Enews: March 7, 2019

Providence Journal: Fatima Hospital workers authorize 10-day strike, ‘if necessary’

Contract for members of Local 5110 of the United Nurses and Allied Professionals, representing more than 400 secretaries, phlebotomists, certified nursing assistants, kitchen, laundry and environmental workers, expired on Jan. 31.

NORTH PROVIDENCE — Displeased with progress toward a new contract to replace the two-year pact that expired Jan. 31, members of Local 5110 of the United Nurses and Allied Professionals at Our Lady of Fatima Hospital have voted to authorize their leadership to issue a 10-day strike notice “if necessary.”

And for the second time this year, they took their cause public on Wednesday afternoon, staging an informational picket outside the hospital, which is owned by CharterCARE Health Partners. Working conditions that union members say have created a high staff turnover and jeopardized workers’ safety are at the heart of the labor dispute. -READ MORE

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Building Design & Construction: Sixty six construction companies cited for wage theft violations in Massachusetts

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey cited 66 construction companies with wage theft violations in 2018.

The penalties total $2.7 million, which include almost $1.5 million in restitution and more than $1.2 million in fines. Violations occurred across both private and public work projects including paying improper wages, prevailing wages and overtime; submitting inaccurate certified payroll records; retaliation against workers asserting wage violations; failure to furnish records for inspection; and failure to register and pay apprentices correctly.

One of the largest wage violation assessments was $585,000 for restitution and fines against ERA Equipment LLC and its owners. The company was cited for not paying workers in a timely manner, failure to pay prevailing wage and overtime; failure to provide workers with proper pay stubs; and inadequate recordkeeping.

Healey’s office says that more than 1,030 employees were owed restitution.  -READ MORE

American Labor Studies Center: Women’s (Labor) History Month

A number of events and activities commemorating Women’s History Month are being held across America and in classrooms in our nation’s schools. It provides teachers with an opportunity to have students explore the many contributions women have made – and are making – to our country

The American Labor Studies Center’s website includes a number of excellent resources for teachers who would like to insure that not just the rich and famous women are recognized, but all women who have made their mark on history.

  “A Brief History of Women in the Labor Movement,” an article by Juliet H. Mofford for Women’s History Magazine,is an excellent brief piece that could be easily reproduced for students.

The Face of of the Labor Movement: Women on the Front Lines highlights a number of women trade union leaders.

The Illinois Labor History Society has an article When Women Were Knights”citing their role in the 19th century labor organization and many other excellent resources.

The Women’s Trade Union League was a key institution in reforming women’s working conditions in the early 20th century.The WTUL not only played a pivotal role in organizing the garment workers and textile workers, but in working for protective labor legislation for women and better factory working conditions for all.

Highlights of American women’s labor organizing in the late 19th century traces a number of efforts by women to organize in the 1800s. The Lowell Mills Girls highlights the story of the women and girls who worked in the Massachusetts Lowell textile mills in the mid 1800s.

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AFL-CIO: Get to Know AFL-CIO’s Affiliates: School Administrators

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

Name of Union: American Federation of School Administrators

Mission: To promote the professional, occupational and economic interests of its members and fight for the highest quality public school education for all pupils.

Current Leadership of Union: Ernest A. Logan began serving as president in July 2018, succeeding the late Diann Woodard. Leonard Pugliese serves as executive vice president and Lauran Waters-Cherry serves as secretary-treasurer.

Current Number of Members: 20,000

Members Work As: Principals, assistant principals, administrators, supervisors and other school leaders.


AFL-CIO: Remarks from President Richard Trumka before Ways and Means Committee Testimony



11%: The percentage of American workers who are paid poverty wages.

Hard Hat Turns 100: Impact on Industrial Safety Never Gets Old

The first hard hat, produced by a WWI doughboy for the mining industry, came out in 1919. That inventor’s great granddaughter explains how this PPE revolutionized industrial work.

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CLUW (Coalition of Labor Union Women) RI Chapter meeting

When: Wednesday, March 20: 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. Election of Officers. Contact Maureen Martin at Maureen@riaflcio.com for more information. FaceBook



United Farm Workers leader César Chávez breaks a 24-day fast, by doctor’s order, at a mass in Delano, California’s public park. Several thousand supporters are at his side, including Sen. Robert Kennedy. Chavez called it “a fast for non-violence and a call to sacrifice” – 1968

New York City bus drivers, members of the Transport Workers Union, go on strike. After 12 days of no buses—and a large show of force by Irish-American strikers at the St. Patrick’s Day parade—Mayor Fiorello La Guardia orders arbitration – 1941

Steel Workers Organizing Committee—soon to become the United Steel Workers—signs its first-ever contract, with Carnegie-Illinois, for $5 a day in wages, benefits – 1937



In the first half of the show, Jim Celenza from RICOSH and Lisa Nelson from the R.I. Institute for Labor Studies and RICOSH sit down with Thom Cahir and explain the latest revisions introduced in Congress to the nearly 50-year old OSHA standards. Revisions, that if adopted, will mean more workers protected, more protections for whistle-blowers, more potent penalties for employers, and even a chance for families to weigh in during the investigative process.

And in the second half of the show, Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea sits down with Jim Parisi to talk about the need for constructing a permanent Archives for the nearly 400-year old accumulation of documents and artifacts that consists the history of our state from colonial times until the present.