Maine AFL-CIO

 

IN THIS EDITION:

  • The 2019 Maine AFL-CIO Legislative Scorecard has arrived!
  • Ellsworth Nurses & Techs Fight for a Fair Contract
  • Maine AFL-CIO 32nd Biennial Convention Coming up!
  • Central Maine Labor Council Meetings Have Moved
  • Bowdoin Housekeepers Speak Out for Fair Wages

IN THIS EDITION:

  • Maine Postal Workers Win $259,000 Grievance Settlement
  • Unions Endorse Strimling for Portland Mayor
  • News Guild of Maine Wins Improvements in New Contract
  • Workers Get Skilled Up & Pumped Up for Medicare for All
  • Talking Union at the Common Ground Fair

IN THIS EDITION:

  • Collins Votes to Confirm Extremist Labor Secretary
  • Union Members Appointed to State Commissions
  • Solidarity with Striking UAW Members
  • Let’s Get More Working Class People into Elected Office

In this E-Newsletter:

  • Maine Union Members Call for Medicare for All
  • 1 in 4 Mainers Stop Taking Medication Due to Cost
  • Protecting the Healthcare Status Quo is Short-Sighted

Recent News

It was just a decade ago that the Great Recession — the worst economic disaster since the Great Depression — upended life for hundreds of millions of Americans. More than 8 million people across the country lost their jobs. Millions more lost their homes and life savings.

The economy has made steady improvements since 2008, but recovery has disproportionately favored wealthier Americans.

One of the workshops at the Connecticut AFL-CIO’s two-day convention that opened here Thursday explored the lessons offered from “worker power resurgence,” a reference to labor’s extraordinary year of strikes and other work stoppages in 2018.

For decades, working families could depend on labor unions to represent their collective interests -- ensuring a living wage, better benefits and a voice in their workplace. Now, after 50 years of rollbacks on union and labor rights, workers have been silenced at their jobs. The Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act is an opportunity for Congress to give working families their voice back.

A decade ago, General Motors was on the verge of collapse. Facing down an earth-shattering financial crisis, tens of thousands of UAW members agreed to help save an American icon — and the economy along with it.

Autoworkers took on personal financial sacrifices, conceding contract victories that had taken years to secure. Working harder and longer for less, they ultimately carried GM out of bankruptcy and into a period of record-breaking profits.

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