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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*Photos by Jen Sorkin

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

WORK WITH
DIGNITY

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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HEALTHCARE IS A
HUMAN RIGHT

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

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POLITICAL
EDUCATION

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

EVERY THURSDAY NIGHT

WORKERS RIGHTS LEGAL CLINIC

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

ResourcesCovid-19

September 14, 2020

Infographic: I don’t feel safe going to work. Can I still get unemployment benefits?

Many workers are concerned about going back to work or taking a job. They do not feel safe because of COVID-19. They are asking if they can continue to get unemployment benefits if they believe the workplace is unsafe. The answer to this question depends on your individual situation. Here are answers for different situations:

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September 14, 2020

COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Paid Family & Medical Leave

A new law passed by Congress gives some workers new paid sick leave and paid family & medical leave options due to the public health emergency caused by COVID19. This law went into effect on April 1, 2020 and ends on December 31, 2020.

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September 14, 2020

Information on Overpayments due to error or appeal reversal:

An overpayment occurs when you receive unemployment benefits for which you are subsequently found to be ineligible. Typically there will be a fact-finding inquiry followed by a Deputy’s Decision which denies all or part of the benefits you have already received. If you have been paid benefits that you should not have recieved you may…

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September 14, 2020

If I am receiving unemployment benefits, and I am working part time or earning money from gig work, How do I fill out my weekly claim?

In general, you cannot receive unemployment benefits if you are being paid to work. However, you may still be entitled to benefits if your hours or earnings are significantly reduced due to COVID-19. When you file your weekly claim, report your gross income the week that it is earned, even if you have not yet…

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September 14, 2020

I am self-employed or a gig worker and have been receiving the minimum weekly benefit. How do I know if I am eligible for a higher benefit? How do I submit proof of income?

If your net income (for self-employed workers) or gross wages (for gig workers) in 2019 was below $15,224, you do not have to upload your income information and will continue receiving the minimum benefit of $172 per week. If your earnings were higher than that in 2019, you are eligible for retroactive benefits up to…

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September 14, 2020

What if I am offered a job, but I cannot start the job due to concerns about exposure to COVID-19 or because I need to care for a child or other family member?

In general, you are no longer eligible for unemployment if you refuse a “suitable” job offer. However, you can still be eligible for unemployment if you show that the job was not “suitable” or if you show that you had “good cause” for refusing a “suitable” job. The Department of Labor has said that it…

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