News

IN THIS EDITION:

  • Organizing Wave Continues — Biddeford Saco O.O.B. Transit Workers Form Union
  • Machinist Member Doug Hall Kicks Off PRO Act Tour Across Maine
  • Maine Med Nurses Have Formed a Union - Now the Hard Work Begins
  • The PRO-Labor Legislative Round-up
  • Maine Service Employees Association Hiring for Field Rep
  • When Maine Workers Launched the First Independent Labor Media Outlets

Thirty two transit drivers, mechanics and other staff at Biddeford Saco Old Orchard Beach Transit (BSOOB Transit) have formed a union with the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 714 and will soon be negotiating their first contract.

“Drivers here are woefully underpaid and that was one of the main reasons for workers wanting to organize a union,” said ATU member Joe Gaudette, who is a part-time BSOOB Transit driver. “Now that we’re officially a union we urge BSOOB Transit to work with us to reach a fair contract that appropriately compensates employees for the valuable service we provide to the community.”

BSOOB Transit is the primary provider of public transportation in the Biddeford, Saco and Old Orchard Beach region with express commuter bus service that connects the Tri-Town area to downtown Portland and seasonal trolleys that serve tourist destinations in the area. ATU 714 also represents transit workers at the Community Connector in Bangor, the Greater Portland Metro bus line and the Regional Transportation Program in Portland. The successful union election comes on the heals of two major union election victories at Portland Museum of Art and Maine Medical Center.

IN THIS EDITION:

  • New Hampshire Labor Movement Defeats Right to Work for Less Bill!
  • Consolidated Communications Workers in Tough Contract Negotiations
  • The Labor Legislative Round-Up
  • Mainers for Tax Fairness Rally - Tuesday, June 8
  • Machinists’ Union Hold Guide Dogs Golf Tournament Benefit
  • A 12-Minute Musical History of Maine Labor Struggles

IN THIS EDITION:

  • From Iraq to Maine: An Interview with USW 366 Unit President, Anaam Jabbir
  • Union Business Spotlight: Xtreme Screen Printing
  • Governor Mills’ Change Package Fully Funds Education and Revenue Sharing
  • Bill to Improve Unemployment System Clears Committee
  • Committee Passes Bill to Protect Whistleblowers
  • Maine AFL-CIO Gives Race & Labor Presentation to Legislative Committee

IN THIS EDITION

  • IBEW 1253 to Turn Newport School into Training Center
  • Educational briefing on Bill to Fix the Unemployment System — Thurs, March 4th
  • Operating Engineers Call for Better Safety Training for Crane Operators
  • Vote Early for Craig Hickman by March 4th!
  • Letter Carriers to Vote on New Contract
  • Upcoming Winter Institute Events

Have you or someone you know struggled to get unemployment benefits during the pandemic? Have you or someone you know been looking for help to get into a good apprenticeship or training program or find a good paying job?  You're not alone!

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed that the state's unemployment system -- and our reemployment system to help people get into good paying jobs or good apprenticeship or training programs -- needs to be strengthened and improved. 

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.