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Judge Tosses Professor Suit Against Union Backing Liberals 2018-12-06 [USNews]

In an effort to attract young workers, Maine is offering to reimburse their student loan payments 2018-12-02 [Marketplace]

Teamsters drivers, mechanics ratify first contract with Shaw’s in Maine 2018-11-15 [BDN Biz]

Shaw's Maine drivers win pay hike in first Teamsters-negotiated contract 2018-11-13 [Maine Biz]

Trade unions creating pathway for women, immigrants 2018-08-22 [The Times-Record]

Union Says Reduce Caseloads To Improve Maine Child Protection System 2018-08-16 [ME Public]

Contract Between Consolidated Communications, Workers Nearing Deadline 2018-08-05 [ME Public]

Maine labor and the Equal Rights Movement: From resistance to conversion 2018-07-01 [The Sun-Journal]

State House Blocks Effort to Roll Back Minimum Wage 2018-03-23 [PNS]

After one-day strike, new talks, Hannaford workers agree to company’s offer 2018-03-20 [BDN Biz]

South Portland Hannaford distribution center workers return to jobs after strike 2018-02-23 [Press Herald]

*This is a wakeup call for the company*: Hannaford workers launch strike 2018-02-22 [BDN Biz]

Workers at Hannaford distribution center go on strike for at least 24 hours 2018-02-22 [Press Herald]

Hannaford distribution workers reject contract offer, authorize strike 2018-02-20 [WGME]

250 Hannaford workers to go on strike 2018-02-19 [Albany Times Union]

MeToo movement comes to Augusta 2018-02-19 [Press Herald]

Augusta police, city reach deal on pay raises 2018-02-05 [Cntrl ME]

GOP lawmakers, consulting with biz groups, consider lowering minimum wage 2018-01-25 [News Center ME]

Republicans want to cut the minimum wage passed by voters in 2016 2018-01-25 [Daily Kos]

Workers emerging from painful reset at Bath Iron Works 2018-01-21 [The Times-Union]

Public-sector union sheds jobs after contract drops mandatory dues 2018-01-10 [The Press-Herald]

Workers from dead Maine paper mills call bankruptcy payouts ‘a total ripoff’ 2017-12-18 [The Daily News]

Failure to protect the ‘Dreamers’ will hurt our economy 2017-11-20 [BDN]

Union Leaders Say Casino Developer Has Agreed To Use Organized Labor For Construction 2017-11-01 [ME Public]

State contract unfairly awards non-union workers 2017-09-30 [Cntrl ME]

Bath Iron Works, Labor Union Reach Agreement 2017-09-24 [ME Republic]

Shipyard Strike Averted By Eleventh Hour Agreement At Bath Iron Works 2017-09-24 [Workers Independent News]

BIW union prepares to strike as negotiations reach deadlock 2017-09-20 [WCSH]

BIW union representing 760 draftsman and technicians rejects contract, set to strike 2017-09-19 [Ctrl ME]

State Union Workers Accept Pay Raise in Exchange for Dropping Nonmember Service Fees 2017-09-02 [WABI]

State union members vote to accept LePage RTW contract language 2017-08-31 [BDN ME]

Mainers Take Stand Against Racism and Hate 2017-08-22 [PNS]

LePage pay-raise offer sways biggest state union to accept RTW contract language 2017-08-15 [BDN ME]

Workers anxious, but state GOP has proposal to end shutdown 2017-07-02 [Daily Progress]

Teachers, union members rally for lawmakers to pass budget, avoid gov't shutdown 2017-06-27 [WCSH]

State Workers Come Out to Oppose Government Shutdown 2017-06-24 [WABI]

Teamsters Union files complaint against Paris for part-time firefighters 2017-06-16 [Sun Jrnl]

Cumberland County Jail workers demand better safety 2017-06-13 [WGME]

Bill would prevent workers from being punished for getting sick 2017-04-12 [Beacon]

Hundreds of Restaurant Workers Crowd State House in Debate Over Minimum Wage 2017-04-06 [ME Public]

A court’s decision in a Maine labor dispute hinged on the absence of an Oxford comma 2017-03-16 [Quart]

A win for Labor and Grammar Nerds together 2017-03-15 [Quartz]

Union-based lobster co-operative draws closer 2017-03-14 [The American]

RTW bills threaten another blow to workers collective rights 2017-03-12 [BDN]

Union Lobstering Workers Buy Wholesale Co-Op With Help From Bank Of Labor 2017-03-03 [WIN]

Our Labor Movement Is a Lesson for Progressives 2016-12-30 [The Free Press]

Voters raise minimum hourly wage to $9 next year, $12 in 2020 2016-11-09 [BDN]

Department of Labor data show back injuries most common type of injuries for workers 2016-10-17 [Portland Press Herald]

Judge dismisses shipyard union lawsuit claiming arbitrator bias 2016-08-20 [BDN Maine]

Gov LePage uses radio address to oppose minimum wage ballot question 2016-07-07 [Portland Press Herald]

This month in labour history

1-12-1946 130,000 Oakland, USA workers go on general strike. [more]

1-12-1955 Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat on a bus, sparking the Montgomery bus boycott. [more]

4-12-1970 Cesar Chavez sentenced to 20 days in jail for not calling off United Farm Workers boycott of lettuce grower Bud Antle Inc. [more]

5-12-1955 The two main union federations in the USA merge to form the AFL-CIO, electing George Meany as president, [more]

6-12-1907 The worst mining disaster in American history occurs when an explosion in a Monongah mine in West Virginia kills 361 miners. [more]

7-12-1896 In Chicago, 11 activists found the National Union of Steam Engineers of America; the forerunner of International Union of Operating Engineers. [more]

8-12-1886 The American Federation of Labor (AFL) is founded by 26 craft unions. Samuel Gompers is elected president. [more]

8-12-2001 230 jailed teachers in Middletown Township, NJ, ordered freed after agreement to end 9day strike & enter mediation. [more]

8-12-1916 Bernice Fisher born. US civil rights activist, union organizer, original founder of Congress of Racial Equality. [more]

13-12-1924 Samuel Gompers, founder of the American Federation of Labor, dies. [more]

14-12-1995 Boeing machinists in the US win a pay rise and an imporved health plan after a 69 day strike. [more]

14-12-1852 American Socialist Daniel De Leon born. Trade union organiser, journalist and Marxist theoretician who died in 1914. [more]

19-12-1983 Greyhound bus strike ends when members of Amalgamated Transit Union ratify a contract that slashes wages & benefits by 15% [more]

19-12-1907 A group of 239 coal miners die during a mine explosion in Jacobs Creek, Pennsylvania. [more]

21-12-1916 Emma Tenayuca, Mexican-American labour leader, is born. [more]

21-12-1919 Emma Goldman is deported to Russia as part of a post-war crackdown on union and left-wing activists. [more]

23-12-1908 AFL officers are found in contempt of court for urging a labor boycott of Buck's Stove and Range Co. in St Louis. [more]

24-12-1913 Seventy three striking miners and their families die in a stampede at the Italian Hall in Calumet, Michigan, after an unknown man enters shouting 'Fire!' [more]

24-12-1913 The Italian Hall Disaster in Calumet, Michigan, results in the death of 73 Christmas party goers held by striking miners. [more]

25-12-1904 Philip Vera Cruz, labour leader & activist in Asian American civil rights movement, is born. Co-founder of United Farm Workers' Union. [more]

25-12-1910 Bomb destroys part of the Llewellyn Ironworks in Los Angeles where a bitter strike is ongoing. [more]

26-12-1877 First national convention of the Socialist Labor Party, the first Marxist party founded in the USA. [more]

27-12-1943 President Roosevelt seizes railroads to avoid a national strike. [more]

29-12-2006 More than 15,000 United Steel Workers members at 16 Goodyear Tire & Rubber plants end an 86-day strike, ratify three-year contract. [more]

30-12-1936 The most famous of the Depression-era "sit down" strikes in the US begins at GM's Fisher Body plant in Flint, Michigan. [more]

30-12-1936 The United Auto Workers union stages its first sit-down strike. [more]

30-12-1899 In the back room of Behrens’ cigar shop in Sedalia, Missiouri, US, 33 railroad clerks form Local Lodge Number 1 of the Order of the Railroad Clerks of America. [more]

31-12-1969 Murder of Joseph Yablonski, United Mine Workers labor leader, by killers hired by a union political opponent. [more]

31-12-1969 Rank-and-file UMWA activist Jock Yablonski is murdered along with his family by hitmen acting on the orders of union president. [more]