AUGUSTA – The director of Maine’s largest public-sector union has resigned after members voted to accept a new contract that eliminates mandatory union fees even from non-members.

Rod Hiltz, now-former director of the Maine State Employees Association, had his resignation announced Thursday. Maine Public Radio reports union negotiators on Wednesday accepted the elimination of nonmember fees, or fair share fees, in exchange for a 6 percent raise spread out over two years.

The union’s president confirmed Hiltz’s resignation, but didn’t say if his departure was related to the new contract.

The contract has been viewed as a big win for Republican Gov. Paul LePage, who has pushed for the elimination of fair share in Maine law.

The Supreme Court could soon consider conservative groups’ argument to end such fees.

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