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Thank You!

Thank you for donating! Your gift will support the Southern Maine Workers' Center to organize for human rights all year round. Love and Solidarity from all of us at SMWC!
The Maine Health Care is a Human Right Coalition

The Maine Health Care is a Human Right Coalition

On June 11, 2016, representatives from Southern Maine Workers’ Center, Maine State Nurses Association and Maine AllCare convened with the goal of formalizing a multi-organizational Health Care is a Human Right Coalition to build the power of grassroots l...
Share Your Health Care Story

Share Your Health Care Story

Fill out an Heath Care is a Human Right Survey Here!  Click this link to fill out an online form. We are collecting stories from people across the state about their experiences with the health care system. Your survey with help us better understand ...

Who We Are

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Our Story

Our Story

In 2006 the Southern Maine Workers’ Center (SMWC) was founded by the Southern Maine Labor Council (SMLC) delegates from a broad range of unions. Their intent was to create a worker-led movement to improve the lives, working conditions, and terms of e...
Members

Members

The Southern Maine Workers’ Center is a member-led organization. Our members represent a broad base of Mainers who are impacted by injustice in the health care system and in the workplace. We have a multi-racial, multi-class membership that includes y...
Leadership

Leadership

Leadership The Southern Maine Workers’ Center Board of Directors is elected by our membership at our annual meeting. Our board is made up of our members, allies who share our vision for racial and economic justice, and three representatives of the S...

Staff

The Southern Maine Workers’ Center is run primarily by a core group of dedicated volunteers from our membership. The job of SMWC staff is to coordinate our programs  and support the leadership of our members. We currently have two paid staff positions. DrewChristopher Jo...

Contact Us

SMWC Location Map Contact Information Email info@maineworkers.org Phone 207-200-SMWC (7692) Location 68 Washington Ave Portland, Maine 04101 Mailing Address PO Box 3902 Portland, ME 04101 Worker...
About Us

About Us

Our Guiding Values The Southern Maine Workers’ Center is a member-led organization committed to creating a grassroots, people-powered movement that improves the lives, working conditions, and terms of employment for working-class and poor people in M...
Human Rights Principles

Human Rights Principles

The Human Rights Principles All of our work is guided by the following human rights principles (which we have adopted from the Vermont Workers’ Center ): Equity, Accountability, Transparency, Universality, and Participation. Equity : Everyone p...
Health Care is a Human Right

Health Care is a Human Right

Our Campaign to Transform the Health Care system in Maine! Too many people in our communities go without the care that they need or are burdened by unjust medical debt. We know from the experiences of the people around us that health insurance is...
Coalition Building

Coalition Building

Who we work with Transforming the health care system is no easy task. It’s going to take a powerful coalition to fight back against the interests of insurance & pharmaceutical  companies. That’s why SMWC prioritizes working with other organizations who ...
Join the Movement

Join the Movement

Will You Join Us? We’re developing grassroots leadership that is powerful enough to advocate for and win universal healthcare in Maine. Contact our HCHR organizer Ronald to learn more about any of our statewide HCHR work: ronald@maineworkers.org ...
Work With Dignity

Work With Dignity

The Work With Dignity Committee The Work With Dignity (WWD) Committee is the worker and workplace organizing wing of the Southern Maine Workers' Center. We aim to help workers identify, create, and implement economic justice campaigns that represent...
Campaigns

Campaigns

Minimum Wage Victory in Portland! In September 2015, the Portland City Council voted to raise the municipal minimum wage to $10.10/hour in January 2016 from the current statewide minimum wage of $7.50/hour. In 2017 it will rise to $10.68/hour, and...

WORK Manual & WORKshops

WORK is now digital! To download the English version, click here    Ahora disponible en Español, aquí. The minimum wage in Maine has changed. For updates on the new state law & Portland's minimum wage clink here . We can take WORK on th...
Worker Support Hotline

Worker Support Hotline

Our legal rights as workers are complicated, and understanding how to respond to violations can be challenging. The Southern Maine Workers’ Center can help you when you think your rights are being violated in the workplace. While it is important t...
Movement Building

Movement Building

The Southern Maine Workers’ Center is part of a national movement to build the power of working-class people organizing for economic and racial justice. We work in local and national coalitions and alliances because they help members see our campaigns a...
Political Education Committee

Political Education Committee

The Southern Maine Workers’ Center is committed to creating opportunities for our members’ ongoing leadership development, and to deepening our collective political analysis. We believe in the power of connecting individual experiences to larger systems of ...

Get Involved

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Take Action

Take Action

Southern Maine Workers’ Center believes that working and poor people must organize together in order to transform our workplaces and communities. If we want to improve our conditions at work, win victories to improve our economic conditions, or transform o...
Become a Member

Become a Member

Join Us! 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. People power is the only thing that can ensure our human rights. Our m...
Media

Media

The stories we tell are central to our work at SMWC. Our allies at the Vermont Workers' Center developed the "People's Recipe" for building long-term power, where they talk about Winning the Battle of the Story . This means that building a movement is ...
Media Committee

Media Committee

One of the key ingredients in The People’s Recipe for building strong and successful grassroots movements is ‘winning the battle of the story’ by producing our own media. Ordinary people do not control mass media outlets, and large media conglomerates are r...

In the News

Here you can find updates from the movement, news from the Workers' Center and our national allies, and articles written by our members: April 28, 2016: "Supporters Rally To Save Public Health Clinic in Portland"  by Randy Billings, Portland Press He...

In Our Own Words

Toward Justice in Health Care from Ali Mann on Vimeo . Our Stories, Our Strength: Healthcare is a Human Right potluck & story share from Ali Mann on Vimeo . SMWC members discuss the Health Care is a Human Right campaign on...
Donate

Donate

Thank you for donating! The Southern Maine Workers’ Center believes that social change must come from the grassroots–from people getting organized to demand our human rights from the workplace to the state house. Your donations do more than keep our...