Now available for download:
A Maine Guide to Employment Law
PDF Download (133 pages, 1.9 MB)
The Guide is available in hardcopy format from our office, for $5/copy.
Contact the Bureau to order.
Maine Labor History
The University of Maine Bureau of Labor Education is the sole publisher of scholarly works by Dr. Charles Scontras on Maine’s rich labor heritage. Because labor history has been largely overlooked by historians of Maine, these books contain material that is not available elsewhere. They are essential reading for anyone looking for a well-rounded account of Maine’s history.
Labor History Titles
- In the Name of Humanity: Maine’s Crusade Against Child Labor
- The Socialist Alternative: Utopian Experiments and the Socialist Party of Maine, 1895-1914
- Organized Labor in Maine: Twentieth Century Origins
- Collective Efforts Among Maine Workers: Beginnings and Foundations, 1820-1880
- Samual Gompers and the American Federation of Labor vs. Maine’s Congressman Charles E. Littlefield,
- Organized Labor in Maine: War, Reaction, Depression, and the Rise of the CIO, 1914-1943
- Labor in Maine: Building the Arsenal of Democracy and Resisting Reaction at Home, 1939-1952
Available from the University of Maine bookstore:
or call the Bureau for availability
from our office:
Safety Manuals for Industry
The Bureau periodically delivers safety training through OSHA grants. The most recent grant was designed for construction workers.
The previous grant provided training for shipyards and boatyards. Over the course of the grant, over 500 Maine ship- and boat-yard employers and employees received on-site safety training and consultations.
on policy issues of current interest
Right to Work Update: 2013 (PDF)
The Truth about “Right to Work” Laws (PDF)
Who Pays and Who Benefits?
The Minimum Wage:
Two Generations of Neglect Add Up (PDF)
Privatization Pitfalls (PDF)
Labor’s Demographics: Report for 2001 (PDF)
The full version of these papers are available here in PDF format. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open the files. If you do not have Acrobat Reader installed on your machine, follow the link below to download your free copy.
Printing tip: If the text seems too small when you print a paper from Acrobat Reader, check the Print dialog, and set Page Scaling to None before printing.
Printed copies of some of these papers are available in limited quantities free of charge from the Bureau of Labor Education while supplies last. See our home page for information on how to contact our office.