Welcome to the Bureau of Labor Education

Red Sky paintingThe University of Maine’s Bureau of Labor Education provides workers and their organizations with knowledge and resources for understanding and dealing with work-related challenges and opportunities.

The Bureau conducts programs, presentations, research, and online Labor Studies credit courses for workers, union leaders and staff, students, and educators. Contact our office for more details.

Recent Briefing Papers & Bulletins

New release!  “Time-Line of Selected Highlights of Maine Labor History: 1636-2015” by Dr. Charles Scontras.  Short descriptions of events from Maine’s rich labor history suitable for students, researchers and the merely curious. $18.95  Buy on-line at the UMaine Bookstore

Labor History Prizes to be awarded in the Junior and Senior Categories at the 2018 Maine National History Day contest.  Labor History Award Flyer Information online at https://umaine.edu/history/national-history-day/.  

We should elevate the status of work in the modern economy, Portland Press Herald, July 1, 2017,  Dr. Charles Scontras.

When jobs aren’t enough to overcome low wages, precarious conditions
Bangor Daily News, Opinion Page, March 1, 2016

Crossing Picket Lines (PDF)
Fall 2014

Right to Work Update: 2013 (PDF)
Spring 2013

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)
Spring 2012

The Truth about “Right to Work” Laws (PDF)
Spring 2011

See our Publications Page to download other briefing papers, and for Labor History titles, safety manuals, and other Bureau of Labor Education publications. For more information contact us at  207-581-4124 or emailing labored@maine.edu.