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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]

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]

This month in labour history

1-02-1864 The Collar Laundry Union was formed in New York, the first women's union in US history, led by Kate Mullany. Over the next few years the women increase their wages from $2 to $14 a week. [more]

4-02-1924 IWW members took on the Ku Klux Klan, patrolling the streets of Greenville, Maine, after the KKK tried to threaten IWW union organisers: “We are going to stick, and if the Klan wants to start something, the IWW are going to finish it” [more]

4-02-1869 IWW and SPUSA leader Big Bill Haywood is born in Salt Lake City, Utah. [more]

4-02-1919 The General Strike Committee meets in Seattle, and makes preparations for an all-out labour stoppage [more]

5-02-1913 17-year-old Ida Braiman is shot dead by a contractor during the garment workers' strike in Rochester, NY. [more]

6-02-1919 A total of 60,000 of Seattle's population of 315,000 join the general strike on its first day [more]

8-02-1919 Workers in Butte, Montana responded to a dollar per day wage cut by launching a general strike. To prevent disunity, workers formed a Workers and Soldiers Council to conduct the strike. [more]

11-02-1937 The 6 week-long sit-down strike at General Motors in Flint Michigan ends as GM agrees to recognize the UAW. [more]

12-02-1968 Sanitation workers in Memphis begin a strike for recognition. During this strike Martin Luther King Jr is murdered [more]

12-02-1968 The Memphis sanitation strike by African-American workers began in protest against mistreatment, discrimination, dangerous working conditions, and the recent deaths of two workers. They held out until April and won. [more]

13-02-1913 82-year-old labour activist Mother Jones was arrested in West Virginia for supporting a coal miners strike. Convicted in a military court she was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Pardoned after serving 85 days. [more]

14-02-1818 Frederick Douglass is born into slavery in Maryland. He will go on to become a titanic figure in the struggle against slavery, and in favour of universal suffrage and women's rights. [more]

14-02-1936 Goodyear workers in Ohio strike. They defy union orders to leave the plant & resist 150 sheriff's deputies. Threatening a general strike if a vigilante army was used, they won after a month. [more]

15-02-1913 A strike of rubber workers in #Akron organised by @_IWW union grew to 3,500 strikers. Earlier that month 300 workers at Firestone walked out and were eventually joined by 20K others but police violence & repression forced them to end it. [more]

18-02-1935 Tens of thousands of New Yorkers were stranded by a wildcat strike of elevator operators in the city. [more]

19-02-1866 The first union in Mississippi was created by African-American washerwomen. [more]

19-02-1986 The Farm Labourers Organizing Committee wins recognition at Campbell's Soup farms after years of struggle [more]

20-02-1919 The Elaine massacre took place in Arkansas. After black farm workers tried to organise for better pay, hundreds of African-Americans were murdered and tortured by white racists and security forces [more]

23-02-1910 Workers at the soon to be infamous Triangle Shirtwaist factory decided to end their five month long strike. They had won higher wages and reduced hours but failed to get union recognition. [more]

24-02-1944 320 men, mostly African-Americans were killed in explosion at the Port Chicago naval base. 50 African-American servicemen who then protested against unsafe conditions were court-martialed and sentenced to 8-15 years hard labour. [more]

24-02-1939 US Supreme Court ruled sitdown strikes illegal. [more]

27-02-1881 African-American laundresses in Atlanta, Georgia, went on strike and were successful in raising wages and establishing a union. [more]

27-02-1939 Supreme Court rules that sit-down strikes violate property owners' rights and are therefore illegal. [more]