We’re a grassroots, member led organization working to improve the lives, working conditions, and terms of employment for working class and poor people in Maine.

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Our committtees meet twice a month and organize most of our campaigns, workshops, and events:


If we want to improve our conditions at work and win victories to improve our economic position we must organize together.

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Creating a universal, single payer Healthcare system is a fundamental step toward economic and racial justice in our communities.

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Having a shared understanding of the systems that oppress us means we'll have better strategies & movements of resistance.

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"Movements are born of critical connections rather than critical mass."– Grace Lee Boggs



5:00pm - 8:00pm @ 56 NORTH ST.

We aim to help workers identify, create, and implement economic justice campaigns that represent their priorities. We do this work with a focus on fostering solidarity between immigrant workers, low-wage workers, union workers, and others.

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News & Events


December 17, 2020

SMWC is hiring! Joint Committee Organizer.

Joint Committee Organizer Job Description The Joint Committee Organizer is a permanent (ongoing) staff position with the immediate goal of supporting members in building out our new Joint Committee project through outreach and leadership development. The Joint Organizing Committee is a new project at the Southern Maine Workers’ Center. For years, we have organized campaigns…

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December 9, 2020

How did we get here? A brief history of healthcare and formation of ACA

This is the second in a series of brief articles by members of the Southern Maine Workers Center’s Health Care is a Human Right Committee. We have covered current challenges to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the ACA in the broader context of American health care history, and will soon cover how successful or not…

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November 23, 2020

What’s Going On with the Affordable Care Act?

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known as Obamacare, is back in the Supreme Court this year and the court heard oral arguments last Tuesday, November 10. The case, California V Texas, is challenging the constitutionality of the law’s “individual mandate” that requires everyone purchase health insurance or pay a penalty. The case will likely be decided in June. In this short article, we will explore the legal challenge and it’s potential outcome and consequences.

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November 7th, 2020

All Member Meeting: What Do We Do Now?

Saturday November, 7th @ 10am – 11:30am Register here:https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLScrRJXoRv5YtY…/viewform We don’t need to tell you what this election season means, what’s at stake, or how the outcome will affect you and your loved ones. What we want to do is provide a space where we can lay all of this bare, share the fear/rage/hope in…

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October 2, 2020

Workers Support Hotline Shut Down October 2nd thru November 9th 2020

The Southern Maine Workers’ Center is suspending the worker support hotline service beginning Friday, Oct 2nd until Monday, November 9th. We are using this time to do a much needed overhaul of our volunteer program, intake process and legal referral system. Since the pandemic began in late March the hotline has experienced a surge in…

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October 1, 2020

Voting Resources 2020

Find the answer to questions the people you talk to have in the links below, or let people know the websites if they want to search for it themselves.  General from League of Women Voters: www.lwvme.org/VoteInMaine Includes the following subjects (all linked from the website above): Voter Eligibility •  Student Voting  • Register to Vote…

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