The workers responsible for maintaining Auburn’s roads, parks and infrastructure demonstrated before City Hall on May 15th. Following a breakdown in contract negotiations, the workers protested their substandard wages, which are drastically lower than public works wages in Maine towns of similar size.
Local 340's business agents joined a packed hall of labor advocates to testify in public hearings against a collection of anti-union and anti-worker bills in the state legislature.
"Public sector workers are just asking for a level playing field.
Salena Sawtelle needs a new pair of work shoes.
From 6:15 a.m. until 2:45 p.m. each day, she walks miles, back and forth through the rooms of the eight elderly residents under her watch at Stillwater Health Care nursing home in Bangor.
As a certified nursing assistant, or CNA, she helps the residents shower, eat and use the bathroom. She changes their diapers, sheets and clothes.
Eighty-one employees at the Shaw’s distribution center in Wells, Maine have formed a union with Teamsters Local 340, following an organizing election that took place on March 1st. The workers are seeking job security and disciplinary due process, in addition to a contract that will protect their wages, benefits and working conditions from the uncertainties of the corporate workplace.
February 28, 2017
The “Sock It to ‘Em” campaign in Maine wraps up with the delivery of sock donations to Center St. Congregational Church in Machias. Socks for the homeless were distributed to organizations across Maine from December to February, as part of an effort organized by the JC10 Women's Committee all over New England.