This week’s ENews 2/1/18

Senate District 8 – Special Election

As mentioned at our previous executive board meeting, a special election will be held in Senate District 8 (Pawtucket) due to the resignation of State Senator James E. Doyle II. The Legislative District Activists Committee (LDAC) in Senate District 8 was activated and interviewed two of the three democratic candidates for the vacant seat, Sandra Cano and Matthew Fecteau. David Norton did not respond. The LDAC voted unanimously to recommend that Ms. Sandra Cano receive the Rhode Island AFL-CIO endorsement based on her response to questions posed about issues important to working families. Ms. Cano currently serves on the Pawtucket City Council.

We fully concur with the LDAC recommendation to endorse Sandra Cano and solicit your support. The timeline for the special election is very short (Primary election will be held on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 and General election on Tuesday, April 3, 2018) therefore, we are asking that you inform your membership of our decision to endorse and encourage them to become actively involved in Ms. Cano’s election campaign.

You can contact Sandra’s campaign and receive further information by visiting her campaign website at

Dr. Scott Molloy presenting a $7,500 donation on behalf of the Heritage Harbor Foundation to the Institute for Labor Studies and Research

Providence Journal: In Pawtucket the state of the school depends on the side of the street

This city is a tale of two school districts.

On one side of Newport Avenue, Potter Burns Elementary School is a striking example of what a modern school should be.

Natural light pours in from the windows and skylights. The walls are painted in bold primary colors. Air-quality sensors regulate the amount of oxygen in each classroom. The cafeteria has acoustical tiles to dampen noise. -READ MORE

Providence Journal: Raimondo touts proposed rate hikes for childcare workers

In a campaign year when every move she makes will be viewed through a political prism, Gov. Gina Raimondo went into an Elmwood Avenue daycare center on Wednesday to draw attention to the rate hikes she is proposing for childcare workers, including those represented by the Service Employees International Union who are currently in contract negotiations with the state.

The morning press conference at Beautiful Beginnings centered on the $1.5 million in raises that Raimondo’s budget proposal would give the army of state-subsidized daycare operators who, in many cases, work out of their own homes, taking care of other people’s children. The state’s contract with the at-home workers expired last June. -READ MORE

AFL-CIO: Nine Years Later: Why We’re Still Fighting Pay Discrimination

Nine years ago today, then-President Barack Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law, restoring working women’s right to sue over pay discrimination. It was the first piece of legislation enacted during his presidency, and he noted the significance of the moment: “It is fitting that with the very first bill I sign…we are upholding one of this nation’s first principles: that we are all created equal and each deserve a chance to pursue our own version of happiness.”READ MORE

AFL-CIO FaceBook: I AM 2018 – Moment of Silance. Remembering today, February 1, AFSCME members Echol Cole and Robert Walker, whose death sparked the I AM A MAN strike. WATCH VIDEO


682,900: American jobs outsourced to Mexico under the North American Free Trade Agreement.


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1867 – Bricklayers begin working 8-hour days.

1941 – U.S. Supreme Court upholds the Wages and Hours (later Fair Labor Standards) Act banning child labor and establishing the 40-hour work week.

1968 – The federal minimum wage increases to $1.60 per hour.



In the first half of the program, Silvia Melgar and Audrey Hirsch from the Institute’s Teacher Assistant training program sit down with Bob Delaney and give an overview of the program and how it can be a life-changing career move for people who don’t have a full educational background or who have been out of the job market for a while; and can lead to further education and career advancement. And in it’s mission to give cradle-to-grave financial information to members, Bob Delaney sits down with Bob Dumais of Legacy Benefit Advisors in the first half of an in-depth question and answer session on how to plan for and choose from the different Medicare plans and parts available when retirement approaches.
And in the second half of the show, Linda McDonald and Lynn Blais of UNAP describe to Jim Riley the downright horrible treatment that workers and retirees at Fatima Hospital have endured since learning their pensions have been reduced by 40 percent; and the fact the hospital, and the Diocese of Providence is concealing information, forcing those who care to take direct action. Also, Linda updates the situation at Memorial Hospital and the status of the Patient Safety Act.