ENews: February 21, 2019

Providence Journal: 4 R.I. teachers to attend national ‘teach-in’ protesting family separations at border

Kristin Hayes-Leite, the state’s 2018 Teacher of the Year, is among the Rhode Island educators traveling to El Paso, Texas, this weekend for the national “teach-in” designed to call attention to migrant children still being held in the custody of the U.S. government.

PROVIDENCE — Kristin Hayes-Leite, Rhode Island’s 2018 Teacher of the Year, said she

has a moral and legal obligation to protect her students and report suspicions of abuse and neglect.

That’s one of the reasons why she and three other Rhode Island teachers are traveling to El Paso, Texas, this weekend to take part in a national “teach-in” designed to call attention to migrant children still being held in the custody of the U.S. government. The Sunday protest is organized by the Teachers Against Child Detention led by National Teacher of the Year Mandy Manning. The group is calling on the Trump administration to end the detention of immigrant children and their families. -READ MORE

Providence Journal: Health center, union reach a deal, avert strike

PAWTUCKET — Staff and management at Blackstone Valley Community Health Care came to a tentative agreement Tuesday afternoon, District 1199 Rhode Island Service Employees International Union announced in a news release.

“As of 3:30 pm this afternoon, we are pleased to announce a tentative agreement has been reached with SEIU 1199,” said Bill Fischer, a spokesman for the health center. “The previously announced 1-day strike scheduled for tomorrow will not occur. All parties participated in good faith negotiations today and it has produced an outcome that will benefit our patients and employees.”

“We stuck together and won good wages for everyone, agreements to not disrupt our schedules, and improved benefits,” Anabel Garcia-Campos, an administrative medical assistant, said in a news release put out by the union. “This deal will help health care workers here in Pawtucket and Central falls and help retain staff so we continue to provide high quality care to our community.”  -READ MORE

Providence Journal: Councilwoman’ follows Providence Ward 9′s Carmen Castillo’s first term on city council

“I would love to see more people like Carmen having the guts and the bravery and the courage to run.”

“Councilwoman,” a documentary about Providence City Councilwoman Carmen Castillo, will premiere in Providence tonight at 6 p.m. at the Providence Career and Technical Academy.

The bilingual film tells the story of Castillo’s first term in office as a councilwoman for Ward 9.

“Primarily, it’s Carmen’s story told from Carmen’s point of view,” said director Margo Guernsey of Time Travel Productions.

But it’s also a story about an immigrant, a mother, a hotel housekeeper and a union organizer who broke into the political world to fight for her community.

“I would love to see more people like Carmen having the guts and the bravery and the courage to run [for office],” Guernsey said. -READ MORE

UFCW 328: A message from Stop & Shop Customers


R.I. Committee on Occupational Safety and Health

Read RICOSH’s memo on the new OSHA reform bill.



AFL-CIO: Get to Know AFL-CIO’s Affiliates: AFGE

Next up in our new series that will take a deeper look at each of our affiliates is the AFGE. The series will run weekly until we’ve covered all 55 of our affiliates.

Name of Union: American Federation of Government Employees

Mission:The union exists for the purpose of promoting unity of action in all matters affecting the mutual interests of government civilian employees in general, all other persons providing their personal service indirectly to the United States Government and for the improvement of government service.

Current Leadership of Union: J. David Cox Sr. is currently serving his third term as AFGE’s national president. Cox, who is from North Carolina, began working in health care in 1970 and became a registered nurse in 1983. That launched a public sector career with the Veterans’ Administration that lasted until 2006, when he became AFGE’s national secretary-treasurer. Everett Kelley serves as national secretary-treasurer and Jeremy Lannan serves as national vice president for women and fair practices.

Current Number of Members:315,000.


Teamsters: Teamsters tribute to James R Hoffa on his 100th birthday



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CLUW (Coalition of Labor Union Women) RI Chapter meeting

When: Monday, February 25: 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 Maureen@riaflcio.com for more information. Website


OEHCRI Lunch & Learn Seminar II





One of the first American labor newspapers, The Man, is published in New York City. It cost 1¢ and, according to The History of American Journalism, “died an early death.” Another labor paper, N.Y. Daily Sentinel, had been launched four years earlier – 1834

Faced with 84-hour workweeks, 24-hour shifts and pay of 29¢ an hour, fire fighters form The Int’l Association of Fire Fighters. Some individual locals had affiliated with the AFL beginning in 1903 – 1918

Women and children textile strikers beaten by Lawrence, Mass., police during a 63-day walkout protesting low wages and work speedups – 1912



In the first half of the program, members Erica Hammond of the RI Institute for Labor Studies and Research and Sarah Markey of the NEARI, sit down with chapter leader of the Coalition of Labor Union Women RI, and Secretary Treasurer of the RI AFL-CIO, Maureen Martin to discuss the group’s new charitable initiative, the, “Help A Sister Out, Period,” campaign; to help women and young women get the “period products,” they need for menstrual care that many can’t afford and leave them making a choice between food, security and their own health every month. Please watch to see how you can help.

And in the second half of the show, it’s our annual tax-time show on the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Program run through the United Way RI. This year Zoya Tsetylin from the Center for Children and Families, and Patrick Westfall from OpenDoors sit down with Thom Cahir to discuss who is eligible, the advantages of a free tax preparation, and the professionals doing the job.