Two-thirds of Mainers support path to citizenship for undocumented essential workers / by Lauren McCauley

A majority of Mainers support creating a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who were brought here as children, who fled war or natural disasters in their home country or who are considered essential workers, such as farmworkers, according to a recent poll conducted by the Maine People’s Resource Center. The poll, which surveyed 528Continue reading “Two-thirds of Mainers support path to citizenship for undocumented essential workers / by Lauren McCauley”

“Seal the deal!” – Mainers rally to urge King, other elected officials to support ‘transformative’ budget bill / by Evan Popp

That was the message sent to Sen. Angus King and other members of the state’s delegation at a rally in Brunswick on Thursday, where Mainers called on federal lawmakers to support the budget bill moving through Congress, arguing that the legislation represents a historic opportunity to make much-needed investments in climate, care and immigration reform. Continue reading ““Seal the deal!” – Mainers rally to urge King, other elected officials to support ‘transformative’ budget bill / by Evan Popp”

Opinion: Let’s not hang out the welcome sign for right-wing extremism / by Kathryn Harnish

Former state representative and chair of the Maine Grassroots Republican Caucus John DeVeau apparently wants to send white nationalists and sovereign citizens an engraved invitation to come to Aroostook County.   Earlier this summer, DeVeau presented the Aroostook County Board of Commissioners with a resolution that would have made The County a Second Amendment Sanctuary. DeveauContinue reading “Opinion: Let’s not hang out the welcome sign for right-wing extremism / by Kathryn Harnish”

Advocates look to expand trans rights in Maine after committee sinks discriminatory bills, by Evan Popp

Following the rejection of three anti-trans bills by the majority of the Maine Legislature’s Judiciary Committee on May 20, advocates are turning their focus to working on larger cultural and institutional shifts toward trans rights while also looking to pass several more immediate bills this session.  Two of the three bills that rights groups andContinue reading “Advocates look to expand trans rights in Maine after committee sinks discriminatory bills, by Evan Popp”

MAINE LABOR NEWS: UPDATES

Thanks to the Maine AFL-CIO and communications director Andy O Brien for these news briefs, selected from the many appearing on the Federation’s website at https://maineaflcio.org/ PMA Workers and Allies Demand Museum Cease Attacks on Workers’ Rights (April 1) Museum workers and fellow union members with the Southern Maine Labor have been handing out leaflets toContinue reading “MAINE LABOR NEWS: UPDATES”

Maine’s Labor Historian, Charles Scontras (1928-2021): His Contribution, by Chris McKinnon

Historians had long neglected Maine’s diverse working class. That changed in the 1960s when Charles A. Scontras, a young historian at the University of Maine, set out to rescue the State’s laboring classes from what the legendary British Historian E.P. Thompson once called, “the enormous condescension of posterity.” In the 1950s, British and other EuropeanContinue reading “Maine’s Labor Historian, Charles Scontras (1928-2021): His Contribution, by Chris McKinnon”

ICE, Migrant Children, and Maine, by Raina Overskride

The Biden administration is opening up a facility near Carrizo Springs, Texas where the U.S. Immigrations, Customs, and Enforcement Agency (ICE) will be holding unaccompanied migrant children. The facility, formerly a camp for oil field workers, was used briefly by the Trump administration in 2019 for the same purpose. The news is depressing and disappointing.Continue reading “ICE, Migrant Children, and Maine, by Raina Overskride”

Maine Medical Center Nurses Want a Union, Need Support, by Sheila Malone RN

Nurses at Maine Medical Center (MMC) in Portland, the region’s preeminent referral center, have taken steps to organize a union.  On their behalf, the Maine State Nurses Association (MSNA) in January petitioned the National Labor Relations Board to authorize a secret vote on forming a union for the hospital’s 1600 nurses. Ballots mailed to MMCContinue reading “Maine Medical Center Nurses Want a Union, Need Support, by Sheila Malone RN”

Under Capitalism Black Lives Are Adrift and Vulnerable

By W. T. Whitney Jr. It’s true. Too often, in too many circumstances, for too long, the lives of Black people in the United States don’t matter. Black people fill prisons; their children fill terrible schools; too many are poverty-stricken. But at issue here are the killings and the people left to die. Post-Civil WarContinue reading “Under Capitalism Black Lives Are Adrift and Vulnerable”

Biden backs strikers at Bath Iron Works-Mark Gruenberg

Originally posted on People’s World on June 29, 2020 10:52 AM by Mark Gruenberg BATH, Maine—Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and a parade of other prominent politicians are supporting the 4,300 Machinists Local S6 workers forced to strike by their bosses at the Bath Iron Works shipyard in Maine. “A job is about a lotContinue reading “Biden backs strikers at Bath Iron Works-Mark Gruenberg”