Archive for July, 2015

“In entering upon the great work before us, we anticipate no small amount of misconception, misrepresentation, and ridicule; but we shall use every instrumentality within our power to effect our object. We shall employ agents, circulate tracts, petition the State and national Legislatures, and endeavor to enlist the pulpit and the press in our behalf. […]

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The US Senate is considering legislation by Senators Udall (D-NM) and Vitter (R-LA) that claims to be comprehensive reform of our nation’s chemical policy. But the bill (S.697) is far too weak. EPA would only review the safety of 25 chemicals over the next 8 years. And the price of that meager schedule is that […]

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We told you last week that the Portland City Council voted to raise the minimum wage last week. Their decision to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 in 2016, $10.68 in 2017, and then linking future increases to inflation showed real leadership. This will help low-wage workers take a big step forward on the road […]

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Oh, what a month it’s been for Maine women! We truly can’t contain our joy. Due to Governor LePage playing politics with his expected vetoes, four of our priority bills have now become law. We worked hard to pass these important pieces of legislation and the lives of thousands of Maine women will improve because […]

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Eliza Townsend, executive director of the Maine Women’s Lobby, issued the following statement about the impact on tipped wage earners of Portland’s new ordinance raising the minimum wage to $10.10 in 2016, and setting the city’s tip credit at $3.75: The Maine Women’s Lobby commends the Portland City Council for its leadership in passing a […]

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