Jim Snow, the Northeast regional director of the AFL / CIO, a national federation of labor organizations, was also a scheduled speaker at the rally.
â€œWeâ€™re here to defend the right of working people to defend themselves,â€� he
said, earning murmurs of agreement from the audience.
â€œOur voices have been saying â€˜noâ€™ to their effort to make working people pay for the wreckage that Wall Street left behind â€" the foreclosures, the plant closings, the outsourcing, the budget cuts â€¦ after they plundered the United Statesâ€™ economy and, in fact, the world economy,â€� Jim Snow said. â€œOur voices have been saying â€˜noâ€™ to the un-American idea that the law of economic jungles should always rule.
â€œOur voices are saying that in a Democratic society, 1 percent of the population should never have more wealth then the remaining 99 percent combined,â€� he
denounced right-to-work laws, asserting that â€œin short, they will mean more povertyâ€� for Mainers.
â€œFor almost all people in Maine, theyâ€™ll mean lower wages,â€� he
said. â€œTheyâ€™ll lead to more unsafe workplaces, more workplace injuries and fatalities.
Theyâ€™ll mean lower investment in education and theyâ€™ll mean fewer new small businesses.â€�
speech by citing LePageâ€™s controversial removal of a mural from the Department of Labor building due to what he
perceived as a one-sided history of labor relations in Maine.