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The members of the Southern Maine Workers’ Center believe that working class and poor people must organize together in order to transform our workplaces and communities. We are a member led and member powered organization. This means that our members plan and carry out all of our committee work. Click here to learn more about becoming a member.

Health Care is a Human Right Committee

Too many people in our communities either go without the health care they need or are burdened by medical debt. This is why we’re committed to building the collective power of working and poor people across the state to win a universal, publicly funded health care system in Maine. 

Work With Dignity (WWD)

Many of us don’t know about our legal rights in the workplace, or how to organize to ensure that our legal rights and our human right are met. Our WWD Committee is focused on building the knowledge, skills, and unity of low wage and unorganized workers across a range of industries to organize for justice in our workplaces.


For the first time this year, Southern Maine Workers’ Center members elected our Board of Directors. Click here to meet our elected board members and committee chairs.


Your donations do more than keep our doors open and our lights on (which they do), they also help us remain independent and accountable to our members. Please make a donation today to support grassroots organizing for racial and economic justice in Maine.

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A SMWC Love Letter to Lew

DEAR PEOPLE OF LEWISTON, What a week y’all just had! The Good Food Bus got rolling, bringing much needed fresh, local, and affordable foods to peop[read more...]

Why we need a universal wage: Heather shares her story about tipped work

On July 20th, members of SMWC's Work With Dignity Committee attended the Portland City Council's workshop session on tipped credit and the new minimum[read more...]

Universality: Tipped Workers and the New Minimum Wage

Portland’s Municipal Minimum Wage is Strengthened by the Inclusion of Tipped Workers As many people have heard, Portland City Council is backing away[read more...]

At a Glance

The Southern Maine Workers’ Center (SMWC) is a member-based organization comprised of working and poor people building grassroots movements to ensure that our of all of our basic human rights are met.

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