E-NEWS: DECEMBER 8, 2022

An updated Union Directory listing union goods and services in R.I. can be found on our website at www.RhodeIslandAFLCIO.org under the “Resources” tab.

Here is the direct link—-> Union Directory


For Immediate Release

Nov. 30, 2022

Contact: Matt Taibi, (401) 434-0454

mtaibi.ibt251@gmail.com

TEAMSTERS VOTE TO AUTHORIZE STRIKE AT RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN

Essential Workers Demand Higher Standards at Preeminent Art School

(PROVIDENCE, R.I.) – Teamsters Local 251 members working as custodians, groundskeepers, and movers at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) have voted to authorize a strike by a 95 percent margin.

“These brave men and women are joining tens of thousands of other university workers all across the country who are standing up and demanding that their employers stop acting like Fortune 500 companies and start acting like institutions of higher learning,” said Matt Taibi, Local 251 Secretary-Treasurer and Eastern Region International Vice President. “These workers have been underappreciated and undercompensated for far too long.”

The workers took the strike authorization vote after the university refused to meet a reasonable standard for wages, health care benefits, and a retirement package. As of 2020, RISD has roughly 2,500 students enrolled, an endowment of $440 million, and an operating budget of $161 million.

“Universities are supposed to ascribe to a moral standard loftier than net profit,” said Regina Santos, a Local 251 member who serves on the union negotiating committee. “RISD says it’s ‘committed to furthering progress in Providence and Rhode Island through mutually beneficial engagement with the community.’ We are that very community, so they can start in-house.”

Teamsters Local 251 represents over 6,300 workers in a wide variety of industries throughout Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts. For more information, go to https://teamsterslocal251.org/


AFSCME: CAREERS AT AFSCME

Union Scholars Program

A summer internship program for students of color passionate about social justice and workers’ rights.

DISCLAIMER: If selected, AFSCME requires proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID 19.

The American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) is pleased to partner with Harvard University’s Labor and Worklife Program to sponsor the Union Scholars Program. AFSCME is one of the nation’s largest labor unions, representing public service employees and retirees across the country. Harvard’s Labor and Worklife Program, located in the Harvard Law School, is the university’s center for research, teaching and creative problem-solving related to the world of work. The program is funded through the Jerry Wurf Memorial Fund.

The Union Scholars Program is an 8-week summer internship for students of color. Students will take part in a hands-on organizing experience with AFSCME members, and will enjoy an opportunity to travel and receive valuable, resume-building experience – all while getting paid.

The application for the 2023 Union Scholars Program is now live. Click here to access the application.


International Association of Firefighters: Congress Passes Legislation to Protect Fire Fighters from PFAS Exposure

The House passed legislation Dec. 1 directing the federal government to develop guidance for fire fighters on best practices to prevent PFAS exposure on the job. The Protecting Firefighters from Adverse Substances (PFAS) Act, sponsored by Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI), now awaits President Joe Biden’s signature.

The bill passed the Senate last summer, where it was authored by Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI), and co-sponsored by Sens. Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Thom Tillis (R-NC).

“The IAFF strongly supports all efforts to reduce exposures to PFAS and other carcinogens,” said General President Edward Kelly. “PFAS is all around us. It is in our bunker gear, our PPE, and training foam. Until PFAS can be removed and replaced with safer alternatives, we must incorporate all preventative measures. I am grateful that our elected officials are taking action and look forward to continuing to work with them to extinguish cancer from the fire service.”

Once this legislation is signed into law, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the United States Fire Administration (USFA) have one year to publish training guidance. The curriculum is required to include ways to reduce or eliminate exposure to PFAS from firefighting foam and PPE, strategies for preventing the release of PFAS from firefighting foam into the environment, and provide emergency personnel with information on alternatives to PFAS equipment and foams. Read more here.


AFL-CIO: On the Anniversary of the AFL-CIO Merger, Listen to How It All Began

On this day 65 years ago, the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations, the country’s two leading labor federations, joined together to consolidate working people’s goals and activism in pursuit of a better tomorrow. The AFL-CIO’s first president, George Meany, spoke to the new federation’s first convention in New York on Dec. 5, 1955.

As we look forward to another year of fighting on behalf of the hopes and aspirations of working people, let’s take some time to look back at how it began and keep in mind the many who came before us, those who built the foundation upon which we now stand.

Courtesy of the University of Maryland, we can listen to Meany’s speech at that first convention, presented in two parts: Watch videos here.


AFL-CIO: Union-Made in America Holiday Gift Ideas

It’s not too late yet to find that perfect holiday gift that carries a union label and is made in America. Below is a wide range of gift possibilities, from clothes to games to sports equipment and more, made by members of UNITE HERE, the Boilermakers (IBB), the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM), the Machinists (IAM), the United Steelworkers (USW), the Teamsters (IBT), the UAW, the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union-UFCW (RWDSU-UFCW) and the United Farm Workers (UFW).

This list is compiled from Union Plus, the Union Label and Service Trades Department (UL&STD) and the BCTGM website. Check them out for even more gift ideas.

Shipping gifts this year? Make sure to ship using a union carrier like the U.S. Postal Service or UPS.

See list here.



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E-NEWS: November 23, 2022

An updated Union Directory listing union goods and services in R.I. can be found on our website at www.RhodeIslandAFLCIO.org under the “Resources” tab.

Here is the direct link—-> Union Directory


For immediate release: November 22, 2022                                                                      

PRESS RELEASE:

A statement from the United Nurses and Allied Professionals on the potential sale of Prospect CharterCARE hospitals

Providence, RI – The United Nurses and Allied Professionals (UNAP), a union representing approximately 850 employees at Prospect’s Rhode Island hospitals, issued the following statement today on the proposed sale of their Rhode Island hospitals to Centurion Foundation.

“The United Nurses and Allied Professionals will be intimately involved in this transaction, as this sale will have a significant impact on our local healthcare community. As we have always done, we will closely vet this transaction to make sure any new owner or operator of these healthcare facilities will provide quality care for patients and proper working conditions for the healthcare workers who serve them.

The UNAP is adamant that any buyer of Our Lady of Fatima Hospital, Roger Williams Medical Center, and Prospect Home Health must be willing to put healthcare first and be a true community partner – someone who is willing to invest in the workforce, the hospitals and our community. Prospect Medical Holdings came in and tried to suck every last nickel out of our hospitals in the interest of making a bigger profit for shareholders. Our health care workers, patients and community members deserve better than that, and as a union we will do everything in our power to make sure that doesn’t happen.”

Contact: Brad Dufault

401.487.9116

brad@checkmatecg.com


Providence Business News: Approved school bus company contract increases hours, wages for union workers

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island school bus drivers, monitors and aides are guaranteed an extra 7.5 hours of weekly work and a 19% pay bump under a recently approved contract between the labor union and the bus company.

The Nov. 9 contract between Service Employees International Union 1199 New England and First Student Inc. was “overwhelmingly” approved by the 275 union members who work for the private bus contractor, although a vote breakdown was not available, according to a union spokeswoman.

The agreement comes after months of failed negotiations over minimum hours and pay for union laborers, with the union threatening to strike if its conditions were not met. A tentative agreement was reached on Nov. 1, the day before the strike was scheduled to start, PBN previously reported.

The new contract, which took effect immediately, increases the minimum weekly hours guaranteed to First Student’s union workers from 20 to 27.5 hours while offering a 19% boost to combined wages to “out them on a path to economic independence,” Jesse Martin, SEIU’s executive vice president, said in an emailed statement. Read more here.


United Food Commercial Workers Local 328 Facebook:

Seven Stars workers at all five cafes held a day of action that saw amazing community support! Workers passed out literature and collected signatures of support, calling on the company to offer a fair wage. The company’s low base wage for baristas of only $9.00/hr is far less than other Rhode Island cafés. By investing in their employees with a higher wage, the company will be investing in our communities.

Show support for Seven Stars Bakery workers by visiting: https://linktr.ee/sevenstarsworkersunited to leave a review at your local Seven Stars, to tell the company that $9.00/hr is not enough! We appreciate all of the support offered for Seven Stars workers who love serving their customers and community.

View pictures here.


IBEW Local Union 99 Twitter:

The signing of an MOU for PLA’s on all jobs over $25 Million and apprentice utilization agreement at Brown University today. Long time in the making but great for the outlook ahead.

View pictures here.


East Providence Firefighters Local 850 Facebook:

Local-850 members pitched in this morning, carrying on the long standing tradition of giving back to our community during the Thanksgiving holiday. Shopping, assembling, and delivering complete holiday dinner baskets ready to be passed along to those less fortunate. Once again we have partnered up with Shaw’s Market and the East Providence Boys and Girls Club to make all of this possible. We’d also like to recognize New Image Car Wash for their contribution, assisting us in completing this mission. Great work everyone!

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Middletown RI Firefighters Local 1933 Facebook:

This week, Local 1933 members and other area departments had the opportunity to practice the skill of VEIS (Vent, Enter, Isolate, Search). Connecticut Custom Fire Training LLC did a fantastic job teaching the class! Thank you to @ctcustt for your tremendous training and knowledge. Thank you to Jamestown Fire Department @jamestownfireri for hosting the event. Thank you to Portsmouth Fire department @pfdlocal1949 for bringing their equipment and great work ethic!

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RICOSH: Hazards of Working in Cold Work Environments

The Body in Cold Environments

The first thing is the skin gets cold. Blood vessels in the skin and the extremities (nose, toes, fingers, ears) constrict to reduce heat loss. We may begin to shiver if we continue to lose heat: shivering produces extra heat. Prolonged exposure to cold, however, (especially with increasing wetness or moisture) can soon overwhelm this simple benevolent strategy and lead to net body heat loss.

As more heat is lost from our bodies blood flow to the extremities is reduced; our reactions become sluggish and clumsy we may even become disorientated. As a result, risks from slips, trips, and falls, objects being dropped from heights, and getting hit by moving vehicles and equipment increase.

Fluids in our tissue can actually freeze. This is frostbite. The most common targets of frostbite are the extremities (nose, ears, fingers, and toes). Trench foot is a condition like frostbite where the feet become swollen and itchy, and then very painful. Extreme or prolonged cold exposure (usually combined with demanding physical activity) can induce hypothermia, a life-threatening disorder. Read more here.


AFL-CIO:


***For your last-minute food and drinks to purchase for Thanksgiving, please remember to shop at Stop & Shop, Shaws and Eastside Marketplace where our union brothers and sisters work.



UPCOMING EVENTS:

The Rhode Island Labor History Society:

Panel Discussion: Organizing and Reinventing Unions in the 1970s and 1980s: Stories and Lessons Learned by Those Who Were There.

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E-News: November 10, 2022

An updated Union Directory listing union goods and services in R.I. can be found on our website at www.RhodeIslandAFLCIO.org under the “Resources” tab.

Here is the direct link—-> Union Directory


AFL-CIO: Working People Propel Pro-Worker Candidates in Key Races, Commit to Strengthening Organizing Wave that Is Reshaping America

Statement from AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler on the 2022 midterm elections:

While it may be days or weeks until every vote is counted and we know the full results of this election, it’s clear the tireless organizing efforts of working people to engage voters in one-on-one discussions about the issues that matter made a critical difference this year in many races.

No matter the outcome after all the votes are counted, working people know the fight isn’t over; in fact, it’s just getting started. The foundation that unions built through our 365-day-a-year political organizing campaign will engage voters every day through 2024 and beyond to create an economy that works for all of us.

At a time when big corporations and the wealthiest among us are doing better than ever, workers are facing steep challenges to just make ends meet. Extremists in Congress aren’t offering solutions to the problems working families face. Their only interest is rewarding the corporations and wealthy individuals that bankroll their campaigns while working people pay the price.

We won’t allow greedy CEOs and politicians to dismantle our economic progress. We’ll fight every day to build the economy workers demand and need. To win for workers, we must organize. The way we build lasting worker power in America is by ensuring everyone who wants a union on the job has one. We have the momentum, and we’re doubling down to support worker organizing in all industries across the nation. Read more here.


Informational Picket at Our Lady of Fatima Hospital last week: UNAP @WeAreUNAP is fighting for sufficient wages, benefits and working conditions for their health care workers!


UNAP FacebookUNAP Locals Negotiating Contracts

We are the service workers at Fatima Hospital – United Nurses & Allied Professionals, Local 5110.

We are the home health workers at Prospect CharterCARE Home Health & Hospice – United Nurses & Allied Professionals, Local 5111.

We are the RNs at Roger Williams Medical Center – United Nurses & Allied Professionals, Local 5092.

And we’ve had enough.

We’ve been negotiating with Prospect for months and still don’t have contracts.


General Teamsters Local 251 Facebook:

NORTHEAST TRANSPORTATION SERVICES TEAMSTERS SHOW SOLIDARITY

Striking workers from Northeast Transportation Services (a contractor for DHL Express) along with Teamster leaders and retirees, showed their solidarity with healthcare workers picketing against Prospect Chartercare and Care New England this week. Workers standing together is the only way to fight corporate greed.

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The Rhode Island Labor History Society:

Panel Discussion: Organizing and Reinventing Unions in the 1970s and 1980s: Stories and Lessons Learned by Those Who Were There.

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RICOSH Webinar: Healthy Indoor Air: Essential to Manage COVID-19 this fall and winter

Dr Ashish JA the White House Covid coordinator hosted a White House Summit on Improving Indoor Air Quality bringing together public health and ventilation experts, private sector and education leaders, EPA and OSHA  to highlight the benefits of improved indoor air quality in mitigating the spread of COVID-19, In addition updated COVID-19 booster vaccines and effective treatments, improving indoor air quality within buildings is an essential part of the Biden Administration’s plan to manageCOVID-19 this fall and winter. The number of deaths from COVID, which still averages around 2,600 a week, remains far too high, said Dr Anthony Fauci on nov.3rd “we’re still in the middle of this—it is not over. Four hundred deaths per day is not an acceptable level.”

There are things we can do to slow down the spread of Covid, like substantially improving indoor air quality… .’ Ashish Ja- White House Covid-19-Response Coordinator.

This free online program will review key practices that can improve indoor air quality and reduce Covid and risks from flu and other respiratory risks.

When: Thursday November 17 @ 12 p.m. via Zoom

Please register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMvceiurDIoG9FqdUmQbmFzzmo8BjXNbR6A      

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.





UPCOMING EVENTS:

United Way of Rhode Island: Indigenous Peoples Equity Challenge

November is Native American Heritage Month, and United Way of Rhode Island is excited to be partnering with the Tomaquag Museum to launch an Indigenous Peoples Equity Challenge.

The free, five-day challenge will kick off on Nov. 14, but you can sign up anytime and take it at your own pace. After registering, you’ll receive a series of five emails with resources, reflection questions, or actions you can take to help create a more equitable Rhode Island.

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E-NEWS: NOVEMBER 3, 2022

An updated Union Directory listing union goods and services in R.I. can be found on our website at www.RhodeIslandAFLCIO.org under the “Resources” tab.

Here is the direct link—-> Union Directory


TODAY! Informational Picket

UNAP:

as they picket for their patients, their community, safe working conditions, adequate wages and benefits.

Where: Our lady of Fatima Hospital

200 High Service Ave

North Providence, RI

When: Thursday, November 3rd, 2p.m till 6p.m

The UNAP and Prospect Medical Holding management have been bargaining for months for contracts with Fatima Service Workers, Roger Williams RN’s and employees at Prospect Home Health and Hospice, but Prospect CharterCare refuses to negotiate contracts that provide sufficient wages, benefits and working conditions for these health care workers.

Please come out and show your support, because an injury to one is an injury to all.


The Providence Journal: Union puts Prospect CharterCARE ‘on notice’ about possible hospitals sale

ROVIDENCE – Concerned that Roger Williams Medical Center, Our Lady of Fatima Hospital and Prospect Home Health and Hospice are up for sale, the union representing workers at all three facilities has put the owner “on notice” that it will take strong action if patients’ and employees’ interests are not protected.

The three entities are owned by CharterCARE Health Partners, a member of Los Angeles-based Prospect Medical Holdings.

In a full-page Journal advertisement this week, the United Nurses and Allied Professionals union wrote that “after the for-profit Prospect Medical Holdings came into Rhode Island, they used their hospitals, including Fatima Hospital, Roger Williams Medical Center and Prospect Home Health and Hospice as collateral to borrow $1.5 billion. They then turned around and paid half a billion dollars in dividends to top shareholders, all while failing to properly invest in Rhode Island’s health care workers and hospitals.

“Now, Prospect is looking to sell our community hospitals to another for-profit company, and they’re trying to leave Rhode Island just as they came in, refusing to negotiate fair contracts with the nurses and health care workers who care for our most vulnerable. We’re putting Prospect Medical Holdings on notice. We won’t let them use our community hospitals as piggy banks to line their pockets and then skip town, leaving these hospitals saddled with debt and our health care heroes without a fair contract. Our health care workers, our patients, and all Rhode Islanders deserve better.” Read more here.


1199 SEIU RI Facebook:

Today, frontline caregivers from Women and Infants Hospital marched the picket line demanding Care New England sit down with them and negotiate ways to end the staffing crisis. RI hospitals were awarded $45M in COVID relief funding and workers want a plan in place, now, to stabilize the workforce.

“We have risked our own safety and that of our families, pulled extra shifts and held up our end of the bargain; now we are calling on management to sit down with us and tell us what their plan is to get our system back on track. Enough is enough,” said Kelli Price, Registered Nurse in the Medical, Surgical, Oncology, Critical Care unit for over 20 years.

View pictures here.


The Providence Journal: Bus driver strike averted as tentative agreement reached with First Student

PROVIDENCE – Bus drivers have reached a tentative settlement with their employer, First Student, avoiding a strike that was scheduled to begin Wednesday.

The bus drivers, monitors and aides are members of Local 1199 of the Service Employees International Union. The strike would have affected bus drivers in Lincoln, West Warwick and the state bus yard in Cranston, who transport students with special needs, among others.

What is in the new bus driver contract?

The settlement includes a four-year contract that provides a fair wage increase and a boost in guaranteed hours, the union said. The 275 members of the union are expected to ratify the contract, at which time more details will be made public.

“I’ve been a school bus driver for 13 years, and many of the kids I transport have special physical and behavioral needs that require special accommodations and increased attention,” said Mike McDermott, a bus driver at the metro yard in Cranston. “We are happy that First Student was finally willing to come to the table with proposals that will help us better take care of our families and do our jobs. Even before the pandemic, First Student could not recruit bus drivers, monitors to do this work and we are hopeful that better hours and pay will go a long way in attracting more workers to the field. At the end of the day, it’s our students who benefit most.” Read more here.


Climate Jobs RI Twitter:

Today we celebrated the $82.5 million investment awarded to the RI Turnpike and Bridge Authority to conduct necessary repairs and upgrades for the Newport Pell Bridge!

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The Providence Journal: In texts, Kalus called a contractor slurs, ‘a loser.’ She says it shows she is a fighter.

PROVIDENCE − Ashley Kalus, the GOP candidate for governor, is defending a string of profane texts she sent a contractor with whom she was engaged in a construction billing dispute in Chicago several years ago.

In her texts, received by more than one media outlet in recent days, she called the male contractor several female gendered slurs, “a loser,” a “bottom” (which is sometimes used as a slur against gays) and a “low-life” who wears “Costco pants your mom picked out for you.”

“Just get the job done. That’s all,” Kalus’ husband, plastic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Weinzweig, also texted the contractor.

“And remember your social status here Mike,” wrote Kalus, who has now pumped $4.7 million of her own family’s money into her campaign.

“You like being my little b—h,” she texted at another point. “Always adjusting your pants … Loser … What is the amount to get rid of you? … I can’t wait to pay to keep f—ing you for the next year.”

“I’ll make my money back in making you lose money in the future,” she wrote. Read more here.


Labor 411: A Union-Made World Series Party

The World Series is here! And it’s shaping up to be a good one. It features two awesome baseball towns who are passionate about their teams: the Houston Astros and the Philadelphia Phillies. It’s a union game, with union players and union empires. And what better way to celebrate it than with union-made snacks and drinks. We’ve put together the shopping list below so that you can support good union brands that treat employers fairly. It’s easier than ever to vote with your wallet.

See list here.

***Remember to do your shopping at Stop & Shop, Shaws and Eastside Marketplace where our union brothers and sister work.



AFL-CIO:



UPCOMING EVENTS:

Saturday Labor Walks

When: Every Saturday, 9am – 12pm

Where: Locations vary, please check here for events and sign up

Join us to canvass for endorsed democratic candidates Seth Magaziner and Governor Dan McKee! This is a tight election year and the most valuable thing you have to give to get our candidates elected is your time!

Call/ email RI AFL-CIO Organizer, Autumn Guillotte with any questions: 401-316-1359 // autumn@riaflcio.com

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United Way of Rhode Island: Indigenous Peoples Equity Challenge

November is Native American Heritage Month, and United Way of Rhode Island is excited to be partnering with the Tomaquag Museum to launch an Indigenous Peoples Equity Challenge.

The free, five-day challenge will kick off on Nov. 14, but you can sign up anytime and take it at your own pace. After registering, you’ll receive a series of five emails with resources, reflection questions, or actions you can take to help create a more equitable Rhode Island.

Register here


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This special segment covers the 2022 Halloween Big Walk for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island, featuring special guests Marty Walsh, U.S. Secretary of Labor, Jack Reed, U.S. Senator, upcoming Rhode Island state election candidates, and Mentor Pair Sandra, Big, and Shania, Little.

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E-NEWS: OCTOBER 27, 2022

An updated Union Directory listing union goods and services in R.I. can be found on our website at www.RhodeIslandAFLCIO.org under the “Resources” tab.

Here is the direct link—-> Union Directory


This mailer was sent to every union household in Cranston, we won’t forget former mayor

@AllanFungRI’s empty promises.

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The Providence Journal: Labor Secretary Walsh stumps for Magaziner

In a homestretch effort to rally votes for State Treasurer Seth Magaziner, who is wrestling Republican Allan Fung in a scrappy match for Rhode Island’s 2nd Congressional District seat, U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh appeared in Providence on Saturday.

Speaking near the Roger Williams Park carousel, Walsh warned that there is ‘a lot at stake in November’ and ‘a lot at stake for the future of our country.’

Walsh’s message was light on Magaziner and heavy on President Joe Biden, touting the administration’s agenda and its accomplishments despite the president receiving a lackluster approval rating that mirrors that of his predecessor.

Walsh reflected on the administration’s work on the American Rescue Plan Act and the Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors and Science Act — known as the CHIPS Act — a move to invigorate American semiconductor manufacturing and reduce reliance on China.

The secretary also focused, unsurprisingly, on labor, surrounded by union members, including Michael Sabitoni, the powerful head of the Rhode Island Building & Construction Trades Council.

Walsh recalled growing up in Dorchester with an Irish father who was a union member, and participating in kitchen table discussions on work.

‘Everything that I have in my life, all the different positions I’ve had … has come out of the labor movement,’ Walsh said. ‘It’s been about the labor movement. It’s about what the Democratic Party stands for.’ Read more here.


SIGN UP TO CANVASS!

Thursday/TODAY

  • McKee/Magaziner Phone Bank & Canvass, Painters Hall, 269 Macklin Street, Cranston 430pm-630pm

Saturday, October 29th

  • Providence: Saturday Labor Walk – Español, SEIU 1199, 319 Broadway, Providence, 10am
  • Cranston: Magaziner/McKee Canvass, Painters Hall, 269 Macklin Street, Cranston, 9:00am
  • Westerly: Victoria Gu/Magaziner Canvass, Craig Field Recreation Complex, Mountain Ave, Westerly, 12:30pm

Tuesday, November 1st

  • Magaziner Phone Bank, Painters Hall, 269 Macklin Street, Cranston 430pm-630pm

Wednesday, November 2nd

  • Providence: Wednesday Labor Walk, 300 W Exchange St, Providence, 🎂 Birthday Cake Served at 3pm, Walk at 4pm

Thursday, November 3rd

  • McKee/Magaziner Phone Bank & Canvass, Painters Hall, 269 Macklin Street, Cranston 430pm-630pm

Saturday, November 5th

***Please contact Autumn Guillotte, Organizer for Rhode Island AFL-CIO with any questions at (401) 316-1359 or E-Mail Autumn@riaflcio.com.


The Providence Journal: Bus drivers authorize strike in Lincoln, West Warwick and statewide yard in Cranston if demands aren’t meant. Here’s why

PROVIDENCE — First Student bus drivers at three bus yards said they plan to strike Nov. 2 unless management gives them a raise and a guarantee of 30 hours a week.

During a news conference Tuesday at the Service Employees International Union, New England, Local 1199 Executive Vice President Jesse Martin said more than 275 drivers and monitors authorized a strike vote last week. The employees work in the Lincoln, West Warwick and Cranston bus yards.  

How many students would be affected by a bus driver strike?

If a strike goes forward, hundreds of students would be affected because the drivers in Local 1199 provide transportation to students with special needs who are bused all over the state.

hose drivers also haul students to a number of private schools. The Journal could not obtain a list of the schools that would be affected.  

Why are the First Student bus drivers planning to strike?

Martin said drivers are not making enough money to support their families, adding that they make an average of $450 a week. He did not disclose how much more money they are seeking.

“First Student is a global company making billions of dollars in profit a year,” Martin said. “We need to make sure our employees are respected and treated with dignity.” Read more here.


1199 SEIU Rhode Island Facebook:

BREAKING: 275 1199NE bus drivers, monitors and aides who work for First Student, a multi-billion dollar company, will begin an open-ended strike starting November 2. Since June, 1199 workers from the Lincoln, West Warwick and Cranston bus yards have been trying to reach a fair settlement but First Student has refused to provide fair hours to end poverty wages. “We do not take the decision to go on strike lightly, but our children deserve consistent schedules and the best possible experience getting to and from school and as First Student has a responsibility to make that a reality,” said Lorene Hamel, a First Student school bus driver in Lincoln. Stay tuned for more details.

View pictures here.


General Teamsters Local 251 Facebook:

L251 UPS CONTRACT ACTION TEAM MEETS ON CONTRACT PROPOSALS

The Teamsters Local 251 Contract Action Team (CAT) at UPS met to put together contract proposals gathered from members. The CAT was elected by the UPS membership and had distributed and collected proposal forms to members ahead of this meeting. Local Business Agents Matt Maini and Tom Salvatore will take the L251 proposals to the New England committee. The CAT will work to unite and mobilize the membership throughout the contract negotiations and contract campaign.

View pictures here.


Local 37 Ironworkers Facebook:

A few of our members training to put another skill in their repertoire.

(Pictures from Cash Pina Facebook)

View pictures here.


RICOSH ADVISORY: Healthy Indoor Air: essential to manage COVID-19 this fall and winter.

On October 11th  Dr Ashish  JA the White House Covid coordinator  hosted a White House Summit on Improving Indoor Air Quality bringing together public health and ventilation experts, private sector and education leaders, and other stakeholders to highlight the benefits of improved indoor air quality in mitigating the spread of COVID-19,  In addition to new, updated COVID-19 vaccines and lifesaving treatments, improving indoor air quality within buildings is an essential part of the Biden Administration’s plan to manageCOVID-19 this fall and winter.

Earlier this year, the Administration launched the Clean Air in Buildings Challenge with recommendations building owners and operations can follow to improve indoor air quality.  {WhiteHouse.Gov/CleanIndoorAir}

Some common Ways to Increase Ventilation and Filteration

·         Increase outside air (OA) into the system as much as possible (most systems supply from 10-20% currently]this increases the effective dilution ventilation.

·         One way to measure ventilation is to figure out how often the air in a space is completely replaced. This is called Air Changes per Hour (ACH). In a 30-foot by 30-foot room that has 25 people in it, if the air is replaced at least every 10 minutes, there is an ACH of 6, There is not a standard for ACH, but a higher ACH lowers the risk of disease spreading through the air. We recommend a qualified HVAC technician or industrial hygienist be consulted throughout the whole process. Aim for at least 6 Air Changes per Hour [ACH ]in occupied spaces- more if possible. Read more here.


Machinists Union Facebook:

Did you know that we’re the largest union at NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration?

Our members build and launch the rockets and space shuttles that explore the universe. We even make spacesuits!

IAM Headquarters



UPCOMING EVENTS:

Saturday Labor Walks

When: Every Saturday, 9am – 12pm

Where: Locations vary, please check here for events and sign up

Join us to canvass for endorsed democratic candidates Seth Magaziner and Governor Dan McKee! This is a tight election year and the most valuable thing you have to give to get our candidates elected is your time!

Call/ email RI AFL-CIO Organizer, Autumn Guillotte with any questions: 401-316-1359 // autumn@riaflcio.com

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United Way of Rhode Island: Indigenous Peoples Equity Challenge

November is Native American Heritage Month, and United Way of Rhode Island is excited to be partnering with the Tomaquag Museum to launch an Indigenous Peoples Equity Challenge.

The free, five-day challenge will kick off on Nov. 14, but you can sign up anytime and take it at your own pace. After registering, you’ll receive a series of five emails with resources, reflection questions, or actions you can take to help create a more equitable Rhode Island.

Register here


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If you want a voice on the job or to build a better workplace, click the here to start organizing and taking action.


Coming up on Labor Vision …

This special segment of Labor Vision covers the 2022 Rhode Island Institute For Labor Studies and Research 40th Annual Awards Evening featuring Marty Walsh, U.S. Secretary of Labor, introduced by Armand Sabitoni, LIUNA. Future segments will feature student guest speakers and prestigious Eagle Award recipients.

For more photos from the evening: https://www.riilsr.org/annual-award-dinner

Find our latest episodes on our website: www.LaborVisionRI.org

Never miss a segment. Like us on Facebook (@LaborVisionRI), follow us on Instagram and Twitter, and subscribe to our YouTube page (LaborVisionTV1).

E-NEWS: OCTOBER 20,2022

An updated Union Directory listing union goods and services in R.I. can be found on our website at www.RhodeIslandAFLCIO.org under the “Resources” tab.

Here is the direct link—-> Union Directory


SATURDAY!!!

The Honorable Marty Walsh, U.S. Secretary of Labor, is coming to Rhode Island on Saturday to support Seth Magaziner, our endorsed candidate for Congress in District 2.

Marty will be coming to the RI Building and Construction Trades Council and RI AFL-CIO Big Walk for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Rhode Island at Roger Williams Park Carousel in Providence on Saturday, October 22nd at 10:00AM. Registration for the walk starts at 9:00AM. Please make every effort to encourage your members to attend this important event. Much is at stake and as always, we will succeed with a unified labor movement!  

See you on Saturday.

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For details, please call Meredith Cotta, Development & Operations Associate at 401-921-2434 x 202 or events@BigsRI.org.

Direct Donation / Registration for Sponsorship Opportunities or More Information: bigsri.org.


WPRI Channel 12: Council panel approves millions in tax breaks for Superman building

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A key City Council panel approved millions of dollars in tax breaks for the developer planning to turn the vacant so-called “Superman” building into apartments, sending the proposal to the full City Council.

The downtown skyscraper loomed large in the window behind the council chambers as the Council Finance Committee unanimously voted in favor of the tax stabilization agreement (TSA), which would give developer High Rock Development a significant discount on its taxes for the first 30 years after the tower is redeveloped.

In a new presentation submitted to the council Monday, High Rock for the first time revealed its own estimates for how much rent could cost in the new apartment building, which has been celebrated by state and city leaders for setting aside 20% of the 285 units for low-to-moderate income residents.

Rent for the “affordable” units will range from $1,384 to $2,076 a month, according to the presentation, but could go up if the area median income (AMI) increases. Those units will mostly be one-bedroom apartments, according to Nick Hemond, an attorney for the developer. Read more here.


NEA of Rhode Island Facebook:

NEARI President Larry Purtill adjourns his last delegate assembly to a standing ovation in thanks for his years of leadership. Larry will retire on Dec. 31.

Watch video here.


Fuerza Laboral Facebook:

As we conclude Hispanic Heritage Month 2022, our office is honoring individuals and groups whose work during the pandemic has helped protect the Hispanic community of Rhode Island!

Thank you to the ten community heroes we awarded today for your constant service to our state.

Clinica Esperanza/Hope Clinic, Acontecer Latino, Asthenis Pharmacy, The Elisha Project, Fuerza Laboral/Power of Workers, Be Moore Interpreting


North Kingstown Firefighters Facebook:

This past weekend our members were out fir our annual fill the boot drive for the MDA. Thank you to all of you folks and your generosity we were able to collect over $5,000!!!

This is all money that is being donated to the Muscular Dystrophy Association to help families less fortunate than ours!

We’ll see you next year for the 2023 collections!

View pictures here.


Warwick Firefighters Facebook:

Warwick Firefighters took 1st place Overall and 1st place Pork in the first of many Smithfield Fire Local 2050 Smoketoberfests. Saturday and Sunday were spent with some great members of various Police and Fire Departments.

View pictures here.


Narragansett Fire Department Facebook:

On Friday, October 14th C Platoon visited the Pre-K program at the Narragansett Elementary School for Touch-a-Truck event.

View pictures here.


United Way of Rhode Island: Indigenous Peoples Equity Challenge

November is Native American Heritage Month, and United Way of Rhode Island is excited to be partnering with the Tomaquag Museum to launch an Indigenous Peoples Equity Challenge.

The free, five-day challenge will kick off on Nov. 14, but you can sign up anytime and take it at your own pace. After registering, you’ll receive a series of five emails with resources, reflection questions, or actions you can take to help create a more equitable Rhode Island.

Register here


Labor 411: Our Union-Made Halloween List Is Scary Good

It’s that scary time of the year again. Kids in spooky costumes will be trick-or-treating looking for something sweet to put in their bags. When choosing which candy to buy to give out this Halloween, we recommend going union-made! Our exclusive list below is full of chocolates and candy from brands that treat workers fairly and give them a voice on the job. Each purchase helps to support union jobs and build a stronger middle class.

Happy Halloween from Labor 411!

See list here.

***Remember to purchase your treats at Stop & Shop, Shaws and Eastside Marketplace to support where our union brothers and sisters work.


UPCOMING EVENTS:

Saturday Labor Walks

When: Every Saturday, 9am – 12pm

Where: Locations vary, please check here for events and sign up

Join us to canvass for endorsed democratic candidates Seth Magaziner and Governor Dan McKee! This is a tight election year and the most valuable thing you have to give to get our candidates elected is your time!

Call/ email RI AFL-CIO Organizer, Autumn Guillotte with any questions: 401-316-1359 // autumn@riaflcio.com

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FUERZA LABORAL invites you to their annual Halloween Party: Celebrating their 16th Anniversary (Nuestro Aniversario!)

IT’S OFFICIAL!

Our party-fundraiser will be a reality. ALL INVITED!!!!

It is of great importance to us to be able to gather our friends, colleagues and allies in a celebration of the life and progress of our organization through the years: A testimony to our dedication to the community, seeking labor justice through direct action and cooperativism.

Now, we celebrate through Food, Costumes, Dance and Laughter.

WHEN: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28 from 8pm to 1am.

WHERE: MANGOS 15, Exchange St., Pawtucket, RI. 02860. Meal included.

      $80 Professionals & allies

      $50 legal aid & non-profit

      $30 workers & students

https://tinyurl.com/halloweenfuerza

Call or email to save your invitation and pay at the door.

401-725-2700 / 401-808-1037 / community-organizer@fuerza-laboral.org


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If you want a voice on the job or to build a better workplace, click the here to start organizing and taking action.


Coming up on Labor Vision …

This special segment of Labor Vision covers the 2022 RI AFL-CIO COPE Convention, featuring Dan McKee, Governor, State of Rhode Island, where Rhode Island unions converge to rally around endorsed candidates for the November election.

Find our latest episodes on our website: www.LaborVisionRI.org

Never miss a segment. Like us on Facebook (@LaborVisionRI), follow us on Instagram and Twitter, and subscribe to our YouTube page (LaborVisionTV1).

E-NEWS: OCTOBER 6, 2022

An updated Union Directory listing union goods and services in R.I. can be found on our website at www.RhodeIslandAFLCIO.org under the “Resources” tab.

Here is the direct link—-> Union Directory


Secretary-Treasurer Patrick Crowley Twitter:

Great evening celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Rhode Island Institute for Labor Studies and Research with US Secretary of Labor @secmartywalsh . Congratulations to all the winners of the Eagle Award.


Congratulations to IBEW Local 99 members David Mattox and Ashley Conn for winning the photos they submitted

Climate Jobs National Resource Center:

CJNRC hosted a national photo contest earlier this year called “The Future is Union: Climate Urgency Through the Eyes of Workers” for union members working in climate jobs. We received a number of fantastic submissions, including many from Rhode Island!

Our panel of jurors (three photographers and a photo editor at the New Yorker) selected two Local 99 members, David Mattox and Ashley Conn, as two of the three winners to receive a $500 VISA gift card. I’ve attached their winning photos.

Below are the winning photos from IBEW Local 99 members.


NEA of Rhode Island Twitter:Congrats on your @Milken award @missrendine! Known as the “Oscars of teaching,” Rendine’s is the first ever given in the City of East Providence and the only one in RI this year. Onward Hennessey Heroes! Townie Pride never sleeps! @TeachersEPEA@RIDeptEd

Watch video here.


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AFL-CIO: Watch: President Liz Shuler on PBS’ ‘Amanpour & Company’

  • How the economy evolves and how our culture evolves is reflected in how our unions operate. So, I’m excited because unions and collective bargaining are the most powerful tools for social change, economic and racial justice, and being at the forefront of innovation in the workplace.
  • And having worker-friendly elected officials who have our back is a critical priority of ours. That’s why we’re working so hard in these midterm elections to show the connection between the ballot box and working conditions.

On Wednesday, I had the opportunity to speak with Michel Martin of NPR about the future of our labor movement. Click here to watch the interviewWatch video here.


Labor 411: Five Good Reasons To Buy Union-Made Products

Want to help build a better America? Go union-made! Here are five reasons why it’s better to buy union.

You Support Companies Where Workers Are Paid Fairly And Have A Voice On The Job

Many of us dislike the notion of spending our consumer dollars on companies that are run like dictatorships and pay workers poverty wages. But at unionized companies, workers have a voice on the job and within their union. This creates a more democratic environment for the worker where he or she has real bargaining power and decision-making in the workplace.

Buying union-made often means buying American-made or American-built. By spending our money on domestic production, we invest in our own economy and create more tax revenue for important things like infrastructure and education.

You Deny Money To Non-Union Companies

The union-busting companies of the world can’t survive without customers. If we spend on union companies instead, we “punish” non-union companies by not giving them the thing they need most: our consumer dollars.

You Support Companies With Safer Work Environments

It’s a well-documented fact that union jobs are safer jobs. Workers negotiate over safety issues, bringing a higher level of safety than is often found in non-union workplaces.

Start buying union-made today by browsing our directory of over 11,000 union-made products and services. It’s the largest directory directory of it kind.



UPCOMING EVENTS:

United Way of Rhode Island’s 96th Annual Celebration

When: Wednesday, October 12 | 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Where: Farm Fresh Rhode Island, 10 Sims Avenue Unit 103, Providence

Join us to celebrate the positive impact we’ve made this year, thanks to you — our donors, partners, and volunteers. Together, we’re building hope in a better tomorrow for every Rhode Islander.

In addition, each year we honor the heroes among us and celebrate their contributions in helping us fulfill our mission to build racial equity in Rhode Island and to create justice and opportunities for all.

Honoring

·         John H. Chafee Live United Award | Beverly Ledbetter

·         Dante F. Mollo Labor United Award | Patrick Quinn

·         Partners United Award | Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island

·         Community United Award | Rhode Island Center for Justice

·         Live United Exemplary Service Award | Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott

This event is free and open to all.

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OEHCRI: Lunch & Learn Seminar

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R.I. Building & Construction Trades Council:

For details, please call Meredith Cotta, Development & Operations Associate at 401-921-2434 x 202 or events@BigsRI.org.

Direct Donation / Registration for Sponsorship Opportunities or More Information: bigsri.org.


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Visit our website for more information, news and events.



If you want a voice on the job or to build a better workplace, click the here to start organizing and taking action.


Coming up on Labor Vision …

This special segment of Labor Vision covers the 2022 RI AFL-CIO COPE Convention, featuring Dan McKee, Governor, State of Rhode Island, where Rhode Island unions converge to rally around endorsed candidates for the November election.

Find our latest episodes on our website: www.LaborVisionRI.org

Never miss a segment. Like us on Facebook (@LaborVisionRI), follow us on Instagram and Twitter, and subscribe to our YouTube page (LaborVisionTV1).

E-NEWS: SEPTEMBER 29, 2022

An updated Union Directory listing union goods and services in R.I. can be found on our website at www.RhodeIslandAFLCIO.org under the “Resources” tab.

Here is the direct link—-> Union Directory


September 27, 2022  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                

CONTACT:  Brian Hodge ▪ (401) 274-4400 x2234 ▪ bhodge@riag.ri.gov ▪ Twitter @AGNeronha    

Three contractors charged with stealing over $64,000 in wages from 14 workers stemming from school construction work

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Attorney General Peter F. Neronha announced today that three Rhode Island-based drywall installation contractors have been arraigned in Providence Superior Court on felony and misdemeanor charges following an investigation by the Office of the Attorney General and the Department of Labor and Training into allegations that they stole more than $64,000 in wages from 14 workers during the construction and renovation of RISE Prep Mayoral Academy in Woonsocket in 2018 and 2019.

In total, four contractors have been charged with wage theft and related charges stemming from an investigation into alleged wage theft during the construction and renovation of RISE Prep. Earlier this year, an East Providence contractor was charged with stealing over $93,000 in wages from workers employed at the RISE Prep construction site.

Eduardo Benitez (age 33) of Woonsocket, the owner of Benitez Y Rojas Drywall (BYR) Empire Drywall (Empire), and New Generation Drywall (New Gen) is charged with three counts of unlawful appropriation of over $1,000, three counts of failure to pay wages, two counts of conspiracy to unlawfully appropriate money, and one count of providing a false document to a public official.

Teresa Rojas (age 36) of Pawtucket, affiliated with Empire Drywall (Empire), is charged with one count of unlawful appropriation of over $1,000, one count of conspiracy to unlawfully appropriate money, and one count of providing a false document to a public official.

Yuliana Gonzalez (age 25) of Providence, affiliated with New Generation Drywall (New Gen), is charged with one count of unlawful appropriation of over $1,000, one count of conspiracy to unlawfully appropriate money, and one count of providing a false document to a public official.

As alleged in court filings, the defendants are accused of failing to pay and misappropriating approximately $64,000 in wages to 14 former workers for work they performed during the construction and renovation of RISE Prep Mayoral Academy between 2018 and 2019. During that time, BYR, Empire, and New Gen drywall companies performed work as subcontractors under Case Construction Company, the general contractor of the project.

Read more here.


Thursday, September 22, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Treasurer Magaziner Celebrates Progress of Historic Investment in Rhode Island Public SchoolsStatewide school construction program has invested more than $2.2 billion in funding to repair or replace over 200 school buildings across 31 districts in Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE, RI – General Treasurer Seth Magaziner today celebrated the progress of the historic investment made in Rhode Island schools through a once-in-a-generation plan to repair or replace Rhode Island’s public school buildings that provides enhanced state funding for public school districts. As co-chair of the Rhode Island School Building Task Force, Treasurer Magaziner led the development of the statewide school construction program that was overwhelmingly approved by voters in 2018.  

The Fiscal Year 2023 Budget passed by the Rhode Island General Assembly contains $300 million of funding to extend the statewide school construction program, including a $250 million bond proposal for voters to consider on the 2022 ballot.  

“This year, more Rhode Island students have been able to attend schools that are safe, warm, dry, and equipped for 21st-century learning than ever before,” said General Treasurer Seth Magaziner. “Despite this progress, this work is far from over. Thankfully, Rhode Islanders understand that investing in our schools and our students is how we build a strong economy for the future, and I encourage voters across the state to continue this historic progress by approving a $250 million school construction bond on Tuesday, November 8.”

Read more here.


NEARI Stephanie DeSilva Mandeville Twitter:What a great night celebrating the contributions of these two wonderful men! While we watch

@RobertAWalshJr tiptoe through the first month of retirement, we are fortunate to have 3 more months of @LawrencePurtill’s leadership. Thank you to everyone who shared the night with us!

View pictures here.


General Teamsters Local 251 Facebook:

Watch video here.

THE STORY OF WORKERS ON STRIKE AT NORTHEAST TRANSPORTATION SERVICES:

These Teamsters are fighting for affordable healthcare and livable wages while management buys pricey vacation homes. Which side are you on?

General Teamsters Local 251 members have been on strike at Northeast Transportation Services, a contracted DHL service provider since June 22. In response to worker demands for a fair contract, the Company said that while it has the ability, they feel it is “not in the Company’s best interest” to meet our workers’ demands to pay livable wages, offer affordable healthcare, and pay a share towards retirement. The South Carolina-based company apparently does not believe that employees have rights and deserve fair treatment. This at a location that has more than doubled in number of employees in the last two years. The Union believes the Company has committed unfair labor practices.

Support for strikers has increased dramatically since news footage of Pawtucket Police attacking, pepper spraying and arresting picketers unprovoked during a rally aired on news broadcasts throughout the state.

Here’s how you can help:

Do not ship through DHL if you are in Rhode Island, Southeastern MA, Cape Cod or Eastern Connecticut.

Stop by the picket line at 101 Concord St, Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Contact us before stopping by please.

Give financial contributions:

Teamsters Local 251 Strike Fund

121 Brightridge Ave

East Providence, RI 02914

Tell Northeast Transportation Services that unfair treatment of workers is unacceptable. Call 843-906-9655 and 1-800-225-5345.


Laborers Local 271 Twitter:

Proud to celebrate 5 year anniversary of Block Island Wind Farm @OrstedUS @GovDanMcKee @RISpeaker @SenatorRuggerio @riaflcio @climatejobsri #unionbuilt #offshorewind #RhodeIsland

See pictures here.


IBEW Local 99 Twitter:

Tonight was a very informative class about climate change and how labor and environmentalists can act together to combat it through legislation and family sustaining union jobs.


Teamsters Local 251 Driving School Facebook:

Just as promised late last night! We are going to be somewhat working our way backwards over the next few days in recognizing all of our recent grads!

Huge congrats to Rick Parenteau in successfully completing his training here at the school. He takes the notoriaty for being the final participant of our program that was ELDT exempt. As a Real Jobs RI participant, Teamster member, Rick was able to train here at the school to change career paths and change his life. Everyone here at the Driving School wants to wish him the best of luck in his new career and we can’t wait to see him on the road real soon!


United Way of Rhode Island’s 96th Annual Celebration

Wednesday, October 12 | 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Farm Fresh Rhode Island, 10 Sims Avenue Unit 103, Providence

Join us to celebrate the positive impact we’ve made this year, thanks to you — our donors, partners, and volunteers. Together, we’re building hope in a better tomorrow for every Rhode Islander.

In addition, each year we honor the heroes among us and celebrate their contributions in helping us fulfill our mission to build racial equity in Rhode Island and to create justice and opportunities for all.

Honoring

·         John H. Chafee Live United Award | Beverly Ledbetter

·         Dante F. Mollo Labor United Award | Patrick Quinn

·         Partners United Award | Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island

·         Community United Award | Rhode Island Center for Justice

·         Live United Exemplary Service Award | Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott

This event is free and open to all.


Labor 411: Our Union-Made Oktoberfest Shopping List

It’s officially fall and that means Oktoberfest is here! It’s a time for great beer, great food, and (hopefully) great company. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of drinks and snacks so that you can celebrate the festival while supporting good union jobs. Happy Oktoberfest and let’s all work together to build a stronger America.

View list here.

***Remember to purchase your food and drinks at Stop & ShopShaws and Eastside Marketplace where our union brothers and sisters work.



UPCOMING EVENTS:

OEHCRI: Lunch & Learn Seminar

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R.I. Building & Construction Trades Council:

For details, please call Meredith Cotta, Development & Operations Associate at 401-921-2434 x 202 or events@BigsRI.org.

Direct Donation / Registration for Sponsorship Opportunities or More Information: bigsri.org.


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Coming up on Labor Vision …

This special segment of Labor Vision features the 2022 Rhode Island Labor History Society’s Annual Labor Day Address, “Labor and Environmentalists: A Lost History of Solidarity,” on the history of labor-environmental alliances in the 20th century and the current coalition building green energy while creating union jobs.

Click here to watch the show: https://buff.ly/3SIZfKj

And visit this link to learn more about and join the RI Labor History Society: https://buff.ly/3BjyRB8

E-NEWS: SEPTEMBER 22, 2022

An updated Union Directory listing union goods and services in R.I. can be found on our website at www.RhodeIslandAFLCIO.org under the “Resources” tab.

Here is the direct link—-> Union Directory


Ironworkers Local 37 Facebook:

Great news for our members!

WPRI News: Newport Pell Bridge to get $82.5M in upgrades

NEWPORT, R.I. (WPRI) — New England’s longest suspension bridge which connects Newport to Jamestown is getting a major upgrade.

Rhode Island’s congressional delegation announced Thursday that they secured $82.5 million in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s INFRA Grant Program.

The upgrades will include improvements to the bridge’s deck, suspension system,and towers. It’s estimated that this will extend the life of the bridge by 50 to 75 years.

Funding will be used to repair the tower elevators, repaint the towers, preserve the cabling and replace the finger joints that accommodate movement in the bridge. Acoustic monitoring will provide data on the bridge’s condition and additional cameras and sensors will provide greater physical security.

The bridge will have also have a dehumidification system to prolong the structure from rusting.

“The Pell Bridge is the Ocean State’s most iconic landmark, and we will be able to keep it that way for at least an additional half-century thanks to this enormous federal grant,” Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse said. “There is much to be done to bring the bridge into the twenty-first century.” Read more here.


Teamsters Joint Council 10 Facebook:

Good morning from Seattle, Washington! General Teamsters Local 251 sisters are in The Emerald City for the 2022 Teamsters Women’s Conference kicking off today. More than 1,000 #Teamster women will attend this week, including many locals from New England.

Local 251 sisters in attendance include: Rose Hitzeman, Brooke Reeves, Lisa Powrie, Colleen Reid, Cathy Wheeler, Kelly Smith, Kathy Kiras, Virginia Tavares, and Laura Flavin.

View pictures here.


AFL-CIO Facebook:

At our workplaces, in our communities and at the ballot box, America’s working people are making our voices heard. With millions of workers taking collective action, the AFL-CIO is demonstrating, through the power of our unions, that we can win better pay, better benefits and safer working conditions. We now have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to put workers at the center of our economy.

We are fighting for a just recovery, with no worker left behind.

We are the AFL-CIO and we make the labor movement strong.

Watch video here.


INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIRE FIGHTERS: IAFF CALLS ON EPA TO PROTECT AGAINST TOXINS

The International Association of Fire Fighters added its powerful voice to a rally in Washington, DC demanding that federal agencies do more to regulate toxic chemicals devastating communities and killing fire fighters.

Held just steps between the White House and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the SAFE EPA rally was designed to call out federal lawmakers and policymakers from both political parties for “putting profits ahead of people” and allowing corporate interests to use and dispose of deadly toxins.

Numerous speakers detailed stories of cancer clusters popping up in communities where nearby employers had for years been intentionally releasing toxic chemicals into the ground and fresh waterways.

IAFF General President Edward Kelly told those assembled at Freedom Plaza of the scourge of occupational cancer plaguing the fire service. He noted that during the recent Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial Ceremony in Colorado Springs, Colo., nearly 75 percent of the line of duty deaths honored were from occupational cancer.

“For many years we thought our cancers were caused by smoke, off-gassing from burning combustibles, building debris,” Kelly said. “Now, we know our own gear is part of that problem. The very thing that is supposed to be keeping us safe is costing us our lives.”

Kelly explained that PFAS (or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) are used in the protective layers of fire fighter turnout gear and are now known to cause cancer. Also called “forever chemicals,” PFAS is a human-made chemical that cannot be broken down and has been found in groundwater, animals, and humans. Read more here.


R.I. Building & Construction Trades Council:

For details, please call Meredith Cotta, Development & Operations Associate at 401-921-2434 x 202 or events@BigsRI.org.

Direct Donation / Registration for Sponsorship Opportunities or More Information: bigsri.org.


Basic/Advanced Steward Training Workshop

The Institute for Labor Studies & Research (ILSR) will be offering an in-person Basic/Advanced Steward Training Workshop to be held on Saturday, October 29, 2022 from 9:00am – 3:30pm.

It’s been over 2 years now that the Steward Training Workshops have been held via ZOOM video conferencing and ILSR is happy to offer them in-person!

Seating is limited and on a first come first serve basis.

If you are interested in attending the Basic/Advanced Steward Training Workshop, please reply as soon as possible at 401-463-9900 asking for Denise Cesino or Haley De La Rosa.


OEHCRI: Lunch & Learn Seminar


RICOSH

Hazards to Workers After A Disaster: Guidance for Reducing Risk of Injury and Illness

When: Sep 27, 2022 @ 2 p.m.

Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAqf-msrzksG9bwqa8lP4hB6uk4OwFKTGbq

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.



International Association of Firefighters:



UPCOMING EVENTS:

RIILSR 40th Annual Awards Evening: RSVP by September 21st

Union affiliates have all received mailed invitations to the ILSR 40th Annual Awards Evening on September 29th featuring guest speaker US Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh. If you have not received the invitation, please contact the Institute. Purchase of seats, tables, and ads must be completed no later than September 21st. For more information, call the Institute at (401) 463-9900 or email ads@riilsr.org


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E-NEWS: SEPTEMBER 15, 2022

An updated Union Directory listing union goods and services in R.I. can be found on our website at www.RhodeIslandAFLCIO.org under the “Resources” tab.

Here is the direct link—-> Union Directory


Teamsters Joint Council 10 Facebook:

NEW ENGLAND TEAMSTERS SUPPORT LOCAL 251 STRIKING NORTHEAST TRANSPORTATION SERVICES WORKERS

Teamsters across New England were in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, Friday to join Governor Dan McKeeRhode Island AFL-CIO, and local leaders to support General Teamsters Local 251 workers on strike at Northeast Transportation Services.

Teamsters Local 251 members have been on strike at Northeast Transportation Services, a contracted DHL service provider, since June 22. In response to worker demands for a fair contract, the Company said that while it has the ability, they feel it is “not in the Company’s best interest” to meet our workers’ demands to pay livable wages, offer affordable healthcare, and pay a share towards retirement. The South Carolina-based company apparently does not believe that employees have rights and deserve fair treatment. This at a location that has more than doubled in number of employees in the last two years. The Union believes the Company has committed unfair labor practices.

View pictures here.


Teamsters Local 251 rally at Northeast Transportation Services in Pawtucket.
Teamsters Local 251@IBT251members have been on strike at Northeast Transportation Services, a contracted DHL service provider since June 22. In response to worker demands for a fair contract, the Company said that while it has the ability, they feel it is “not in the Company’s best interest” to meet our workers’ demands to pay livable wages, offer affordable healthcare, and pay a share towards retirement.

The public support from the community, other unions and local leaders has been unwavering but the fight continues for these couriers and dockworkers. It is crucial that we stand together and send a message to the Company that all Teamsters deserve fair wages and benefits.

Watch video here.


Laborers Local 271 Twitter:

$100M South Quay Wind terminal in East Providence means family-supporting jobs and #RI continues as #offshorewind leader @GovDanMcKee @mayorbobdasilva


IBEW Providence Facebook:

Ground breaking at the new $100 million south Quay marine terminal.. a deep water terminal with 33 acres for staging for offshore wind.. more jobs with family sustaining wages and benefits.

See more pictures here.


Pictures and video from LIUNA Get Out the Vote Rally last week:

Laborers Local 271 Twitter:

Secretary-Treasurer Patrick Crowley Twitter:

Governor Dan McKee Twitter:
You’ve had my back and I’ll always have yours. Together let’s continue to bring J-O-B-S to Rhode Island. Our campaign is #UnionStrong and I’m proud to have the support of

@riaflcio@ri_trades, and the families they represent.

Watch video here.


AFL-CIO: Once ‘Essential,’ Then Expendable, American Workers are Transforming the Economy

In just one second, Amazon’s executive chairman Jeff Bezos makes nearly $2500. That’s four times the weekly pay of an Amazon delivery or warehouse worker toiling in the sweltering summer heat.

Last year alone $6.5 trillion flowed from the bottom 90% of wage earners to the top 1%. That means the janitor who cleans our child’s school, the nurse who cares for our sick father and the grocery clerk who always greets us with a smile are struggling, while the wealthiest among us literally skyrocket into space with bottomless bank accounts.

Upward mobility seems out of reach for most Americans. Young people are backsliding with low wages, out-of-control housing prices and crushing health care costs.

But our story—the American worker’s story—will not be written by billionaires. This Labor Day, working people are writing a new chapter infused with hope for a brighter future. We’re no longer tolerating being called “essential” one minute and treated as expendable the next. Whether on a manufacturing shop floor, in a high-rise office, in a corner cafe or Amazon warehouse, workers are transforming our economy.

Recent data shows that workers won 639 union elections already this year, the highest win total in nearly 20 years. What’s notable is that those victories occurred in many different industries. The heroic organizing efforts at Starbucks and Amazon have captured our imagination. Read more here.


CNN Business: It’s not just money. Unions are fighting for better schedules, safety and work conditions

New York (CNN Business)It’s not just about the money.

There has been a surge in union activism — including strikes and organizing efforts — in the last year that is being driven by factors far beyond pay rates and benefits packages.

If pay was the only issue, the nation probably wouldn’t be facing the risk of its first national rail strike in 30 years this coming week, a walkout that could knock the legs out from under the still struggling supply chain and be another body blow to the US economy.

A presidential panel looking at that labor dispute recommended the two sides agree to a five-year contract that includes an immediate 14% raise, backpay from 2020, and a 24% pay increase over the course of the contract. That’s less than the 31% in raises over five years the union is seeking, but more than the 17% previously offered by railroad management.

That was enough to get some of the unions to agree to tentative deals, but not the unions that represent more than 90,000 workers, including those who make up the two-person crews on freight trains. They appear poised to strike unless Congress acts to keep them on the job.

Those unions say they’re not rejecting the wage offer. Rather, it’s the work rules, staffing and scheduling proposals they object to, which require them to be on call, and ready to report to work, seven days a week for much of the year. If it were just a question of wages, a deal between the two sides would likely already be in place. Read more here.


Labor 411: Union-Made Snacks And Drinks Shopping List

It’s time for one of favorite union sports: NFL football! Will the Rams win it all again? Can the Bengals find a way to secure the trophy this year? Or will super-human Tom Brady add yet another ring? Regardless of what happens, one thing is for sure: snacks and drinks go great with some football. With that in mind, we’ve created a shopping list so that you can support good union jobs while you watch your favorite team. Browse the list below and cheer on your team while enjoying union-made products.

See list here.

***Remember to shop for your food and drinks at Stop & Shop, Shaws and Eastside Marketplace where our union brothers and sisters work.


UPCOMING EVENTS:

NEARI

Please join the National Education Association RI to celebrate the retirement of President Larry Purtill and Executive Director Bob Walsh.

About this event

We are honoring Larry and Bob’s 66 years of combined service and dedication to NEA Rhode Island with an evening of merriment, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres – and a good dose of reminiscing!

A short speaking program will commence at 6:30 p.m.

In lieu of a ticket, please consider a donation in their names to the NEARI Children’s Fund.

Donations may be made online here, or checks made payable to NEARI Children’s Fund.

RSVP here.

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RIILSR 40th Annual Awards Evening: RSVP by September 21st

Union affiliates have all received mailed invitations to the ILSR 40th Annual Awards Evening on September 29th featuring guest speaker US Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh. If you have not received the invitation, please contact the Institute. Purchase of seats, tables, and ads must be completed no later than September 21st. For more information, call the Institute at (401) 463-9900 or email ads@riilsr.org


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