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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]

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]

This month in labour history

2-10-2007 Starbucks Workers Union baristas at an outlet in East Grand Rapids, Mich., organized by the Wobblies, win their grievances after the National Labor Relations Board cites the company for labor law violations, including threats against union activists. [more]

3-10-1932 The state militia is called in after 164 high school students in Kincaid, Ill., go on strike when the school board buys coal from the scab Peabody Coal Co. [more]

9-10-2003 Chicago sanitation workers end a nine-day strike, winning a 28% pay rise. [more]

9-10-1888 United Hebrew Trades founded in New York by socialist shirt-maker Morris Hillquit. [more]

10-10-1933 Four workers are killed by cotton growers during a strike in Pixley, California. [more]

11-10-1873 The Miners’ National Association is formed in Youngstown, Ohio, with the goal of uniting all miners, regardless of skill or ethnic background. [more]

13-10-1934 American Federation of Labor votes to boycott German good to protest Nazi policies. [more]

15-10-1914 President Woodrow Wilson signs the Clayton Antitrust Act, often referred to as "Labor’s Magna Carta,"establishing that unions are not conspiracies under the law. [more]

16-10-1859 John Brown leads anti-slavery raid on Harper's Ferry. [more]

17-10-1939 Labor activist Warren Billings is released from California's Folsom Prison. Along with Thomas J. Mooney, Billings had been pardoned for a 1916 conviction stemming from a bomb explosion during a San Francisco Preparedness Day parade. [more]

18-10-1927 IWW Colorado Mine strike; first time all coal fields are out. [more]

19-10-1980 The J.P. Stevens textile company is forced to sign its first union contract after a 17-year struggle in North Carolina and other southern states. [more]

20-10-1926 Eugene V. Debs, leading American Socialist and trade unionist, dies. [more]

21-10-1902 In the United States, a five-month strike by United Mine Workers ends. [more]

22-10-1887 John Reed, the author of Ten Days That Shook the World, is born. [more]

25-10-1949 Longshore workers in Hawaii win a strike for pay parity with their colleagues on the mainland. [more]

27-10-1951 The National Negro Labor Council is formed in Cincinnati to unite black workers in the struggle for full economic, political and social equality. [more]

30-10-1986 Ed Meese, attorney general in the Ronald Reagan administration, urges employers to begin spying on workers "in locker rooms, parking lots, shipping and mail room areas and even the nearby taverns" to try to catch them using drugs. [more]

31-10-1891 Tennessee sends in leased convict laborers to break a coal miners strike in Anderson County. The miners revolted, burned the stockades, and sent the captured convicts by train back to Knoxville [more]