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IN THIS EDITION:

  • MSNA Members Honor Fallen Nurses & Call on Senator Collins to Save Lives
  • Maine Planned Parenthood Workers Vote to Form a Union
  • IBEW 567 & 490 Keeping Busy Installing Clean Energy Projects
  • Local S6 Stands Strong in Talks with BIW
  • Maine APRI Leader Speaks About Workers' Rights & Racial Justice at Teletown Hall

IN THIS EDITION:

  • US Senate Must Pass Stimulus to Support Frontline Workers 
  • Workers Struggle as Unemployment Benefits Expire This Week
  • Hundreds of Local S6 Members Rally for a Fair Contract
  • Portland Letter Carriers Blow Whistle on USPS for Delaying Mail to Benefit Amazon

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.

  • 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!

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.

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

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka has demanded an investigation from Facebook and a public apology from founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg after an online presentation touted the ability of employers to block the word "unionize" on the company's Workplace platform. "Blacklisting is illegal. Employers censoring their employees' speech about unionizing is illegal," Trumka, the leader of the largest federation of labor unions in the U.S., tweeted on Friday.

The ruling came as demonstrations continued Thursday in both Matamoros and Mexico City demanding the release of Susan Prieto, who faces charges that include inciting riot, threats and coercion. Her case has drawn attention beyond Mexico, including a call for her release issued Wednesday by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Wednesday. “Susana Prieto is a fierce advocate whose tireless advocacy on behalf of workers in Mexico’s maquiladoras has made her a thorn in the side of powerful companies and corrupt officials,” Trumka wrote.