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Healthcare Update — September

In this E-Newsletter:

  • Maine Union Members Call for Medicare for All
  • 1 in 4 Mainers Stop Taking Medication Due to Cost
  • Protecting the Healthcare Status Quo is Short-Sighted

IN THIS EDITION:

  • Repeal the Tax on Healthcare Plans!
  • Join the Labor Sing-a-Long at the Common Ground Fair
  • Discussion on Labor Issues in the Food Service Industry — 9/18
  • AFT Endorses Climate Strikes

IN THIS EDITION: 

  • Calais Nurses & Caregivers Vote to Authorize Strike
  • Spirit of Solidarity Strong at Labor Day Celebrations!
  • USW Locals in Madawaska Ratify Strong Contract
  • Maine AFL-CIO Convention — Oct. 24-25th!

Mick Mulvaney, a millionaire who is President Trump’s acting chief of staff and director of the Office of Management and Budget, awarded himself another job last week: spokesman for labor.

The North American Free Trade Agreement has been a disaster for working Pennsylvanians. But, the way it came about was no accident.

Those in power decided that greed, not justice or fairness, would be the rule of our economy. Corporations were handed free rein to suppress the rights of workers in Mexico, slash wages across North America and destroy livelihoods here at home — anything to fatten their already burgeoning profit margins.

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

When AFSCME member Deborah Van Horn was unable to work due to health issues, she turned to Union Plus for financial help. As a Union Plus Credit Cardholder, she was eligible to apply for the Union Plus Disability Grant.

As Pride Month is recognized around the world this year, the rainbow-hued celebration will be colored by hope, fear for the future, and reverence for the queer liberation movement’s radical past.

Mexico didn’t foist NAFTA on the United States, despite President Donald Trump’s constant claims that the U.S. loses “so much money” on the deal. We did it to ourselves, and we did it deliberately.

Corporations wanted to create in Mexico a low-wage haven where they could shift production, expecting us to happily buy the imported goods built with cheap Mexican labor—while exporting our jobs.

President Trump ran for office as a champion of American workers and a friend of labor unions, but his administration has systematically favored employers at the expense of workers.

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