Senators Eloise Vitelli of Arrowsic and Stan Gerzofsky of Brunswick have received 100% ratings from the Maine AFL-CIO for their support of working families during the second session of the 126th Legislature.

“I am happy to stand up for Maine workers,” said Senator Gerzofsky. “We have some of the best workers in the country and I will continue to fight for good paying jobs with strong benefits.”

Gerzofsky and Vitelli are among 18 Democratic senators to receive a perfect score from the group, which represents more than 42,000 workers and retirees here in Maine. The AFL-CIO represents working Mainers in paper mills, shipyards, hospitals, and many other industries in the state.

Among the local unions affiliated with the AFL-CIO are the representatives of workers at BIW in Bath; Local S6, Local S7, the Bath Marine Draftsmen’s Association and the Independent Guards Association.

“Our workforce deserves our steadfast support,” said Senator Vitelli. “I am proud to make sure our workers have the resources to support their families and contribute to their communities.”

During the 2014 legislative session, both lawmakers supported the bipartisan, responsible budget crafted by the legislature, voted to accept federal funding  to increase access to health care, and supported a measure to keep call center jobs in Maine.

Gerzofsky and Vitelli also opposed a bill that would have allowed large multi-national and out-of-state businesses to reduce current workers’ pay and benefits, workplace protections, and otherwise have weakened collective bargaining rights for Maine workers. Conservatives call these laws “right-to-work” laws.

Senator Gerzofsky is serving his third term in the Maine Senate, representing the towns of Brunswick, Harspwell, Freeport, and Pownal. Senator Vitelli is serving her first term in the Maine Senate representing Sagadahoc County and the town of Dresden in Lincoln County.

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