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The resurgence of labor union activity in Maine and nationwide

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Nicole Ogrysko / Maine Public
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From Starbucks to Amazon, Apple to Chipotle, labor union actions are on the rise. In 2022, unions won more elections than in the past two decades. And three times as many workers went on strike in 2022 than the year before. We’ll discuss the latest news regarding resurgent unions, in Maine and nationwide.

Panelists:
Michael Hillard, professor of economics, University of Southern Maine; author of Shredding Paper: The Rise and Fall of Maine's Mighty Paper Industry
Emily E. LB. Twarog, associate professor of history and labor studies & director of the Regina V. Polk Women’s Labor Leadership Conference, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

VIP Caller:
Monica Wood, author and playwright; her new novel, How to Read a Book, which was scheduled to appear on June 6, will likely be delayed due to a strike at HarperCollins, and she refuses to cross the virtual picket line. her new play, Saint Dad, debuts at Portland Stage in October 2023.

Resources:
Monica Wood's comments regarding support for union workers

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Jonathan was born in Monsey, New York. A field trip to Washington, DC when he was in 7th grade started him on his circuitous path to a career in public radio. The trip inspired a love of politics and led to his desire to one day call DC home. After graduating from Grinnell College, he worked on a couple of campaigns in Iowa (presidential and congressional) and moved to Washington, DC.