Briefing Papers and Bulletins

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.  Available for purchase online at the UMaine Cooperative Extension Store.

Labor Day Articles by Dr. Charles Scontras:

In PDF Form:

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

Download: A Maine Guide to Employment Law, 2008 Edition, 133 pages, 1.9 MB (PDF)


The Guide is available in hardcopy format from our office, for $5/copy. Contact the Bureau to order. 207.581.4124,

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

All our books are available through the University Cooperative Extension Store and at the Bureau of Labor Education.

Call the Bureau for availability at 207.581.4124

Newspaper Articles

Safety Manuals for Industry

The Bureau periodically delivers safety training through OSHA grants. The most recent grant was designed for construction workers.

Safety Handbook Produced for this Construction Safety Grant:

  • Recognizing and Preventing Hazards in the Construction Industry (PDF), Researched, Compiled, and Edited by: Bill Murphy, Gary McGrane, Jane Crouch, and Valerie Carter Technical Review by: Thomas Ryan, Chair of Health and Safety Dept., Central Maine Community College Published by the Bureau of Labor Education The University of Maine Maine Building and Construction Trades Council, Labor Education and Development (L.E.A.D.) Committee of Maine, Inc. and a grant funded in part by OSHA, U.S. Department of Labor 2007

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.

Safety Handbook and Instructors’ Manual Produced for the Shipyard/Boatyard Safety Grant:

  • Achieving Health and Safety in the Building and Repair of Ships and Boats (PDF), Researched and Written by: Bill Murphy, Jim Nicholson, Valerie Carter, and Jane Crouch Edited by Bill Murphy and John Hanson Published by the Bureau of Labor Education The University of Maine and a grant funded in part by OSHA, U.S. Department of Labor 2004
  • Unavailable at the moment, inaccessible document: The Instructors’ Manual produced for the shipyard/boatyard grant is available for free download in PDF format here.

Briefing Papers on policy issues of current interest:

Who Pays and Who Benefits?

The Minimum Wage:


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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.