Maine AFL-CIO

 

IN THIS EDITION:

  • Workers Hold Virtual Labor Day Celebrations & Push PRO Act
  • Maine Med Nurses in COVID ICU Urge Mainers to Get Vaccinated
  • UMaine & USM Offer Courses in Labor Studies
  • Here’s What Maine Will Receive In the Federal Infrastructure Bill
  • APRI Maine Visits “Reckoning With Intolerance in Maine” Exhibit
  • Maine Lobstering Union Fights Fishing Regulations
  • Nominate Your Favorite Steward for “Steward of the Year”
  • America Loves Unions: Public Support for Unions at Record High!

IN THIS EDITION:

  • B&M Baked Bean Plant to Shutter, Laying Off Nearly 80 Workers
  • Nurses Urge Maine Medical Center to Maintain COVID Protections
  • Support Planned Parenthood Workers Fighting for a Fair Contract
  • “Best Contract in 30 Years!” — Portland Firefighters Ratify New Contract
  • Aroostook County Workers Sign Postcards Supporting the PRO Act
  • CWA Members Organize for Quality Broadband with Strong Labor Standards
  • Maine Churches to Feature Labor Day Speakers

IN THIS EDITION:

  • Consolidated Communications Workers (IBEW 2327 & CWA 1400) Ratify Contract
  • Union Members March in Maine’s Bicentennial Parade
  • US House Makes Progress on Infrastructure, Budget Bill and Voting Rights
  • EMLC & CMLC Labor Day Zoom Celebration — Sept. 6
  • Register for the Virtual Climate Jobs Summit on September 21
  • New Maine Working Class History Website!

The AFL-CIO Executive Council today elected Liz Shuler, a visionary leader and longtime trade unionist, to serve as president of the federation of 56 unions and 12.5 million members. Shuler is the first woman to hold the office in the history of the labor federation. The Executive Council also elected United Steelworkers (USW) International Vice President Fred Redmond to succeed Shuler as secretary-treasurer, the first African American to hold the number two office. Tefere Gebre will continue as executive vice president, rounding out the most diverse team of officers ever to lead the AFL-CIO.

Recent News

AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler discussed the economy and jobs with the Christian Science Monitor. She also reflected on becoming the first woman to lead the union. The organization’s previous president, Richard Trumka, passed away in August 2021. Other topics discussed included workers' rights legislation and the upcoming midterm elections. 

Watch the segment on C-SPAN.

The executive council of the AFL-CIO held a special meeting last week to name their next leader, following the death of the labor federation’s longtime president, Richard Trumka. For the first time in the organization’s history, they chose a woman. Liz Shuler, 51, had served as the federation’s second-in-command under Trumka since they were elected together in 2009. Despite the sad and unusual circumstances of the succession ― Trumka died on Aug.

The House of Representatives on Tuesday voted to proceed with President Biden’s $3.5 trillion budget resolution, along with the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. The Build Back Better agenda contains many of the labor movement’s priorities, including growing Medicare, expanding sick leave and child care, increasing investments in education and combating climate change. The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act will expand voting rights across the country.

The first woman to lead the biggest U.S. labor federation wants even more women as decision-makers in a labor movement that is becoming less male and less white.

Take Action

Two pieces of legislation will take an important step toward fixing our unjust immigration system by providing permanent protections to vital members of our communities and our unions. Call your senators and urge them to support the Dream Act (S. 264) and the SECURE Act (S. 306) today.

The American Families Plan will make it easier for working people to care for our loved ones. It invests and builds better infrastructure for child care, education and paid leave.

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