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Maine Women's Lobby

Sen. Millett’s bill would guarantee paid sick days for working Mainers

41 million people, more than a third of American workers, don’t have the option of taking a single paid sick day from their jobs. A new bill introduced Wednesday at

food

Maine workers, business owners ask Sen. Collins to reject Puzder

Making the case that an opponent of the minimum wage and workplace protections shouldn’t head the U.S. Department of Labor, Maine small business owners and activists for workers’ rights held

health care

Maine Democrats’ milquetoast vision is a missed opportunity

This is the piece I didn’t want to have to write. When I first read the vision for “A Better State of Maine” put forth by the Maine Democratic Party,

gender

New tracking poll charts Trump’s gains in Maine

A new poll conducted for Beacon by the Maine People’s Resource Center shows significant gains for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Maine over the last month, and especially in

children

Minimum wage vote a lifeline for parents of 63,000 Maine children

“I was in an abusive relationship. I knew I had to leave to protect myself and my children, but I knew that if I left, with the skills and opportunities

fair wages

Oxfam: Maine is worst in Northeast for low wages

A national report and set of maps released today by Oxfam and the Economic Policy Institute shows that Maine has fallen far behind neighboring states in the proportion of its

food

Food worker activist, author to speak in South Portland tonight

Saru Jayaraman, co-director of the Restaurant Opportunities Center and director of the Food Labor Research Center at UC Berkeley, will be in South Portland to speak at the Maine People’s

economy

Maine small business owners ask Sen. King to support paid sick days

On Thursday, members of the Maine Small Business Coalition submitted a letter to U.S. Senator Angus King of Maine, encouraging him to support S. 497, the Healthy Families Act, which

family leave

Maine women lobby for economic fairness, reproductive freedom

Dozens of Maine women dressed in red took to the halls of the Capitol on Thursday to show their support for a range of bills to improve economic security for women

retirement security

These new employment trends are making Mainers even more economically vulnerable

As if employment opportunities for low-income workers weren’t bleak enough―low-wages, no retirement savings, no health insurance― now these workers face a complete breakdown of the traditional employer-employee relationship that historically

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