Brief: The state of labor organizing in Maine

At a glance:

  • Labor unions play an essential role in delivering better wages, benefits, and working conditions not just for their members, but for all workers
  • Women and people of color see even more pronounced gains in wages, retirement security, and health care coverage because of being union members
  • Labor unions contribute to increased civic and community engagement
  • Maine and the nation are seeing a resurgence in worker organizing across a wide range of sectors
  • Public support of unions is at a 60 year high despite the share of workers who belong to a union continuing to lag
  • Recent policy changes in Maine will improve opportunities for workers to organize and secure good jobs
  • Labor laws still fall short when it comes to upholding the rights of workers to organize and have greater say