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Business and Labor Leaders Agree on Immigration Sticking Point

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Business and labor leaders agreed on Saturday to a deal on the guest worker program, signalling a key development in the debate over immigration reform.

Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., briefed Dennis McDonough, White House chief of staff, on the agreement on Saturday. According to the New York Times, the agreement was reached on a Friday evening conference call between Schumer, Thomas J. Donohue, the president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Richard L. Trumka, the president of the AFL-CIO, the nation's main federation of labor unions.

Pay for guest workers was reportedly one of the final sticking points in a deal, and a solution was worked out on the conference call that ensures guest workers will receive the higher of the prevailing industry wage as determined by the labor department and the actual employer wage, according to the New York Times.

The deal will start by allowing 20,000 new visas each year and could eventually grow to as many as 200,000 per year. Guest workers would also be allowed to pursue a path to citizenship. Before the agreement is made official, the eight senators who had been negotiating the deal -- often referred to as the Gang of Eight -- must sign off before the end of the weekend, says the New York Times.

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Maine Governor Seeks to Remove Labor Mural

Maine [dot] gov(AUGUSTA, Maine) -- Maine Gov. Paul LePage, who famously told President Obama to "stay the hell" out of Maine during his election campaign last fall, has ordered a 36-foot mural illustrating his state's labor history to be stricken from the lobby of the Department of Labor.

A spokesman for the Republican governor said some Maine business people complained that the mural was "hostile to business."

Later, a fax released by LePage's office read in part, "In studying the mural I also observed that this mural is nothing but propaganda to further the agenda of the Union movement.  I felt for a moment that I was in communist North Korea where they use these murals to brainwash the masses."

Critics of LePage responded that it was his way of getting back at the unions because of their political differences.

The news comes after battles have taken place between state employees and lawmakers over collective bargaining rights across several states, like Wisconsin.

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