Tuesday September 16, 2014
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Tuesday September 16, 2014

Contributors: Business - On the Job

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    Tuesday Sep 09, 2014 | 1:36 pm

    Wild Maine Blueberries

    As blueberry season draws to a close this year, one thing is clear: My 9 month old daughter loves wild Maine blueberries. Sure, she likes peaches and applesauce, but blueberries (she calls them “boo baas”) are a fruit above the rest. She isn’t alone, either. Last year, Maine farmers produced 87 million pounds of wild blueberries. All of those berries aren’t just delicious; research has shown they have many health […]

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    Thursday Sep 04, 2014 | 4:49 pm

    Oh Canada—Labour Day in the North Country

    As a boy growing up in Cleveland in the 50’s, I was raised as your typical jingoistic American, taught to believe that the United States was the greatest country on earth.   Decades later, I remain a product of that upbringing and am still pretty much unchanged, although a honeymoon to Italy in the 80’s made me begin to question those beliefs, seeing how well Italians lived la dolce vita. This […]

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    Tuesday Sep 02, 2014 | 4:18 pm

    The Spirit of Labor Day

    For many, especially here in Maine, Labor Day is a celebration of the unofficial end of summer and signals the beginning of the school year. For the consumers among us, it is also known as one of the largest sales dates of the year. But the spirit of Labor Day, as originally conceived, embodies so much more. Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894 to celebrate the American labor […]

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    Thursday Aug 28, 2014 | 3:59 pm

    Workers with Disabilities Innocent Losers in Market Basket Feud

    I swore I wasn’t going to write a blog piece about it. Now I am breaking that vow. I’m talking about the Market Basket dispute. After all, it has been covered extensively in the media, so what can I say that hasn’t already been widely discussed in the case? Besides, there is only one Market Basket in Maine, and I try to write about things that impact workers in Maine […]

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    Tuesday Aug 26, 2014 | 3:34 pm

    As if The Glass On The Ceiling Wasn’t Thick Enough: The Motherhood Penalty At Work

    Discrimination isn’t always mean-spirited. Sometimes it’s done with the best of intentions. Take the hypothetical mother of two (we’ll call her Eliza) who is working at an hourly, “front line” position, maybe a customer service rep. Her supervisor is promoted, vacating the next rung on the corporate ladder. Eliza is ready. She has the best performance evaluations in her department. She has already taken on informal supervisory responsibilities, and she […]

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    Thursday Aug 21, 2014 | 4:09 pm

    Big Mac Attack: NLRB Rules MacDonald’s May Be Liable for Labor Law Violations of Franchisees

    Fifteen years ago, I won a sex discrimination case against U-Haul. A jury awarded $640,000 to my client, Karen Romano, who was hired as a part-time hitch mechanic and was fired after less than a month on the job. The employer was outraged by the verdict—Karen would have had to work at U-Haul for something like a thousand years before she would have earned that kind of money!! U-Haul appealed […]

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    Tuesday Aug 19, 2014 | 1:12 pm

    Should “Clopening” Be Illegal in Maine?

    Last week my wife Susan and I hosted over 50 family members for a reunion in Maine. Eight of my ten siblings travelled up from Maryland to Acadia National Park and it was great to spend time with all of them. But, the best part for me was hanging out with the young folks, the future of our family. Each full of potential and promise. It melted my heart when […]

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    Friday Aug 15, 2014 | 12:25 pm

    Lawsuits Triple For Violations Of Family Medical Leave Laws

    When I had my two children, in 1987 and 1990, my husband and I were lucky to be working for Maine employers that provided generous parental leave to their employees. (I worked at the time for a labor union and my husband for a non-profit environmental advocacy organization.) Having meaningful time off while our kids were infants was necessary for me and precious for all of us, and we could […]

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    Thursday Aug 14, 2014 | 11:28 am

    Fair Point Workers Deserve A Fair Contract!

    When I moved to Maine some 25 years ago (yes, I’m from away), the business landscape was a lot different. I bought my groceries at Shop N Save, filled my prescriptions at Laverdiere’s or Wellby’s, paid my electric bill to Central Maine Power and my phone bill to Verizon. My son Brendan was born at Bath Memorial Hospital. The big paper companies were International Paper, Boise Cascade, and Great Northern […]

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