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This show will air from 1-3 pm as part of Maine Calling's special coverage of the impacts of COVID-19 on the people of Maine.

With businesses suffering or closing, and people losing their sources of income and livelihoods, what can be done? We speak with Maine's labor and economic leaders to learn how the state is trying to face the challenges of helping to keep workers and businesses afloat amidst the coronavirus emergency.

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This is a rebroadcast of an earlier show (original air date July 16, 2019); no calls will be taken. 

Many businesses in Maine are having a difficult time finding workers—particularly during the busy summer season. We’ll hear from the state economist, the Maine Commissioner of Labor, and the President and CEO of Hospitality Maine about how big of a worker shortage there is and what, if anything, can be done to address it.

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Maine could join a handful of other states that grant public-sector unions greater access to new employees in order to recruit members.

Mingle Analytics Founder & CEO Dan Mingle at his office in South Paris.
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A high tech company in rural western Maine employs more than 50 people from all over the state and beyond. About a quarter show up to work at the company’s headquarters in South Paris everyday. But most don’t. And as Lori Valigra reports, the company’s founder says its all part of a strategy that allows Mingle Analytics to maintain a skilled and loyal workforce, without having to leave Oxford county.

Summer Job Market

Apr 7, 2017
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As summer approaches, many Maine businesses are on the hunt for part-time or temporary help.  But Maine’s low unemployment rate and the tightening of the H1B visa program are making it a challenge for businesses to find workers. We’ll hear from the Maine Department of Labor as well from leaders of the Maine Tourism and Restaurant and Innkeeper’s associations about the challenges – and opportunities – facing Maine Businesses.

Guests:  Julie Rabinowitz, Director of Policy, Operations and Communication, Maine Department of Labor

Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King wants U.S. employers to voluntarily offer paid parental or medical leave for workers while they are meeting necessary family obligations, such as caring for a sick child or after giving birth.

Current federal law requires employers of 50 or more workers to provide 12 weeks of unpaid leave for such circumstances. Speaking today on the Senate floor, King says a measure authored by himself and Nebraska Republican Sen. Deb Fischer would open up tax incentives to employers of any size.

Maine Gets Grants For Retraining

Jun 29, 2014

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ The Maine Department of Labor is getting $4.85 million in grants that will help train workers for new careers after they have been laid off.

FairPoint union employees from Maine took their concerns over ongoing contract negotiations to corporate headquarters today in Charlotte, North Carolina, where shareholders were convening their annual meeting. After posing a few questions to senior managers and shareholders, the employees left, saying management wants the workers to accept lower wages. But company officials say that's only part of the story. A.J. Higgins has more.

  Michael Kazin, author of American Dreamers: How the Left Changed a Nation gave a talk recently at The University of Southern Maine presented by University of Southern Maine Department of History and Political Science, and the Machiah Center.

  Speaking in Maine offers a talk by Mark W. Frazier, Professor of Chinese Politics in the School of International Studies at the University of Oklahoma.