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IN THIS EDITION:

  • Portland Museum of Art Workers Ratify First Contract
  • Support Collective Bargaining Rights for TSA Workers
  • Solidarity Harvest Delivers Nearly 1500 Food Baskets to Mainers in Need
  • Proposed Maine GOP Platform Calls for “Right to Work for Less” Law
  • Maine Building Trades Council Elects Jason Shedlock As President
  • Maine Peonage Law Sent Workers to Jail for Quitting Their Jobs

When Liz Shuler rides on an airplane, she often has an experience that will be familiar to most travelers: Her seat mate asks, "What do you do?"

Five years ago, after saying she worked for a labor union, Shuler said, most people would put their noses back in their books. Today, she's met with reactions like "awesome" and "amazing." 

IN THIS EDITION

  • Maine AFL-CIO Applauds Passage of Build Back Better Act Through US House
  • Update on Bates Workers' Organizing — 3 Ways YOU Can Support Them
  • Nearly 100 Picket Merrill Auditorium to Call for Union Busting to Cease
  • IATSE Members Ratify Contract with Film & TV Producers
  • Harlan Baker’s Labor Play “Jimmy Higgins” — Sat., Dec. 11
  • Have a Union Thanksgiving!
  • Worker Struggles in Saco & the Rise of the Modern Corporation in Maine

Union Stagehands to Picket Merrill Auditorium, Demand Fair Contract & Halt Union Busting Tonight, Thurs. Nov. 18, at 5:30pm

Members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees.

IN THIS EDITION:

  • Congress Passes Historic Investment in Infrastructure & Jobs
  • WMLC President Calls on Collins to Support Build Back Better
  • United Farmworkers Co-Founder Dolores Huerta Supports Bates Workers
  • New Report Recommends Policies to Support & Empower Workers
  • Update on Federal Vaccine & Testing Rules
  • When Mainers Went on Strike for More Free Time

NYT: How did you get your start in the labor movement?

Liz Shuler: I came up through the IBEW [International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers]. My father was a union member and worked for PGE [an Oregon utility]. Clerical workers were not in a union, and my mother and I were organizing them. PGE was a study in the difference a union can make: Power linemen were respected and made good wages, and nonunion clerical workers were not listened to and didn’t have a voice.

IN THIS EDITION:

  • IBEW 567 Has its Largest Class of First-Year Apprentices Ever!
  • Maine AFL-CIO Tells Hilton to Save Union Hotel Jobs
  • Support MDI Teachers Fighting for a Fair Contract
  • MSEA Member Katie Duncan Wins "Shop Steward of the Year" Award
  • Volunteers & Sponsors Needed for 19th Annual Solidarity Harvest
  • Build Back Better bill Provides Funding for Good Union Jobs
  • Voting is Open for Next Labor Reading Group Selection
  • Discussion of John Neal’s 1831 “Call to Labor” — November 15th

MAINE DEMOCRATIC PARTY STAFFERS UNIONIZE

We would like to welcome the latest members of Maine’s labor movement! The permanent staff of the Maine Democratic Party have formed a union with IBEW 1837. Party Affairs Director April Thibodeau said at the Biennial Convention this week that the party voluntarily recognized the union, honoring workers desire to form a union.