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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

  • Nurses to Hold Contract Rally in Machias
  • Fighting Back in the Wake of the Janus Decision
  • ​Portland City Manager Throws Tantrum at Firefighters
  • Save the Dates: Labor Day Events!
  • Better Know a Local: IBEW 1837

IN THIS EDITON:

  • State Employees (MSEA-SEIU Local 1989) Secure Pay Raises in Tentative Agreement
  • Building Trades Bill to Strengthen Prevailing Wages Signed into Law
  • Maine Union Leaders See Opportunity in Offshore Wind
  • Take our Volunteer Survey: Maine’s Labor Movement Needs You!
  • 2019 Labor Summer Institute - sign up today!
  • Better Know a Local: IATSE Local 114 Celebrates 115 Years

IN THIS EDITION:

  • Legislature Adjourns, Mills Vetoes Priority Labor Bills
  • Calais Nurses Joined by USW, MSEA & Fireman & Oilers Members at Picket
  • Calais Techs Votes Unanimously to Unionize
  • Remembering the Jay Strike

IN THIS EDITION:

  • Preble Street Workers Form Union
  • Register now for Labor Summer Institute!
  • Nurses to Rally in Calais 
  • More Pro-Labor Victories
  • Papermaker & Discussion — 6/23
  • Ironworkers Going Strong in Maine
  • 110 Years Ago: Maine AFL Endorses Women’s Suffrage

IN THIS EDITION:

  • Legislative Update: Pro-labor victories
  • Calais Nurses in Contract Fight
  • State Employees (MSEA SEIU 1989) Rallying for Fair Contract — Sat. June 22
  • Race & Economics Workshop in Lewiston — Sunday July 21
  • State Green New Deal Passes Maine House!
  • Mainers Rally for Tax Fairness

IN THIS EDITION:

  • Workers Turn Out for Responsible Contracting
  • This Saturday: Letter Carriers’ “Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive!”
  • Workers of Color Forming A. Philip Randolph Institute Chapter
  • IBEW Workers Win Significant Staffing Demands from CMP
  • Providing Retirement Security for Mental Health & Corrections Workers
  • Earned Time Bill Passes Legislature
  • Maine Labor History: A Jamaican Farmworker Strike

Early in the morning on Nov. 26, 2018, Dave Green, the president of Local 1112 of the United Auto Workers, which represents workers at a General Motors plant in Lordstown, Ohio, received a call from the plant’s personnel director. Green needed to be at the plant at 9 a.m. for a meeting. The personnel director rarely called Green, and when he did, it was almost always bad news. Green got into his car — a silver Chevy Cruze — and sped toward the hulking 6.2-million-square-foot factory, which had manufactured nearly two million Cruzes since the car was introduced in 2011.

On May 4, 1886, thousands of workers rallied together in Chicago’s Haymarket Square to campaign for an eight-hour workday—initiating a tradition of protest for some of the most basic human rights. That was formalized on May 1, 1890, when the first International Workers’ Day was celebrated around the world.