Maine AFL-CIO

 

IN THIS EDITION

  • IBEW 1253 to Turn Newport School into Training Center
  • Educational briefing on Bill to Fix the Unemployment System — Thurs, March 4th
  • Operating Engineers Call for Better Safety Training for Crane Operators
  • Vote Early for Craig Hickman by March 4th!
  • Letter Carriers to Vote on New Contract
  • Upcoming Winter Institute Events

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IN THIS EDITION:

  • Fire Fighters Propose Bill to Support First Responders Who Contract Job-related Cancers
  • EMMC Nurse Discusses Needs of Health Care Workers & Patients with First Lady & First Gentleman
  • Union Members Learn How the PRO ACT Will Help Rebuild the Labor Movement 
  • Workers Turn Out to Oppose Union Busting Right to Work for Less Bill
  • Presentation on the First Women-Led Strike in Maine — Feb. 27
  • Upcoming Winter Institute Events

IN THIS EDITION:

  • New Report: State Employees Paid 15% Less Than Rest of New England
  • "This is for our Patients & Community" - Maine Med Nurses on why they are Organizing
  • Governor & Senate Leaders Blast Maine Med Executives 
  • Workers Testify on Bill to Guarantee Workers Pay out of Vacation Pay
  • Labor Reading Group to Read Jane McAlevey's “A Collective Bargain"
  • Upcoming Winter Labor Institute Events!

Recent News

This afternoon, leaders of the labor movement gathered at the White House to meet with President Biden and Vice President Harris about our shared goal of revitalizing America’s infrastructure.

United Steelworkers (USW) member Jessica Hartung has a lot on her shoulders, but her load has been lightened by one thing in particular—her debt-free college degree. “I’m a single mom, with an autistic son. I have a full-time job, and COVID-19 has changed so much stuff,” said Hartung (not pictured). Despite her range of nonstop responsibilities, it has always been important to her to finish her college degree. For her, the most significant obstacle was the cost.

On Monday in Alabama, more than 5,800 of them will be able to vote on whether to become the first Amazon warehouse in the United States to unionize. "Now it's our turn to be a disruptor," said Elizabeth Shuler, secretary-treasurer and second highest-ranking officer of the AFL-CIO, the largest federation of unions in the United States. It's a big day for the AFL-CIO. Not only is it providing guidance to the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, which is organizing the Amazon warehouse workers.

The Maine AFL-CIO would like to invite you to attend the Winter Labor Institute, a series of engaging and informative events in February and March to bring us together to learn, discuss, and grow our visions for our labor movement. You are welcome to attend all of these events, but you must register separately for each event you wish to attend. All events are on Zoom and links to register are in each event description. There is no charge to attend and all costs covered by the Maine AFL-CIO. 

Take Action

Working people need laws that protect our rights to organize, keep us safe at work, and advance racial and economic justice. Tell our elected leaders to pass laws that put working people first.