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 Jan. 4. Before March 7, 2021, I could always count on my friend Charlie to make insightful, pointed comments on these situations and thousands of others over the years. We are a couple of months away from the anniversary of the death of eminent Maine labor historian Charles Scontras, who passed too soon from this earth last March.