Maine

Being Part of the White House Summit on Working Families

I was proud to share the expertise of local activists who are determined that no one will be punished for being a good parent or good child to their parent.

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Maine Women’s Lobby launches “She Decides” campaign

Maine Women’s Lobby, the lead organization in the state’s grassroots effort for paid sick days, launched a new civic engagement campaign this week called “She Decides.” The campaign is geared toward working women and offers them tools to become informed

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Disappointment on paid sick days bill in Maine

After Maine’s paid sick days bill was reintroduced this winter, it seemed like momentum was on the side of passage. Activists, including public health experts, parents, workers, and business owners, conducted a months-long, spirited campaign to educate the public and

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On the edge of our seats in Maine

After a work session on March 8, Maine’s paid sick day bill remains tabled in Labor Committee. With a few days to mull over the policy, the Committee will come back this Thursday, March 18, with a vote on L.D.

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New Surveys Show Restaurant Workers Must Work Sick or Lose Pay

A new set of surveys and a national report from Restaurant Opportunities Centers United show that although the restaurant industry continues to prosper—even in the face of the economic crisis—most workers are still being denied the family-supporting policies that would

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Maine’s Paid Sick Days Bill Debated

Sarah Standiford, head of Maine’s paid sick days coalition, very ably debated a business lobbyist on Maine Public Broadcasting Network’s “Maine Watch” last week on the issue of paid sick days. Follow the link to the February 5 program and

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Maine Small Business Supports Paid Sick Days

More and more businesspeople are speaking out in favor of Maine’s proposed paid sick days policy. Dozens of small business owners recently held a media event in Orono, Maine, to talk about the need for paid sick days. Check out

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New Paid Sick Days Bill Introduced in Maine

In October, Maine State Senate President Libby Mitchell introduced “An Act to Aid in the Prevention of the Spread of H1N1 Influenza by ensuring the Provision of Earned Paid Sick Time.” The bill would provide approximately six paid sick days

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Thinking Big On Valuing Families at Work: What We Need and How to Get It

Below is a presentation Ellen Bravo gave on February 11th at the Think Big/Think Forward conference in Washington, DC.  In this time of economic crisis, there is no more important task than protecting working families. To download the PowerPoint file,

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