ENews: May 3, 2018

Teamsters, Local 251: DHLNH is on Strike

Couriers and dockworkers work hard for DHLNH. But the company pays poverty wages and denies affordable healthcare to its workforce. That’s why DHLNH workers are on strike in Rhode Island.
The workers are proud to serve the customers. But need to be able take care of their families, too.
For almost a year, we have asked the company to be fair to employees. But management refuses to provide fair wages, a secure retirement, or affordable healthcare. The company’s healthcare plan costs more than many employees make in a year! They work full-time, but have to pay for Obamacare to get healthcare. DHLNH customers and workers deserve better.
DHLNH is a wholly owned subsidiary of North East Freightways.

DHLNH is a subcontractor for DHL Express.

Picket lines are up 24/7 at 101 Concord St Pawtucket RI.

                                                           BUILDING BASEBALLThe Woonsocket Little League Scores with a State-of-the-Art Concession Stand and Press Box Built by the Rhode Island Building & Construction Trades Council, its Union Partners including Gilbane Construction and the Pawtucket Red Sox.

It was an extra special Opening Day at Napolean “Nap” Lajoie Field for the Woonsocket Little League this April. Not only was the weather picture perfect, so was the ballpark with its brand new addition – a 600-square-foot concession stand and press box worth an estimated $300,000.   The official unveiling of the facility took place during a ribbon cutting ceremony following the little league’s player parade and ceremonial first pitch. -READ MORE

An excellent Commentary piece in Tuesday’s Providence Journal by Matthew Taibi,     principal officer for the Rhode Island Teamsters.

Providence Journal: My Turn: Matthew Taibi: Film tax credit produces R.I. jobs

It’s all about spin. Earlier this month, a short-sighted report from the Rhode Island Revenue Department generated fabricated stories about film tax credits that will mistakenly lead lawmakers and the public to believe the Rhode Island production tax incentive program may be a waste of money.

They couldn’t be more wrong, and I feel compelled to speak out to tell the real story.

I represent transportation workers whose livelihood is dependent on the Rhode Island film industry. They are among hundreds of behind-the-scenes workers who make television and motion picture projects run smoothly. The production industry in Rhode Island supports workers in the state, including those who cater meals, run on-set electricity, lay carpet, sew wardrobes and build sets, along with a myriad of other jobs. -READ MORE

WPRI 12: Providence pays firefighters $6.1M to finalize OT settlement

The book is officially closed on a years-long dispute between the city of Providence and its firefighters now that the city paid $6.1 million to settle state and federal lawsuits regarding overtime payments in recent years.

Victor Morente, a spokesperson for the Elorza administration, confirmed more than 450 current or former firefighters received payments ranging from $10.16 to $51,672 earlier this month. The city initially planned to pay the settlement over two years, but Morente said the payments were made “in one lump sum.”

The average recipient was paid just under $13,500 before taxes based on the number of hours worked, although the majority of the city’s newest firefighters received less than $1,000, according to a list of payouts obtained through a public records request. Twenty-seven firefighters were paid more than $30,000. -READ MORE

AFL-CIO: Celebrating Workers on May Day: What Working People Are Doing This Week

Welcome to our regular feature, a look at what the various AFL-CIO unions and other working family organizations are doing across the country and beyond. The labor movement is big and active—here’s a look at the broad range of activities we’re engaged in this week. -READ MORE

AFL-CIO: Letter Carriers’ ‘Stamp Out Hunger’ Drive is May 12

For the 26th year in a row, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will be conducting its “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive. Every year on the second Saturday in May, postal carriers, in addition to their regular workload, collect food from people in more than 10,000 cities across the country. Each year, it is the largest one-day food drive in the world

Doing your part in the food drive is super easy. Before our regular mail pickup on May 12, leave bags of non-perishable food items by your mailbox. Letter carriers pick up the bags and deliver the food to local food agencies with the help of retired letter carriers, other postal employees and countless volunteers. -WATCH VIDEO & READ MORE


1,821: The total number of federal and state safety inspectors responsible for inspecting the country’s 9 million workplaces.


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. 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


3rd Annual George “Bing” Fogarty Memorial Foundation Golf Tournament

When: Friday, June 1
Where: Exeter Country Club
Details: Participate, sponsor, donate raffle prizes and/or donate to the Bing Fogarty Memorial Foundation. Contact Phil Fogarty via E-mail at gphilfog3@cox.net or call (401) 932-3642 for more information. Let’s continue to honor the memory of a “labor giant” and help some well deserved charities in the process.


Union Review:


In the first half of the program, Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea sits down with Jim Parisi to discuss the need to build a permanent home for the trove of disjointed yet important documents that reach back almost 400 years and serves as our state’s, and before that, colony’s history. Documents as important as a Royal Charter and an original hand-written copy of the Constitution that should all be housed in one place, not a variety of different homes across the state.
And in the second half of the program, SEIU1199 rallies in the State House rotunda with labor and faith leaders to protect and improve the Medicaid funding for Caregivers who work with disabled seniors, children, infants and family members. President Patrick Quinn gives a quick recap of the issues as workers tell their stories and community members offer their praise for the work being done under difficult conditions and little pay.