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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

Governor Janet Mills has signed LD 1564, which will help fix the state unemployment system and strengthen our workforce training programs. At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic last spring and summer, thousands of Mainers struggled to receive unemployment benefits due to understaffing, a flood of claims and an urgent need to modernize Maine’s unemployment system. Several of those Mainers testified in support of LD 1564 during the public hearing for the bill.

IN THIS EDITION:

  • Fire Fighters Propose Bill to Support First Responders Who Contract Job-related Cancers
  • EMMC Nurse Discusses Needs of Health Care Workers & Patients with First Lady & First Gentleman
  • Union Members Learn How the PRO ACT Will Help Rebuild the Labor Movement 
  • Workers Turn Out to Oppose Union Busting Right to Work for Less Bill
  • Presentation on the First Women-Led Strike in Maine — Feb. 27
  • Upcoming Winter Institute Events

This afternoon, leaders of the labor movement gathered at the White House to meet with President Biden and Vice President Harris about our shared goal of revitalizing America’s infrastructure.

United Steelworkers (USW) member Jessica Hartung has a lot on her shoulders, but her load has been lightened by one thing in particular—her debt-free college degree. “I’m a single mom, with an autistic son. I have a full-time job, and COVID-19 has changed so much stuff,” said Hartung (not pictured). Despite her range of nonstop responsibilities, it has always been important to her to finish her college degree. For her, the most significant obstacle was the cost.

IN THIS EDITION:

  • New Report: State Employees Paid 15% Less Than Rest of New England
  • "This is for our Patients & Community" - Maine Med Nurses on why they are Organizing
  • Governor & Senate Leaders Blast Maine Med Executives 
  • Workers Testify on Bill to Guarantee Workers Pay out of Vacation Pay
  • Labor Reading Group to Read Jane McAlevey's “A Collective Bargain"
  • Upcoming Winter Labor Institute Events!

On Monday in Alabama, more than 5,800 of them will be able to vote on whether to become the first Amazon warehouse in the United States to unionize. "Now it's our turn to be a disruptor," said Elizabeth Shuler, secretary-treasurer and second highest-ranking officer of the AFL-CIO, the largest federation of unions in the United States. It's a big day for the AFL-CIO. Not only is it providing guidance to the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, which is organizing the Amazon warehouse workers.

The Maine AFL-CIO would like to invite you to attend the Winter Labor Institute, a series of engaging and informative events in February and March to bring us together to learn, discuss, and grow our visions for our labor movement. You are welcome to attend all of these events, but you must register separately for each event you wish to attend. All events are on Zoom and links to register are in each event description. There is no charge to attend and all costs covered by the Maine AFL-CIO. 

California School Employees Association (CSEA) member Jacob Rodriguez leapt at the chance to join his school district’s information technology department when a position opened up. The only catch was that he was a substitute custodian and didn’t have a college degree yet. “I promised them I’d go back to school to get more qualified,” Rodriguez said. Thanks to the Union Plus Free College Program, Rodriguez was able to complete his associate degree free of charge, graduating in December 2020.