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IN THIS EDITION

  • Maine Med Nurse Celebrates Union Victory After Voting in Three Elections Since 1976
  • Union Members from 3 Unions Working on NECEC Project; Maine AFL-CIO Endorses
  • Maine AFL-CIO Endorses Tribal Sovereignty Bill
  • Congressman Jared Golden Pushes to Lower Medicare Age to 60
  • AFL-CIO Northeast District Meeting — Thursday, June 10
  • Labor Reading Group to Read “A Collective Bargain: Unions, Organizing, and the Fight for Democracy”
  • New Report Finds 20 Maine Workers Were Killed on the Job in 2019

IN THIS EDITION

  • Shaw’s Truck Drivers & Mechanics Return to Work After Brief Strike
  • Maine Dollar General Workers Quit En Masse to Protest Poor Treatment
  • IBEW 1837 Members at Central Maine Power Ratify New 4-Year Contract 
  • MSNA Members to Hold Vigil in Portland for 375 Nurses Who Died of Covid
  • Maine May Day Rallies Focus on Building Workers Power & Supporting the PRO Act
  • Workers Testify in Support of Bill to Fix Maine’s Unemployment System
  • Union members Support Bill to Require PPP for Frontline Workers

IN THIS EDITION

  • Maine Med Nurses Vote Overwhelmingly to Unionize
  • Portland Museum of Art Workers Win Union Election
  • Public Hearing on “Fix Unemployment" Bill — Monday, May 3rd, 9am
  • Maine May Day Rallies for Workers' Rights This Saturday, May 1st
  • Western Maine Labor Council Holds 15th Annual Workers' Memorial Day Event
  • Maine Textile Women Formed the “Industrial Reserve Army” of “Spindle City”

The AFL-CIO, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the Sindicato Nacional Independiente de Trabajadores de Industrias y de Servicios Movimiento 20/32 (SNITIS) and Public Citizen announced Monday that they have filed the first complaint under the Rapid Response Mechanism of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) against Tridonex, an auto parts factory located in Matamoros in the state of Tamaulipas, Mexico.

Billionaire Elon Musk is slated to host Saturday Night Live this weekend, and AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler (IBEW) is calling his infamous labor practices and anti-union tactics anything but funny. “Musk has used his social-media megaphone to spread misinformation about COVID-19, endanger employees’ health and violate their organizing rights.

The PRO Act is about as important a piece of labor legislation as we’ve seen in some time. It holds the potential to open the door for workers and organizers to step up and reverse 40 years of losses for organized labor. The law, whose initials stand for Protecting the Right to Organize, aims to do just that: protect workers from being harassed or fired if they try to organize a union or if they try to help their already existing union become more active in their workplace. This is seen as the number one legislative priority for organized labor.

Before we even find out if Elon Musk can do comedy, we know this: Letting him host “Saturday Night Live” is a joke.

In 2019, 5,333 working people were killed on the job and an estimated 95,000 died from occupational diseases, according to the 30th edition of Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect report released today. That means every day, on average, 275 U.S. workers die from hazardous working conditions. And this was before the devastating COVID-19 pandemic that has been responsible for far too many worker infections and deaths in our country.

The U.S. Senate should pass the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, five human rights and labor groups said today in releasing a question-and-answer document about the issue. The groups—including Human Rights Watch, the AFL-CIO, Amnesty International USA, the Economic Policy Institute and the National Employment Law Project—called on senators to seize this once-in-a-generation opportunity to tackle rampant economic inequality by empowering workers and building a more just and human rights-based economy.

Few presidents in America’s history have demonstrated a higher commitment to the labor movement than President Biden. “The truth is I’m a union president, and I make no bones about that,” he said on Saturday. “I’m committed to strengthening our unions and rebuilding the backbone of this country—the middle class.” Biden sat down with a UAW local president and talked about his administration’s policies to promote American manufacturing.

Yesterday, ahead of the Leaders Summit on Climate, the AFL-CIO Industrial Union Council and BlueGreen Alliance, along with the UAW and United Steelworkers (USW), released a report highlighting the need to preserve high-paying union jobs in the U.S. auto industry as part of any equitable clean energy transition. The report reviews the economic impacts of the transition to electric vehicles as well as policy options for creating and preserving good union jobs.