ENews: April 19, 2018

The Rhode Island Building & Construction Trades Council Generates Record Funds for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State at its Eighth Annual Providence Bruins Hockey Night

Enjoying a Providence Bruins Game with fellow union members and their families has become an annual and most important tradition for the Rhode Island Building & Construction Trades Council and the RI AFL-CIO. Not only is it a great night out, but it’s also an essential way for local tradesmen and women to help support the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State. (BBBSOS)

For the eighth year in a row, the Rhode Island Building Trades, along with its signatory contractors and partners, including the Rhode Island AFL-CIO, has hosted its annual Providence Bruins-RI Building Trades Hockey Night in support of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State. Sunday’s game against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms raised a record $2,350.00! More than 1,200 tickets were sold, with $2 from every ticket going directly to theBBBSOS. More than a hundred BBBSOS mentors and their ‘littles’ also enjoyed the exciting hockey game, with great lower level seats and a free P-Bruins hat. READ MORE

Providence Journal: Two dozen protest at WJAR-TV for owner’s criticism of ‘false news’

“Tell the truth. Tell the truth,″ shouted the protesters standing outside the Cranston headquarters of longtime Rhode Island ratings leader WJAR-TV on Saturday to draw attention to pro-government propaganda, they believe, owner Sinclair Broadcasting is requiring its news anchors to read nationwide in “Big Brother, 1984-style.”

“It is very frightening,″ said Patricia Ricci of Cranston.

“I am sure there are employees who want to speak up but they can’t,″ said retired state worker Louis Rainone, an organizer with the advocacy group, Jobs with Justice. “It’s unfortunate. But I understand. They’ve got jobs, good-paying jobs, too.” -READ MORE

Providence Journal: Raimondo reiterates support for building trades

Unions got a boost from Rhode Island governor candidates Wednesday as Gov. Gina Raimondo attacked her potential election rivals on their behalf and one of those rivals, Republican Allan Fung, walked back his prior support for making Rhode Island a “right-to-work” state.

Speaking at the North America’s Building Trades Unions annual legislative conference in Washington, Democrat Raimondo thanked labor leaders for helping elect her in 2014.

“My nickname is that I am the building trades governor,” Raimondo told the audience of construction workers and labor leaders.

She hit out at unnamed forces on the state and national level who she said were undermining middle-class wages. READ MORE

Providence Journal: R.I.s obsolete school science labs a formula for failure

Rhode Island’s high school science labs are woefully inadequate, falling far short of the expectations Gov. Gina Raimondo has set for preparing students for the high-skill jobs of tomorrow.

High school science labs in Coventry and Central Falls lack working gas lines. Bristol-Warren holds some of its science classes in hallways.

West Warwick has Chromebooks for every student but hardly any electrical outlets, a problem that extends beyond the science labs. -READ MORE

Providence Journal: Tentative contract between Raimondo, state’s largest union calls for 7.5 percent raises.

The largest state employee union, Council 94, American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees, has reached a tentative contract agreement with the Raimondo administration that provides 7.5 percent in un-budgeted raises over three years.

Council 94 President J. Michael Downey on Wednesday said that he was meeting that day with the leaders of the 30 locals, representing somewhere between 3,800 and 4,000 state employees, to lay out a schedule for briefings and ratification votes within the next two weeks. -READ MORE

Labor Tribune: AFL-CIO Building Investment Trust honors workers at 100% union-built Encore at Forest Park

The AFL-CIO Building Investment Trust (BIT) recently hosted a labor appreciation luncheon for the union tradesmen and women working on its new Encore at Forest Park project.

The $51 million development is a state-of-the-art, five-story apartment building with 247 rental units located at 5700 Highlands Plaza Drive in St. Louis. It will also feature a courtyard pool and barbecue area, self-service pet spa, dog park, fitness center, coffee bar, three-story underground parking garage and 24-hour security.

Encore, a joint venture with Balke Brown Transwestern (2B Residential), is located next to its sister project, the 278-unit Cortona at Forest Park apartment complex, another BIT investment with Balke Brown Transwestern. -READ MORE


Bloomberg Technology: JetBlue Flight Attendants Vote to Bring Second Union to Airline

JetBlue Airways Corp. flight attendants voted to join the Transport Workers Union, becoming only the second employee group represented by organized labor at the New York-based carrier.

Flight attendants voted 2,661 to 1,387 in favor of joining the TWU, the union said in an emailed statement Tuesday. Two earlier attempts to organize the group failed, although those efforts didn’t get to a vote. JetBlue aviators joined the Air Line Pilots Association in 2014 and still are negotiating their initial contract. -READ MORE



90.6%: That’s how many airline pilots reported on-the-job fatigue.



Workers Memorial Week Observance

When: Thursday, April 26 @ 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Where: Occupational and Environmental Health Center, 410 S. Main St. 3rd Fl, Providence
Details: This free event will direct attention to chemical safety and OSHA HASCOMM rule and other worker rights issues. Register for this free event by calling or emailing RICOSH at (401) 751-2015 or JACelenza@gmail.com


The Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame

54th Annual Banquet and Induction Ceremony

Nine Honorees including James Riley, Retired Secretary-Treasurer, UFCW, Local 328

When: Saturday, May 5 @ 5:00 p.m.
Where: The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Warwick, RI
Details: 5:00 p.m. Cocktail reception; 6:00 p.m. Banquet; 7:15 p.m. Induction Ceremony; 9 p.m. closing remarks. RSVP by April 23. Call or email: (401) 556-6174 or somravanh@gmail.com


CLUW (Coalition of Labor Union Women) RI Chapter meeting

When: Monday, May 7: Refreshments will be served at 4 p.m. and meeting starts at 4:30
Where: Rhode Island AFL-CIO, 194 Smith St. Providence, RI
Details: Get involved. New members welcomed. Contact Maureen Martin at MMartin@riaflcio.org for more information. Website


Institute for Labor Studies and Research Annual Awards Dinner

When: Thursday, May 17 @ 5:30 p.m.
Where: Twin River Casino, Lincoln, RI
Details: Recognition of the Institutes’ program graduates, as well as awards which recognize outstanding service to workers and their families are presented at this event. Included in these awards are graduates of work-site education and training programs; GED and ESL students; Leadership for a Future program graduates; and Eagle Award winners. For more information contact ILSR (401) 463-9900 or visit Website.


Fourth Annual Solidarity Ride

Hosted by IBEW Local 99 and Local 2323

When: Sunday, May 20th; Registration starts at 9 a.m.; Ride starts at 11:00 a.m.
Where: 22 Amflex Drive, Cranston
Details: 100% net proceeds will go directly to Veterans Honor Flight, RI Military Organization, and RI Chapter American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Plenty of family events for non-riders: Cookout, Snacks, Live Band, Face Painting, etc. MORE INFORMATION


1912 – Nearly 10,000 demonstrators celebrate textile workers’ win of a 10-percent pay hike and grievance committees after a one-month strike, Lowell, Mass.

1968- National Association of Post Office Mail Handlers, Watchmen, Messengers & Group Leaders merge with Laborers.

1997 – Some 12,500 Goodyear Tire workers strike nine plants in what was to become a 3-week walkout over job security, wage and benefit issues.