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On July 6th, Portland passed a new minimum wage ordinance with the support of Mayor Michael Brennan and five city councilors: Kevin Donoghue, Justin Costa, Jill Duson, Jon Hinck, and David Marshall. We’re so happy to let you know that Portland finalized its new ordinance last night. In January, the city’s minimum wage will increase […]

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On September 9, 2015, the Maine Women’s Lobby again spoke before the Portland City Council to oppose proposals to undermine the new minimum wage ordinance by rolling back the raise for tipped workers, excluding younger workers, or removing the indexing component for future increases. Following is the text of a letter submitted by MWL Executive […]

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Eliza Townsend, executive director of the Maine Women’s Lobby, issued the following statement about the latest poll results from Maine People’s Resource Center (MPRC) showing strong public support in Portland for raising the minimum wage for all workers: As an organization committed to full equality for women in Maine, we were extremely pleased to see […]

  • Comments Off on Portland voters stand with tipped workers, Maine Women’s Lobby urges city councilors to do the same

We’ve worked hard to overcome divisive rhetoric being used by Governor LePage, his administration, and some legislators in Augusta to pit one group of Mainers against another. 29 Senators and 81 Representatives rose above the political posturing and voted to preserve General Assistance (GA) for asylum seekers and other immigrants who have made our state […]

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