Tuesday September 30, 2014
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Tuesday September 30, 2014

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    Wednesday Sep 24, 2014 | 9:19 am

    Can You Afford to Be Sick?

    Can you afford to stay home when you are sick or when you need to care for a sick child, parent or spouse? Millions of Americans would answer: “no.” No federal law requires employers to provide paid sick leave to their employees, and currently only two states, Connecticut and California, require it.  Many workers cannot afford to miss a single day of pay if they can help it. This November, […]

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    Thursday Sep 18, 2014 | 4:12 pm

    Celebrating 50 Years of Civil Rights and Maine’s Leading Role

    Fiftieth birthdays are a big deal. When you turn 50, you’re well into middle age. You’ve been around for a while. And you probably are starting to forget things that happened in your youth. Which is why 2014 is such an important year for civil rights in America. 2014 is the 50th birthday of a lot of significant moments in the civil rights movement—events that many of us old enough […]

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    Tuesday Sep 16, 2014 | 3:49 pm

    Social Media in the Job Hunt

    Apple just introduced its new iPhone 6. I saw on the news that people were camped in line for up to a week before the doors opened at their Apple store so they could be among the first to own the phone. People who didn’t have a place in line were willing to pay up to $1,400 to take someone else’s place. Sound crazy? My family consists of iPhone and […]

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    Thursday Sep 11, 2014 | 11:52 am

    9/11—Do You Think the Terrorists’ Mothers Are Proud of Them?

    The weather these past few weeks in Maine has been glorious. Sunny skies, warm days, cool nights, low humidity. In short, typical early September weather. Unfortunately, for me (and I suspect for many other Mainers), I can’t separate this late summer weather from memories of 9/11. That day, which dawned so clear and sunny here in Maine, ended in tragedy for the almost 3000 workers who got up that morning, […]

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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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