The (American) Exception to the Rule? / by Richard Rhames

Photograph by Nathaniel St. Clair I pruned some tomatoes. I reviewed some stuff from a local planning board meeting last night (where nearly 200 manufactured houses were proposed for planting in farm fields across town). I checked the weather forecast. Then, as I sometimes do, I checked the UK Guardian newspaper on-line. I’ve seldom found big USContinue reading “The (American) Exception to the Rule? / by Richard Rhames”

Maine Poor People’s Campaign mobilizes for national ‘Moral March on Washington’ in June / by Evan Popp

Photo: A day of action organized by the Maine Poor People’s Campaign in Bangor in 2021 | Photo courtesy of Maine Poor People’s Campaign via Facebook  Mainers from across the state will travel to Washington, D.C., next month as part of a march to demand that those in power stop ignoring the 140 million poor andContinue reading “Maine Poor People’s Campaign mobilizes for national ‘Moral March on Washington’ in June / by Evan Popp”

Maine News: Biddeford Starbucks Workers File to Unionize / by Andy O’Brien

Credit: Libby March for the Washington Post via Getty Images Starbucks workers at a store location in Biddeford announced their intent to unionize last week, joining hundreds of Starbucks employees at 260 of the company’s stores across the country who have filed for union elections. In a letter to Starbucks CEO Howard Schulz, the workers at StoreContinue reading “Maine News: Biddeford Starbucks Workers File to Unionize / by Andy O’Brien”

Maine News: Dems back progressive reforms in platform but protesters say party fell short on tribal rights / by Evan Popp

Top photo: Gov. Janet Mills outside the Maine Democratic Convention over the weekend | Photo via Maine Democrats on Maine Democrats finalized their party platform at a convention over the weekend in Bangor, including some progressive policy principles such as the right to health care, housing, food and reproductive freedom but also drawing the ire ofContinue reading “Maine News: Dems back progressive reforms in platform but protesters say party fell short on tribal rights / by Evan Popp”

Maine Poor People’s Campaign mobilizes for national ‘Moral March on Washington’ in June / by Evan Popp

Photo: A day of action organized by the Maine Poor People’s Campaign in Bangor in 2021 | Photo courtesy of Maine Poor People’s Campaign via Facebook  Mainers from across the state will travel to Washington, D.C., next month as part of a march to demand that those in power stop ignoring the 140 million poor andContinue reading “Maine Poor People’s Campaign mobilizes for national ‘Moral March on Washington’ in June / by Evan Popp”

Maine News: Bangor Daily News Voluntarily Recognizes News Staff Union / by Andy O’Brien

Photo Credit: NCM The parent company of the Bangor Daily News agreed last Friday to recognize a new union that will represent more than 30 newsroom members. The unionization effort went public last week, when a group of BDN employees announced its intention to organize as part of the News Guild of Maine, Local 31128 of the Communications WorkersContinue reading “Maine News: Bangor Daily News Voluntarily Recognizes News Staff Union / by Andy O’Brien”

It’s past time for a $15 federal minimum wage / by Martin Hart-Landsberg

It may seem like a lot, but it’s not the most important change in the bill. (Photo: J. Scott Applewhite / AP) President Biden’s 2022 State of the Union Address included a call for a $15 federal minimum wage. According to an Economic Policy Institute study, a phased increase to a $15 federal minimum wage by 2025Continue reading “It’s past time for a $15 federal minimum wage / by Martin Hart-Landsberg”

Manoomin May Day / by Peter Linebaugh

AIM Wounded Knee Occupation solidarity poster (Detail), 1973. “The righteous shall inherit the land and dwell therein for ever.” – Psalms 37:29 The international worker’s day must become a day to protect the earth, its air, and waters. We are co-creators. War is a means of conquering at home, Tom Paine said in Rights of Man.Continue reading “Manoomin May Day / by Peter Linebaugh”

Maine News: ‘We are unified’: Maine Med nurses, supporters rally for fair union contract / by Evan Popp

Image credit: WMTW Hundreds rallied in solidarity with nurses at Maine Medical Center on Wednesday morning, braving a steady rain to urge management at the state’s largest hospital to agree to adequate staffing levels, competitive benefits and wages, and other policies to improve working conditions and patient safety within nurses’ first union contract, which isContinue reading “Maine News: ‘We are unified’: Maine Med nurses, supporters rally for fair union contract / by Evan Popp”

Blaming workers, hiding profits in primetime inflation coverage / by Ines Santos and Luca GoldMansour

An NBC Nightly News segment (11/12/21) on the “Inflation Crisis” stressed the role of labor shortages. Rising prices directly impact virtually the entire population, so it’s not surprising that there has been a constant drumbeat of reports in the corporate media laying out the factors contributing to inflation as well as its economic and political consequences.Continue reading “Blaming workers, hiding profits in primetime inflation coverage / by Ines Santos and Luca GoldMansour”