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Sen. Bernie Sanders is holding up Maine’s 2016 citizen initiative to increase the minimum wage as an example of how everyday people are winning the fight for “dignity and fair wages.” In a video posted to Sanders’ Facebook page on Tuesday, and which has now been viewed more than 250,000 times, Amy Halsted, deputy director…

A new bill introduced by House Assistant Majority Leader Jared Golden would crack down on wage theft by unethical employers in Maine. The bill is designed to address a widespread problem, especially for low-wage workers, and one that’s difficult to improve given the power imbalance stacked against the employees who are often targeted for wage…

As the president of the Maine Young Democrats, I take very seriously questions regarding creating unnecessary division in an environment where forward motion for progressive political change requires both political figures and grassroots activists to stand together in advancing a political program, even when perfect consensus between the grassroots and those in office is rare,…

Progressive activists are asking local restaurants to cancel their membership with the Maine Restaurant Association, a branch of the National Restaurant Association, following a series of controversial actions by the conservative lobby group, including backing Governor Paul LePage’s attempt to roll back Maine’s minimum wage law and lobbying hard for Andrew Puzder, President Donald Trump’s…

The Maine Restaurant Association, the industry lobby group that fought an unsuccessful campaign to stop the state minimum wage increase referendum last year, has begun pressuring Maine Senator Susan Collins to approve President Trump’s nomination of Andrew Puzder as Secretary of Labor. On Monday, Washington D.C. publications The Hill and Politico noted that the MRA…

Maine’s restaurant lobby has for decades been one of the staunchest opponents of raising the minimum wage, but now that resistance seems to be crumbling. This week, the owners of several high-profile restaurants that had previously given to an anti-minimum wage PAC have announced their support for Question 4, the November ballot measure to raise…

The subminimum wage for tipped workers is a shady and often-misunderstood aspect of Maine’s labor laws. Most Mainers don’t realize that workers who receive at least $30 a month in tips can be paid a base wage of just $3.75 by their employers. This confusion has been exploited by opponents of raising the minimum wage,…

Having previously admitted that defeating the popular minimum wage initiative on Maine’s ballot this November would be “pretty close to impossible,” corporate lobbyists representing the Maine State Chamber of Commerce and Maine Restaurant Association, along with the LePage administration, are once again attempting to undermine the referendum before it can come to a vote. Having…

A new investigation and series of interviews published in the Christian Science Monitor by reporter Simon Montlake indicates that the minimum wage increase this year in Portland, Maine has helped low-wage workers to make ends meet and hasn’t had the negative effects on businesses predicted by opponents of raising the minimum wage. “So far, Portland’s…

An anonymous website, Facebook page and a series of Facebook ads have popped up in Maine attempting to trick supporters of raising the minimum wage into actually calling on their legislators to undermine the minimum wage referendum on the ballot this November. The website at www.raisethewagenow.com, which has no authorship information, claims that a vote…





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