Workers' Rights

The Maine People's Alliance advances the interests of working Mainers and holds corporations accountable for the treatment of their employees. MPA supports the right of workers to organize, to make a fair wage, to be secure in their employment and to be free from discrimination.

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Minimum Wage Ballot Campaign Submits Signatures





Today, Mainers for Fair Wages submitted 75,000 verified signatures to the Maine Secretary of State to place an increase in the minimum wage on the November ballot, far more than the 61,123 required. Supporters marked the event with a rally in the State House Hall of Flags and remarks from more than a dozen Mainers from across the state, many of them making low wages themselves, who helped to collect the signatures.

Minimum Wage Referendum Signature Collection Kicks Off in Portland










Volunteers from Mainers for Fair Wages on Thursday kicked off Portland-area signature collection to place a minimum wage increase on the 2016 ballot.

Referendum Launched to Raise Maine's Minimum Wage







Six Mainers of diverse backgrounds from all over the state each took their turn signing an application in Augusta today to begin gathering signatures for a citizen-initiated referendum to raise the minimum wage. The referendum, intended for the 2016 ballot, would see the minimum wage in Maine raised from $7.50 an hour to $9 an hour in 2017 and then by a dollar a year until 2020, when it would reach $12 an hour and then be indexed to the cost of living in future years.

Portlanders to City Council: No More Delays, Raise the Wage!






Portland residents, low-wage workers and small business owners delivered stacks of postcard messages to City Council members today urging them to adopt the Mayor’s proposed ordinance to raise the minimum wage.

Lawmaker Proposes Bill to Increase Minimum Wage






Members of the Maine People's Alliance hosted a press conference today to release the latest figures on the "job gap" - the divide between what Maine workers need to earn to afford basic necessities and what available jobs in Maine actually pay - and joined State Representative Gina Melaragno of Auburn as she unveiled her bill to increase the minimum wage to $12 per hour by 2020.

Rep. Poliquin Has Chance to Support Pay Day Lending Rules






As part of a nation-wide day of action, the Maine People's Alliance today called on newly-elected Congressman Bruce Poliquin to take a stand for the millions of Americans trapped in a cycle of debt by short term, high-interest "payday"loans by supporting new rules reigning in predatory lending practices.

Maine Lags Behind Nation in Workers Earning a Living Wage







Fewer than half of Maine families earn a living wage, according to a new report released today by the Maine People's Alliance. "Equity in the Balance" is the latest in a series of reports authored by the Alliance for a Just Society on the job gap - the divide between what Maine workers need to earn to afford basic necessities and what available jobs in Maine actually pay.

Living Wage Report Shows Maine Families Struggling To Make Ends Meet

Read the report: http://goo.gl/TmHPfn

The Maine People's Alliance hosted a press conference at Lamey Wellehan Shoes in Auburn today to release the latest in a series of reports authored by the national Alliance for a Just Society on the job gap – the divide between what Maine workers need to earn to afford basic necessities and what available jobs in Maine actually pay.

Will Maine Increase the Minimum Wage?

In Maine, as in many places in the nation, it is becoming increasingly difficult for workers to find jobs that pay enough to make ends meet. Nearly one in five jobs in Maine don’t pay enough to lift a family of four above the poverty line, much less meet their basic needs.

 

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