fair wages

Maine Legislature

Gov. LePage’s Nazi-coddling remarks are both morally and factually wrong

This week on the Beacon podcast, Ben, Mike and Taryn go line-by-unfortunate-line through Governor Paul LePage’s comments on the tragedy in Charlottesville, his “both sides” empowering of white supremacists and

reproductive freedom

How progressive are your Maine legislators?

21 legislators received perfect scores on the Maine People’s Alliance’s annual legislative scorecard, released today, which examined how votes taken by lawmakers in the first session of the 128th legislature

environment

Maine Democrats need to express a vision for a better future, not sugarcoat defeat

This week on the Beacon Podcast, Ben, Taryn and Mike discuss the tactical and messaging missteps of Democrats in the legislature and why they matter now more than ever. Also:

Kent Ackley

Minimum wage law mostly survives Maine legislature, but tipped wages cut

Most of Maine’s new minimum wage law survived a series of repeal attempts in the Maine House of Representatives Tuesday afternoon, just seven months after more than 420,000 voters approved

clean energy

Groundbreaking plan would reverse Trump’s infrastructure cuts, invest in Maine

President Donald Trump surprised political analysts when, after promising new investment in infrastructure projects across the country, his budget proposal last week instead included cuts in funding for maintaining and

Chellie Pingree

Democrats back $15 federal minimum wage, phasing out sub-minimum wage for tipped workers

Democrats in the U.S. House and Senate unveiled the latest bill to increase the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024 and gradually raise the sub-minimum wage for

Communications Workers of America

AT&T workers across Maine plan to go on strike Friday

AT&T workers, members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA), have pledged to walk off the job and form picket lines on Friday at 3 p.m. if contract negotiations continue

democracy

Maine voters feel strongly that legislators should honor referendum results

A new survey shows that large majorities of Mainers want the legislature to leave laws recently passed by referendum alone. 79% agreed that “the Maine legislature should respect the outcome

Cokie Giles

Maine hospice nurses celebrate union organizing victory

The registered nurses and other healthcare workers at Hospice of Southern Maine in Scarborough will be the latest members of the Maine State Nurses Association (MSNA). They voted to organize

immigration

Rep. Golden stands up to corporate lobby to fight wage theft

A new bill introduced by House Assistant Majority Leader Jared Golden would crack down on wage theft by unethical employers in Maine. The bill is designed to address a widespread