August 31st, 2023

Karaoke Night 🎤 🎶 Dreams Rising

Help us raise money for workers’ rights and the futures we dream of! What does the community of your dreams look like?  We want to build it together!  Don’t miss the biggest worker-centered, future-dreaming, community-building night of the year with the Worker’s Center on Thursday, August 31st at 7pm with karaoke and other performances, celebration, fun and connection. Help…

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March 8, 2023

Request for Proposals: Event Organizer for the Annual Karaoke Fundraiser

Since 2018, SMWC has held a Karaoke (sometimes called “Care-aoke”) Fundraiser to bolster our grassroots fundraising efforts.

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UncategorizedWorker Rights

September 8, 2022

Virtual Workers’ Rights Legal Clinic

The Southern Maine Workers’ Center partners with the Volunteer Lawyers Project to host a virtual Workers’ Rights Legal Clinic (WRLC) weekly on Thursday from 5-7pm over Zoom or phone. At the clinic, you can talk to a volunteer lawyer for a free half hour consultation. You can get advice on topics such as your legal rights at…

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UncategorizedWorker RightsWorkers

June 10, 2022

SMWC Worker Support Hotline Pause June 10-September 5, 2022

The Southern Maine Workers’ Center is pausing our Worker Support Hotline from June 10-September 5 to focus on updating our WORK Manual, launching this year’s series of workers’ rights trainings, and reflecting on our hotline data to help us be more intentional about how our hotline can best support Maine workers. In the meantime, please check out…

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March 2nd, 2022

The Non-profit Industrial Complex Study Session

The Political Education Committee presents… a one-time study session about the non-profit industrial complex, or the “NPIC!” based on the classic book, The Revolution Will Not Be Funded. The NPIC is “an unseen web of money and power that tries to undermine people’s struggles for racial, class, economic, gender and environmental justice” (Mumia Abu-Jamal). As organizers working…

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December 21st, 2021

Celebrating Arlo (12.21.21)

Tuesday, 12/21, 12:00-1:00 PM Arlo has transitioned away from his role at SMWC, which gives us all a special occasion to come together to lift up all the direct support, power, victories, and relationships they have built and dedicated themselves to these last 5 years. Please join us next Tuesday between 12:00PM and 1:00 PM…

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July 12, 2021

Portland’s restaurant industry should be a place where people can work with dignity

Published in the Portland Press Herald on May 19th, 2021(link to original here) Restaurant series doesn’t represent Portland food workers’ perspective Unsafe conditions and the lack of a living wage and health insurance are driving people away – not reluctance to work. BY KATIE KEATING AND HEATHER FORAN (SMWC Board Co-Chair) In the recent series…

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Covid-19Worker Rights

April 29, 2021

Know Your Rights – Maine’s Earned Paid Leave Law

Conheça seus direitos – disponĂ­vel em PortuguesConoce tus derechos- Disponible en EspañolConnaissez vos droits: disponible en français What is Earned Paid Leave ?Also known as Public Law 2019 Ch. 156, “An Act Authorizing Earned Employee Leave,” Maine’s Earned Paid Leave law (EPL) went into effect on New Year’s Day 2021, a year and a half…

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April 2, 2021

SMWC is hiring an Executive Director! (Extended Deadline)

About the Southern Maine Workers Center The Southern Maine Workers’ Center (SMWC) is a membership organization committed to creating a people-powered movement that improves the lives, working conditions, and terms of employment for working and poor people in Maine— particularly low-wage workers, young people, immigrant workers, and people of color.  SMWC conducts transformative grassroots organizing…

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March 23, 2021

Requesting Proposals for Graphic Design Services

Requesting Proposals for Graphic Design Services

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March 10, 2021

Cantastoria Launch (03.26.21)

03/26/21 7:00-8:30 PM Cantastoria is a virtual storytelling event to spark conversation about our co-occurring economic and health crises, and build community-driven solutions. The panels contain painted scenes or imagery that depict history and inspire a hopeful vision for change in a time when many in Maine are suffering from the impacts of the COVID-19…

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February 4, 2021

The Light You Gave Me

The Southern Maine Workers’ Center is so excited to announce that Ronny Flannery is re-joining our staff as the Joint Committee Organizer starting this week. Ronny worked with us as the Health Care is a Human Right organizer in 2016/17, before moving to California. Ronny brought a lot of skills and gifts as an organizer…

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