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Topsham Law Firm's Paralegals Join Trade Union
03/26/2014 01:38 PM ET  

About 20 legal professionals at McTeague, Higbee, Case, Cohen, Whitney and Toker have joined the International Association of Machinists.

Paralegals and other legal professionals at a Topsham law firm have formed a union. The International Association of Machinists - or IAM - has negotiated an agreement with legal professionals at McTeague, Higbee, Case, Cohen, Whitney & Toker.

The new three-year contract includes wage increases, improved health, pension and grievance benefits, improved paid time off and more, says Carol Sanborn, paralegal and bargaining committee member.

"The only way to really have a voice that matters is when people are a unit, collectively," Sanborn says. The firm has 13 lawyers. About 20 legal professionals are in the union bargaining unit, Sanborn says.

The IAM Union represents 3,900 Maine workers, including shipbuilders at Bath Iron Works, workers in paper mills and manufacturing, as well as municipal workers and the newly-created Maine Lobstering Union.

This story was reported and written by Caroline Losneck.


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