News

IN THIS EDITION:

  • Maine AFL-CIO Endorses Kevin O’Connell in Brewer State House Race
  • Huhtamaki Workers Win Higher Wages & Better Benefits in New Contract
  • WMLC Screening "Roughing the Uppers" — 3/17
  • Time for a Clean Slate for Worker Power!
  • Join Our Labor Book Club!

IN THIS EDITION:

  • House Votes to Protect the US Postal Service
  • Committee Passes Public Sector Right to Strike Bill
  • KVCAP Drivers Need Your Help!
  • “All Work And No Play” Exhibits Photos of Child Laborers in Maine
  • Wishing a Happy Retirement to John Martell (IAFF) & Dick Deering (IBEW)!

IN THIS EDITION:

  • “They’re Just Drivers” — KVCAP Drivers Fight for Fair Contract
  • Coalition Supports Bill to Protect Rights at Work
  • Golden Hosts IAM Local S6 President at State of the Union
  • Critical Pro-Union Bill Passes the US House
  • Bowdoin Housekeepers Call for More Staff & Safer Working Conditions

IN THIS EDITION:

  • Golden & Pingree Successfully Push for Vote on Pro-Union Bill
  • Local S6 Questions BIW Tax Break As Subcontracting Moves Forward
  • Union Members Show Up to Support Scarborough Teachers
  • New Law Will Boost Wages for Construction Jobs
  • Focus Groups on New Unemployment System in Bangor & Portland

Congratulations, and welcome to the American workforce! Many years of work and school brought you to this new place of early mornings, long hours and way too much coffee. You’re probably a little worried, and that’s okay. Between impressing your boss and working through mountains of student debt, it can be a lot to think about.

From the Rust Belt to the Pacific Northwest and from the Gulf Coast to Niagara Falls, the outlook could not have been brighter for American chemical companies. Then President Trump nearly two years ago launched his trade war with China. On Wednesday, Trump and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He are scheduled to sign a partial trade deal, calling a truce in a conflict that has shaken the global economy. Yet as the chemical industry’s experience shows, many of the trade war’s casualties have been left on the battlefield.

Deepfakes, artificial intelligence, de-aging technology and their impact on actors and the workforce was discussed and debated at SAG-AFTRA and AFL-CIO’s 2nd annual Labor Innovation and Technology Summit, held on the opening day of CES. “Our work is being dramatically changed by technology,” said SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris in her opening remarks. “But of all the people talking about it, who is really looking out for the working people?” Topics included the advantages and potential pitfalls of new technology.

IN THIS EDITION:

  • Join ATU 714 in Supporting Bangor Bus Hub
  • In Memory of Union Sister Louise Parker
  • 170,000 Mainers Receive Wage Increases
  • Martin Luther King Jr Day Events Across the State
  • Arbitration Victory for Unjustly Terminated Lineworker

IN THIS EDITION:

  • Waterville Firefighters (IAFF 1608) score victory for improved public safety
  • Save the Date: Labor Racial Justice Workshop, March 22
  • 2020 Labor Notes Conference Registration Now Open!
  • Say NO to a privatizer as the Postmaster General
  • An Open Call for Labor Art!
  • 90 Years Ago a Mob Attacked Black Union Organizers at Togus

Brothers and Sisters -

Are you frustrated that politicians who are supposed to represent us end up voting against working families and our best interests? You’re not alone! Now more than ever we need people who understand what it's like to get up and go to work every morning to be elected to the State House, to City and Town Councils, and to School Boards.