CWAers Land Major Legislative Victory For Working People In Maine [Telecom]

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(This is from the CWA District One newsletter)

CWA Local 1400 members in Maine saw a lot of hard organizing and
advocacy work pay off last week as Governor Mills signed new
legislation into law on May 13th that will increase protections for
the state's working people.

The bill was sponsored by Maine House Rep. Michelle Dunphy, a call
center worker and CWA Local 1400 member who championed the bill along
with Shenna Bellows in the Senate. Local 1400 members advocated for
the bill, along with the Maine AFL-CIO, and the Maine People's
Alliance.

The bill, which initially covered call center workers and was later
expanded to include all businesses with more than 100 employees, will
require companies to give more advanced notice to workers when
initiating layoffs. This will allow workers, their families, and
communities to better prepare for impending layoffs. The bill was
passed quickly through both sides of the legislature, with the State
House voting 78-50 in favor of it on April 30th, followed by the
Senate, which passed it 21-14.

"The passage of LD 201 is great news for working people in Maine,"
said CWA District 1 Vice President Dennis Trainor. "I congratulate the
members of CWA Local 1400 for their persistence in lobbying for this
important piece of legislation. When workers stick together we get
results!"

--  
Bill Horne
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