Providence Journal: Raimondo orders privacy of state union employees’ information
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Gov. Gina Raimondo has directed the head of the state’s Department of Administration to withhold the personal contact information of state employees — including their home addresses and personal email addresses — from outside groups potentially intent on union-busting in the wake of a recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on union fees.
The memo that she sent her administration director, Michael DiBiase, had this subject line: “Protecting the Privacy of State Employees.”
In a June 27 ruling on a case known as Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Council 31, et al, the U.S. Supreme Court “held that states and public-sector unions may no longer extract agency fees (also called “administrative fees,” “fair share fees” or “service fees”) from nonmembers to a union without their affirmative consent.” -READ MORE
Uprise RI: Nearly $10 million in tax credits yet Tocci Building Corporation’s Commons at Providence Station project still underpays workers
The Commons at Providence Station, the $54.1 million Tocci Building Construction project that runs from the Amtrak Station to the corner of Smith and Canal Streets in Providence ran afoul of the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training (RIDLT), through their subcontractor JS Interior Construction, for employee misclassification. The RIDLT determined that JS Interior Construction misclassified 29 workers as independent contractors. The company agreed to pay fines of $1500 per workers and pay each misclassified worker $750.
The project has received nearly $10 million in State and City credits. -READ MORE
Mass Live: National Grid union workers lose health insurance amid contract dispute
He has worked for National Grid for nearly three decades and clocked roughly 1,200 hours overtime with the company last year. Now, he says, he is looking forward to spending time with his wife, who suffers from multiple myeloma cancer: “I thought maybe there’s a good chance she could be around a long time,” Baszkiewicz says, citing the “miracle drug” chemo pill she takes each week.
But a lockout by National Grid changed all of that last week. Baszkiewicz, 61, and his wife scrambled to find health coverage to pay for that $8,300-a-month “miracle drug” after National Grid announced they were eliminating all gas workers’ health insurance starting July 1. -READ MORE
The New York Times: Fresh Proof That Strong Unions Help Reduce Income Inequality
New evidence shows that unions played a major role in reducing income inequality in the United States in the decades when organized labor was strong.
But it also demonstrates that the decline in union power since the 1960s — which may be exacerbated as a result of a recent Supreme Court decision — has contributed to the widening gap between rich and poor.
The new insights come from a working paper, “Unions and Inequality Over the Twentieth Century: New Evidence from Survey Data,” by four economists: Henry Farber, Daniel Herbst and Ilyana Kuziemko of Princeton, and Suresh Naidu of Columbia. They establish that unions have constrained income inequality far beyond their own membership ranks.
AFL-CIO: After Janus, Electrical Workers Show the Power is in Our Hands
But Janus is not the end of our fight.
Through every punch thrown at working people in our history—every wage-slashing boss, every union-busting law, every strike-breaking massacre—we have rallied together, stronger for our shared struggle.
Our future is and always has been in our own hands. We have never looked to Washington to strengthen or validate our movement. -READ MORE
Now This Politics: Dolores Huerta on Why Unions Matter
KITCHEN TABLE ECONOMICS
20%: Decline in wages earned by millennial workers compared with baby boomers at the same age.
17th Annual London/Riley Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament
When: Monday, August 6, 2018 @ 8 a.m. Registration, coffee and pastry; 9 a.m. Shotgun Start, Scramble Format
Where: Cranston Country Club
Details: Come play or sponsor. Pay by July 16th: $125 per person. After July 16th: $140 per person. For more information call (401) 751-5153.
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