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Portland City Council turns its back on tipped workers

On Wednesday night, the Portland City Council took their final vote on an ordinance increasing the municipal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour in 2016 and $10.68 in 2017, making

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September 4, 2015 – Wacky arm-waving inflatable tube Bens

On this episode of the Beacon Podcast, Danielle Donnelly of Restaurant Opportunity Centers United talks with Mike about tipped workers and the sub-minimum wage, including the upcoming vote by the Portland

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Portland poll shows voters support tipped minimum wage increase

A survey of likely Portland voters, commissioned by the Maine People’s Alliance and conducted by the Maine People’s Resource Center, shows overwhelming support for several initiatives to raise the minimum

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Bangor City Council considering two new minimum wage proposals

Bangor City Council’s Business and Economic Development Committee heard two new proposals on Tuesday night related to increasing the minimum wage. One, a resolution endorsing efforts by Mainers for Fair

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July 31, 2015 – The Maine politics lightning round

In this episode of the Beacon Podcast, Ben Chin and Mike Tipping discuss four issues, two of which were suggested by listeners on the Facebook page: small businesses endorsing the

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Maine small businesses endorse minimum wage increase

More than 150 Maine small businesses announced their public support today for Mainers for Fair Wages’ ballot campaign to raise the state minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2020.

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The slimy trick companies use to ignore wage and overtime laws

Before the progressive era our forebears in New England faced intolerable working conditions. Child labor, long hours, dangerous conditions, and poor pay characterized factories and farms. Labor unrest eventually forced

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July 17, 2015 – Three fronts in Maine’s minimum wage fight

This week on the Beacon Podcast, Ben and Mike talk about the municipal minimum wage increases in Portland and Bangor and new fundraising totals for the statewide referendum campaign to

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Gov. LePage and Portland City Council both accidentally did the right thing

Governor Paul LePage and Portland’s mayor, Michael Brennan, have caught some flack in the last week or so over an inability to read the law, and the consequences that followed.

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Grassroots fundraising surge boosts initiative to raise Maine’s minimum wage

2,282 individual donors have contributed to the Maine People’s Alliance in support of a citizen-initiated referendum to raise Maine’s minimum wage so far, with a Ballot Question Committee quarterly fundraising