Providence Journal: Jason Fane pitches his tower to Providence Again
“You have four good planning reasons to approve the tower,” he said.
But many residents who testified said the project, known as the Hope Point Tower, doesn’t fit with the rest of the city, ignores the city’s dire need for affordable housing in favor of luxury condominiums, and goes against a comprehensive zoning plan approved by the City Council three years ago.
“The zoning laws are a way for you to communicate to developers what you want to build,” said Olin Thompson, a Providence resident who testified Monday night. “What happens here, now, today, is an issue of respect. The one who does not respect our zoning laws is Mr. Fane. -READ MORE
Providence Journal: Providence City Council panel OKs bus contract extension
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Providence City Council’s Committee on School Department Oversight voted Wednesday night to recommend a two-year contract extension for First Student, the school bus company that was recently involved in an 11-day driver strike that left more than 9,000 Providence students without yellow bus transportation.
The matter will go before the full City Council for approval.
The $25-million contract that will go before the City Council still contains language that relieves First Student of a responsibility to cover services in the event of a strike. -READ MORE
Providence Journal: R.I.’s $250M school-bond vote is high stakes decision for voters
Championed by Gov. Gina Raimondo as a “once-in-a-generation investment” in the state’s decaying schools, Question 1 asks voters to take the first step toward making $2.2 billion worth of renovations needed to make schools safe and equip them for the 21st century.
Rhode Island’s schools face a tidal wave of need, according to an independent statewide analysis. Classrooms are too hot or too cold. Science labs are woefully outdated. Rain seeping in through leaky roofs puddles on the floor or collects in makeshift buckets. Ceiling tiles collapse, pipes burst and mold grows on damp surfaces.
Earlier this month, students walked out of classes at Newport’s Rogers High School to protest what they described as Dickensian conditions: mold, slippery floors, even mice falling from the ceiling. -READ MORE
Providence Journal: URI faculty overwhelmingly approve new contract
Jay Walsh, the executive director of the faculty union, the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), said his members ratified the contract, voting overwhelmingly in favor on Oct. 17. The new three-year agreement calls for 2.5-percent salary increases in January 2019, July 2019 and July 2020. It also includes the same health insurance agreed to by other state employees.
More than 750 full-time faculty belong to this union. –READ MORE
Boston Globe: Dodgers cross a picket line and betray a proud heritage
ABC 6 News: Union Rep describes working conditions at Pawtucket Mill weeks before collapse
KITCHEN TABLE ECONOMICS
76%: The percentage of new union members under the age of 35.
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10th Annual Big Walk “Halloween Hike” – 5K Fun-Run to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State (BBBSOS)
Presented by Rhode Island Building Trades
When: Saturday, October 27 Rain or Shine! Registration: 9 a.m. Walk: 10 – 1 p.m. Where: Roger Williams Park Carousel Details: This 3.1 mile Walk/Run will offer Free Family Activities. Prizes for best Halloween Costume. Register your team online at BBBSOS.org/BigWalk.
Book Signing – Kissing the Shuttle: A Lyric History by Mary Ann Mayer
Presented by Rhode Island Labor History Society
When: Monday, October 29. Refreshments and signing: 5 p.m Talk and Readings: 5:30 p.m. Where: Slater Mill, 67 Roosevelt Ave., Pawtucket.
THIS WEEK IN LABOR HISTORY
U.S. minimum wage increases to 40¢ an hour – 1945
THIS WEEK ON LABOR VISION:
In the first half of the program, Governor Gina Raimondo, General Treasurer Seth Magaziner, and state and local leaders speak at Stephen Olney Elementary School in North Providence to remind Rhode Islanders how important it is to invest in our public school buildings, and to encourage everyone to vote YES on Statewide Bond Question 1 on November 6.