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Today's news - Maine

Nurses to hold rally for a fair contract at Down East Community Hospital 2019-07-17 [National Nurses United]

Compromise bill to boost workers’ comp benefits for some becomes law 2019-06-19 [Press Herald]

Preble Street Workers Vote To Form A Union 2019-06-16 [ME Public]

State GOP leaders who opposed moderate changes to the state workers compensation system now say they will support them 2019-06-15 [Press Herald]

Western Maine Labor Council honors 21 Maine workers who died on the job 2019-04-29 [Sun Jrnl]

ME AFL-CIO Is First to Support a State-Level Green New Deal Bill 2019-04-24 [TruthOut]

Raft of workers’ comp reforms raises alarms 2019-04-21 [Press Herald]

Testimony is divided as Maine lawmakers consider paid family and medical leave for most workers 2019-04-21 [Press Herald]

Teachers, AFL-CIO rally for right to strike in Maine 2019-04-18 [San Antonio Express-News]

Maine Democrats take steps to help offset legal setback for labor unions 2019-04-03 [BDN]

Maine Senators Call For More Visas For Seasonal Workers 2019-03-30 [ME Public]

ME union workers unveil 2019 legislative agenda 2019-03-16 [ME Biz]

New program uses federal funds to pay young workers’ wages at select businesses 2019-02-06 [Bangor Daily News]

Former jetport maintenance workers sue city of Portland in age discrimination claim 2019-02-03 [Press Herald]

Labor mural to remain in state museum, says new governor 2019-01-09 [Albany Times Union]

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]

This month in labour history

4-07-1840 Tenants in upstate New York issue a 'Declaration of Independence', beginning a five-year Anti-Rent War [more]

5-07-1934 Two strikers are killed fighting police, scabs, and the National Guard during the San Francisco longshoremen's strike [more]

6-07-1892 Striking workers defeat and force the surrender of Pinkerton agents during the Homestead Strike in Pennsylvania [more]

8-07-1966 The largest strike in aviation history begins, shutting down 60 per cent of the US airline industry for six weeks [more]

10-07-1902 112 miners die in an explosion in the Rolling Mill Mine in Pennsylvania [more]

12-07-1933 The Screen Actors Guild holds its first meeting. Among those attending: future horror movie star and union activist, Boris Karloff. [more]

15-07-1959 Half a million steelworkers across the country strike for a pay increase in their new contract [more]

16-07-1934 The San Francisco Labor Council calls a city-wide general strike in support of longshoremen, which succeeds in winning most of the workers' main demands after four days. [more]

18-07-1969 African American hopsital workers in South Carolina win union recognition after a 113-day strike [more]

20-07-1899 Newsboys in New York go on strike against press giants Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst [more]

21-07-1877 The government attempts to violently suppress the great railroad strike in Pennsylvania [more]

22-07-1916 A bomb was is set off during a parade in San Francisco, killing 10 and injuring 40. Labour organizer Tom Mooney,and Warren Billings, a shoe worker, were convicted of the crime, but both were pardoned 23 years later [more]

25-07-1907 Trotskyist labor organizer and leader of the 1934 Minneapolis teamsters' strike Farrell Dobbs is born [more]

26-07-1877 Thirty workers are killed in the Battle of Halsted Street Viaduct during the railroad strike in Chicago. [more]

29-07-1970 The United Farm Workers sign their first collective bargaining agreement with California grape growers [more]

30-07-1975 Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa disappears from a parking lot in Oakland County and is never seen again [more]