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IN THIS EDITION:

  • Workers Support Bill to Ensure Clean Energy Projects Create Good Quality Union Jobs & Advance Equity
  • Nurses at EMMC Win Contract to Improve Patient Safety, Wages and Staffing
  • Railway Workers Urge Congressional Delegation to Protect Public Safety & Union Jobs In Pan Am Railways Acquisition 
  • Maine Race & Labor History Presentation — Wed., April 21st
  • UA Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 716 Career Fair — Wed. April 21st
  • Union Members Turn Out for New Member Orientation Training 
  • Labor Council President & USW retiree Calls for Online Voter Registration at “Democracy Day Event”
  • Upcoming PRO Act Events!

IN THIS EDITION:

  • Maine Med Nurses Are Voting!
  • IAM Local S7 Ratifies Contract with Solid Pay Raises & Better Benefits
  • Call Senators King and Collins and Tell Them to Support the PRO Act
  • American Jobs Plan will Strengthen Workers’ Rights & Rebuild Our Infrastructure 
  • Firefighters Win Major Gains in American Rescue Plan
  • Union Members Nominated for Workers’ Comp Board
  • When Bosses Marched Workers to the Ballot Box

International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) Local S7 voted overwhelmingly Sunday to ratify a new three-year contract with Bath Iron Works that includes substantial pay i

A week after releasing the most pro-union statement from a president in decades, President Biden issued a statement of administration policy today that strongly supports the passage of the PRO Act. The administration recognizes that the right to organize a union is a fundamental building block of the American Dream. Passing the PRO Act would strengthen and expand working people’s ability to form and join unions.

Anti-Asian racism has skyrocketed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Working people condemn this vile behavior as a stain on our nation. We will continue to fight these injustices.

IN THIS EDITION:

  • Maine AFL-CIO Applauds House Passage of Critical Covid Relief Bill, Disappointed by Rep. Golden 'No' Vote
  • Signs of Support for Maine Med Nurses!
  • Union Members Gather for 2021 Legislative Conference
  • Coalition calls on Legislators to Roll Back Tax Cuts for the Rich
  • Letter Carrier Discusses Need to Strengthen USPS with Senator King
  • Building Trades Members Call for Better Safety Training on Construction Sites
  • Rep. Golden Leads Over 100 Colleagues to Push for Action on the PRO Act
  • Union Members Rally at Sen. King’s Office for Covid Relief & $15 Minimum Wage

“We’re at a crossroads. Inaction will only worsen the suffering that working people have weathered over the past year,” said Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO. “But if we commit to rebuilding our communities on an unprecedented scale, we can get through this crisis stronger than before.”

Read the full article in The Los Angeles Times.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is using the president’s new message to advocate for the swift passage of Democrats’ Protecting the Right to Organize Act. If passed, the measure would be the first bill to overhaul labor rights since the Taft-Hartley amendments of 1947 to the National Labor Relations Act, which outlawed some organizing tactics and allowed states to enact right-to-work laws. The new bill, among other things, would extend collective bargaining rights to gig workers, overturn state right to work laws, and allow the federal labor board to levy penalties against companies who violate federal labor law. Biden, Trumka wrote in a Monday statement, “has proven he’s willing to speak out and stand with us. Now it’s time to follow words with action.”

Read the full article in Politico.

In a statement last night, President Biden issued an unprecedented call to action for working people across the country to exercise our right to form unions. “Unions lift up workers, both union and non-union, but especially Black and Brown workers. I made it clear—I made it clear when I was running—that my administration’s policy would be to support unions organizing and the right to collectively bargain. I am keeping that promise,” Biden said plainly.

Stuart Appelbaum, president of the RWDSU, thanked Biden for his support of the organizing drive. He said in statement, "As President Biden points out, the best way for working people to protect themselves and their families is by organizing into unions. And that is why so many working women and men are fighting for a union at the Amazon facility in Bessemer, Alabama." Appelbaum told NPR in January that the Bessemer warehouse workers wanted to join a union over concerns with grueling productivity quotas and wanted more input on workplace policies.

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