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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]

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]

This month in labour history

3-06-1900 The International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union is founded in New York City. [more]

4-06-1912 Massachusetts becomes the first US state to establish a minimum wage [more]

9-06-1865 Helen Marot, campaigner for working women, is born. [more]

11-06-1913 Police shoot at maritime workers on strike at United Fruit Co. in New Orleans, killing one. [more]

12-06-1904 Defying AFL's Samuel Gompers, 50,000 members of the Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen walk off their jobs. [more]

16-06-1918 Railroad union leader and socialist Eugene Debs makes his famous speech against capitalism in Canton, OH, which will land him in jail. [more]

19-06-1912 The eight-hour day is adopted for Federal employees [more]

20-06-1947 President Truman vetoes the anti-union Taft-Hartley Act, but his veto is overturned by Congress three days later. [more]

23-06-1999 Workers at Fieldcrest Cannon textile plants in North Carolina vote for union recognition after a 25 year struggle [more]

26-06-1894 American Railway Union members begin to refuse to run trains including Pullman cars, until the strike at Pullmans is settled [more]

27-06-1905 The Industrial Workers of the World, later popularly known as the Wobblies, is founded in Chicago with the aim of uniting all workers in One Big Union [more]

29-06-1894 Over 125,000 workers on two dozen railroads have joined the boycott of Pullman cars [more]

30-06-1918 Socialist anf labor leader Eugene Debs is arrested under the Espionage Act for making an anti-war speech in Canton, Ohio [more]