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Jackson Lab Raises Wages For Workers For 2nd Time In 5 Years

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Bill Trotter
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Bangor Daily News

For the second time in five years, the Jackson Laboratory is raising base pay for its workers, this time to 18 dollars an hour. Chief operating officer Katy Longley says the pay-hike should help recruitment and retention of animal-care and other workers in an increasingly competitive marketplace.

"We want to stay ahead of the market and we want to stay competitive and not lag. Over 51% of our workforce are frontline workers, and we're obviously indebted to them for the success of the lab," Longley says.

Longley says there are some 70 vacancies at the company's Maine locations, and more than 100 openings at facilities in Connecticut and California.

She says Jackson Lab has been subject to the same pandemic-induced employment squeeze as other U.S. employers, due in part to the boost in federal unemployment benefits. But she says even without those dynamics, the pay-hike was in the works.

The Mt. Desert Island-based company supplies genetically-tailored mice to the international scientific community.