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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 April 2020, after the labor market took its largest one-month hit in modern history, Black men and women suffered job losses proportionate to those of white women. Still, their losses were far less severe than those of Hispanic men and women. Black workers already had higher unemployment rates, as has always been the case, but their unemployment rates did not skyrocket as much as other groups.

The nation watched earlier this year as heroic warehouse workers at the Amazon facility in Bessemer, Alabama, made history.

Despite intense pressure, intimidation and bullying by one of the largest corporations in the world, they fought to reclaim their fair share of power and form a union. They spoke out about an experience familiar to so many working people—the stress of being overworked, underpaid, and afraid for the future.

This week, the AFL-CIO is leading a PRO Act Week of Action, part of the labor movement’s national campaign urging senators to pass this transformative labor law reform. This week of action includes at least one event near every U.S. senator’s office.

In April 2020, after the labor market took its largest one-month hit in modern history, Black men and women suffered job losses proportionate to those of white women. Still, their losses were far less severe than those of Hispanic men and women. Black workers already had higher unemployment rates, as has always been the case, but their unemployment rates did not skyrocket as much as other groups.

This month, Union Plus launched a new Retiree Healthcare Program in partnership with Anthem and the AFL-CIO Mutual Benefit Trust.

Union Plus and the AFL-CIO are proud of this innovative program that provides comprehensive health care options to Medicare-eligible retirees through two Anthem BlueCross and BlueShield group Medicare Advantage plans designed exclusively for retired union members (and their spouses/partners). These group plans feature enhanced benefits compared to what members could purchase for themselves through the individual insurance market.

2020’s growth in pay inequity between workers and CEOs confirms the “executive base salary reductions” touted during the COVID-19 crisis were just lip service, per this year’s AFL-CIO Executive Paywatch report, which was unveiled this morning by AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler (IBEW).

Union Plus offers a variety of hardship benefits to union members and our families, including grants for eligible union members who participate in certain Union Plus programs. An expansion of hardship benefits took effect on July 1, 2021. The trustees for the AFL-CIO Mutual Benefit Fund updated hardship grant eligibility for job loss, furlough, strike, disability, hospital and disaster relief to have a greater positive impact on union families.

IN THIS EDITION:

  • Mills Administration Still Refusing to End Pay Gap for State Employees
  • WGME Workers Soon to Enter Contract Negotiations
  • Anti-Privatization Measure Signed Into Law
  • More Pro-Labor Laws Advance in Augusta
  • Labor Reading Group to Read “Shredding Paper” 
  • Painters District Council 35 Members Ratify New Contract, Avert Strike
  • Dave Sullivan Appointed Machinists' Eastern Territory Chief of Staff