ENews: April 5, 2018

RI Public Radio: Union Files Labor Complaint Against Fatima Hospital For Withholding Inspection Documents

The union representing employees at Fatima Hospital in North Providence has filed charges with the National Labor Relations Board against hospital officials for refusing to disclose details of the hospital’s latest accreditation review.

The complaint, filed March 27, alleges that Prospect CharterCare has refused requests by the United Nurses and Allied Professionals Union (UNAP) for documents related to its review last fall by The Joint Commission, a Washington-based nonprofit that accredits and certifies health care organizations. -READ MORE

Providence Journal: Raimondo reaches deal with daycare operators

Gov. Gina Raimondo has struck an election-year deal on a new three-year contract with the arm of the Service Employees International Union representing 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 new deal — which is retroactive to July 1, 2017 — increases wages and ties rate increases to improved quality child care,″ according to a statement issued by the Raimondo administration on Wednesday. -READ MORE

Warwick Beacon: Prepare RI summit highlights concerns, achievements in preparing young workforce.

Jobs was a hot topic at the Prepare Rhode Island Summit held Saturday at the Knight Campus of CCRI.

“We live in a world today that’s changing faster than ever and the only way we’re going to make sure that Rhode Islanders can keep up and get ahead is if they have relevant job skills. Period. End of discussion,” said Governor Gina Raimondo in her address to the gathering of hundreds of educators from 29 school districts and representatives from six area universities across the state. “And who deserves that? Everybody.”

Of the 16 workshops conducted during the morning-long event, the second of three summits organized by Prepare Rhode Island, Hot Jobs and High-Wage, High-Demand Industries was a must for many of the more than 300 educators and supporters of career education. It was also an eye-opener to what high school graduates can make without spending thousands on a college education. -READ MORE

NECN: Tufts University Dining Hall Workers Decide to Join Union

A group of dining hall workers at Tufts University announced Tuesday that they are joining a labor union.

A delegation went to the offices of the university administration to present a photo petition of workers holding a banner with signatures pledging to unionize. They said they are joining UNITE HERE Local 26 and demanded that the university recognize the union.

UNITE HERE Local 26 represents nearly 10,000 members in hotels, food service, Logan International Airport and gaming across Massachusetts and Rhode Island. -READ MORE

Voice of America: Cesar Chavez Day: A Legacy of Labor, Immigration

Hispanic civil rights leader Cesar Chavez fought for the rights of itinerant farmworkers, many of them immigrants. He remains an inspiration for many, but for others, his legacy is complicated.

Chavez, who co-founded the United Farm Workers (UFW) union, died in 1993. He’ll be remembered Saturday, March 31, on Cesar Chavez Day, which is a state holiday in California


AFL-CIO: King’s Agenda for Working People Resonates 50 Years Later

Fifty years ago this week, Martin Luther King Jr. gave his final speech in Memphis, Tennessee. In the decades since his assassination, much of the focus on King’s life has centered on his civil rights legacy. But his final days in Memphis are a reminder that he was also a relentless champion for the dignity of work.

King was in Memphis in support of sanitation workers represented by AFSCME who were on strike after two members, Echol Cole and Robert Walker, were crushed to death by a garbage truck. The strikers sought recognition of their union, a pay increase, overtime pay, merit promotions, safer working conditions and equal treatment of black workers.


Teamsters FaceBook: Happening NOW: Teamsters are at the #IAm2018 rally in Memphis, Tennessee. We are honoring the legacy of Dr. King today, 50 years after his assassination ashe stood with sanitation workers on strike for economic and racial justice.