E-News: September 19, 2019

Rhode Island AFL-CIO Union Directory

An updated Union Directory listing union goods and services in R.I. can be found on our website at www.RhodeIslandAFLCIO.org under the “Resources” tab.

Here is the direct link—-> Union Directory

Please use this directory to find where you can buy union and use services in Rhode Island.

WPRO: 9/12/2019: WPRO Opioid Awareness Day Broadcast

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WNAC) — Vice President and General Manager of Cumulus Providence Holly Paras, R.I. Building and Construction Trades Council Michael Sabitoni and Gilbane Building Company’s John Sinnott joined Dan Yorke to discuss a day-long broadcast on Newstalk WPRO Radio raising awareness on the opioid crisis.


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Working People Stand with UAW

September 15, 2019

Statement from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on UAW’s strike against General Motors:

As our UAW brothers and sisters prepare to walk the picket line, the 12.5 million working people of the AFL-CIO are ready to march alongside them.

Calling a strike is a deeply difficult decision and always a measure of last resort. This is a fight to win dignity for the 46,000 auto workers who have delivered their bosses record-breaking profits for years. We will have their backs every day until they win the respect and security that they deserve.

Contact: John Weber (202) 637-5018


Detroit Free Press: Sources: GM offers 2% raises to UAW; company ends strikers’ health care

General Motors stopped paying for health care coverage for striking workers Tuesday, the company confirmed.

That means striking GM union workers are eligible for union-paid COBRA to continue their health care benefits.

“We understand strikes are difficult and disruptive to families,” GM said in a statement. “While on strike, some benefits shift to being funded by the union’s strike fund, and in this case hourly employees are eligible for union-paid COBRA so their health care benefits can continue.”

The latest development added to tension as GM and the UAW returned to the bargaining table Tuesday morning. The two sides negotiated until about 9 p.m. Monday, sources said.

Meanwhile, more details emerged about GM’s offer to the UAW. Two sources familiar with GM’s offer said it called for a 2% wage increase for the first and third year of the four-year contract and 2% lump sum payments the second and fourth years.


AFL-CIO: Labor Unions Are for Safety and Creativity

I do not go around asking people if they believe in God. But I frequently ask people if they believe in labor unions. I am genuinely curious about how people around me think about collective bargaining in workplaces. How do people who work for a living, or who have at some point worked for a living (meaning most of us) think about people being courageous, together, for the sake of the integrity of their work or the safety of their work or the dignity of their lives at work? Several men working for the fire department recently said, loud enough for people coming out of the grocery store to hear, “Oh, yes ma’am, we sure do need our union.” In a hotel elevator this summer, a man, carrying a poster noting his retirement as an airline pilot, said he is clear that people working in the industry, at all levels, need labor unions. He said it was a basic matter of safety.



“Every moment is an organizing opportunity, every person a potential activist, every minute a chance to change the world.” Dolores Huerta


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UPCOMING EVENTS:                                                        

Please join us for the UFCW, Local 328 “Members Helping Members Toy & Food Drive” 5k Walk-a-Thon on Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 10AM (Registration at 9AM), Slater Memorial Park, (Rt 1A) Newport Avenue, Pawtucket, RI. Call (401) 861-0300 for more information.




Voices of Labor:

More than 350,000 members of the United Auto Workers began what was to become a 69-day strike against General Motors. – 1970

Richard Trumka was elected president of the AFL-CIO at the federation’s convention in Pittsburgh. He had served as the secretary-treasurer under predecessor John Sweeney from 1995 to 2009, and prior to that was president of the United Mine Workers for 13 years. – 2009

The International Association of Siderographers merges with International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers. – 1992

A player lockout by the National Hockey League began, leading to the cancellation of what would have been the league’s 88th season. It was the first time the Stanley Cup was not awarded since 1919, and the first time a major professional sports league in North America canceled a complete season because of a labor dispute. The lockout, over owner demands that salaries be capped, lasted 310 days. – 2004



In the first half of the show, Sen. Sandra Cano (D) Pawtucket, sits down with Thom Cahir to talk about the need to count every person in Rhode Island during the upcoming 2020 census; especially those in under-counted populations, or fear losing a congressional seat and the funding for vital programs that goes with it.

And in the second part of the show, The R.I. Building Trades join Governor Gina Raimondo and the RI Congressional Delegation to outline the expansion of operations at local ports in Providence and Quonset Point which provide good-paying jobs in the offshore wind industry.