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

The Bureau of Labor Education congratulates the winners of the 2018 Maine National History Day special awards in Labor History!

Sr. Division 1st Place winner, Brian Williams for “The Dublin Lockout of 1913” 

Sr. Division 2d Place winner, Rianne Gibson for an individual performance “The Invisible Imbalance: Laissez-faire Labor Laws” 

Jr. Division 1st place winners, William Goroshin & Zoe Higgins for the team project “The Smothers Brothers vs. CBS”

Jr. Division 2d Place winner, Willa Galipeau-Eldridge for her website “After the War: Should Rosie Return Home?

Full list of Special Contest Award Winners


New release! Maine Labor in the Age of De­i­n­d­u­s­t­r­i­a­l­i­z­a­t­i­o­n­ and Global Markets, 1955-2005, Dr. Charles Scontras.  Detailed coverage of the issues and struggles of the Maine labor moment  in the current era with citations and an index for further reading and research.  $32.50 online at the University Bookstore.

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) 2012

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.