Providence Journal: R.I. Union leaders woo new members
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — For the last two weeks, the president of one of the AFSCME locals at the University of Rhode Island has been on a campaign to win over potential union members who had, at some point in their work-lives, made a decision to opt-out of their union.
His target: a relatively small cluster of state workers in a professional staff unit at the university who have been paying a “fee” instead of union dues to Council 94, American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees.
The campaign was prompted by the June 27 U.S. Supreme Court decision that prohibits labor unions from compelling payments from non-union members.
Janus v. AFSCME was decided by a 5-4 majority in favor of Mark Janus, who argued that he should not have to pay a fee to the union that represented employees at his workplace on First Amendment grounds. -READ MORE
Providence Journal: Another ‘no’ vote for proposed 46-story tower in Providence
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Providence City Council’s Committee on Ordinances voted Wednesday night to deny recommending a zoning change that would allow for a 46-story tower to be built on former Route 195 land.
The zoning change question will now go before the City Council with the committee’s recommendation, likely sometime in September.
The project proposed by New York City-based developer Jason Fane for the 600-foot luxury apartment tower at parcel 42, requires a zoning change to exempt it from that area’s 100-foot height limit. The City Plan Commission in May voted not to recommend the zoning change, but the decision to approve the change ultimately lies with the City Council. -READ MORE
Providence Journal: Lifespan spends $10 million to prepare for strike, will reduce offer by that amount.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A second day of federal mediation ended Tuesday with management of Rhode Island and Hasbro Children’s hospitals initiating costly preparations for a strike by the union representing more than 2,400 nurses and other healthcare professionals that could begin at 3 p.m. on July 23, according to a statement issued early Tuesday evening by the hospitals’ parent, Lifespan.
“Late Tuesday afternoon, the leadership of the United Nurses and Allied Professionals made the decision to move ahead with its intent to strike,” Lifespan said. “In order to provide continuous, quality patient care in the event of a strike, we have now paid $10 million to a temporary staffing agency, which enables them to mobilize people, make travel arrangements and secure accommodations.” -READ MORE
AFL-CIO: Trumka on Crooked Conversations Podcast: ‘Collective Action Is on the Rise’
On this week’s episode of Crooked Conversations, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka sat down in Missouri for a live recorded conversation with Let America Vote President Jason Kander. The pair discussed the importance of unions, the rise of collective action and the future of the labor movement.
See a few highlights below, and check out the full episode here.
Trumka: My son was about 4 years old at the time, and we were in the backyard. And he had one of those little motorized jeeps. He and his buddy were riding around in the back, and I was on the phone talking to somebody about the union, and he heard me say that. So he pulls up in the jeep and he said, “Dad, what’s a union?” -READ MORE
The Hill: Unions aren’t a thing of the past. Unions are our future
I have an embarrassing confession to make: I underestimated how much anti-worker extremist groups really hate organizations that empower working people. After all, I have a good union job. Plus, my employer respects and supports collective bargaining.
Five U.S. Supreme Court justices reminded the country on June 27 that groups like the Freedom Foundation not only detest labor unions; they want them to be a thing of the past.
However, working people are more determined than ever to continue to fight for our right to stand together in unions now and in the future. -READ MORE
AFL-CIO: Collective Action on the Rise: How the Labor Movement Can Sustain the Momentum of Change
KITCHEN TABLE ECONOMICS
3.1%: Cut in hourly wages for the average worker in a “right to work” state.
Unite Here, Local 26 Informational Picket
When: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 4 – 6:30 p.m.
Where: Omni Providence Hotel
Details: Unite Here, Local 26 members at the Omni Providence Hotel have been without a contract since the end of January. They have been fighting for affordable health insurance, safe workloads and decent wages.
Picket for Safer Classrooms and Living Wages
When: Wednesday, July 25, 2018 @ 4:30 p.m.
Where: Gorden North School, 86 Mt. Hope Ave., Providence
Details: District 1199, SEIU is currently negotiating a new contract with Gorden management, but they are refusing to raise wages significantly, improve staffing, or address safety concerns.
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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