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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]

Bath Iron Works plans early start to union contract talks 2015-10-31 [Bangor Daily News]

Anti-union, anti-worker-mural Gov LePage: Public campaign financing is like giving my wife my checkbook 2015-10-27 [Rachel Maddow]

Unions reflect on tumultuous year, prepare to support minimum wage hike 2015-10-23 [BDN]

Majority of Mainers Support Minimum Wage Hike 2015-10-16 [ME NPR]

Former T-Mobile employee, activists speak out about alleged sexual harassment 2015-10-07 [Portland Press herald]

FairPoint unions to appeal ruling denying unemployment to strikers 2015-10-03 [BDN ME]

Fox Valley company to close mill 2015-09-30 [FOX]

Campaign for $15-per-hour minimum wage kicks off in Portland 2015-09-29 [Portland Press Herald]

Bath Iron Works turns to Gephardt to heal labor wounds 2015-09-16 [Albany Times Union]

Portland council keeps tipped workers’ base wage at $3.75 2015-09-10 [Portland Press herald]

Labor-union trouble at the Navy shipyard 2015-09-09 [San Diego Reader]

NLRB Ruling Sparks Concern, Praise 2015-08-29 [MPBN]

Labor agreement at Bangor draws praise 2015-08-11 [Kitsap Sun]

Biddeford PD Union claims city refuses to negotiate 2015-07-09 [WCSH-TV]

Eastern Maine Medical Center reaches tentative agreement with nurses union 2015-07-09 [WCSH-TV]

Nurses union plans walkout at Bangor hospital 2015-07-06 [Portland Press Herald]

Overtime pay change could help 20,000 salaried workers 2015-07-01 [Portland Press herald]

House blocks bill that would prevent minimum wage increases 2015-06-23 [BDN ME]

This month in labour history

7-03-1932 Unemployed workers stage a hunger march to the Ford complex at Dearborn, demanding workers be rehired. Police shoot at the demonstration, killing 4 and injuring 60 [more]

9-03-1910 Westmoreland County Coal strikes begins, ending in 1911. It is known as the 'Slovak strike', as 70% of the miners are Slovakian. 16 people are killed. [more]

11-03-1950 TWU members at American Airlines win 11-day national strike, gaining what the union says was the first severance pay clause in industry. [more]

12-03-1929 Lupe Anguiano, women's rights activist and labour organizer, is born. [more]

13-03-1830 The term “rat,” referring to a worker who betrays fellow workers, first appears in print in the New York Daily Sentinel [more]

18-03-1937 New York City police arrested striking Woolworth's store clerks - mostly women - who had occupied stores demanding a 40-hour workweek. [more]

31-03-1927 Cesar Chavez, Mexican-American labour leader, is born. [more]