LD 1816 to Promote Labor Education

by | Mar 22, 2022 | Labor, Life in Maine, News, Spotlight

Both the Maine House and Senate have recently passed LD 1816, An Act To Promote Labor Education through the University of Maine System. This bill would direct the University of Maine System to establish a labor and community education center at the University of Southern Maine focused on providing lifelong community-based labor education, research and outreach. The bill provides ongoing funds to establish the center. The bill also provides additional ongoing funds to the Bureau of Labor Education at the University of Maine.

In the spirit of great Maine labor historian Charles Scontras, LD 1816 would be a wonderful boon to Maine’s labor education efforts, reflecting the undeniably important role labor has in Maine’s history, present, and future. After a generation of labor decline and losses, we are beginning see labor start to get its legs back under itself these last few years. From teacher strikes in West Virginia, Chicago, and LA, to an assertive flight attendant union flexing its muscle to pressure Congress, to right here in Maine with the unionizing of Maine Medical nurses and Portland Museum of Art workers, labor is back on the march and this bill will only help its continued growth and development regionally.

Please check out this short video by Maine AFL-CIO to learn more about LD 1816, how it honors the spirit of a great Maine historian, and how it can help reconnect Mainers to our labor roots.

 

 

 

Maine AFL-CIO

The Maine AFL-CIO Is a state federation of over 160 local labor unions representing over 40,000 working men and women and retirees across the state.  We work to improve the lives and working conditions of our members and all workers in the state.  We are dedicated to represent the interests of working people at the state and local level. We mobilize our members and community partners to advocate for social and economic justice and we strive daily to vanquish oppression and make our communities better for all people—regardless of race, color, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, or ethnic or national origin.

T. Sinclair has an M.A. in History from the University of Maine. They are a life long Mainer and member of the Pine & Roses Editorial Collective.

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