Maine AFL-CIO

 

IN THIS EDITION:

  • Waterville Firefighters (IAFF 1608) score victory for improved public safety
  • Save the Date: Labor Racial Justice Workshop, March 22
  • 2020 Labor Notes Conference Registration Now Open!
  • Say NO to a privatizer as the Postmaster General
  • An Open Call for Labor Art!
  • 90 Years Ago a Mob Attacked Black Union Organizers at Togus

IN THIS EDITION:

  • Solidarity with Bowdoin Housekeepers 
  • Support the 17th Annual Solidarity Harvest for Mainers in Need
  • Celebrate a Union Thanksgiving
  • Waterville Firefighters & Union Allies Urge Support for Ambulance Purchases
  • Sign Up Now for Our 2020 Candidate Training — Jan. 25th & 26th
  • WABI-TV Operating Technicians Ratify 2-Year Contract with Pay Raises

Recent News

Until last week, Li Zilles was one of the many nameless and faceless contractors toiling in the bowels of the internet, providing online services that might have been mistaken for the work of artificial intelligence.

The job: to transcribe audio files for the start-up Rev.com, churning out texts without clients ever knowing the name of the transcriber.

This was a lonely existence, and not an easy one. The pay, even though the work was full-time, was little enough that food stamps became necessary.

When the global economy shifted in the late 19th century, working people were the first to adapt. They moved to cities like Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Toledo, Ohio, and worked long hours in unsafe factories. They drove the Industrial Revolution and changed the nature of work forever. When it became clear that employers were exploiting their productivity, the labor movement formed to protest abuses like sweatshops, child labor, and poverty wages.

On September 13 more than a hundred activists participated in a bicoastal protest at Palantir’s two headquarters, in New York City and in Palo Alto, California. The intent of the protest was to bring awareness to the tech company’s involvement with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which Palantir provides with data-mining software that’s been used to screen undocumented immigrants and plan raids.

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