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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]

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]

This month in labour history

4-05-1886 A bomb is thrown during a demonstration against police violence in Haymarket Square, Chicago. The ensuing police riot and trials of anarchists, known as the Haymarket affair, eventually give birth to May Day as international workers' day. [more]

5-05-1886 Nine striking workers are shot dead by the National Guard at the Rolling Mills Steel Factory in Bay View, Milwaukee [more]

6-05-1935 The Works Progress Administration is established by executive order - it will provide work for millions of Americans. [more]

6-05-1937 Four hundred tobacco workers, earning just $3 per week, stage a walkout in Richmond, Virginia [more]

8-05-1926 A. Philip Randolph founds the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. [more]

9-05-1913 The garment workers strike at Cohoes could become an international incident after it emerges that Italian migrant workers are being forced to break the strike. [more]

11-05-1894 Three thousands Pullman railroad workers in Chicago begin a wildcat strike. [more]

12-05-1902 John Mitchell of the UMWA cals for a national strike, beginning the Anthracite Coal Strike which will last five months. [more]

13-05-1893 Western Federation of Miners formed in Butte, Montana. [more]

13-05-1980 Douglas Fraser of the UAW becomes the first union representative on the board a major US corporation after Chystler's stockholders vote him on. [more]

19-05-1920 A gun battle between the people of Matewan and Baldwin Felts detectives leaves ten people dead. [more]

22-05-1942 In Cleveland the Steelworkers Organizing Committee voted to become a union: the United Steelworkers of America [more]

25-05-1946 President Truman comes within three minutes of drafting the nation's railroad workers into the army to suppress a proposed strike, but the union leaders and employers settle just before the presiden't ultimatum comes into effect. [more]

26-05-1937 UAW organisers are attacked and beaten by Ford security men in Dearborn, Michigan, in an incident which greatly increases support for the union. [more]

28-05-1946 Workers in Rochester, New York, stage a successful one day general strike for the right to form unions. [more]

29-05-1990 The Justice for Janitors strike of ISS cleaners in Los Angeles begins. [more]

30-05-1937 Ten workers are shot dead by Chicago police during a strike at the Republic Steel Mill. [more]

31-05-1921 The Sacco and Vanzetti trial begins in Dedham, Massachusetts. [more]