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IN THIS EDITION:

  • Bates College Educators and Staff Launch Union Organizing Drive
  • TV & Film Workers (IATSE) Vote Nearly Unanimously to Authorize Strike
  • “I've seen too many people lose this fight to stay silent” Union members speak up on getting vaccinated
  • Bangor Federation of Public Employees (AFT 6071) Ratify New Contract
  • Machinists District 4 Launch “Respect on the Job" Campaign
  • Hiring Announcement: Maine Labor Climate Council Director
  • Maine Labor History: Remembering the Saco Firemen’s Strike of 1862

IN THIS EDITION:

  • State Minimum Wage to Increase in 2022
  • Looking for a good part-time union job? Stagehands are hiring!
  • Unions Urge MDOL to Develop Strong Rules for “Maine Green New Deal” Law
  • The Maine AFL-CIO Maine Working Families Legislative Scorecard is Now Online!
  • Labor Notes’ Online “Secrets of a Successful Organizer” Trainings in October
  • Workers Should Have a Voice in How Vaccine Mandates are Implemented
  • Take the Maine Workforce System Branding Survey

IN THIS EDITION:

  • IBEW 1253 Secures New Contract with Pay Raises
  • The 2021 Working Families Legislative Scorecard is In the Mail!
  • Planned Parenthood Workers’ Tentative Agreement Includes Big Raises
  • Union Organizers Say “Build Back Better” Bill a Gamechanger for Union Organizing in Maine
  • Maine AFL-CIO's 33rd Biennial Convention - October 26 - 27
  • HIRING ANNOUNCEMENT: Maine Labor Climate Council Director
  • When Mainers Went On Strike in the 1830s & 40s

Twenty years ago today, on a Sunday afternoon in Brookwood, Alabama, 32 coal miners descended 2,000 feet below the ground into the Jim Walter Resources Blue Creek No. 5 Mine for a routine maintenance check.

Flying into Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport recently, I spotted the ramp workers on the tarmac, busily unloading bags and doing safety checks on the plane in 115 degree heat. Most passengers were anxious to deplane, ready to head to baggage claim, not giving a second thought to the work happening all around them to make their journey happen.

IN THIS EDITION:

  • NH Bull Moose Workers Form Union with UFCW 1445
  • Build Back Better Bill Strengthens Workers' Rights & Cracks Down on Union Busting
  • Apprentices Learn New Skills & the Value of Being Part of a Union
  • Please Share This Video to Show Your Support for Maine Med Nurses
  • Join Us for Maine Labor Jeopardy with WMLC - Tues. Sept. 21
  • “State of the Unions“ Podcast Is Back

IN THIS EDITION:

  • Workers Hold Virtual Labor Day Celebrations & Push PRO Act
  • Maine Med Nurses in COVID ICU Urge Mainers to Get Vaccinated
  • UMaine & USM Offer Courses in Labor Studies
  • Here’s What Maine Will Receive In the Federal Infrastructure Bill
  • APRI Maine Visits “Reckoning With Intolerance in Maine” Exhibit
  • Maine Lobstering Union Fights Fishing Regulations
  • Nominate Your Favorite Steward for “Steward of the Year”
  • America Loves Unions: Public Support for Unions at Record High!

IN THIS EDITION:

  • B&M Baked Bean Plant to Shutter, Laying Off Nearly 80 Workers
  • Nurses Urge Maine Medical Center to Maintain COVID Protections
  • Support Planned Parenthood Workers Fighting for a Fair Contract
  • “Best Contract in 30 Years!” — Portland Firefighters Ratify New Contract
  • Aroostook County Workers Sign Postcards Supporting the PRO Act
  • CWA Members Organize for Quality Broadband with Strong Labor Standards
  • Maine Churches to Feature Labor Day Speakers

AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler discussed the economy and jobs with the Christian Science Monitor. She also reflected on becoming the first woman to lead the union. The organization’s previous president, Richard Trumka, passed away in August 2021. Other topics discussed included workers' rights legislation and the upcoming midterm elections. 

Watch the segment on C-SPAN.

IN THIS EDITION:

  • Consolidated Communications Workers (IBEW 2327 & CWA 1400) Ratify Contract
  • Union Members March in Maine’s Bicentennial Parade
  • US House Makes Progress on Infrastructure, Budget Bill and Voting Rights
  • EMLC & CMLC Labor Day Zoom Celebration — Sept. 6
  • Register for the Virtual Climate Jobs Summit on September 21
  • New Maine Working Class History Website!

The executive council of the AFL-CIO held a special meeting last week to name their next leader, following the death of the labor federation’s longtime president, Richard Trumka. For the first time in the organization’s history, they chose a woman. Liz Shuler, 51, had served as the federation’s second-in-command under Trumka since they were elected together in 2009. Despite the sad and unusual circumstances of the succession ― Trumka died on Aug.