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Democracy Forum on WERU FM Community Radio

June -- Jobs in Maine: What's the Future?

The League of Women Voters Downeast in cooperation with WERU FM is producing and sponsoring a monthly radio program on topics in participatory democracy. It's called the Democracy Forum.

Broadcasts may be heard live from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. on the third Friday of the month at WERU Community Radio, 89.9 FM Blue Hill, 99.9 FM Bangor. Listen live on the Web at WERU FM.

Join us the following Wednesday evening, 5:30 - 7:00, for an in-person public conversation on this topic.

Here is information about our upcoming broadcast.

June 16 -- Jobs in Maine: What's the Future?

"There are stories -- legends, really -- of the 'steady job.' Old-timers ... tell stories of how the company used to be, back when a job was for life,... The graduates snicker. A steady job! They've never heard of such a thing." -- ― Australian author Max Barry, from his novel, Company

We'll talk about global changes in employment and the nature of work, the shifting demographics of jobs, barriers to work, and what it means for Maine. We'll take listener calls during the second half of the show.

In case you missed it live, you can listen to this show from the archive at

Special Guests:

Jim Breece, Associate Professor of Economics, University of Maine, Orono.
Rosalie Hughes, investigative reporter for the Bangor Daily News and contributor to the Maine Focus series on Forgotten Maine Workers.
Beth Stickney, Executive Direction of the Maine Business Immigration Coalition.

Key Topics:

  • What have been the global trends in jobs over the last 25 years and how have those trends affected Maine workers?
  • What are some examples of shifts in income and employment opportunities in Maine?
  • What are some barriers to full employment?
  • Can Maine businesses find enough workers?
  • Can Maine workers find good jobs?
  • What role does immigration play in Maine?
  • Are there evidence-based policies that can help?
  • How can ordinary citizens play a role?

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Read about and listen to past programs from the League archive.

June 21 -- Public Conversation

Join us at Pat's Pizza, Ellsworth, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. to continue the conversation on Jobs in Maine.

Special guests:

Light snacks will be served; beverages will be available for purchase.

Future Topics in this Series

Join us to discuss important issues and how they affect us here in Maine. (Subject to change.)

July 21, Democracy Forum, WERU-FM, 10-11 am
July 26, Public Converation 5:30-7:00pm

September, October, November - To Be Announced

Past Topics in this Series

BALLOT QUESTIONS IN MAINE: Whose Initiatives Are They?

THE TWO MAINES: Can We Bridge the Divide?

FAKE NEWS: Who Can You Trust?

FREE TRADE: Winners & Losers in Maine

JOBS IN MAINE: What's the Future?

Read about and listen to past programs from the League archive.