Katie Schools Hired as Community Outreach Organizer for Scontras Center at USM


Katie Schools, New Commuity Outreach Organized for the Dr. Charles A. Scontras Center for Labor and Community Education at USM, Portland.

Katie Schools, has been hired as the new Community Outreach Organizer for the Dr. Charles A. Scontras Center for Labor and Community Education at the University of Southern Maine, Portland.  Her first day on the job will be Monday, January 8, 2024.

Schools previously served from 2022 to 2023 as an intern at the Maine AFLl-C10 where she generated commuity support for union organizing efforts, supported organizing training and more.  Most recently she has worked as an organizer for the Maine Restaurant Workers Coaltion.

“As the new outreach organizer my job will be to build relationships with workers uions, nonprofits and labor groups ad have one-on-one conversations and organizing to get them invested in the Scontras Center,” said Schools.  “My job will also involve event planning, commmunications work and eventually teaching some workshops.”

Schools will collaborate closely with the Center Director and teaching fellows to build a dynamic network throughout Maine to further the Center’s mission.
You can reach Katie at:  katie.schools.@maine.edu. next week.

Dr. Scontras, (1929-2021) was a Maine labor historian, educator and author.  He taught at the University of Maine for 36 years.    In 1997, the Maine Department of Labor consulted with Dr. Scontras as the agency worked to commission a mural highlighting Maine’s labor history.  He worked closely with Judy Taylor, (Seal Cove) the artist selected for the project to identify the scenes that were capured in the 11 panel mural.  Included in one of the panels was US Labor Secretary Frances Perkins, in the President Roosevelt Administration and the first woman to serve in a presidential cabinet.  Perkins’  homestead is located on the River Road, Newcastle and is a historic location now.  The labor mural so offended the offensive former governor paul lepage that it became the focus of a court battle.  The mural was removed from the Labor Department in Augusta to the Maine State Museum.