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IN THIS EDITION:

  • Google Workers Organize with CWA 1400
  • Union Members Meet with Congregational Delegation on New COVID Relief Bill
  • Register Now for Maine AFL-CIO State Legislative Conference - Feb. 26
  • Learn How Maine’s Earned Paid Time Off Law Impacts Collective Bargaining - Feb. 3
  • Register Now for Medicare for All Strategy Conference

This year, due to the pandemic, we have cancelled our in-person Labor Lobby Day activities at the State House, but we will be holding a virtual 2020 Legislative Policy Forum for union members to le

IN THIS EDITION:

  • Labor Reading Group to Feature Author Bill Fletcher, Jr. — Jan. 28th
  • Union Members Deliver Nearly 10 Tons of Food to Mainers in Need
  • New Book Chronicles Worker Militancy in Maine’s Paper Industry
  • Kittery Water District Workers Ratify First Contract
  • Join Virtual Events Celebrating the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • MSEA-SEIU 1989 Hiring for a Union Organizer Position

This November, voters in Portland will have the opportunity to vote on a referendum that would help address climate change while creating good union jobs in the process. The measure would require that contractors on publicly funded construction projects over $50,000 use skilled labor and pay living wages with benefits.

IN THIS EDITION

  • Portland Voters to Consider “Responsible Contracting” Ballot Measure
  • $15 Minimum Wage on the Ballots in Portland and Rockland
  • Register Now for the Virtual Climate Jobs and Just Transition Summit 
  • Can We Count on You to Help Elect Pro-Labor Candidates?
  • Corporations Funnel Billions to Billionaire Investors as Millions Struggle
  • 127 Years Ago This Week: The First Major Shoe Strike in Maine

This election year, America faces interlocking crises—a global health crisis, economic collapse, and systemic racism. Even as we live in fear of disease and economic ruin, we have had to watch the on-camera murders of unarmed Black people by officers who have sworn to protect and serve us. So many of us have stood outside nursing homes and hospitals as our loved ones died inside, alone. In response, we are struggling with despair and asking, Dare we hope for profound change in our public life?

Rev. William Barber, who heads the nonprofit Repairers of the Breach and the Poor People’s Campaign, joined Richard Trumka, president of the country’s largest federation of unions, at the church to announce a formal partnership to work for social, racial and economic justice. Trumka said the labor movement honors the bombing’s four young victims: Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson and Carol Denise McNair. “But our debt to this community is greater than that,” he said.

IN THIS EDITION: 

  • Labor Day Caravan Rolls Through Portland
  • Without Federal Aid, State & Municipalities Forced to Make Cuts
  • To Build Union Power We Need to Build Movements & Elect Pro-Labor Candidates
  • Collins-Approved NLRB Guts Union Protections

As the new professional football season begins, the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) released the first in a series of videos of members speaking out on racial justice. The video focuses on NFLPA members’ activism and their participation in the Black Lives Matter movement. The members shared their perspectives on kneeling and what using their platform looks like this football season. “I had that mindset of I’m going to kneel this year as well.

Fifty-five years ago, in a speech to the convention of the Illinois AFL-CIO, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. laid out with characteristic moral clarity the essential role of unions in American life. “The labor movement,” he explained, “was the principal force that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress … [When] the wave of union organization crested over the nation, it carried to secure shores not only itself but the whole society. Civilization began to grow in the economic life of man, and a decent life with a sense of security and dignity became a reality rather than a distant dream.”

This Labor Day, America’s working families are facing unprecedented challenges.

COVID-19 continues to ravage our communities, with thousands falling ill and hundreds dying every day. More than 27 million people are receiving some form of unemployment assistance in the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, with job losses hitting women and workers of color hardest of all.