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  In the News Please click on the links to read more: David Brooks talks about Frances Perkins at Mount Holyoke The Gap to raise minimum hourly wage (NYTimes) Chained CPI is out of the Obama Budget (HuffPo) Sen. Bernie Sanders urges not to make cuts Even with Social Security, elderly poverty...

MEET OUR NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR The Frances Perkins Center is pleased to introduce you to Michael P. Chaney, our new Executive Director. Michael will begin his duties on April 1, 2014, and is looking forward to meeting all of you. A native of nearby Alna, Maine, Michael earned a B.A. in History...

  A Special Message from our Board Chair Dear Friends and Supporters, Frances Perkins was born Fannie Coralie Perkins in Boston in 1880, but her roots were firmly at the family farm here in Newcastle, Maine.  Through stories passed down through her great-grandmother Thankful Otis, Fanny (as she...

  This month in history The NBC Radio Network program "America's Town Meeting of the Air" was an early form of electronic "townhall" democracy. In this broadcast from December 1935, Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins is defending and explaining the recently passed Social Security Act, while journalist...

    This Month in History Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected President of the United States four times: 1932, 1936, 1940, and on November 7, 1944. Secretary of Labor during the New Deal era, Frances Perkins held that office from 1933-45 through the entire presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt.   A...

  REDISCOVERING GOVERNMENT: MAKING PEOPLE MATTER October 4, 2013 3:30pm - 6:00pm Wishcamper Center Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine 34 Bedford St, Portland, ME Awards Ceremony and Panel Discussion sponsored by The Bernard L. Schwartz Rediscovering Government Initiative provides a progressive framework around the evolving role of government, depicting the ways...

  Labor Links Here are some stories from our Facebook and Twitter feeds. Follow us for regular reports on working conditions for Americans today: FPC Board Chair Chris Breiseth discusses the importance of Frances Perkins (MPBN) Detroit police, firemen don't qualify for Social Security & may lose retirement pensions (Detroit News) USPS...

Labor Links Here are some stories from our Facebook and Twitter feeds. Follow us for regular reports on working conditions for Americans today: Cornell Prof. Jeff Cowie reflects on the Future of Fair Labor (NYTimes) AFL-CIO features union-Made in America products, including pet treats, beer, and vacations. Six Faces of Minimum...