Give Toxics the Boot

  Earlier this year, firefighters in Augusta, Maine joined together at the Augusta firehouse to bring attention to the need for stricter regulations on flame retardants and other toxic chemicals that firefighters believe are causing cancer and other diseases. Firefighting often exposes those battling the fire to a toxic blend of burning chemicals including dioxins, […]

It’s Time to Support our Longshore Workers

The Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP) administers the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act. The Act provides benefits to workers injured in maritime employment on the navigable waters of the United States or in an adjoining area customarily used by an employer in loading, unloading, repairing, or building a vessel. In addition, several acts […]

Maine’s Agricultural Workers from Other Countries Deserve Equal Protection

Earlier this week, as reported in the Portland Press Herald, Guillermo and Hector Fuentes pled guilty to federal charges revolving around their actions from 2006 to 2011 assisting undocumented workers in obtaining fraudulent green and social security cards, as well as hiring them to work at their restaurants in Westbrook, Waterville, and Biddeford. During the […]