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The state's largest teachers' union is calling it a

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage raised the possibility of a state teachers' contract during his State of the State message last Tuesday, and the state's largest teachers' union says that it's a hopeful development. LePage has been talking about the need to pay Maine teachers what they're wo

There was cause for celebration for supporters of Question 4, as the state minimum wage jumped to $9 an hour over the weekend. (Maine AFL-CIO)

AUGUSTA, Maine – Maine joined Arizona, Colorado and Washington state over the weekend in boosting its state minimum wage after successful ballot initiatives. In Maine, the minimum wage jumped to $9 an hour starting on Saturday, and will increase each year by $1 per hour until it reaches $12

Local union and social-justice advocates say important questions linger about Gov. Paul LePage's plan to use a private contractor to administer a Maine job-training program. (MSEA)

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage has said he doesn't understand all the hoopla, but questions remain about his plan to contract with an out-of-state company to administer part of the state's welfare program. According to Maine State Employees Association President Ramona Welton, Gov. LePage

Solar-energy advocates say the Juno space probe orbiting Jupiter is proof that even states with less sunshine, including Maine, can still reap big benefits from solar power. (NASA)

AUGUSTA, Maine - It works in outer space, and solar-energy advocates say the fact that the Juno space probe now orbiting Jupiter is running only on power from the sun points to the reliability and growth potential for solar power, even in states like Maine. Maine may not be the state with the most s

Some Mainers are in Washington, D.C., today to urge designation of a North Woods National Monument. (P. Corrigan, Jr).

AUGUSTA, Maine - Mainers will join wilderness-protection advocates from across the nation in Washington, D.C., today to urge designation of new national monuments -- including the North Woods in Maine. Paul Corrigan, a writer, teacher and outdoorsman who grew up in the Katahdin region and will be i

As the nation pauses to remember those who served and died defending the nation, a new report says the average officer veteran is only 47 and needs to find a good state for retirement. (Senior Master Sgt. David H. Lipp, U.S. Air Force)

AUGUSTA, Maine - As the nation takes time on Memorial Day to honor veterans who gave their lives for their country, a new survey points to Maine as one of the top 10 states in the nation as places for veterans to retire. WalletHub analyst Jill Gonzales said their survey found that Maine ranks in th

Public-sector unions, such as the Maine Education Association, can still collect fair-share dues from non-union members thanks to a split-decision ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. (MEA)

AUGUSTA, Maine – It's a case that has major impact on public sector unions across the nation, and the Maine Education Association (MEA) is among those applauding the result. The U.S. Supreme Court issued a split decision on Tuesday in a case that had challenged public-sector unions' rights to

Competing minimum-wage proposals have been vying for position, but supporters of raising Maine's minimum wage to $9 by 2017 say they have the votes to get it onto the November ballot. (Mainers for Fair Wages)

AUGUSTA, Maine - It would raise the minimum wage in Maine to $9 an hour by 2017, and supporters of the ballot initiative now say they are optimistic voters will have their say in November. Opponents of the measure attempted to send it to a dead end in committee last week, but Matt Schlobohm, execu

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