ENews: March 14, 2019

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UFCW 328: Stop & Shop Negotiations Update

March 12, 2019

Brothers and Sisters:

It is because of your hard work that Stop & Shop remains the top supermarket in New England and we want to thank you for your dedication to making Stop & Shop a better place to work and shop. It is our goal to continue making your store better by insisting on a contract that reflects your true value and gives you the respect that you deserve.

We know you want to be able to provide the very best service you can while still being able to provide for your families, however, Stop & Shop has continued to make regressive proposals at the negotiation table this year that would severely impact your lives in a negative way.

Stop & Shop wants to cut benefits and take-home pay for workers and rely on self-checkout and other technology. This will mean less customer service in the aisles, no fresh cut meat in the stores, longer lines at checkout, and more turnover. -READ MORE


R.I. Building Trades & Construction Trades:

The 9th Annual Providence Bruins RI Building Trades Night at The Dunk! Raised $2,146.00 for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State!


AFL-CIO: Paving the Way: What Working People Are Doing This Week

Welcome to our regular feature, a look at what the various AFL-CIO unions and other working family organizations are doing across the country and beyond. The labor movement is big and active—here’s a look at the broad range of activities we’re engaged in this week.-READ MORE


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

Next up in our series taking a deeper look at each of our affiliates is AFSCME. The series will run weekly until we’ve covered all 55 of our affiliates.

Name of Union: American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees

Mission: AFSCME members provide the vital services that make America happen. With members in communities across the nation, serving in hundreds of different occupations, AFSCME advocates for fairness in the workplace, excellence in public services and the freedom and opportunity for all working families.

Current Leadership of Union: Lee Saunders was elected AFSCME president in 2012, the first African American to hold that position, after previously serving as secretary-treasurer and in many other roles with AFSCME since 1978. He comes from a union family, raised in Cleveland as the son of a city bus driver and a community organizer. Elissa McBride serves as secretary-treasurer, and AFSCME has 35 international vice presidents serving different regions

Members Work As: Nurses, corrections officers, child care providers, EMTs, sanitation workers, early childhood educators, home care workers, police officers, library workers, probation and parole officers, parks and recreation workers, biologists, environmental planners, watershed rangers, vehicle emissions testers, groundskeepers, food service employees, administrators, support services, information technology, waste disposal, bridge inspectors, parking attendants and many others.

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National Nurses United:



KITCHEN TABLE ECONOMICS

$2 trillion: The total infrastructure investment gap in the United States over the next decade.


Union-Made in America St. Patrick’s Day

**Remember to purchase your Flowers & Food from Stop & Shop, Shaws and Eastside Marketplace.


QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The people of America cannot afford to wait any longer. The future prosperity of working families and our communities is at stake, as is our national commitment to the simple but powerful idea that when we invest in the nation’s infrastructure, our economy expands and working people thrive.” —AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka


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UPCOMING EVENTS:

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



THIS WEEK IN LABOR HISTORY

Unionist:

The Lawrence, Mass., “Bread and Roses” textile strike ends when the American Woolen Co. agrees to most of the strikers’ demands; other textile companies quickly followed suit – 1912

Official formation of the Painters Int’l Union – 1887

Transport Workers Union members at American Airlines win 11-day national strike, gaining what the union says was the first severance pay clause in industry – 1950

Lane Kirkland, president of the AFL-CIO from 1979 to 1995, born in Camden, S.C. – 1922

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NEXT WEEK ON LABOR VISION:

Ahead of the General Assembly taking up several bills addressing raising the minimum wage, the unions (SEIU 1199NE, RIFTHP, UNAP and IAM) representing direct service workers held a rally at the State House Library, hosted by RI AFL-CIO President George Nee. Highlighting the companion bills submitted by Sen. Lou DiPalma in the Senate and Rep. Evan Shanley in the House to provide a living wage of $15/hour for working with Rhode Islanders living with intellectual and developmental disabilities is a priority for workers in this industry again this year.