Boots on the Ground
The time is now to take action to make sure that our union brother Mike Michaud is Maine’s next Governor.
Can you join us for one door to door canvass this month to talk to voters about Mike and our other endorsed candidates?
SIGN UP TODAY by clicking here: www.maineaflcio.org/CountMeIn
Can we count you in? Call us at 622-9675 for more information and to sign-up to help out.
FairPoint Actions – Tuesday the 12th
Our Brothers and Sisters at IBEW 2327 and CWA 1400 who work at FairPoint are now working without a contract, since their contract expired at midnight on August 2nd.
The workers are asking supporters like us to stand with them for informational picketing on the early morning of Tuesday, August 12th. Locations and exact times are being finalized and we will get those to you ASAP.
FairPoint has made it clear they want massive, unacceptable concessions. The unions put forward proposals that would save the company $180 million dollars, and the company flat out refused the package as a “non-starter” because they are looking for many times that in concessions.
FairPoint is not interested in anything other than making money for the Wall Street hedge funds that control it.
Above: IBEW and CWA members and supporters holding a vigil last Saturday in Portland to mark the expiration of the contract.
Join us in Orono– Summer Institute
It is not too late to register for the Summer Institute, happening the 13th and 14th in Orono! Register today by clicking here.
The Maine AFL-CIO Labor Summer Institute is a 2-day solidarity school, held in conjunction with the Maine Bureau of Labor Education, where union members come together to meet each other, learn new skills and build our power.
This year we have three great guest speakers lined up: Jeff Faux of the Economic Policy Institute, artist Robert Shetterly of Americans Who Tell the Truth, and Mike Prokosch, dynamic labor educator. All three have inspired us at past Summer Institutes and been favorites on the evaluations– so don’t miss them!
The Summer Institute will be held on August 13 & 14 at the University of Maine in Orono. Is someone from your local attending? Register today by clicking here.
Labor Summer Institute
August 13 & 14
University of Maine in Orono
Click here for more information and to register or call us directly.
We hope to see you there! Please email with any questions, or call 207 622 9675.
Labor Day Events Statewide
Don’t miss these exciting and fun events across Maine to celebrate Labor’s Day!
Sunday, August 31st
Central Maine Labor Council BBQ and Rally; 12-3 pm
Capitol Park, Augusta
Free food, games, speakers, pie eating contest
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, September 1
Southern Maine Labor Council Labor Day Breakfast 8- 10 am (Doors open at 7 am)
Irish Heritage Center, 34 Gray Street, Portland
$25 tickets (student, family, low-income rates available)
RSVP to Wayne Poland at 892-4067
Local unions encouraged to bring banners for a short march at the end
Western Maine Labor Council Free BBQs in 3 locations; 1-3:30 pm
Lewiston: IBEW 567 Hall, 238 Goddard Road
Jay: USW 14 Hall, 16 Intervale Rd
Rumford: USW 900 Hall, 232 Rt 108
(Free food, drinks and desserts provided. Optional lobsters for sale at Lewiston for $10)
Eastern Maine Labor Council BBQ and Chili Cook-off; 5-7 pm
Solidarity Center, 20 Ivers Street, Brewer
$10 Suggested donation at the door
989-4141 for more info
Heath Care is a Human Right!
Our allies at the Southern Maine Workers’ Center are hosting a Health Care is a Human Right event in Portland on Saturday, August 16th.
All Summer long volunteers with the Southern Maine Workers’ Center have been knocking on doors, going to county fairs, talking to folks at farmers’ markets and more, in order to build the power of the Maine Health Care is a Human Right campaign as part of our Strangers into Neighbors project. On August 16th they are getting their neighbors together to celebrate!
Saturday, August 16th
Noon-4pm at Deering Oaks Park, Portland (rain date is the 17th)
•Health Care is a Human Right Rally- 1-2pm
•Health Screening Clinic (Staffed by volunteers from Maine State Nurses Association) Noon-4pm
•Arts and activities
•Connecting the dots- Human Rights Teach-Ins 2-4pm
*Food served from Noon-3pm (or as long as it lasts)
•Childcare will be provided
Learn more about Strangers into Neighbors by visiting our website: http://www.maineworkers.org/strangers-to-neighbors/
To RSVP, join the Strangers into Neighbors Challenge, or volunteer on the 16th please contact Cait: email@example.com or calling 603-897-9676
Please DO NOT park inside the park. The Farmers’ Market uses parking in the park on Saturdays. Thanks!
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