued trade protection for New Balance Athletic Shoe. "There are more than 900 jobs at stake in Maine, and it would be a terrible blow to the region and the state if these jobs are lost," said the former governor, who is running as an independent.

Cynthia Dill, the Democratic nominee, joined in afterward by issuing her own statement supporting fair trade protections for Maine workers. "There's no reason at this time to consider dropping tariffs against foreign products that compete unfairly against those produced in Maine," she said.

Summers also said New Balance and its jobs need to be protected, & that trade agreements that affect other industries need to be revisited as well. "I'm very much a supporter of free trade," Summers said. "But with companies like New Balance, you have to make sure they are able to compete."

Source: Portland Press Herald on 2012 Maine Senate debate , Aug 15, 2012

Worker training for transition from loom to mouse

If we’re going to prepare our people for this century, we’ve got to establish a path for our existing workers to upgrade their skills-or develop entirely new ones-in mid or late career as well as early on. This move began last year with the inauguration of Maine’s first ever Community College Partnerships-not new bricks and mortar, but an unprecedented collaboration between the Technical Colleges and the University. This new system-aimed at making higher ed accessible and affordable-is off to a rousing start with 400 new students before it was even announced.

But now we have to invite another player-Adult Ed-to the table and take the next step in a pilot project I call “Transition U.,” an initiative designed specifically for mid-career workers who are in transition and who are ready to trade the shuttle of the loom for the mouse of the computer. Transition U. [will be] light on the bricks and mortar, and no new bureaucracy, but a practical collaborative partnership with real results.

Source: 2001 State of the State address to the Me. legislature , Jan 24, 2001

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