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Trump-led NAFTA update looks like a cinch in Congress. It isn’t in free trade-wary Maine 2020-01-13 [BDN]

Virtual charter school’s vote for union is in limbo after challenge before labor board 2020-01-04 [BDN Bangor]

Scarborough teachers rally gains support of Bernie Sanders 2020-01-03 [WMTW]

Scarborough teachers’ contract dispute gets national visibility via Bernie Sanders tweet 2020-01-02 [Press Herald]

On New Years Day, more than 171,000 Maine workers will see boost in wages 2020-01-01 [Beacon]

Minimum wage increase means overtime pay for more workers 2019-12-31 [Central ME]

Maine Lobstering Union suing wholesalers, claiming they stole nearly USD 2 million 2019-12-07 [SeafoodSource]

Maine university professor loses appeal opposing faculty union representation 2019-10-11 [BDN Bangor]

UMaine Machias Professor's Suit Opposing Union Tossed Out By 1st Circuit Court Of Appeals 2019-10-11 [ME Public]

Planting the seeds of labor reform 2019-10-01 [BDN Bangor]

Carpenters Protest Misclassification of Workers on College Campus 2019-09-15 [Work Comp Central]

ME AFL-CIO director: Workers are getting restless, and politicians better listen 2019-09-02 [Press Herald]

Support the workers: Labor Day was first celebrated in Rockland in the 1890s 2019-08-30 [Village Soup]

Maine workers to see raise, family leave in new union deal 2019-08-03 [Caledonian Record]

The workers have become the owners at this Bangor construction company 2019-07-29 [BDN Bangor]

Nurses to hold rally for a fair contract at Down East Community Hospital 2019-07-17 [National Nurses United]

Compromise bill to boost workers’ comp benefits for some becomes law 2019-06-19 [Press Herald]

Preble Street Workers Vote To Form A Union 2019-06-16 [ME Public]

State GOP leaders who opposed moderate changes to the state workers compensation system now say they will support them 2019-06-15 [Press Herald]

Western Maine Labor Council honors 21 Maine workers who died on the job 2019-04-29 [Sun Jrnl]

ME AFL-CIO Is First to Support a State-Level Green New Deal Bill 2019-04-24 [TruthOut]

Raft of workers’ comp reforms raises alarms 2019-04-21 [Press Herald]

Testimony is divided as Maine lawmakers consider paid family and medical leave for most workers 2019-04-21 [Press Herald]

Teachers, AFL-CIO rally for right to strike in Maine 2019-04-18 [San Antonio Express-News]

Maine Democrats take steps to help offset legal setback for labor unions 2019-04-03 [BDN]

Maine Senators Call For More Visas For Seasonal Workers 2019-03-30 [ME Public]

ME union workers unveil 2019 legislative agenda 2019-03-16 [ME Biz]

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]

This month in labour history

1-01-1966 At 8.02am a transport strike begins across New York City. Strikers will win a 15% pay rise, and other benefits, after 12 days. [more]

2-01-1920 Thousands of US labor activists are arrested in the 'Palmer Raids' during the first Red Scare. [more]

3-01-1917 Trial of labour organizer Tom Mooney begins in San Francisco for Preparedness Day bombing. He was framed & serves 22 years. [more]

4-01-1966 Transport Workers Union of America leader Mike Quill arrested for violating an anti-strike court injunction in 4-day old 35000-member strike. [more]

4-01-1965 Start of victorious 28-day strike by 8000 New York City social workers over better conditions for welfare recipients. [more]

7-01-1920 Five elected members of the New York state assembly belonging to the Socialist Party are refused their seats. [more]

11-01-1912 The 'Bread and Roses' strike began in Lynn Massachusetts. The strike was begun and led by mainly immigrant women. [more]

11-01-1937 Police beat and arrest UAW members during the great sit-down strike in Flint, Michigan [more]

13-01-1874 Mounted police from the NYPD violently attack a demonstration of unemployed workers in Tompkins Square Park. [more]

15-01-1929 Birth of civil rights activist and labor movement supporter Martin Luther King, Jr [more]

17-01-1915 The song 'Solidarity Forever' by Ralph Chaplin is first sung, on a hunger march through Chicago organised by Lucy Parsons. [more]

22-01-1969 Black workers at the Eldon Chrysler plant in Detroit march on the autoworkers' union with a list of grievances. The workers had formed ELRUM - the Eldon Revolutionary Union Movement - and they called a strike the next day. [more]

23-01-1913 Joe Hill's song 'Mr. Block', extolling the virtues of industrial unionism, is first published in the IWW's newpaper. [more]

27-01-1850 Samuel Gompers, founder of the American Federation of Labor, is born. [more]

29-01-1834 Federal troops are used to break a strike for the first time in America, on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal [more]

31-01-1938 12,000 pecan shellers, most of them Hispanic women, strike for higher wages and civil rights in San Antonio, Texas. [more]