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 Safety Handbook produced for this construction safety grant is available for free download in PDF format here.
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.
The Safety Handbook produced for the shipyard/boatyard grant is available for free download in PDF format here.
The Instructors’ Manual produced for the shipyard/boatyard grant is available for free download in PDF format here.
on policy issues of current interest
Right to Work Update: 2013 (PDF)
Working Conditions and Patient Safety: Safe Staffing in Maine’s Hospitals (PDF)
Oklahoma, Maine, Migration and “Right to Work”: A Confused and Misleading Analysis (PDF)
What You Need to Know About… Workers’ Compensation (PDF) Spring 2012
The Truth about “Right to Work” Laws (PDF)
Who Pays and Who Benefits?
21st Century Tax Reform for Maine (PDF)
Responsible Contractors Help Build Thriving Communities (PDF)
Update on Labor’s Demographics (PDF)
The Minimum Wage:
Two Generations of Neglect Add Up (PDF)
Fair Pay and Fair Contracting: Maine’s Prevailing Wage Laws (PDF)
Stretching the Law II: The Misclassification of Employees as Independent Contractors (PDF)
Hot Jobs Update: 2008 Outlook for Maine’s Women Workers (PDF)
Privatization Pitfalls (PDF)
The Three E’s: Attaining Occupational Health and Safety Through Education, Engineering, and Enforcement (PDF)
Restoring the Right to Organize: Impacts of the Employee Free Choice Act (PDf)
Stretching the Law, Stressing the State: Misclassified Workers in Maine’s Construction Industry (PDF)
What Counts, and Who’s Counting? Maine’s Business Climate 2006 (PDF)
Project Labor Agreements and Construction in Maine (PDF)
Hot Jobs Update: 2005 Outlook for Maine’s Women Workers (PDF)
Hot Jobs or Not So Hot? Outlook for Maine’s Women Workers (PDF)
Fair Weather or Foul? Maine’s Business Climate Revisited (PDF)
Thinking Outside the Box: The Challenge of Maine’s Regional Service Centers (PDF)
The U.S. Healthcare System: Best in the World, or Just the Most Expensive? (PDF)
Labor’s Demographics: Report for 2001 (PDF)
Maine’s Development Dilemma (PDF)
The Minimum Wage: Issues to Consider (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.
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