E-NEWS: MAY 19, 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

Please use this directory to find where you can buy union and use services in Rhode Island.



The Providence Journal: Opinion/Baginski and Quinn: Front-line health workers merit extra thanks

Rep. Jacquelyn Baginski, a Democrat, represents District 17 in Cranston. Patrick J. Quinn is the executive director of Service Employees International Union District 1199.

Since COVID-19 became a household word, every aspect of our lives as Rhode Islanders has changed. We lost loved ones and friends, our businesses have suffered, we skipped family gatherings, and we’ve missed milestones like graduations and weddings. Through it all, one thing has not changed: the dedication and hard work of our front-line health-care workers.

While much has been written about the stress that the pandemic has caused in the medical and care fields, we’ve done little to reward our selfless health-care personnel’s hard work or to encourage them to remain with their jobs. Furthermore, many of these caregivers are women who were tasked with simultaneously caring for their patients and their families — adapting to household challenges like distance learning, closures of child-care programs and keeping their loved ones warm, safe, and fed amid shortages of all kinds. They are exhausted.

The steadfast commitment of our health-care workers to their professions saved lives, families and businesses. We should demonstrate our gratitude and invest in their careers.

Read more here.


National Education Association RI (NEARI) Facebook:

President Larry Purtill gave farewell remarks for Executive Director Robert A Walsh Jr. who attended his last Delegate Assembly tonight. Bob retires after 30 years at NEARI on Aug. 1. There was cake.

View pictures here.


LIUNA New England Region Twitter:
Recently, in observance of construction safety week, staff members from our Health & Safety Fund coordinated a “Fit for Duty” jobsite visit in Prov., RI. They designed and presented a “Stretch & Flex” demonstration with @LIUNALocal271 members & other members of the trades. With the recent trend in the number of soft tissue injuries, increased stretching and flexibility are proven techniques that are known to reduce such injuries in the workplace.

View pictures here.


Build RI: TF Green Airport

As summer begins and people start embarking on their summer getaways Build RI would like to highlight some of the union-built projects that make that travel possible. In Rhode Island, union labor has been integral in the construction of our major transportation hubs including TF Green Airport.

The People Mover that connects the main terminal and the rental car garage is one such example. An $80,000,000 project that overarches a parking lot and a busy highway, this required a wide array of skilled craftspeople to complete.

The main terminal of the airport was expanded in 1993 under an all union workforce. This expansion allowed for the addition of two gates which service international airlines.

The Read Beam garage – the main long-term parking structure for those catching flights – was yet another union project

This summer when you travel, thank a union for getting you there!



AFL-CIO: AFL-CIO On Racially Motivated Killing In Buffalo

May 15, 2022

Statement from AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler and AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer/Executive Vice President Fred Redmond on Saturday’s racially motivated killing of 10 and wounding of three people in Buffalo, New York:

The entire labor movement is appalled by the killing of 10 people and wounding of three by a man with racist beliefs who targeted Black people. While there’s no way to make sense of yet another racially motivated, hate-inspired attack on innocent people because of the color of their skin, it’s clear these types of mass shootings are perpetrated by those radicalized online, and we must take action. Our deepest condolences are with the family, friends, UFCW members and an entire community who are once again dealing with unfathomable pain due to one person’s racist beliefs.

Contact: Carolyn Bobb, 202-637-5018


AFL-CIO: 30th Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive a Triumph for NALC Members Helping Families in Need

The National Association of Letter Carriers’ (NALC’s) annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive was a huge success for the NALC members who made it happen and for millions of families across the country who are in need. On Saturday, letter carriers picked up bags of nonperishable food items from postal customers along their delivery routes and brought them to local food banks. The traditional food drive was not held the past two years because of the pandemic. “Simply being able to return to delivering food to food banks and pantries has made this year’s drive a monumental success,” NALC Assistant to the President for Community Services Christina Vela Davidson said.

National partners of the NALC’s Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive are the UFCW, the AFL-CIO, the United Way, the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, the U.S. Postal Service, CVS Health, Valpak, Valassis and Kellogg Company.


Labor 411: Study Shows Most Employees At Large Chains Still Get Paid Less Than $15 An Hour

Employers are crying “labor shortage.”

But their dismal pay, per a new study, shows that they pay most workers a poor wage. Heck, even $15 an hour isn’t enough in most places nowadays with inflation and the surge in housing/rental prices.

“Some of the largest, most profitable companies in retail and food services are still paying most of their workers less than $15 an hour, and many still make less than $10 an hour, according to a new company wage tracker developed by the Economic Policy Institute and the Shift Project.

The tracker, which covers 66 large retail and food service corporations, found:

  • Dollar General pays 92% of workers less than $15 an hour and 22% are paid less than $10 an hour.
  • McDonald’s pays 89% of its workers less than $15 an hour and 23% are paid less than $10 an hour.
  • Wendy’s pays 87% of workers less than $15 an hour and 17% are paid less than $10 an hour.
  • At Sonic, 85% of workers are paid less than $15 an hour and 22% less than $10 an hour.

Similarly high percentages were found at Arby’s, Burger King, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut.

Read more here.





UPCOMING EVENTS:

Providence Federation of Musicians

Spring addition of the Cavalcade of Bands

When: Tuesday, May 31

Where: Rhodes-on-the-Pawtucket

Dancing: 5:30 – 10:30 p.m.

For more information and a list of bands performing, click here.

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R.I. Labor History Society: 2022 Spring Speaker Series

Fighting for freedom at home and abroad: The story of Boilermakers Local 308 and the
end of Jim Crow unions

Date:

Monday, June 6, 2022

Speaker:

Patrick Crowley, Organizer and Government Affairs Specialist with the NEARI and Secretary-Treasurer of RI AFL-CIOFor more information click here.



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LABOR VISION

Coming up on Labor Vision

Show host Autumn sits down with Michael Sabitoni, Business Manager, Laborers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA) Local 271 & Secretary‐Treasurer of the Rhode Island Laborers’ District Council, and Adam Lupino, Regional Policy Coordinator, LiUNA New England Region to talk about this issue of wage theft and misclassification in Rhode Island.

Payroll fraud is estimated to have cost RI taxpayers between $25.1M and $54.4M and has cost workers at least $5M in overtime pay in 2019. This year, legislation is up at the General Assembly to make wage theft and misclassification a felony in Rhode Island.

What can we do????

– Call your representatives: https://vote.sos.ri.gov/Home/ElectedOfficials

– Share this episode!!!

– If it’s happening to you, report it! https://protectyourpayri.com/  

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E-NEWS: MAY 12, 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

Please use this directory to find where you can buy union and use services in Rhode Island.



The average age of a Cranston school is 68 yrs! Students need and deserve a building that provides a 21st century education.

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This week we saw first hand the significant renovations made to Eden Park Elementary in Cranston which promote an environment of collaborative learning with student-driven innovation. In contrast, we also saw the conditions of Gladstone Street School (built in 1954), which is set for total reconstruction at the end of next year due to failing infrastructure.

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Cranston Public Schools have had enormous success with their initial construction project at Eden Park Elementary School and they have already seen a positive impact on student success and behavior. As a district, they’ve benefitted greatly from the state’s generous reimbursement incentives on school construction projects and they will continue to do so as they move forward with projects at Garden City Elementary School, Gladstone Elementary School, the rest of Eden Park Elementary School, and many others.

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Thank you Senator Dawn Euer and @treasurer_magaziner for joining us on this tour of the Garden City Elementary School construction site as well as Gladstone and Eden Park.

Photo 1: Garden City Elementary School construction site

2: Gladstone Street School cafeteria which is filled every lunch period with up to 200 students.

3-5: Eden Park, the Sensory Room is one of many innovative spaces for student learning and development.

View pictures here.


Fuerza Laboral / Power of Workers Facebook:

Watch video here.

Rhode Island embraces the transformative power of cooperatives! The joint effort of RI Cooperatives, our team, allies, members and friends made this wonderful event a moment to remember! More to come!

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Rhode Island acoge el poder transformativo de las cooperativas!

Este evento fue posible gracias a las Cooperativas de RI, el esfuerzo de nuestro equipo y muchos de nuestros aliados, miembros y amigos! Un momento para el recuerdo.

Mas en camino!


Ironworkers Local 37 Facebook:

Dan Koury Construction Co and IW Local 37 Top off the Providence Storage Facility on Eddy St.

View pictures here.


Union Ironworkers Facebook:

Last week, Iron Workers General President Eric Dean joined leadership from other Building Trades unions for the signing of a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) with Orsted, a Danish offshore wind developer. Offshore wind will be a major job creator for decades to come and this agreement will help secure jobs up and down the east coast.

The Secretaries of the Departments of Commerce and of the Interior both attended the signing to celebrate the agreement. The Department of the Interior has attached PLA standards to offshore wind leases, and the Department of Commerce has focused closely on making sure the supply chain is built union in the United States.

Description: Block Island Wind Farm in Rhode Island. Ironworkers from Local 37 Ironworkers worked on these turbines.


NABTU: North America’s Building Trades: North America’s Building Trades Unions and Ørsted Agree to Build an American Offshore Wind Energy Industry with American Labor

Washington, D.C. – May 5, 2022 – Today, North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) and Ørsted, the U.S. leader in offshore wind energy, announced a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) to construct the company’s U.S. offshore wind farms with an American union workforce. A first-of-its-kind in the United States, the National Offshore Wind Agreement (NOWA) sets the bar for working conditions and equity, injects hundreds of millions of dollars in middle-class wages into the American economy, creates apprenticeship and career opportunities for communities most impacted by environmental injustice, and ensures projects will be built with the safest and best-trained workers in America. Authorized by 15 International Union Presidents and their local affiliates, the NOWA covers all of Ørsted’s contractors and subcontractors that will perform offshore windfarm construction from Maine down to Florida.

“The signing of this unprecedented agreement is historic for America’s workers and our energy future. NABTU’s highly trained men and women professionals have the best craft skills in the world. This partnership will not only expand tens of thousands of career opportunities for them to flourish in the energy transition but also lift up even more people into the middle-class,” said Sean McGarvey, President of NABTU. “The constant drumbeat of public support for unions being important to maintain and build the middle class helped secure this momentous achievement. We commend Ørsted, AFL-CIO President Shuler, the Biden Administration and many Congressional leaders for their help and support to make today’s signing a reality and for setting forth a new framework for middle-class job creation in all energy sectors.” Read more here.


The Insider: If you want a construction project finished on time without worker shortages, hire a unionized crew, a new report says

Like businesses across the country, construction contractors say they’re dealing with a labor shortage.

Despite rising wages, the Associated Builders and Contractors said the industry still needs nearly 650,000 workers after3.2% of the workforce quit in March 2022, the second-highest rate since the Bureau of Labor Statistics began measuring it. Amidst a hot real estate market, employers struggle to hire enough workers to keep up.

“The construction worker shortage has reached crisis level,” Home Builder Institute president and CEO said in November 2021.

But the authors of a new report from the Illinois Economic Policy Institute (ILEPI) and Project for Middle Class Renewal (PMCR) at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign argue that the labor supply crunch is nothing new. There is, however, one factor that seems to make the difference in whether contractors can keep their workers and finish projects on time: If their workers are unionized. Read more here.


TODAY!

Free Virtual Training: OSHA: Recognizing and Controlling Workplace Hazards

This is a free, virtual training that will introduce the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. It will discuss the Rights and Responsibilities that the Occupational Safety and Health Act requires of employers and employees. We will discuss some of the basic concepts of OSHA and the fundamental policies that OSHA uses to carry out its duties.

This will be a training to talk about the basics of OSHA and its operation.  

When: May 12, 2022 @ 1 p.m.

Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcvde6ppjouG9dkX_Q1akybRc1sJQgQtN86

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


THIS SATURDAY!!!!

An estimated 45 million Americans experience food insecurity every year. You can make a difference by participating in NALC’s #StampOutHunger Food Drive, the largest one-day food drive in the country. On May 14, leave a bag of nonperishable food next to your mailbox, and your letter carrier will take care of the rest! All donated food stays in your local community. Learn more: nalc-info.org/food-drive

Please note, the food drive is subject to change or cancellation if necessary to protect the safety and health of those involved.






UPCOMING EVENTS:

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Basic / Advanced Steward Training

When: Saturday, May 21

Where: Institute for Labor Studies and Research, 1540 Pontiac Avenue, Suite A, Cranston, RI 02920

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Seating is limited to 15 seats Please reply by Monday, May 16, 2022, with the names and emails of the stewards directly to info@riilsr.org  or by telephone (401) 463-9900.

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Providence Federation of Musicians

Spring addition of the Cavalcade of Bands

When: Tuesday, May 31

Where: Rhodes-on-the-Pawtucket

Dancing: 5:30 – 10:30 p.m.

For more information and a list of bands performing, click here.

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R.I. Labor History Society: 2022 Spring Speaker Series

Fighting for freedom at home and abroad: The story of Boilermakers Local 308 and the
end of Jim Crow unions

Date:

Monday, June 6, 2022

Speaker:

Patrick Crowley, Organizer and Government Affairs Specialist with the NEARI and Secretary-Treasurer of RI AFL-CIOFor more information and topics see here.

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TEAMSTERS, Local 251

SOLIDARITY WITH JOHNSON BROTHERS WORKERS

Please visit the picket line and show Johnson Brothers that workers stick together and will not be treated like second-class citizens.

Picket lines are at:

Johnson Brothers of Rhode Island

120 Moscrip Ave

North Kingstown RI 02852

Key times are 7:30-8:30 a.m.

Let Johnson Brothers know about your concerns at:

651-649-5800 (Corporate) or 401-583-0050 (Rhode Island)

Donations can be made to: Teamsters Local 251 Strike Fund, 121 Brightridge Ave. East Providence RI 02914

More information here.



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LABOR VISION

Coming up on Labor Vision

Show host Autumn sits down with Lori DiMatteo, Volunteer Coordinator for United Way and Jocelynn White, Executive Director of Books are Wings, to talk about this year’s Children’s Book Drive.

The Children’s Book Drive is a collaborative effort between United Way of Rhode Island, Women United, and Books Are Wings to engage local businesses, community organizations, individuals, and families in fostering a love of reading, while encouraging children to build their own libraries at home. This will be their tenth year collecting books. Over the past nine years, they have put 245,766 books into the hands of children statewide.

How you can participate:

When: April – May 25th, 2022

Where:

  • Book Pick-Up Day is Wednesday, May 25th
  • Please drop off your books at United Way on Tuesdays from April 12 – May 24. Contact bookdrive@unitedwayri.org.
  • Day of Action will be held on June 4 to sort, label, and prepare the books for distribution to children in summer learning and afterschool programs. Sign up at uwriweb.org/DayofAction2022 or contact volunteer@unitedwayri.org to volunteer.

Collection Sites:

CHILDREN’S BOOKS ABOUT LABOR: https://socialjusticebooks.org/booklists/labor/

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E-NEWS: MAY 5, 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

Please use this directory to find where you can buy union and use services in Rhode Island.


Let’s make sure that fraudulent contractors can’t get away with stealing from their workers. Let’s make wage theft a felony.

Watch Rhode Island AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Patrick Crowley’sfull speech at a rally to end wage theft here.


The Boston Globe: Home-based childcare providers in R.I. need a fair contract

“I have watched firsthand as the COVID-19 pandemic has devastated the childcare workforce,” one childcare provider says. “The governor has a chance to do all that this year, and he can start by settling a fair contract with home childcare providers like me.”

I am a childcare provider who operates a home-based family childcare in Johnston. I was pleased to see an op-ed by Governor Dan McKee and Lieutenant Governor Sabina Matos highlighting the importance of investing in our state’s childcare system.

I have watched firsthand as the COVID-19 pandemic has devastated the childcare workforce. The governor and lieutenant governor are right: the childcare system IS in crisis. Providers are leaving the profession, and those of us who remain are struggling. As McKee and Matos write, we need better wages. We need to extend free and subsidized childcare to more parents. And we need to strengthen educational offerings for providers. The governor has a chance to do all that this year, and he can start by settling a fair contract with home childcare providers like me.

I, and providers like me, work every day to provide the best start in life for kids in our care. Yet we do this work without adequate pay/funding, without paid assistants, without adequate paid time off, without retirement benefits, and in some cases, without healthcare. McKee talks about investing in childcare. But the contract he is proposing to home childcare providers leave providers like me behind. Read more here.


General Teamsters Local 251 Facebook: Local 251 Members At Frito Lay Unanimously Authorize Strike

After hearing the status of negotiations with Frito-Lay, members of Teamsters Local 251 who work in route sales and merchandising based out of the Cranston RI facility, voted unanimously to authorize a strike if necessary! These workers are upset over the disrespect shown by the company and paltry wages being discussed in bargaining. More bargaining is scheduled, and the members demand a fair contract.

See pictures here.


Building Futures Facebook:

Today we honored #WorkersMemorialDay and National Building Trades #Recovery Week with RI Building & Construction Trades Council, @Dimeo Construction, the Joint Venture, and many Building Futures grads at the Johnston Amazon job site Stand Down.

Thank you Michael Sabitoni and Bob Kunz for sharing wellness & recovery resources and making sure everyone knows that when it comes to mental health and substance use, we all have a role in looking out for one another.

Learn more at: https://www.bfri.org/opioidresponse/


View pictures here.


Press Conference with 1199 SEIU Rhode Island supporting developmental disability professionals and advocates who are urging for the passage of legislation aimed at boosting wages to $21/hour! S 2407 and H 7390 will raise wages starting July 1, 2023 to address chronic staffing turnover and shortages.

Watch video here.


Packed room this week at the State House for the Fuerza Laboral 4th Annual Cooperative Day.


Basic / Advanced Steward Training

When: Saturday, May 21

Where: Institute for Labor Studies and Research, 1540 Pontiac Avenue, Suite A, Cranston, RI 02920

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Seating is limited to 15 seats

Please reply by Monday, May 16, 2022, with the names and emails of the stewards directly to info@riilsr.org  or by telephone (401) 463-9900.


Johnston Firefighters Local 1950 Facebook:

Johnston Firefighters Local 1950’s Delegation along with President Andriole and Staff Advocate Neil at the RISAFF Biennial Convention.





UPCOMING EVENTS:

Free Virtual Training: OSHA: Recognizing and Controlling Workplace Hazards

This is a free, virtual training that will introduce the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. It will discuss the Rights and Responsibilities that the Occupational Safety and Health Act requires of employers and employees. We will discuss some of the basic concepts of OSHA and the fundamental policies that OSHA uses to carry out its duties.

This will be a training to talk about the basics of OSHA and its operation.  

When: May 12, 2022 @ 1 p.m.

Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcvde6ppjouG9dkX_Q1akybRc1sJQgQtN86

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

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Providence Federation of Musicians

Spring addition of the Cavalcade of Bands

When: Tuesday, May 31

Where: Rhodes-on-the-Pawtucket

Dancing: 5:30 – 10:30 p.m.

For more information and a list of bands performing, click here.

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R.I. Labor History Society: 2022 Spring Speaker Series

Fighting for freedom at home and abroad: The story of Boilermakers Local 308 and the
end of Jim Crow unions

Date:

Monday, June 6, 2022

Speaker:

Patrick Crowley, Organizer and Government Affairs Specialist with the NEARI and Secretary-Treasurer of RI AFL-CIOFor more information and topics see here.

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TEAMSTERS, Local 251

SOLIDARITY WITH JOHNSON BROTHERS WORKERS

Please visit the picket line and show Johnson Brothers that workers stick together and will not be treated like second-class citizens.

Picket lines are at:

Johnson Brothers of Rhode Island

120 Moscrip Ave

North Kingstown RI 02852

Key times are 7:30-8:30 a.m.

Let Johnson Brothers know about your concerns at:

651-649-5800 (Corporate) or 401-583-0050 (Rhode Island)

Donations can be made to: Teamsters Local 251 Strike Fund, 121 Brightridge Ave. East Providence RI 02914

More information 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.


LABOR VISION

Coming up on Labor Vision

Show host Autumn sits down with Lori DiMatteo, Volunteer Coordinator for United Way and Jocelynn White, Executive Director of Books are Wings, to talk about this year’s Children’s Book Drive.

The Children’s Book Drive is a collaborative effort between United Way of Rhode Island, Women United, and Books Are Wings to engage local businesses, community organizations, individuals, and families in fostering a love of reading, while encouraging children to build their own libraries at home. This will be their tenth year collecting books. Over the past nine years, they have put 245,766 books into the hands of children statewide.

How you can participate:

When: April – May 25th, 2022

Where:

  • Book Pick-Up Day is Wednesday, May 25th
  • Please drop off your books at United Way on Tuesdays from April 12 – May 24. Contact bookdrive@unitedwayri.org.
  • Day of Action will be held on June 4 to sort, label, and prepare the books for distribution to children in summer learning and afterschool programs. Sign up at uwriweb.org/DayofAction2022 or contact volunteer@unitedwayri.org to volunteer.

Collection Sites:

CHILDREN’S BOOKS ABOUT LABOR: https://socialjusticebooks.org/booklists/labor/

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E-NEWS: APRIL 28, 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

Please use this directory to find where you can buy union and use services in Rhode Island.



For immediate release:    

Statement from RI AFL-CIO President George Nee on Allan Fung’s entrance into the Congressional District 2 race                      

Contact: Patrick Crowley ▪ 401.330.6870 ▪ patrick@riaflcio.com

April 27, 2022                                                                                  

Providence, RI – Rhode Island AFL-CIO President George Nee issued the following statement today on Allan Fung’s entrance into the Congressional District 2 race.

“As an organization representing more than 80,000 working people across the State of Rhode Island, the RI AFL-CIO vehemently opposes Allan Fung’s candidacy for Congress and the agenda of the national Republican Party. As a mayor and candidate for Governor, Allan Fung was consistently against minimum wage increases; he opposed continuing contract legislation, which levels the playing field for workers against management; he was against the Affordable Care Act, which provided health insurance to tens of thousands of Rhode Islanders; and he supported Right To Work laws, which serve to destroy the unions that give a voice to working people.

Allan Fung has a long history of opposing policies that help workers in Rhode Island, and he will support a right-wing, anti-worker agenda on the federal level as well. We need a representative in Congress who will stand up for working people – not tear them down – and that’s why we have put our full support behind Seth Magaziner, who has consistently proven himself to be a champion for Rhode Island’s working families.”

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The Providence Journal: Women & Infants employees protest inaccessible time off, citing high levels of burnout

PROVIDENCE – Nurses and other front-line workers at Women & Infants Hospital say they’re being blocked from using vacation time that’s guaranteed under their union contract – at a moment of widespread burnout.

“It’s very disheartening, because not too long ago we had flyers out here that said ‘Thank you, health care heroes,'” said Kelli Price, a registered nurse in the critical care unit who’s worked at the hospital for 26 years.

Price was among dozens of SEIU 1199 New England members who picketed outside Women & Infants on Tuesday afternoon, joined by an array of politicians and a larger-than-life inflatable Scabby the Rat.

“We’re out here because we’re tired,” she said. “It’s been emotionally, physically, mentally challenging.”

Hospital workers who joined the protest said they’re badly in need of a break after more than two years of working through a pandemic. But since hospitals never close, scheduling that time off can be a challenge.

Under SEIU 1199’s contract, workers are supposed to be able to use their vacation time to take holidays off, union leaders said Tuesday. But Care New England, which owns Women & Infants, has reportedly been denying those requests and telling employees that they can’t take time off for major holidays like Easter. Read more here.


Fuerza Laboral Twitter:

#OSHA10 training for our members! 100% free / 100% in Spanish. *** This training explains serious workplace hazards, employer responsibilities and how to file a complaint *** We continue to provide education so members can own their labor: Knowledge is power.


AFL-CIO: Unions Demand Justice for Seasonal Workers

April 22, 2022

Statement from AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler on the reintroduction of the Seasonal Worker Solidarity Act in Congress:

We thank Rep. Joaquin Castro for reintroducing this critical piece of legislation as we continue the fight to protect and expand workers’ rights across our economy. The Seasonal Worker Solidarity Act will hold corporations accountable for their current misuse of the H-2B visa program and ensure that all seasonal workers are treated with dignity and respect on the job.

Seasonal workers are on the front lines, and these jobs should be good, union jobs with fair wages and safe working conditions. The H-2B program’s current structure has allowed employers to pit working people against each other and enabled rampant wage theft, violence, retaliation and other forms of exploitation. Rather than continuing to expand this failed model, unions are calling for a new, pro-worker approach. This bill will lift standards in seasonal industries, enable workers to exercise their rights to organize, and provide a path to citizenship for migrant workers and their families.

The Seasonal Worker Solidarity Act provides us with a bold opportunity to rework a broken system, and America’s unions are committed to leveraging our power to advance these overdue reforms.

Contact: Danielle Noel, 202-637-5018


AFL-CIO: Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect, 2022

This 2022 edition of Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect marks the 31st year the AFL-CIO has produced a report on the state of safety and health protections for America’s workers. This report features national and state information on workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses, as well as the workplace safety inspections, penalties, funding, staffing and public employee coverage under the Occupational Safety and Health Act. It also includes information on the state of mine safety and health and the state of worker safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Death on the Jobs Report Graphics Toolkit

Fifty-one years ago on April 28, the OSH Act went into effect, promising every worker the right to a safe job. More than 647,000 workers now can say their lives have been saved since the passage of the OSH Act.¹ Since that time, workplace safety and health conditions have improved. But too many workers remain at serious risk of injury, illness or death as chemical plant explosions, major fires, construction collapses, infectious disease outbreaks, workplace assaults and other preventable workplace tragedies continue to occur. Workplace hazards kill and disable approximately 125,000 workers each year—4,764 from traumatic injuries, and an estimated 120,000 from occupational diseases. Job injury and illness numbers continue to be severe undercounts of the real problem. Read more here.


National Association of Letter Carriers Facebook:

An estimated 45 million Americans experience food insecurity every year. You can make a difference by participating in NALC’s #StampOutHunger Food Drive, the largest one-day food drive in the country. On May 14, leave a bag of nonperishable food next to your mailbox, and your letter carrier will take care of the rest! All donated food stays in your local community. Learn more: nalc-info.org/food-drive

Please note, the food drive is subject to change or cancellation if necessary to protect the safety and health of those involved.


UAW:

In April of 1909, the AFL-CIO Union Label Department was founded to promote the products and services produced in America by union members. The UAW Union Label Committee informs and educates members about the products and services we buy and use as consumers. Check out what we can be doing to promote #UnionMade goods and services. #UAW

TO FIND OUT MORE CLICK HERE
https://uaw.org/standing-committees/union-label




UPCOMING EVENTS:

United Way of RI Celebrating Health Event



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Rhode lsland P.O.W.E.R. Network

Request the pleasure of your company, as we commemorate the Fourth Anniversary of the State Day of the Cooperative in Rhode Island.

RI State House, 2nd floor

On Tuesday, May 3rd, 2022
3:00p.m. – 5:00p.m.
Press Conference: 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Resolution at the Senate: 4 p.m. – 4:30 p.m

Cooperative Fair: 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Hall, 2nd Floor

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Providence Federation of Musicians

Spring addition of the Cavalcade of Bands

When: Tuesday, May 31

Where: Rhodes-on-the-Pawtucket

Dancing: 5:30 – 10:30 p.m.

For more information and a list of bands performing, click here.

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R.I. Labor History Society: 2022 Spring Speaker Series

Fighting for freedom at home and abroad: The story of Boilermakers Local 308 and the
end of Jim Crow unions

Date:

Monday, June 6, 2022

Speaker:

Patrick Crowley, Organizer and Government Affairs Specialist with the NEARI and Secretary-Treasurer of RI AFL-CIOFor more information and topics see here.

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TEAMSTERS, Local 251

SOLIDARITY WITH JOHNSON BROTHERS WORKERS

Please visit the picket line and show Johnson Brothers that workers stick together and will not be treated like second-class citizens.

Picket lines are at:

Johnson Brothers of Rhode Island

120 Moscrip Ave

North Kingstown RI 02852

Key times are 7:30-8:30 a.m.

Let Johnson Brothers know about your concerns at:

651-649-5800 (Corporate) or 401-583-0050 (Rhode Island)

Donations can be made to: Teamsters Local 251 Strike Fund, 121 Brightridge Ave. East Providence RI 02914

More information here.



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LABOR VISION

Coming up on Labor Vision

On this episode, show host Autumn Guillotte sits down with David Molina-herandez from Fuerza Laboral to talk about their work with the labor and cooperative movement.

Event Information: RI POWER Network – Cooperatives Fair

WHERE: Rhode Island State House

WHEN: May 3, 2022

Press Conference – 3pm

Resolutions at the Senate – 4pm

Resolutions at the House – 4:30pm

The Day of the Cooperative was established to celebrate and promote the proliferation and growth of Worker-Owned Cooperatives in our State—businesses which have demonstrated the ability to bring “the economic benefits of a fulfilling life with a good job” along with dignity and self-determination, to individuals and communities around the State. The community has worked to create Worker-Owned Cooperatives that maintain a proud history of building wealth, security, equality, resiliency, solidarity, and hope for individuals and families, especially in historically disadvantaged communities.

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E-News: April 21, 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

Please use this directory to find where you can buy union and use services in Rhode Island.



Attorney General Peter F. Neronha: East Providence contractor charged with stealing over $93,000 in employee wages stemming from school construction work

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Attorney General Peter F. Neronha announced that the owner of a Rhode Island-based construction company was 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 he stole over $93,000 in wages from workers during the construction and renovation of RISE Prep Mayoral Academy in Woonsocket in 2018 and 2019.

Marcos Mutz (age 48), the owner of the now defunct M. Mutz Construction, is charged with one count of obtaining money under false pretenses over $1,500, one count of unlawful appropriation over $1,000, one count of providing false certified payroll documents, and 12 misdemeanor counts of wage theft.

Under Rhode Island law, wage theft violations, unlike all other theft crimes, are misdemeanor crimes regardless of the amount in wages implicated. Attorney General Neronha has repeatedly introduced legislation to make such crimes a felony in Rhode Island, as they are in other states.

As alleged in court filings, the defendant is accused of failing to pay approximately $93,643 in wages to 12 former workers for work they performed during the construction and renovation of RISE Prep Mayoral Academy in Woonsocket between September 2018 and October 2019. During that time, M. Mutz Construction performed work as a subcontractor under Case Construction Company, the construction manager of the project. Read more here.


Wage theft affects workers in all industries and making it a felony is pro-worker, pro-business, and pro-taxpayer.

Watch video here.


The Brown Daily Herald: GLO files unfair labor practice charges over funding cuts

The Graduate Labor Organization filed three unfair labor practice charges against the University with the National Labor Relations Board in response to its cuts to top-up funds — payments to graduate student workers above their base stipends to ensure competitive compensation — in the Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences and the Department of Computer Science. GLO alleges the cuts represent bad-faith bargaining, retaliation against protected practices and direct dealing with employees on the part of the University, GLO Communications Coordinator Kate Clark GS said.
In its protests earlier this month, GLO alleged that the University forced the cutting of top-up funds by reducing budget allocations, The Herald previously reported.

Bad-faith bargaining

GLO’s first new charge with the NLRB alleges that the University engaged in bad-faith bargaining in its negotiations with the union. Bad-faith bargaining can encompass a number of violations, ranging from failing to negotiate with the union before making workplace changes to obstructing the bargaining process, according to the NLRB website.

In this case, GLO representatives claimed that the University unfairly bypassed the union in cutting top-up payments without discussion during bargaining. Read more here.


RI Building & Construction Trades Council Twitter:

President Sabitoni & RIBCTC with AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler @OurMovementOurMoment


UFCW 328 Twitter:

What better way to celebrate 4/20 than by showing support for Greenleaf workers in Portsmouth, RI! Visit https://linktr.ee/respect4greenleafworkers to see the ways you can tell company owner Seth Bock to stop the retaliation and to bargain in good faith #420day #cannabisworkersrising


Join us in support of SEIU, 1199 Healthcare for an informational picket at Blackstone Valley Community Health Center, 1000 Broad Street, Central Falls, RI on Monday, April 25, 2022 from 4 – 6PM (Speaking program at 5PM).

View flyer larger here.


SEIU 580: DHS Crisis: Backlogs Due To Unfilled (Already Funded) Frontline Worker Vacancies

Take less than 60 seconds to send, with two clicks, a pre-filled (option to edit) email, that will go directly to your state senator, state representative requesting legislative oversight hearings and the Governor’s office urging to fill all DHS frontline vacancies!

Let’s show our DHS members solidarity, by taking just 60 seconds to get DHS frontline worker vacancies filled!

The time is now to act!

The legislature is critically close to making final budget decisions and wrapping up the legislative session. Crushing caseloads due to unnecessary vacancies are impacting RI’s most vulnerable populations. Unless quickly, the legislature provides pressure through oversight hearings and we provide direct pressure to the Governor, lives will be further devastated and the system will be decimated.

Click here.


AFL-CIO: TAKE ACTION: Building a Better America

The Building a Better America plan puts working families first by solving problems we face every day:

  • Investing in clean energy and manufacturing jobs, right here in the United States.
  • Accessing better health care and lower prescription drug costs.
  • Lifting up our future generations with affordable, quality child care and investments in education.
  • Supporting the right to organize, providing real penalties on companies that violate the rights of working people organizing together.

While the Senate played political games, working people struggled for years. It’s time for your senators to do their jobs and help America’s working people.

Sign petition here.


WBUR: AFL-CIO, president Liz Shuler on the future of America’s labor movement

Liz Shuler is the first woman ever elected president of the AFL-CIO.

She took over a time when the world of work has been turned upside down.

Union organizing is happening in some unexpected places, and sometimes in ways that disrupt the traditional union playbook.

“If you have established unions, it’s great to have their support,” Brett Daniels, an Amazon union organizer, said. “But if they’re not the ones that are actually on the inside, maybe workers can’t relate to that as much, because who knows the warehouse conditions better than Amazon workers themselves?”

Today, On Point: A conversation with AFL-CIO president Liz Shuler.

Guest

Liz Shuler, AFL-CIO president. (@lizshuler)

Full Show Transcript

MEGHNA CHAKRABARTI: This is On Point, I’m Meghna Chakrabarti. In 1955, the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations merged to form the AFL-CIO, the largest federation of unions in America. Separately, the two labor organizations date back further to the 19th century. From 1955 to 2005, AFL-CIO member unions represented nearly all organized workers in the United States.

Union membership peaked in 1979, when the AFL-CIO counted nearly 20 million members. Women have consistently played a critical role in the labor movement. Their influence grew as their presence in the labor market grew, as union member Wanda Garrett describes in the 1981 documentary A Time of Challenge. Read more here.




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UPCOMING EVENTS:

Calling All Union Members! Don’t miss your chance to enter the “Future is Union: Climate Urgency through the Eyes of Workers” photo contest! Submit a photo that shows what climate work means to you and win up to $500!


The contest is open to any union member who sees their work as a “climate job” – whether you’re driving or fixing electric buses, working on wind turbines, teaching students about the climate crisis, cleaning up after climate-related disasters, working on green buildings, installing solar, operating water systems, or anything that relates to climate change.Learn more and submit your photos before April 22 here: https://www.climatejobsphotocontest.org/

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RICOSH:

Workers’ Memorial observances will begin on April 23rd and continue through May 1. Across the country and around the globe, we’ll see vigils and events to honor workers who have been killed, injured, and suffered occupational illness.

RICOSH is coordinating with the New England Roundtable event on Wednesday, April 27th @ 9.

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United Way of RI Celebrating Health Event

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Rhode lsland P.O.W.E.R. Network

Request the pleasure of your company, as we commemorate the Fourth Anniversary of the State Day of the Cooperative in Rhode Island.

RI State House, 2nd floor

On Tuesday, May 3rd, 2022
3:00p.m. – 5:00p.m.
Press Conference: 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Resolution at the Senate: 4 p.m. – 4:30 p.m

Cooperative Fair: 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Hall, 2nd Floor

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R.I. Labor History Society: 2022 Spring Speaker Series

Fighting for freedom at home and abroad: The story of Boilermakers Local 308 and the
end of Jim Crow unions

Date:

Monday, June 6, 2022

Speaker:

Patrick Crowley, Organizer and Government Affairs Specialist with the NEARI and Secretary-Treasurer of RI AFL-CIOFor more information and topics see here.

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TEAMSTERS, Local 251

SOLIDARITY WITH JOHNSON BROTHERS WORKERS

Please visit the picket line and show Johnson Brothers that workers stick together and will not be treated like second-class citizens.

Picket lines are at:

Johnson Brothers of Rhode Island

120 Moscrip Ave

North Kingstown RI 02852

Key times are 7:30-8:30 a.m.

Let Johnson Brothers know about your concerns at:

651-649-5800 (Corporate) or 401-583-0050 (Rhode Island)

Donations can be made to: Teamsters Local 251 Strike Fund, 121 Brightridge Ave. East Providence RI 02914

More information here.



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LABOR VISION

Coming up on Labor Vision

Show host Autumn Guillotte sits down with the RI Building & Construction Trades Women’s Council to talk about their work to create a community for women on the jobs. Board members Vennicia Kingston, Darche Hood, and Devyn Maher talk about the experience of women in the trades, leadership, diversity, and the changing culture in a male dominated industry.

You can reach out to the women’s council at riwomencaucus@gmail.com

Read more here:

– Building Futures – https://www.bfri.org/women-in-the-trades/

– Tradeswomen are organizing together in the Women’s Council – https://www.bfri.org/ritradeswomencouncil/

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E-NEWS: APRIL 14, 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

Please use this directory to find where you can buy union and use services in Rhode Island.



State of Rhode Island: Attorney General Neronha and state labor leaders seek to strengthen penalties for wage theft and worker misclassification

Testimony in support of wage theft and worker misclassification legislation before the Rhode Island House Committee on Judiciary scheduled for Wednesday at the rise of the House

PROVIDENCE, RI –Attorney General Peter F. Neronha will testify in support of legislation currently before the General Assembly that will increase penalties for wage theft and misclassification, joining state labor leaders in a push to protect Rhode Island workers, taxpayers, and business owners.

“Employers who fail to pay workers their hard-earned wages or misclassify them as independent contractors not only cheat their workers, but also cheat Rhode Island taxpayers,” said Attorney General Neronha. “Currently, our state does not treat this type of criminal conduct as seriously as it should. A person can steal a television worth over $1,500 and it’s a felony, but if a person steals a worker’s wages in any amount, it’s a misdemeanor. That is why this bill is important – the punishment should fit the crime and ultimately deter this conduct.”

The bill, H 7677, introduced by Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Robert E. Craven, Sr. (D-Dist. 32, North Kingstown) at the request of the Attorney General, proposes to reclassify knowing or willful instances of wage theft over $1,500 from a misdemeanor to a felony. The bill also proposes to reclassify knowing or willful instances of worker misclassification from a misdemeanor to a felony. The Senate companion bill is S 2775, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Michael J. McCaffrey (D-Dist. 29, Warwick).

“Misclassifying workers as independent contractors harms workers, taxpayers, and businesses,” said Michael F. Sabitoni, President of the Rhode Island Building and Construction Trades Council. “Unscrupulous employers engage in this practice to avoid paying benefits, overtime, taxes, Social Security, Medicare, and workers’ compensation insurance. When this happens, employees are shortchanged, the State is deprived of tax revenue, and the employer gains an unfair advantage over competing businesses that follow the law.”

Read more here.


Excited for the $220M development of the iconic Superman Building in #Providence under a PLA creating 1500 local union construction jobs!

Thank you @GovDanMcKee @RISpeaker @SenatorRuggerio @LGSabinaMatos @CommerceRI

@RIFoundation @Jorge_Elorza @ri_trades @build_ri


Laborers Local 271 Twitter:

Proud to partner and support exciting $220M development of the iconic “Superman Building” in #Providence under a PLA creating 1500 local union construction jobs @GovDanMcKee @RISpeaker @SenatorRuggerio @LGSabinaMatos @CommerceRI@RIFoundation @Jorge_Elorza @ri_trades @build_ri


The Patch: Providence and City Workers Union Agree To New Contract

PROVIDENCE, RI — Providence city officials and the union representing city employees in several departments agreed to a new three-year contract, officials said.

The contract between The City of Providence and Laborers’ Local 1033 begins July 1. It covers public employees at City Hall, the Department of Public Works, the Parks Department and more.

“I thank the leaders of Laborers’ Local 1033 for their commitment and partnership throughout this process,” Mayor Jorge Elorza said in a statement. “By working together, we found important ways to better reflect our values and serve our city workforce while identifying savings and efficiencies that taxpayers deserve. I thank our negotiation teams for their hard work in coming to this agreement.”

City officials said the agreement provides over $2 million dollars in savings in healthcare costs, expanding the city’s workplace wellness program and maintaining provisions from the city’s previous contract with the union to reduce the cost of new employees.  Read more here.


Laborers Local 271 Twitter:

Productive week in DC, meeting with our elected officials to discuss construction jobs and the great work happening in #RhodeIsland Thank you @SenWhitehouse @SenJackReed @davidcicilline @JimLangevin for meeting with the @ri_trades and @build_ri


Matt Taibi for Eastern Region VP Facebook:

New Eastern Region International Vice President Matt Taibi is at work to help lead a new member-led union with the energy of new organizing and member-led contract campaigns.

Watch video here


Coventry Firefighters, Local 3372 Facebook:

Crews will be training over the next few weeks in a house made available to us. Here is a video of what firefighters see when searching a room.

Watch video here.


GoLocalProv: RI Political Diary: Magaziner Stands With Starbucks Union Effort

Magaziner’s Starbucks Union Solidarity

Rhode Island General Treasurer Seth Magaziner – running in the Democratic primary in the second Congressional district for the seat being vacated by Rep. Jim Langevin – turned up to show his union support.

Last week, the first Starbucks in Rhode Island joined the “Starbucks Workers United” unionization effort at the Warwick location on Pace Boulevard.

On Tuesday, Magaziner Tweeted his appearance at the location — and his solidarity.

“Proud to stand with the Starbucks workers preparing to form a union at the Pace Blvd location in Warwick,” he Tweeted.

“Unions build the American middle class, and the right to organize must be protected,” he added.


RICOSH Advisory:

COVID Chronicles: CONTINUE COVID Vigilance

We have been humbled by this virus before and no one can predict confidently what will happen in the future.’ Nick Loman Professor of Microbial Genomics, Birmingham University (UK)

Nationwide, COVID-19 hospitalization, and fatalities have decreased. But as the more contagious omicron subvariant BA.2 continues its spread; cases are ticking upward in nine states as of March 24. The latest variant proportion estimates from the CDC show the omicron subvariant BA.2 accounts for more than one-third of COVID-19 cases nationwide and more than half of cases in the Northeast. Rhode Island had the highest proportion of BA.2 cases of all states, according to the NYTimes.Researchers have detected a rise in viral particles recovered from nearly 150 wastewater-surveillance sites. And we are still traveling internationally from places where the BA.2 infection rates are very high.

If cases rise again, as many experts expect, we must prepare to lower the chance that we will pass the virus to someone, and their family, for whom the consequence can be catastrophic. COVID has killed one out of every 75 older Americans; residences of long-tern care facilities make up only 3 % of the population but account for 1 in 5 COVID deaths.

According to Dr Michael Fine, former director of RI Department of Health, ‘In Rhode Island, at least 2300 are walking around with Covid-19 according to colleagues who are good at these numbers. But I think that’s an underestimate, and the real number is closer to 5000.’

Read more here.


Job Opening:

Administrative Secretary/Administrative Office Staff Supervisor

40 hours/week – Salary Range: $52,487 – $58,713

For more information on job description and benefits, click here.

RI Council 94 is a Labor Union representing approximately 7,200 state, municipal and private employees.


United Way of RI Celebrating Health Event

More information.



AFL-CIO:



UPCOMING EVENTS:

R.I. Labor History Society: 2022 Spring Speaker Series

Lessons on African American Labor History

Dates:

Monday, April 18, 2022

Monday, June 6, 2022

Speakers:

Keith Stokes, Director of Business and Development for the City of Providence

Patrick Crowley, Organizer and Government Affairs Specialist with the NEARI and Secretary-Treasurer of RI AFL-CIOFor more information and topics see here.

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Calling All Union Members! Don’t miss your chance to enter the “Future is Union: Climate Urgency through the Eyes of Workers” photo contest! Submit a photo that shows what climate work means to you and win up to $500!

The contest is open to any union member who sees their work as a “climate job” – whether you’re driving or fixing electric buses, working on wind turbines, teaching students about the climate crisis, cleaning up after climate-related disasters, working on green buildings, installing solar, operating water systems, or anything that relates to climate change.

Learn more and submit your photos before April 22 here: https://www.climatejobsphotocontest.org/

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Rhode lsland P.O.W.E.R. Network

Request the pleasure of your company ,as we commemorate the
Fourth Anniversary of the State Day of the Cooperative in Rhode Island

RI State House, 2nd floor

On Tuesday, May 3rd, 2022
3:00p.m. – 5:00p.m.
Press Conference: 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Resolution at the Senate: 4 p.m. – 4:30 p.m

Cooperative Fair: 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Hall, 2nd Floor

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TEAMSTERS, Local 251

SOLIDARITY WITH JOHNSON BROTHERS WORKERS

Please visit the picket line and show Johnson Brothers that workers stick together and will not be treated like second-class citizens.

Picket lines are at:

Johnson Brothers of Rhode Island

120 Moscrip Ave

North Kingstown RI 02852

Key times are 7:30-8:30 a.m.

Let Johnson Brothers know about your concerns at:

651-649-5800 (Corporate) or 401-583-0050 (Rhode Island)

Donations can be made to: Teamsters Local 251 Strike Fund, 121 Brightridge Ave. East Providence RI 02914

More information here.



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LABOR VISION

Coming up on Labor Vision

Show host Autumn Guillotte sits down with Majority Whip Katherine Kazarian, House sponsor of the Let RI Vote Act and Marcela Betancur, Director of the Latino Policy Institute and spokesperson for the Let RI Vote Campaign.

Continuing with the conversation on this year’s legislative priorities for working people, we discuss the Let RI Vote Act and how  improving voter access helps working people.

Voting rights and unions put power behind our voices!

You can learn more about everything discussed here at https://letrivote.org/

And, click here to send a message to key House and Senate leaders, asking them to support the bill!  

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E-NEWS: APRIL 7, 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

Please use this directory to find where you can buy union and use services in Rhode Island.


Providence Journal: Rattled by RIPTA breach that affected 22,000, lawmakers propose policy changes

Lawmakers say that last year’s breach of Rhode Island Public Transit Authority computer systems highlighted glaring problems with the way the state responds to the theft of people’s personal data.

About 22,000 former and current state employees were affected by the breach, which occurred when hackers got hold of unsecured files containing years’ worth of health insurance billing data.The incident sparked widespread frustration, and Sen. Louis DiPalma, D-Middletown, and others hope that the result will be concrete policy changes.

“Let’s seize this opportunity,” DiPalma said.

DiPalma’s bill, S 2664, is designed to expand the protections and reporting requirements outlined in the Identity Theft Protection Act of 2015. A companion bill, H 7884, was introduced in the House by Rep. Terri Cortvriend, D-Middletown.

Everything that’s in the bill is a result of the oversight hearing we had,” DiPalma told The Providence Journal, referring to a Senate Oversight Committee hearing that he chaired in February, in which RIPTA officials and the state’s Department of Information Technology were grilled about what had gone wrong. Read more here.


The Boston Globe: Starbucks workers trying to form union in Rhode Island

Workers at the coffee chain’s location on Pace Boulevard in Warwick on Wednesday announced their intention to unionize. It’s the first store in Rhode Island to petition for unionization.

PROVIDENCE – The Starbucks unionization drive has reached Rhode Island.

Workers at the coffee chain’s location on Pace Boulevard in Warwick on Wednesday announced their intention to unionize. It’s the first store in Rhode Island to petition for unionization.

“A democratic workplace is right for everyone,” Cassie Burke, a barista at the Warwick location who was involved in the organization effort, said in an interview. “It’s something everyone should have and feel they have the right to fight for.”

Burke said the local organizers needed 30 percent of workers there to sign cards expressing support for a union, but were able to quickly get more than half of the workers to do so. Now, Starbucks could choose to voluntarily recognize the union, although that almost certainly won’t happen. If Starbucks doesn’t voluntarily recognize the union, a vote among workers governed by the National Labor Relations Board would take place. If a majority of workers who vote say yes, the NLRB will certify the union. If they vote no, the union won’t be formed.

Read more here.


It’s time to pass the Let RI Vote bills!

Improving voter access helps working people. The RI AFL-CIO has joined the Let RI Vote coalition. You can show your support too by sending this letter in support of voting rights directly to key House and Senate leaders today!

Click here and send your message of support to these key House and Senate leaders:

Senate President Dominick Ruggerio, Senate Majority Leader Michael McCaffrey, Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Cynthia Coyne, House Speaker Joe Shekarchi, House Majority Leader Chris Blazejewski, House State Government and Elections Chair Evan Shanley

The Bills

S2007/H7100 — The ‘Let RI Vote Act’

Will improve access and opportunity to vote in Rhode Island by:

·         Removing the requirement for an excuse to vote by mail or early in-person

·         Removing the requirement for two witnesses or a notary to vote a mail ballot

·         Providing an online application to request a mail ballot

·         Providing secure drop-boxes to return mail ballots up to the close of polls on Election Day

·         Creating an official multilingual voter information hotline

·         Improving voter list maintenance to ensure records are accurate & up to date

·         Reducing lead-time to request a Braille ballot from 45 days to 21 days

·         Permitting long-term nursing home residents to join the permanent ballot application list

S2216/H7225 — The Same-Day Registration Resolution

Will put a question on the ballot asking Rhode Island voters to amend the state constitution, allowing the General Assembly to change the voter registration deadline up to the day of an election.


Laborers Local 271 Twitter:

@ri_trades and @LIUNALocal271 with @SecRaimondo at #NABTU202.



Fuerza Laboral / Power of Workers Facebook:

Mujeres se reúnen para hablar de sus experiencias empresariales en “Pawtucket Promotes: Women in Business Forum” Somos imparables!

Women gathered today to talk about their experiences in the “Pawtucket Promotes: Women in Business Forum” We are Unstoppable!

View pictures here.


National Postal Mail Handlers Union Local 301 Facebook:

Shop Steward Training, FMLA/OWCP

Branch 18, Providence RI


The White House: FACT SHEET: The Biden-⁠Harris Action Plan for Building Better School Infrastructure

Vice President Harris to Outline Actions for Bolstering Clean School Infrastructure and Transportation to Support Student Learning and Health

Administration Launches $500 million Grant Program from Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Program to Save Schools Money with Energy Upgrades Today, Vice President Kamala Harris is announcing the Biden-Harris Action Plan for Building Better School Infrastructure to upgrade our public schools with modern, clean, energy efficient facilities and transportation—delivering health and learning benefits to children and school communities, saving school districts money, and creating good union jobs. The action plan activates the entire federal government in leveraging investments from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and American Rescue Plan to advance solutions including energy efficiency retrofits, electric school buses, and resilient design.

The science of learning and development

has shown that students need school environments filled with safety, belonging, and health to learn and thrive. Yet many schools rely on outdated heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems that make classrooms less comfortable and may pose health risks to students and teachers exposed to contaminants or particles in the air that can trigger allergies or asthma attacks and potentially spread infectious diseases – including COVID-19. Dirty diesel buses pose additional health risks for students on board and the neighborhoods they travel through — and exhaust from idling buses can pollute the air around schools. Read more here.


AFL-CIO:

Here is a list of union-made in America treats to fill an Easter basket and your holiday dinner table brought to you by the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor’s resource site, Labor 411.

See list here.

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



AFL-CIO:



UPCOMING EVENTS:

R.I. Labor History Society: 2022 Spring Speaker Series

Lessons on African American Labor History

Dates:

Monday, April 18, 2022

Monday, June 6, 2022

Speakers:

Keith Stokes, Director of Business and Development for the City of Providence

Patrick Crowley, Organizer and Government Affairs Specialist with the NEARI and Secretary-Treasurer of RI AFL-CIOFor more information and topics see here.

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Calling All Union Members! Don’t miss your chance to enter the “Future is Union: Climate Urgency through the Eyes of Workers” photo contest! Submit a photo that shows what climate work means to you and win up to $500!

The contest is open to any union member who sees their work as a “climate job” – whether you’re driving or fixing electric buses, working on wind turbines, teaching students about the climate crisis, cleaning up after climate-related disasters, working on green buildings, installing solar, operating water systems, or anything that relates to climate change.

Learn more and submit your photos before April 22 here: https://www.climatejobsphotocontest.org/

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Rhode lsland P.O.W.E.R. Network

Request the pleasure of your company ,as we commemorate the
Fourth Anniversary of the State Day of the Cooperative in Rhode Island

RI State House, 2nd floor

On Tuesday, May 3rd, 2022
3:00p.m. – 5:00p.m.
Press Conference: 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Resolution at the Senate: 4 p.m. – 4:30 p.m

Cooperative Fair: 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Hall, 2nd Floor

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TEAMSTERS, Local 251

SOLIDARITY WITH JOHNSON BROTHERS WORKERS

Please visit the picket line and show Johnson Brothers that workers stick together and will not be treated like second-class citizens.

Picket lines are at:

Johnson Brothers of Rhode Island

120 Moscrip Ave

North Kingstown RI 02852

Key times are 7:30-8:30 a.m.

Let Johnson Brothers know about your concerns at:

651-649-5800 (Corporate) or 401-583-0050 (Rhode Island)

Donations can be made to: Teamsters Local 251 Strike Fund, 121 Brightridge Ave. East Providence RI 02914

More information here.

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United Way of RI:

For more information, visit website here.



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Show host Autumn Guillotte sits down with Majority Whip Katherine Kazarian, House sponsor of the Let RI Vote Act and Marcela Betancur, Director of the Latino Policy Institute and spokesperson for the Let RI Vote Campaign.

Continuing with the conversation on this year’s legislative priorities for working people, we discuss the Let RI Vote Act and how  improving voter access helps working people.

Voting rights and unions put power behind our voices!

You can learn more about everything discussed here at https://letrivote.org/

And, click here to send a message to key House and Senate leaders, asking them to support the bill!  

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E-NEWS: MARCH 31, 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

Please use this directory to find where you can buy union and use services in Rhode Island.



Rhode Island Senate Leadership PAC:

What Makes Smart Climate Policy — RI Climate Jobs Roundtable.

Priscilla De La Cruz, President of the Environment Council of Rhode Island and Patrick Crowley, Secretary-Treasurer of Rhode Island AFL-CIO on What Makes Smart Climate Policy — RI Climate Jobs Roundtable.

Watch video here.


PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: March 28, 2022  

Contact: Jim Cenerini (401) 724-5900 ext. 22 – work / (401) 378-8491 – cell    

RI Council 94, AFSCME President, Officers & Executive Board Elected  

North Providence – Today, Rhode Island Council 94, American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO announced that J. Michael Downey was re-elected President at the thirty-ninth annual convention. The convention was held virtually via Zoom on March 26, 2022.  

President Downey stated, “It’s a privilege and an honor to be re-elected to my fifth term as President of Rhode Island Council 94, AFSCME, AFL-CIO. Our members have continued providing critical services during the Covid-19 pandemic.   Council 94’s fight for dignity and economic justice for all public and private sector employees will not waver. Working with the elected officers and executive board, Council 94 will use future challenges as opportunities to build a bigger, bolder union.”

Additional officers elected include: Mary Townsend, Executive Vice President; Claire Newell, Treasurer; David Hoffman, Recording Secretary; Michael McDonald, State Vice President; and Walter Hartley, Municipal Vice-President.  

Executive Board members include: Kevin Allard, Michaela Bolano, Barry Brothers, Fred Cavallaro, Lynn Clark, Jason Kane, Kwame Larbi, J. Rafael Martinez, Renee Massie, Tracy McDermott, John Monse, Anthony Peters, Cristobal Rodriguez, and Romeo Turgeon.

Trustees include: Sherry DiBiase, Gina Friedman, John Rose, and Erin Shannon.

Sergeant-at-Arms: Mark Brayall    

Council 94 represents over 4,000 state employees, 4,000 municipal employees and 350 private sector employees.


Providence Business News: NEA R.I. names Barden new executive director

CRANSTON – The National Education Association Rhode Island did not have to look too far to find a new executive director.

The labor union that represents teachers and other education employees announced March 25, and confirmed Monday to Providence Business News, that Mary K. Barden has been selected as NEARI’s new executive director. Barden, who will start her new role Aug. 1, will succeed Robert A. Walsh. Walsh is retiring as NEARI’s director this summer after being with the labor union for close to three decades.

NEARI spokesperson Stephanie Mandeville told PBN Monday that the labor union’s executive committee voted March 21 to name Barden the next executive director. Barden was chosen based on the recommendation from the interview committee that was put together to review candidates for the position.

Barden, Mandeville said, has been the assistant executive director/UniServ at NEARI since 2013. Prior to that, Barden rose through union ranks with NEA North Kingstown, Mandeville said, serving as a building rep, middle level advocate, grievance chair and president of the local union. In North Kingstown, Barden was a social studies teacher with Davisville Middle School.

Read more here.


Press Conference: SEIU 580 & AFSCME 2882

March 30, 2022

Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 580 and American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 2882 Calls on State Officials at the Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Department of Administration (DOA) to Immediately Fill All DHS Frontline Worker Vacancies to End Delays to Critical Services for Rhode Island’s Most Vulnerable Populations.

Watch video here.


ABC 6 News: ‘Be fair to those who care’: Medical professionals hold picket outside Landmark Medical Center

WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WLNE) — Dozens of healthcare workers chanted “Be fair to those who care” while taking part of a informational picket outside Landmark Medical Center Thursday night.

The picket was held by United Nurses and Allied Professionals Local 5067, the union that represents health care workers employed at Landmark Medical Center, who has been negotiating a new contract.

The original contract ended in December, but an extension moved the expiration date to March 31.

UNAP said that Prime Healthcare, owners of Landmark, refuse to negotiate a contract with protections for patients and staff.

“Put simply, Landmark management, led by the out of state Prime Healthcare, has forgotten about the nurses and healthcare professionals who led Landmark Medical Center through the worst of the pandemic,” stated President Brenda Schobel.

“We are still in the throes of the pandemic, and they’ve already forgotten the sacrifices we made for the hospital and our patients, instead offering us a contract that increases our health insurance costs and pays us far below fair market rates. This contract proposal is a slap in the face to us and the work we do, and it will create an unsafe environment for patients in the hospital.” Schobel continued. “While top executives rake in big money and Prime takes in massive management fees, they’re simultaneously refusing to provide a competitive wage and benefit package, which will result in a shortage of caregivers, creating dangerous conditions, and putting Landmark patients at risk. They’re more interested in lining their own pockets than ensuring the long-term stability of this community hospital that Woonsocket and other Blackstone Valley residents depend on.” Read more here.


In solidarity with the @WeAreUNAP medical workers at Landmark Medical Center, picketing for a fair contract.

View pictures here.


General Teamsters Local 251 Facebook:

Stericycle & Shred-It Workers Ratify First Contracts, Join Teamsters Local 251

Workers at the Woonsocket RI Stericycle and Pawtucket RI Shred-It locations overwhelmingly ratified their respective first contracts. Woonsocket drivers had organized in October of 2020, and Pawtucket drivers and helpers had organized in February of 2021. After many months of negotiations, practice picketing, strike authorization votes and support from the community, workers ratified strong first contracts. Strong wage increases, ratification bonuses, frozen employee healthcare costs, and strong job protections were notable highlights. We welcome 60 new Teamsters to our Local!

View pictures here.


Graduate Labor Organization Twitter:

Today GLO members voted 98% YES to ratify our raise! All grad workers at

@BrownUniversity will make over $42k in FY23, an effective raise of 12.9%! This historic raise would not have been possible without our members! @riaflcio @AFTacademics @AFTunion

@rifthp


Local 37 Ironworkers Facebook:

First few days of erection at Amazon in Johnston.

View pictures here.


IUPAT Twitter:

This video of our bridge painters working on the Brooklyn Bridge in the mid 1900s shows just how dangerous it was to work in our skilled trades before our union won safety measures on our jobsites. Countless thousands of lives have been saved as we’ve made our industry safer.

View video here.



UPCOMING EVENTS:

Click here for more information and tickets.

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R.I. Labor History Society: 2022 Spring Speaker Series

Lessons on African American Labor History

Dates:

Monday, April 18, 2022

Monday, June 6, 2022

Speakers:

Keith Stokes, Director of Business and Development for the City of Providence

Patrick Crowley, Organizer and Government Affairs Specialist with the NEARI and Secretary-Treasurer of RI AFL-CIOFor more information and topics see here.

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Calling All Union Members! Don’t miss your chance to enter the “Future is Union: Climate Urgency through the Eyes of Workers” photo contest! Submit a photo that shows what climate work means to you and win up to $500!

The contest is open to any union member who sees their work as a “climate job” – whether you’re driving or fixing electric buses, working on wind turbines, teaching students about the climate crisis, cleaning up after climate-related disasters, working on green buildings, installing solar, operating water systems, or anything that relates to climate change.

Learn more and submit your photos before April 22 here: https://www.climatejobsphotocontest.org/

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Rhode lsland P.O.W.E.R. Network

Request the pleasure of your company ,as we commemorate the
Fourth Anniversary of the State Day of the Cooperative in Rhode Island

RI State House, 2nd floor

On Tuesday, May 3rd, 2022
3:00p.m. – 5:00p.m.
Press Conference: 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Resolution at the Senate: 4 p.m. – 4:30 p.m

Cooperative Fair: 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Hall, 2nd Floor

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TEAMSTERS, Local 251

SOLIDARITY WITH JOHNSON BROTHERS WORKERS

Please visit the picket line and show Johnson Brothers that workers stick together and will not be treated like second-class citizens.

Picket lines are at:

Johnson Brothers of Rhode Island

120 Moscrip Ave

North Kingstown RI 02852

Key times are 7:30-8:30 a.m.

Let Johnson Brothers know about your concerns at:

651-649-5800 (Corporate) or 401-583-0050 (Rhode Island)

Donations can be made to: Teamsters Local 251 Strike Fund, 121 Brightridge Ave. East Providence RI 02914

More information here.

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United Way of RI:

For more information, visit website here.



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LABOR VISION

Coming up on Labor Vision

🎴 NEW @LaborVisionRI EPISODE! 🎴

Show host Autumn Guillotte sits down with Majority Whip Katherine Kazerian, House sponsor of the Let RI Vote Act and Marcela Betancur, Director of the Latino Policy Institute & spokesperson for the @letrivote Campaign. Continuing with the conversation on this year’s legislative priorities for working people, we discuss the Let RI Vote Act and how improving voter access helps working people. Voting rights and unions put power behind our voices! You can learn more about everything discussed here at https://buff.ly/3FIxICc and send a message to your State Rep & Senator asking them to support the bill!

Watch here: https://youtu.be/yvST1_lA0gs

Like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and Twitter (@LaborVisionRI), and subscribe to our YouTube channel (LaborVisionTV1). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYjDqDCHe_I&t=205s

E-News: March 24, 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

Please use this directory to find where you can buy union and use services in Rhode Island.



WJAR Channel 10: NBC10 I-Team: Wage theft victim spends 10 years fighting for paycheck

(WJAR) — Nick Brissette had been working under the same boss as a painter for five years, when his paychecks suddenly stopped.

“Emotional stress, grief, I mean I was almost homeless,” he said.

Brissette’s boss owed him $15,000 in earned wages.

“He stopped returning my phone calls. He told me to call a lawyer instead of calling him for my money,” Brissette said.

He was a victim of wage theft, a crime committed by employers that targets hundreds of Rhode Islanders every year, mainly in the construction industry.

Brissette took matters into his own hands, creating a blog to find other workers victimized by the same employer, then filed cases against his former boss in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

The case in Rhode Island was eventually dropped after his former employer failed to show up for court.

Since wage theft is a misdemeanor, the defendant couldn’t be forced to return from Massachusetts.

The case did move forward in Massachusetts, but since it’s also a misdemeanor in the Bay State, the defendant walked away with three years’ probation. Meanwhile, it took Brissette a decade to get his money. Read more here.


Hey Rhody:The State of the School Bus Driving Industry in RI

Union representative weighs in on the shortage made worse by the pandemic

As Rhode Island schools began to reopen after initial COVID shutdowns, among the health and safety concerns and protocols that came with it was another crucial problem: there weren’t enough bus drivers to bring kids back to the classroom. Still in the midst of the pandemic and several union negotiations later, the shortage persists.

“People are leaving,” shares Secretary Treasurer and Principal Officer Matthew Taibi of Teamsters Local 251. “People aren’t going [into the industry] because of the typically low-pay work and fairly high qualifications.”

Teamsters 251 represents over 1,000 school bus workers within the state of Rhode Island, from cities and towns throughout the state and from three different companies. Taibi explains that the issue was already present before the pandemic, but COVID exacerbated the problem faced by many underpaid yet essential industries, and presented unique challenges, too. “Actually, the beginning of [2021 was when] we saw the issues that COVID laid bare. The issue of virtual days, like individual day layoffs, became more so than usual,” says Taibi.

“School bus drivers have sort of planned-in layoffs – holiday weeks and summers and things of that nature – so they work 36 or so weeks a year typically. That’s always a challenge, knowing that you’re laid off a chunk of the year and you have to split shifts,” Taibi adds. “It’s also part time and especially with all of the requirements that are involved, the critical nature of the job – taking care of our kids – it’s a lot of responsibility and typically not a lot in the way of pay.”

Read more here.


RI Building & Construction Trades Twitter:

Pres. Sabitoni commends state leaders for expansion of 600 MW of offshore wind. RI to be North American Hub Green Industry . Clean Energy=thousands family sustaining jobs for Trade Unionists.


UFCW Local 328: Cannabis Workers at Solar Therapeutics in Somerset, MA Vote Unanimously to Ratify First Contract

Somerset, MA– Today, United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local Union 328, which represents 11,000 workers in a variety of industries in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, announced that the hardworking team of budtenders employed at Solar Therapeutics in Somerset, Massachusetts, voted unanimously to approve their first union contract. The workers joined UFCW Local 328 in October, 2021, with a focus on gaining full-time opportunities, improving benefits, raising wages and securing important workplace protections. Their newly ratified 3-year agreement includes:

  • Guaranteed wage increases
  • Higher starting rates
  • Improvements in paid sick leave and paid vacations
  • Pathway to Full-Time employment
  • Robust grievance procedure and workplace protections
  • Improvement in paid breaks
  • Improvement in paid holidays
  • Protected time and a half on Sundays and Holidays
  • Clothing allowance
  • Newly established 401k plan
  • Improvement in employee discounts

Read more here.


Providence Business News: Providence City Council approves proposed firefighters contract

PROVIDENCE – City firefighters would get 4% annual raises in exchange for doubling their contributions toward the city pension fund under a proposed five-year contract approved by the City Council Thursday.

The tentative agreement between the city and the Providence chapter of the International Association of Firefighters also needs the sign-off of Mayor Jorge O. Elorza and the firefighters union to take effect.

The new contract would save the city more than $20 million – based in present day savings – from fiscal 2023 through fiscal 2040 by upping employee contributions to the city pension fund and, in turn, reducing the amount the city has to pay as the employer, according to a fiscal analysis report from Chief Financial Officer Lawrence Mancini. In nominal savings as of fiscal 2040, the city will see its annual pension contribution cut by $36 million, according to the city report.

Providence firefighters currently pay either 8% or 9% of their salaries to the city pension fund, depending on which year they were hired. The five-year contract calls for incrementally increasing their contributions over the next five years, reaching 16% of salaries as of fiscal 2028. Read more here.


SEIU Local 1199 Facebook:

UNION POWER  … Luck ain’t got nothin to do with it!

Great day marching with the healthcare heroes and friends of 1199 in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade!!!

See everyone next year !!!

See more pictures here.


Building Futures Facebook:

View pictures here.

Drum roll please! Congratulations to the newest pre-apprenticeship graduates ready to enter Registered Apprenticeships in Building & Construction.

Our 200-hour training is a rigorous, challenging undertaking- we couldn’t be prouder of this new class of future tradeswomen & men. Thank you Scott Duhamel for joining the celebration!

The next class is around the corner!

Orientation is:

Tuesday, April 12, 2:00 pm

Wednesday, April 13, 4:30 pm

Thursday, April 14, 10:00 am

At 1 Acorn Street, Providence RI 02903.

Visit https://www.bfri.org/orientation-dates/ for more info.


Building Futures / Apprenticeship RI: Tradeswomen are organizing together in the Women’s Council

Rhode Island Trades Women are organizing for the future! The RI Building & Construction Trades Women’s Council celebrated Women’s History Month with an event at Twin Oaks.

More than 30 women joined from multiple trades including LIUNA Laborers’ Local Union 271, Painters & Tapers IUPAT DC 11, Bricklayers Local 3, Heat & Frost Insulators Local 6, Iron Workers Local 37, and the Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 51. A current pre-apprentice at Building Futures (and prospective electrician, although she’s still considering multiple career options) also joined the event.

The event featured guest speaker Rochelle Sabatos of Arden Engineering who spoke about her experience and the role of Health and Safety in advocating for all workers’ rights and for gender equity on the job.

The newly-organized Women’s Council is focusing on:

·         culture change— creating more opportunities for women to explore careers in the trades and to support both recruitment and retention of new women into the trades,

·         advocating for women’s rights on the job— from ensuring rules on adequate sanitation facilities are met to supporting each other through apprenticeship and beyond, and

·         community advocacy— working together to advocate on issues that impact tradeswomen and their communities, for example, to support expanded hours for childcare that would enable tradeswomen and men to access childcare at the early hours they need.

Read more here.


TODAY!

UNAP INFORMATIONAL PICKET

WHERE: LANDMARK MEDICAL CENTER, 115 CASS AVE, WOONSOCKET RI.

WHEN: THURSDAY, MARCH 24th FROM 4:00 P.M UNTIL 8:00 P.M.

Come join your brothers and sisters on the picket line as they fight for a fair contract.

Landmark Medical Center has forgotten the hard work and sacrifices given by the Landmark Healthcare Workers during the Pandemic and is refusing to provide a fair contract.

The Parties’ have bargain for a new contract since October of last year and Landmark is refusing to provide the needed wage and benefit package necessary to attract and retain the excellent healthcare workers working at Landmark.  

Landmark Medical Center’s refusal to provide a fair contract will not enable the Hospital to retain its experienced workforce which will jeopardize patient care.


JOB OPENING:

Assistant Executive Director (UniServ) opening at the National Education Association Rhode Island (NEARI).

NEARI represents public school teachers, education support professional, higher education faculty and staff in both public and private sector, as well as state and municipal employees. Given Rhode Island’s small size and our proximity to and interactions with NEARI’s 12,000 plus members, as well as the coordinated work of our staff and governance (we are all in one building), we are looking for candidates with more than just competency in skills such as grievance handling, arbitration, collective bargaining, membership advocacy, and organizing. Those skills are our minimum requirements.


We want an Assistant Executive Director/UniServ who will enhance our established team, and we expect them to be an active and integrated part of NEARI. The successful candidate must excel at communications; be self-motivated; be a strong advocate in bargaining, in our organizing efforts, and in training our members; represent our members in hearings; and support our legislative agenda. Where there are obstacles, we expect our staff to figure the way around them and organize the members they represent to do the same.

View Job Description and requirements here.





UPCOMING EVENTS:

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R.I. Labor History Society: 2022 Spring Speaker Series

Lessons on African American Labor History

Dates:

Monday, April 18, 2022

Monday, June 6, 2022

Speakers:

Keith Stokes, Director of Business and Development for the City of Providence

Patrick Crowley, Organizer and Government Affairs Specialist with the NEARI and Secretary-Treasurer of RI AFL-CIO

For more information and topics see here.

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Calling All Union Members! Don’t miss your chance to enter the “Future is Union: Climate Urgency through the Eyes of Workers” photo contest! Submit a photo that shows what climate work means to you and win up to $500!

The contest is open to any union member who sees their work as a “climate job” – whether you’re driving or fixing electric buses, working on wind turbines, teaching students about the climate crisis, cleaning up after climate-related disasters, working on green buildings, installing solar, operating water systems, or anything that relates to climate change.

Learn more and submit your photos before April 22 here: https://www.climatejobsphotocontest.org/

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Rhode lsland P.O.W.E.R. Network

Request the pleasure of your company ,as we commemorate the
Fourth Anniversary of the State Day of the Cooperative in Rhode Island

RI State House, 2nd floor

On Tuesday, May 3rd, 2022
3:00p.m. – 5:00p.m.
Press Conference: 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Resolution at the Senate: 4 p.m. – 4:30 p.m

Cooperative Fair: 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Hall, 2nd Floor

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TEAMSTERS, Local 251

SOLIDARITY WITH JOHNSON BROTHERS WORKERS

Please visit the picket line and show Johnson Brothers that workers stick together and will not be treated like second-class citizens.

Picket lines are at:

Johnson Brothers of Rhode Island

120 Moscrip Ave

North Kingstown RI 02852

Key times are 7:30-8:30 a.m.

Let Johnson Brothers know about your concerns at:

651-649-5800 (Corporate) or 401-583-0050 (Rhode Island)

Donations can be made to: Teamsters Local 251 Strike Fund, 121 Brightridge Ave. East Providence RI 02914

More information here.

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United Way of RI:

For more information, visit website here.



Are you following us on Social Media? Click on the links below.

FaceBook

Twitter

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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.


LABOR VISION

Coming up on Labor Vision

🎴 NEW @LaborVisionRI EPISODE! 🎴

Show host Autumn Guillotte sits down with Majority Whip Katherine Kazerian, House sponsor of the Let RI Vote Act and Marcela Betancur, Director of the Latino Policy Institute & spokesperson for the @letrivote Campaign. Continuing with the conversation on this year’s legislative priorities for working people, we discuss the Let RI Vote Act and how improving voter access helps working people. Voting rights and unions put power behind our voices! You can learn more about everything discussed here at https://buff.ly/3FIxICc and send a message to your State Rep & Senator asking them to support the bill!

Watch here: https://youtu.be/yvST1_lA0gs

Like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and Twitter (@LaborVisionRI), and subscribe to our YouTube channel (LaborVisionTV1). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYjDqDCHe_I&t=205s

E-NEWS

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

Please use this directory to find where you can buy union and use services in Rhode Island.



We at the RI AFL-CIO were honored to meet U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh last week at the Greater Rhode Island LERA breakfast meeting.


UFCW Local 328 Facebook:

It was a pleasure to join Secretary Marty Walsh at today’s Greater Rhode Island LERA meeting! We thank the Secretary for his continued service and commitment to working families.


The Providence Journal: Bill would require RI to get all electricity from renewable sources by 2030

PROVIDENCE — Experts say that when it comes to reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, as required by a landmark climate change measure enacted into law last year, the conversion of Rhode Island’s electric system to a reliance on renewable sources is the logical first step.

For one, it will be easier to green the electric grid by ramping up the development of offshore wind and solar than it will be to slash emissions caused by heating homes and businesses or by car and truck travel. But it also makes sense, because any solution that covers heating and road vehicle emissions will ultimately rely on a steady supply of clean electricity.

That’s why environmental advocates, public health groups and progressives are lining up behind legislation proposed in the General Assembly that would require Rhode Island to get all of its electricity from renewables by 2030.  

Just as it did last year with the Act on Climate, which for the first time made emissions reductions mandatory and enforceable in the Ocean State, the Environment Council of Rhode Island, the umbrella group that represents 60 of the state’s environmental groups, has made passage of the update to the Renewable Energy Standard its top priority in this legislative session. Read more here.


Johnston Firefighters Local 1950 Facebook:

Local 1950 leadership with RISAFF President Andriole at the RISAFF Legislative Dinner. Special thanks to Senators Reed and Whitehouse, Representatives Langevin and Cicilline, IAFF President Ed (Edzo) Kelly, GST Frank Lima and DVP Jay Colbert for attending.


North Providence Firefighters Local 2334 Facebook:

North Providence Fire Fighters Local 2334 braving the elements, proudly representing NP in the Newport Parade.


RI Building & Construction Trades Twitter:

Pres. Michael Sabitoni commends RIBCTC WOMEN’S COUNCIL who will advance and strengthen the demand for HIGHLY SKILLED CRAFTS WOMEN in our trade.

View pictures here.


TODAY!

Building A Better America: Rhode Island

Thursday 3/17 at3pm ET

You are invited to join the White House and Rhode Island community partners for a special Building a Better America event on President Biden’s priorities for Rhode Island families and communities.

This post-State of the Union virtual gathering will take place at 3pm ET on Thursday, 3/17. It will feature a discussion of the concrete ways President Biden’s agenda will impact individuals and families in Rhode Island, while also providing attendees a chance to share with the White House the issues most important to their communities.

You can RSVP here, and all are welcome!


R.I. Labor History Society: 2022 Spring Speaker Series

Lessons on African American Labor History

Dates:

Monday, March 21, 2022

Monday, April 18, 2022

Monday, June 6, 2022

Speakers:

Keith Stokes, Director of Business and Development for the City of Providence

Patrick Crowley, Organizer and Government Affairs Specialist with the NEARI and Secretary-Treasurer of RI AFL-CIO

For more information and topics see here.


AFL-CIO Press Release:

Biden Rule Will Raise Construction Workers’ Wages

Statement from AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler in support of the Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) proposed rule-making updates to Davis–Bacon prevailing wage regulations:

The Biden–Harris administration and Labor Secretary Marty Walsh continue to deliver wins for working people. Today’s proposed regulations under the Davis–Bacon and Related Acts will modernize and strengthen prevailing wage laws to protect thousands of workers on federal construction projects from rampant wage theft.

It has been 40 years since the DOL last updated these regulations and wage theft continues to cheat thousands of construction workers every year on projects funded by American taxpayer dollars. With more than $1 trillion of construction activity anticipated across the country in the next five years, effective enforcement is required to ensure fairness in the prevailing wage determination process.

The Davis–Bacon Act was first signed into law in 1931 to ensure fair wages for those who build our nation. Nearly a century later, President Biden continues to fulfill his campaign promise to be the most pro-union president in our nation’s history. Today’s expansion guarantees America’s infrastructure will continue to be built by the best-trained, highest-skilled workers in the world.

Contact: Kalina Newman, 202-637-5018


IUPAT Twitter:

Today is our union’s 135th birthday! Throughout our history, we’ve provided security for millions of working families & organize every day to ensure the opportunities of our skilled trades benefit as many people as possible. Join our fight & come build the future with us!

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Labor 411: May the (Ethical) Luck of the Irish be Yours

St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday about togetherness, a time to celebrate Irish pride and all things green, often with plenty of libations flowing. As we emerge from the pandemic, many of us will be heading out to the bars on St. Pat’s. Whether you’re celebrating out or at home, Labor 411 reminds you to use caution and be safe. We also recommend the beers and whiskeys listed below, all of which are made by ethical companies that treat their workers fairly and give them a voice on the job.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day and let’s all work together to build a stronger America.

See list here.





UPCOMING EVENTS:

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Calling All Union Members! Don’t miss your chance to enter the “Future is Union: Climate Urgency through the Eyes of Workers” photo contest! Submit a photo that shows what climate work means to you and win up to $500!

The contest is open to any union member who sees their work as a “climate job” – whether you’re driving or fixing electric buses, working on wind turbines, teaching students about the climate crisis, cleaning up after climate-related disasters, working on green buildings, installing solar, operating water systems, or anything that relates to climate change.

Learn more and submit your photos before April 22 here: https://www.climatejobsphotocontest.org/

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TEAMSTERS, Local 251

SOLIDARITY WITH JOHNSON BROTHERS WORKERS

Please visit the picket line and show Johnson Brothers that workers stick together and will not be treated like second-class citizens.

Picket lines are at:

Johnson Brothers of Rhode Island

120 Moscrip Ave

North Kingstown RI 02852

Key times are 7:30-8:30 a.m.

Let Johnson Brothers know about your concerns at:

651-649-5800 (Corporate) or 401-583-0050 (Rhode Island)

Donations can be made to: Teamsters Local 251 Strike Fund, 121 Brightridge Ave. East Providence RI 02914

More information here.

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United Way of RI:

For more information, visit website here.



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Labor Vision – From The Vault:

We are bringing back featured episodes from the past that are still relevant today! This week, in honor of Women’s History Month, we are revisiting an episode dedicated to Marcia B. Reback, a tough negotiator and former president of the Rhode Island Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals.

Watch here: https://youtu.be/BHWLg8UlwLo

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