Recent Briefing Papers & Bulletins
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
The Truth about “Right to Work” Laws (PDF) Spring 2011
See below 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 email@example.com.
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
- Maine Labor in the Age of Deindustrialization and Global Markets, 1955-2005. Available for $32.50 online at the University Bookstore
- Time-Line of Selected Highlights of Maine Labor History: 1636-2015. Available for $18.95 online at the University Bookstore
- 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, 1900-1913
- 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 at at the Bureau of Labor Education:
All our books and materials are available through the University Bookstore and at the Bureau of Labor Education.
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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)
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.