Where I’m from, your word means something. However, right now agreements reached through the arbitration process are meaningless for employees and employers because they simply aren’t binding. As a result, neither management nor employees have any incentive to keep their end of the bargain. Our public employees — our teachers, our firefighters, and snowplow drivers — deserve better.
AUGUSTA – On Jan. 1, an estimated 52,900 hardworking Mainers received a wage increase thanks to the 2016 voter-approved minimum wage law, which increased the minimum wage from $12 per hour to $12.15 per hour in 2021. According to the Maine Center for Economic Policy, one out of every five Mainers will benefit from this increase, with an additional 67,100 […]