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At 4am on Friday, February 9th, Governor LePage sent in heavily armed troopers to shut down Downeast Correctional Facility (DCF).  The Department of Corrections moved all inmates to other facilitie

A bill in Augusta would pave the way for driverless buses in Maine. Needless to say, bus drivers have big concerns.

Health care workers at Hospice of Southern Maine voted to come together as a union in May.  

Bangor nurse Amy Lee Tidd, a member of Maine State Nurses Association, recently returned from a medical relief trip to Puerto Rico.

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Labor has always held electoral power, especially when wielded by women. Former Secretary of Labor Francis Perkins’s lifelong dedication to workers’ rights was sparked by witnessing the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of 1911, in which 146 people — predominantly young Jewish immigrant women — died, most as a result of locked factory doors. Though they shunned the ballot box, legendary political radicals like Lucy Parsons, Emma Goldman, and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn were all labor organizers.

Labor union leaders Liz Shuler and Mary Kay Henry discuss how they rose up through the union ranks and what they’re trying to do to increase the number of women in the labor movement. Shuler, secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO, and Henry, president of the Service Employees International Union, also weigh in on recent Supreme Court decisions, Brett Kavanaugh's nomination, and what that all means for the future of the labor movement.

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As Labor Day approached, the movement that created the holiday flexed its muscle in Seattle, where the landscape has been transformed in the last few years by labor-backed measures protecting and compensating people like in few other places across the country.

President Donald Trump has presented himself as a champion of the American worker and vowed to restore factory jobs.

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