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IATSE Workers Locked Out of Merrill Auditorium

IATSE Workers Locked Out of Merrill Auditorium

On Thursday night outside of Merrill Auditorium, audience members lining up for Chelsea Handler’s show were met with picketers spanning the street. Instead of being in the auditorium preparing for the show, the unionized stagehands were locked...

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Milk With Dignity Comes to Maine

Milk With Dignity Comes to Maine

On Monday afternoon, November 8, shoppers at the Back Cove Portland Hannaford looked on as a crowd of more than 200 people gathered across the lot. Busses rolled in and a coalition of Vermont farmworkers got off, waving signs and carrying...

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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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