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On This Labor Day, Remember

On This Labor Day, Remember

It’s Labor Day yet again, and while many of us will spend it grilling, visiting family, or meeting up with friends, many of us aren’t familiar with the hard and arduous road it took to achieve this day of respite for workers. And, even fewer of us...

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Advocating for minor leaguers’ work

Advocating for minor leaguers’ work

The following was originally published by Marc Normandin on June 30th, 2021 via his Patreon Newsletter. It is reprinted here with permission from the author. Sea Dogs fans, pay attention. When Advocates for Minor Leaguers formed back in early 2020,...

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Open letter to Gov. Mills from Maine state workers

Open letter to Gov. Mills from Maine state workers

The Maine Service Employees Association, SEIU Local 1989, represents over 13,000 workers, including workers in all three branches of Maine State Government. Pine and Roses here reprints MSEA's Open Letter to Gov. Janet Mills with the union's...

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Maine’s labor shortage demands more than a $15 wage

Maine’s labor shortage demands more than a $15 wage

Have you noticed all the “Help Wanted” signs? Businesses limiting their hours or offerings, or closing altogether, because they are short-staffed? Service workers who are more stressed out than usual? I recently got an oil change at a place with...

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Got Justice? Milk, farm workers, and Hannaford

Got Justice? Milk, farm workers, and Hannaford

Hannaford is Maine’s second-largest employer with roughly 10,000 workers spread out over sixty-three stores. The chain has deep roots in Maine and is still headquartered in Saco, but it’s now fully-owned and operated by Dutch megacorp Ahold...

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General Strike at the Dollar General in Eliot

General Strike at the Dollar General in Eliot

General Strike at the Dollar General in Eliot As Maine Beacon reported, in early May this year "[t]hree workers at the Dollar General in Eliot, Maine decided this week that they had had enough. They walked off the job together, leaving the store...

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Interview: Maine Med nurses vote union

Interview: Maine Med nurses vote union

Interview with Maine Med ICU nurse Madison Light On April 29, the National Labor Relations Board confirmed that nurses at Maine Medical Center, Scarborough Surgery Center, and the Maine Medical Center Brighton Campus voted to form a union by a...

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