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IN THIS EDITION:

  • Mainers Support Striking Massachusetts Nurses
  • Child Tax Credit Big Benefit for Working Families
  • New Laws Pass to Strengthen Democracy in Maine
  • UA Plumbers & Pipefitters 716 Leader Retires
  • Mark Your Calendars for Labor Day Events

IN THIS EDITION:

  • USW Local 27 Member Retires After 55 Years at the Baileyville Mill 
  • Consolidated Communications Workers Authorize Strike
  • Solidarity with Tenet Nurses On Strike in Massachusetts
  • New Unemployment Reform Law Is a Huge Win for Working Mainers
  • Labor Bills Become Law; Others Vetoed
  • Let Us Know About Any Workplace Struggles in Maine

IN THIS EDITION:

  • Democrats Reintroduce Bill to Strengthen Collective Bargaining Rights
  • Republican Legislators Sponsor Union Busting “Right to Work” Bill
  • Union Members Join Info session on Paid Time Off Law with Commissioner Fortman
  • Nurses Are Organizing & Here Are 3 Ways to Help!
  • Solidarity Meals for Unemployed People in Bangor Area
  • New Report: Strategies To Build Worker Power in Maine
  • Upcoming Events: Pro-Labor Bill Gets a Hearing & Winter Institute

"We are going to insert ourselves at every table,” Shuler said. “If we don’t get workers to the table, there’s going to be more of what Trump tapped into,” she said, in reference to angry voters who feel left behind by globalization. “Training works better when you talk to workers. They can tell you what will and won’t work when automating. We’re not always hostile — we can be collaborators and make it go well,” she said.

Amazon is the great white whale, a target that labor groups have longed for years to organize, said Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, which is providing personnel and strategic guidance to aid the RWDSU. “We’ll give them whatever they need to help them win,” Trumka said. “It’s an important, important drive.”

Read the full article in the Washington Post.

John Sweeney, who led an era of transformative change in America’s labor movement, passed away Feb. 1 at the age of 86. Sweeney was one of four children born to Irish immigrants in a working-class Bronx neighborhood shortly after the Great Depression. His parents, James and Agnes Sweeney, worked as a bus driver and a domestic worker, respectively. Sweeney always understood the struggles and the pride of working people.

“This pandemic has amplified [public support] even more. It showed how helpless workers are without a union. They couldn’t even get PPE and unions were able to get it for them,” says Trumka. “For years and years and years, people that we call ‘essential workers’ were invisible. It was as if no one knew they existed. They did their jobs every day to keep the country and the economy going.

Major labor leaders like Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, are more optimistic about the prospects for organized labor than they’ve been in many years. “I know what he is. Joe Biden’s a blue-collar guy,” said Trumka, who like Biden is from a working-class area in Pennsylvania and has known the president for 40 years. “He understands working people, the importance of a paycheck, importance of health and safety on the job, importance of having a union .… He understands all of that. It’s not something he picked up in the polls. It’s what he believes.”

The 2021 Union Plus Scholarship application deadline is this Sunday, Jan. 31. The Union Plus Scholarship Program awards scholarships based on outstanding academic achievement, personal character, financial need and commitment to the values of organized labor. Union Plus Scholarship awards are granted to students attending a two-year college, four-year college, graduate school, or recognized technical or trade school.

IN THIS EDITION:

  • Union Membership in Maine Increased in 2020
  • Register for Maine AFL-CIO's Labor Winter Institute
  • Please Support IAM S6 Member Who Was Critically Injured on the Job
  • Has Your Employer Refused to Pay Vacation Pay?
  • Maine AFL-CIO Applauds Firing Anti-Union NLRB Official
  • IBEW 2327 Wins Better Broadband for Mainers