PressHazard Pay

February 1st, 2022

Workers hold rally to call on Portland to reinstate hazard pay

Portland City Councilors are being asked to reinstate hazard pay for minimum wage workers. The hazard pay ended last month when the council terminated the COVID-19 pandemic state of emergency. In 2020, Portland voters approved a new minimum wage that included a hazard pay provision for essential workers during a state of emergency.

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PressHazard Pay

February 1st, 2022

Portland council will consider whether to restore hazard pay for workers

The Portland City Council will consider whether to bring back emergency hazard pay for workers while the city’s mask mandate remains in effect. “It’s not a perfect solution. It’s not a permanent solution,” said Councilor Victoria Pelletier, who is sponsoring a hazard pay amendment to the mask ordinance. “But it’s at least something so that…

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Press

January 12th, 2022

USM center will build on historian’s legacy by strengthening labor education

Nine pizza workers recently walked out of a Portland pizza shop because of onerous working conditions; Bull Moose is planning to sell its stores to its employees in an ESOP, and Bates College has filed with the National Labor Relations Board to interfere in an attempt by workers to unionize. These were all stories in the Portland Press Herald on…

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EventsWorkers

December 21st, 2021

Celebrating Arlo

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 to record some thoughts and appreciations for them. 

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Events

September 1, 2021

Solidarity School

This Fall, we are diving into SMWC’s first ever Solidarity School! This seven-session political education event is focused on understanding SMWC’s core values and theory of change. We’ll learn about human rights and how, through organizing, we build the collective power necessary to win them. We will also examine the root causes of oppression and how we build…

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Resources

August 24, 2021

The Political Economy Study

Abridged Summary Click here to read en français! The Southern Maine Workers’ Center is committed to putting working class and poor people first in all of our endeavors. We undertook this political economy study to help prioritize our efforts as we continue to build a strategic and transformative movement towards racial, economic, worker and gender…

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Members

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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Events

May 4, 2021

T.O.A.S.T Workshop Series: Transformative Organizing And Skills Training

This seven-part series of organizing skills and theory will start on Thursday, May 6th and run every other Thursday from 5:30-7:30pm through July 29th. Workshops will focus on building some of the basic skills needed for community organizing and building grassroots power. The series will be focused on applying skills to SMWC’s practice, but friends…

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Covid-19Worker Rights

April 29, 2021

Know Your Rights – Maine’s Earned Paid Leave Law

Conheça seus direitos – disponível 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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Events

April 28th, 2021

2021 Annual Meeting: Solidarity Reaches Across the Divide

Solidarity isn’t an abstract noun, it is a real and powerful force that allows us to reach across the divisions that segregate and isolate us all. The movement we commit to would be hollow in the middle without that feeling of solidarity. It sustains us, brings deep meaning to our work, and it means that,…

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Jobs

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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Jobs

March 23, 2021

Requesting Proposals for Graphic Design Services

The Workers’ Center issues this Request for Proposals (“RFP”) for an individual or firm (the “Contractor”) to develop a style guide of colors, fonts, use of logos, use of taglines, etc. Support SMWC in producing guidelines for consistent, coherent look for all our publications & graphics.

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