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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:

  • Maine Med Patients to Maine Med Nurses: Please vote YES for us!
  • How Maine Workers Fought for Democracy Presentation — Thurs. 3/25
  • New Union Member Orientation Train the Trainers — April 9th & 10th
  • VIDEO: The Most Important Pro-Worker Bill In Decades
  • American Rescue Plan Delivers for Union Members
  • Tell Sen. Collins to Vote for Julie Su for Deputy Labor Secretary
  • IAM Local S7 Entering Contract Negotiations

"When technology comes into a union worksite, we're able to negotiate to get a fair share of the increased productivity and make sure it's healthy and safe — it's called bargaining acquiescence. We bargain to get a fair share for workers. But society as a whole doesn't have that," says Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO.

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AFL-CIO on Thursday called for the Senate to abolish the filibuster if it prevents Democrats from moving forward with a pro-worker agenda. “For decades, working people have paid the price for corporate-first government,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. “Time and again, the Senate’s arcane rules have been used to keep working people from claiming the basic rights and dignities that we’ve earned. The labor group’s executive council wrote in a statement that the House-passed PRO Act gives Senate Republicans the chance to show if they are ready to work for workers.

Today, the US House voted 220-211 to pass President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan that will provide critical funding for public services, vaccinations, $1,400 stimulus checks, assistance for laid off workers, funding to guarantee pensions for one million workers, school funding, family medical leave for workers impacted by Covid-19, provisions to cut child poverty in half and more. The American Rescue Plan  is the largest direct increase in worker purchasing power ever.

"The PRO Act would protect and empower workers to exercise our freedom to organize a bargain," Richard Trumka, the president of the AFL-CIO, told NPR in a recent interview. "It's a game changer. If you really want to correct inequality in this country — wages and wealth inequality, opportunity and inequality of power — passing the PRO Act is absolutely essential to doing that."

President Biden proved once again he’s a champion of his own workforce. AFGE members asked Biden to revoke a memo former President Trump had issued in January 2020 that gave the secretary of defense, or their designee, the authority to eliminate collective bargaining rights for civilian workers in the Defense Department (DoD). Biden answered the call, revoking Trump’s memo on Feb. 24 of this year.

“He got it,” Trumka, the president of the AFL-CIO, said of Biden. “Many times you go into meetings like that and you have to start with the basics about why collective bargaining is important, and then you get to the end, and they still really don’t get it,” Trumka, whose organization represents the largest federation of labor unions in the United States, said in a phone interview today. “None of that was necessary with him. He already had that going in. So we talked about solutions.

If you’ve never had to make coffee for your boss, it’s thanks to women who organized in the 1970s. And while the electric typewriter is no more, how women of that era organized is relevant—to current battles like organizing big tech, building care infrastructure, and winning labor reform by passing the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act—so women can form and join unions now without fear. So if we’re going to learn anything from history, it’s this: We need labor empowerment laws for the 21st century.