Special Presentation Scheduled – “Lessons Learned from the Historic Fairpoint Strike”

On Tuesday, May 19 the Western Maine Labor Council will host a panel discussion and slide show about the recent historic strike at Fairpoint, followed by questions and answers.

CWA and IBEW members stayed out of work on strike against Fairpoint for over four months, some of it during bitter cold weather, with nearly flawless commitment to holding the line. This tremendous solidarity, along with a solid negotiating team and broad community support carried the day and brought the workers back to the job with a contract they were able to accept.

How did they do this? And what did they learn along the way?

Join us Tuesday May 19 to find out.
IBEW Local 567 Union Hall
238 Goddard Road, Lewiston

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Workers Memorial/May Day Dinner Scheduled

Speak Out - Safe Jobs PosterMark your calendar – Sunday, April 26 will be this year’s celebration and ceremony of Workers Memorial Day and May Day with the Western Maine Labor

Council.Workers’ Memorial Day is a day to commemorate workers who have died on the job. May Day has been the international holiday of the working class since the late 1800s as a result of the fight for the eight-hour day in this country.

This year’s dinner will include a delicious meal, a ceremony honoring Maine workers who died on the job last year, award presentations, entertainment, and raffles.

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Special Presentation on the Governor’s Budget Proposal

LD-138-1-29-2015-Joel_JohnsonAt the February 17 Western Maine Labor Council meeting, Joel Johnson from the Maine Center for Economic Policy will give a special presentation about the Governor’s budget proposal. If you have followed the news, you know that Governor LePage has proposed sweeping changes to our tax structure that will impact who is paying taxes and how much they are paying. The presentation will last approximately 15 minutes, will include a slide show and handouts, and will be followed by a question and answer period. Read more…

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Support Mission

Support-Mission_atWorkTransport Workers (TWU) Local 527 provides support services for U.S. troops as they train and learn signal command at the Fort Gordon military base in Augusta, Ga. Read more…

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17 Things We Learned About Income Inequality in 2014, Including ‘Goodbye, Middle Class’

Share of Households Earning Middle-Class Income

4F8955CC-D7F5-7210-D818AF7766ACF3A2_midIncome inequality became a hot topic of economic conversation in 2014, and publications like The Atlantic have taken notice. In 17 Things We Learned About the Economy in 2014, the authors explore the growth of low-income jobs, stagnant wages for families and shrinking wages for younger workers, the racial and gender wage gap, taxes and the dwindling middle class.

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Let’s Get Off the Hamster Wheel on Trade!

D31473D7-03BE-1567-6C953A990810DBE8_midIn January 2014, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, responding to the introduction of the latest “Fast Track” legislation, said, “It is past time for the United States to get off the corporate hamster wheel on trade.”

On the issue of trade, investment and global economic rules, America’s workers—and our brothers and sisters overseas—certainly are on a hamster wheel.

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