Largest Private-Sector Strike Of The Year Is Headed For Union Victory

By Jeremy Gantz, In These Times. -

Bath, Maine - It’s no coin­ci­dence that the first strike in 20 years at Bath Iron Works (BIW) began months into the Covid-19 pan­dem­ic. While Maine has one of the low­est Covid trans­mis­sion [...]

Maine Shipbuilders Bring The Hammer Down To Reject Concessions

By Andy O'Brien, Labor Notes. -

More than 4,300 shipbuilders at the Bath Iron Works shipyard in Bath, Maine, are entering the sixth week of the largest private sector strike in the U.S. this year. It wasn’t assured that the [...]

Secretive Police Unit Gathers Information On Maine Citizens

By Megan Gray, Press Herald. -

A secretive unit of the Maine State Police does gather information about groups and organizations even when they are not suspected of crimes, including people who are participating in protests, a [...]

Maine: Medical Cannabis Is Now State’s Third Largest Economic Market

By Staff, -

Augusta, Maine: Patients purchased an estimated $112 million worth of medical cannabis-related products in 2019, according to newly released Maine tax data. The annual revenues related to medical [...]

Parents Become Activists In The Fight Over South Portland’s Petroleum Tanks

By Sabrina Shankman, -

SOUTH PORTLAND—Sometimes, grassroots activism looks obvious, with bold signs and public acts of disobedience. Sometimes, it looks like this: 14 people sitting on the carpeted floor of a sunny [...]

Sharon Treat: Mainers Right To Be Skeptical That USMCA Will Fix Farmers’ Woes

By Staff, -

True, NAFTA and other “old trade agreements” hurt farmers and rural economies. It doesn’t follow, though, that the new NAFTA represents a bright new day — and a rebranding doesn’t mean an [...]

Maine’s Radical Universal Home Health Care Proposition

By Naomi LaChance, -

A group of progressives in Maine has proposed a radical new solution to providing medical care for an aging, rural population. Question 1, a measure on the ballot in November, proposes universal [...]

What Happened After 17 Employees Took Over A Beloved Maine Business

By Lauren Abbate, -

ROCKLAND, Maine — For the last two months, patrons of Rock City Coffee might not have noticed any changes when they stopped at the busy downtown cafe for their regular order. That’s exactly what [...]

Maine Campaign Against War And Corporate Rule Nears Climax

By W. T. Whitney, -

Maine legislators have a hot potato in their hands. But they don’t seem to be feeling any pain.  On March 6, their Taxation Committee, controlled by the Democratic Party, voted 8-2 to send LD [...]

Landfill Clean-Up Needed To Install Solar In Portland, Maine

By Randy Billings, -

By Randy Billings for Portland Press Herald - City officials admit the site has been allowed to deteriorate, and now remediation may disrupt installation of the 2,800 power panels. Plans to [...]

Charges Against Portland Black Lives Matter Protesters Dropped

By Jake Bleiberg, -

By Jake Bleiberg for BDN - PORTLAND, Maine — A year after Portland police ended a Black Lives Matter demonstration with a mass arrest, the resulting legal drama has come to a close with the [...]

Maine’s Food Sovereignty Law Touted As Nationwide First

By Julia Bayly, -

By Julia Bayly for Bangor Daily News - With a stroke of his pen, Gov. Paul LePage last week enacted landmark legislation putting Maine in the forefront of the food sovereignty movement. LePage [...]

Police In Maine Treat Black And White Protesters Differently

By Kyle Jaeger, -

By Kyle Jaeger for ATTN - The jail came under fire in August after it released photos of two other black Muslim women without their hijabs. Department policy requires Muslims wearing head scarves [...]

Trial Of Shipyard Protesters Revives Vietnam-Era Conflicts

By Beth Brogan, -

By Beth Brogan for BDN - BATH, Maine — Protesters arrested outside Bath Iron Works during the christening of a Zumwalt-class destroyer in June 2016 told a jury on Wednesday that while they did [...]

Maine Students Sit-In Solidarity With DAPL & Protest Maine Pipeline

By Staff, -

By Staff of MSCJ - Maine Students for Climate Justice (MSCJ) -- along with a number of allies (including 350 Maine supporters) staged a sit-in at the Public Utilties Commission in Hallowell, [...]

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