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Monday December 22, 2014

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    Tuesday Dec 16, 2014 | 9:22 am

    After a Bump In The Road, Another Chance For VW Workers To Make History

    About a month ago, my beloved Volkswagen Beetle, the car I’ve driven for the last 17 years, made its final trip. My VW Beetle had seen me through four years of college, two cross-country moves (from Boston to Berkeley and then, six years later, from Berkeley back to Maine), six Maine winters, and two children. My three year old daughter recently told me proudly that she liked my “buggy car” […]

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    Thursday Dec 11, 2014 | 9:50 am

    Time is Money—But Not If It’s Waiting Time Under Federal Wage Law!

    If you are like me, you hate waiting in lines. You look for the shortest line at the grocery checkout and at the bank (thank god for ATM cards), and by all means, don’t get caught in a traffic jam. One of the best things to me about living in Maine after having lived for a number of years in Washington, DC is not getting stuck in a morning or […]

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    Tuesday Dec 09, 2014 | 9:50 am

    Immigrant Workers Have Rights!

    Shortly before Thanksgiving, President Obama announced new executive action on immigration. The executive action grants temporary legal status for certain classes of undocumented immigrants – in particular, parents of US citizens or permanent residents who have lived here for at least five years, and older so-called “Dreamers” who arrived as children and are now in the US legally. President Obama’s announcement sparked a raging controversy. However, attacks on the President’s […]

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    Thursday Dec 04, 2014 | 12:45 pm

    Pregnant Moms Expecting Important Supreme Court Decision

    Almost every summer, I attend a conference of civil rights attorneys to discuss the latest developments in the law and to exchange ideas about how we can best represent our clients and stamp out discrimination. Most years, anywhere from 600-700 attorneys attend from all around the country. I don’t remember how the subject came up, but at one of the plenary sessions a few years ago, the speaker asked for […]

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    Tuesday Dec 02, 2014 | 10:10 am

    Parental Leave: It’s Not Just For Mommies

    Yesterday was my first day back from parental leave after the birth of my daughter. It was hard to say goodbye to that little girl as she headed off to daycare, but the goodbye was infinitely easier because I had been able to take slightly more than 3 months of leave to be with her. That leave was made possible by a flexible and supportive employer and co-workers, as well […]

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    Tuesday Nov 25, 2014 | 11:42 am

    Happy Thanksgiving, Turkey

    One of my favorite children’s books is called A Turkey for Thanksgiving by Eve Bunting. It tells the story of Mr. and Mrs. Moose who will host their friends from the animal kingdom—goats, sheep, etc.—at a Thanksgiving dinner. But Mrs. Moose is unhappy; she wants a turkey for Thanksgiving. So Mr. Moose dutifully sets out to find a turkey, but the turkey keeps running away, afraid he is about to […]

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    Friday Nov 21, 2014 | 10:29 am

    Fairpoint Mediation Failure No Surprise

    To paraphrase a line from Casablanca, I was shocked, shocked to hear that the mediation earlier this week in the FairPoint strike ended in failure. It wasn’t even surprising that the mediation lasted less than an hour, or less than the time it took to drive from Maine to Boston. What a waste of gas! According to news stories, the unions representing FairPoint’s workers and the company are far, far […]

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    Tuesday Nov 18, 2014 | 3:44 pm

    Student Loan Debt Hurts Maine Workers

    The Project on Student Debt reported this week that Maine, unfortunately, was true to our state motto “Dirigo;” Maine college grads are in the top 10 for the largest average student debt. The report has reminded me of how very fortunate I was to graduate from college debt-free in 1978. I was lucky again when, three years later, I graduated from law school with modest debt. I was able to […]

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    Thursday Nov 13, 2014 | 11:06 am

    Right to Work for Less Law Threatens Maine Workers

    In my post last week, I optimistically discussed the fact that against a sea of red on Election Day, five states—Alaska, Arkansas, Illinois, Nebraska, and South Dakota—had enacted legislation increasing the minimum wage, and another, Massachusetts, had become the third state in the Union to provide for paid sick leave. With 20/20 hindsight, I now see that I was looking for a silver lining in an otherwise dark cloud. Maybe […]

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