News

  • Celebrating Juneteenth
  • Workers Call on Senators King and Collins to Take Action to Fund the Frontlines
  • Check out the New Local S6 Temp Tales Episode!
  • Register Now for COPE Convention Awards Ceremony & Zoom Trainings
  • Tell the Mills Administration to Provide Relief for Laid Off Workers
  • Don’t Forget to Request an Absentee Ballot for the July Primary!

IN THIS EDITION: 

  • Local S6 Members Rally for a Fair Contract
  • State & Local Aid Car Caravan in Bangor — Thurs. June 19th at Noon!
  • National AFL-CIO Calls for Action on Racism & Police Violence
  • Victory for Techs at NLMC Hospital
  • Maine AFL-CIO Announces Primary Endorsements for State Legislature
  • Deadline Coming to Register for COPE Convention

IN THIS EDITION:

  • Continuing the Fight for Racial & Economic Justice
  • Show Your Support for BIW Workers
  • Need Silk Screening Done? Go Union!
  • Don't Forget to Nominate Your Favorite Steward of the Year
  • Union Members Provide Food Boxes for Health Care Workers
  • 100 Years Ago the Maine Workers Called for Universal Health Care

Working people are bearing the brunt of this global pandemic and economic crisis. The physical toll, death, pain, and suffering that Oregon’s frontline and essential workers have experienced is unprecedented.

Coupled with the economic collapse that has exacerbated long-term inequities for low wage workers and BIPOC communities, workers are hurting and they need protections.

Daniel DiSalvo asks: “Will Unions Let Schools Reopen?” (op-ed, June 30). Of course! The AFT published our school reopening plan in April. We said it isn’t a question of whether to reopen, but how to do it safely. We need the infrastructure and investment to physically distance, stagger classes, provide personal protective equipment and test, trace and isolate new cases.

Racial disparities in who contracts the virus have played out in big cities like Milwaukee and New York, but also in smaller metropolitan areas like Grand Rapids, Mich., where the Bradleys live. Those inequities became painfully apparent when Ms. Bradley, who is Black, was wheeled through the emergency room. Early numbers had shown that Black and Latino people were being harmed by the virus at higher rates.

This month’s historic Supreme Court ruling that LGBTQ employees are protected in the workplace by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was another step forward in the march for equality. While there is much to celebrate, this ruling comes as our nation is suffering from centuries-old systemic racism and grieving its latest victims. George Floyd and Breonna Taylor were killed by police officers. Twenty-five-year-old Ahmaud Arbery was gunned down on a run by two white men. We need to say their names, know their stories, and recognize why they were deprived of a full life.

RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF MACHINISTS LOCAL S6 STRIKE AND FIGHT FOR A FAIR CONTRACT AT BIW 

WHEREAS, it has long been recognized that “Bath built is best built” and that workers at BIW are highly skilled workers; and

WHEREAS, BIW - General Dynamics is a multi-billion dollar corporation that has received numerous tax breaks in recent years including tens of millions in tax breaks in Maine over the past decade; and

RESOLUTION to Work for Racial Justice in the Maine Labor Movement

Passed by the Maine AFL-CIO COPE Convention

WHEREAS, racism in the United States developed as a justification for the enslavement of African-Americans in order for capital to extract wealth from their labor and build the foundation of the economy in early America; and 

Race-neutral policies simply will not address the depth of disadvantage faced by people this country once believed were chattel. Financial restitution cannot end racism, of course, but it can certainly mitigate racism’s most devastating effects. If we do nothing, black Americans may never recover from this pandemic, and they will certainly never know the equality the nation has promised.

Read the full article in The New York Times Magazine.

America is suffering under the crushing weight of three crises, which are a public health pandemic, an economic free fall, and structural racism. They are knotted together in that untangling one depends on how we untangle the others. For instance, structural racism is deeply ingrained in the share of black workers unemployed and dying from the coronavirus. Today, thousands of working people across the country will join together in a national day of action called the Workers First Caravan for Racial and Economic Justice.