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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]

RSU 22 Teachers Union files complaint 2016-04-28 [WCSH]

In Madison, economic anxiety fuels voter reactions to presidential campaign 2016-03-28 [Central ME]

State Minimum Wage: Competing Versions Duke It Out 2016-03-22 [PNS]

LePage puts up ‘wanted’ posters targeting unions 2016-03-20 [New Boston Post]

USW endorses Emily Cain for Maine’s U.S. Congress seat 2016-03-18 [USW]

Lawmakers vote against motion to send minimum wage bill to legislative committee 2016-03-18 [ME News Online]

Backlash from 'WANTED' signs posted outside LePage town hall 2016-03-14 [WCSH]

LePage puts up ‘wanted’ posters targeting unions 2016-03-13 [New Boston Post]

Governor and Critics Spar Over Old West-Style Wanted Posters 2016-03-12 [NYTimes]

As Maine manufacturing falters, unions hold line elsewhere 2016-02-22 [BDN]

Minimum wage hike qualifies for 2016 ballot 2016-02-17 [Bangor Daily News]

Mandated overtime crushing morale, Riverview workers tell legislators 2016-01-21 [Central ME]

November Ballot: Mainers Likely Face Minimum-Wage Decision 2016-01-18 [PNS]

National report says living wage in Maine is $15.77 / hr -- but minimum wage now $7.25 2015-12-17 [BDN ME]

Bangor’s minimum wage increase draws mixed reviews 2015-12-16 [BDN ME]

Right-Wing GOP Governor Succeeds in Making More People Go Hungry, is obsessed with cutting food stamps 2015-12-15 [Alternet]

BIW machinists union approves new contract with Genl Dynamics 2015-12-14 [WMTW]

Bath Iron Works, IAM Local S6 reach tentative contract agreement 2015-12-09 [Bangor Daily News]

Shipbuilder, union reach tentative agreement 2015-12-09 [News Tribune]

Bath Iron Works to begin early negotiations with union 2015-11-09 [WCSH]

Shipyard to begin early negotiations with union 2015-11-08 [Seattle PI]

Next minimum wage drive in Maine: $12 an hour statewide 2015-11-05 [Portland Press Herald]

This month in labour history

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

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

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

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

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

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]