E-News: September 26, 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.

An excellent commentary piece in the Providence Journal by Michael F. Sabitoni, President of the Rhode Island Building and Construction Trades Council.

Providence Journal: My Turn: Michael F. Sabitoni: Bank generates construction work

Modern, reliable and well-maintained infrastructure is fundamental to Rhode Island’s robust economy, directly contributing to the progress and vitality of our growing society. Construction projects that enhance infrastructure development sustain our way of life in the working class community, and create long-lasting careers with family-supporting wages and benefits for our experienced tradesmen and women.

With the help of Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank’s ability to leverage billions of dollars in capital investment through creative and competitive financing, Rhode Island and our economic resources continue to grow and thrive. Innovative programs financed by the infrastructure bank over the past 30 years have initiated economic progress with vital construction projects that are not only rebuilding the beauty of our state, but modernizing critical infrastructure.


UFCW Local 328 Facebook:

Teamsters: Rogers Corporation Workers Join Teamsters Local 251

(PROVIDENCE, R.I.) – The 140 production, shipping and receiving, maintenance and quality assurance workers at Rogers Corporation in Narragansett, Rhode Island voted overwhelmingly on Thursday, September 12 to join Teamsters Local 251. The National Labor Relations Board certified the election on September 20.

The campaign began after Rogers Corp. purchased the facility over two years ago. Workers feared for their job security after watching the company fire management personnel, as well as some of their fellow coworkers. The workers saw that the success of Rogers Corp. didn’t trickle down to them, as they toiled for low wages and unaffordable health care. From the first call to the election, the campaign was just over two months.

“Local 251 is proud that these workers understood the power that can be built by being Teamsters,” said Matt Taibi, Local 251 Secretary-Treasurer. “The election is the first step; now it’s time to begin working for their first contract.”


Laborers Local 271 Twitter:

Opinion below written by Richard Trumka, President of AFL-CIO

New York Daily News: Our economy is broken. The UAW is showing us how to fix it.

A decade ago, General Motors was on the verge of collapse. Facing down an earth-shattering financial crisis, tens of thousands of UAW members agreed to help save an American icon — and the economy along with it.

Autoworkers took on personal financial sacrifices, conceding contract victories that had taken years to secure. Working harder and longer for less, they ultimately carried GM out of bankruptcy and into a period of record-breaking profits.

Over the past three years, GM has pocketed $35 billion in North America alone, allowing CEO Mary Barra to claim her seat as the world’s highest-paid auto executive. After years of sacrifice, GM workers were ready to claim their share of that success.

These patriots had toiled for the sake of something greater — to preserve a social contract that Americans had come to expect. We worked hard, and in exchange, we could rely on secure, good-paying union jobs here in the United States.


AFL-CIO: Get to Know AFL-CIO’s Affiliates: International Union of Police Associations

Next up in our series that takes a deeper look at each of our affiliates is the International Union of Police Associations.

Name of Union: International Union of Police Associations (IUPA)

Mission: To improve the lives of law enforcement, to promote legislation that protects and affects public safety officers and to represent the needs of law enforcement officers and support personnel.

Current Leadership of Union: Sam A. Cabral serves as international president of IUPA. He began his law enforcement career in Defiance, Ohio, in 1965 and retired in 1991. In 1988, he was elected as international vice president of IUPA. He was elected international secretary-treasurer two years later and was first elected president of IUPA in 1995.

Michael V. Crivello serves as international vice president, and Hugh J. Cameron serves as international secretary-treasurer.

Members Work As: Rank and file law enforcement officers, EMS workers, corrections officers and law enforcement support personnel in the United States.



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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:

The Great Steel Strike began. Almost 400,000 steelworkers in 50 cities struck to protest intolerable working conditions. Union leaders believed that if they could organize the steel workers, it would lead to a massive wave of unionization across the country. Thus began the Great Steel Strike of 1919. The bosses called upon the federal troops and crushed the strike after 3½ months, killing twenty-two people in the process. – 1919

The American Federation of Labor (AFL) expelled the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) for racketeering.  The AFL created the International Brotherhood of Longshoremen (IBL-AFL) to replace the troubled  ILA. The union was later readmitted to the then-AFL-CIO six years later. – 1953



Recently, the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 328 had their annual stewards’ conference and Labor Vision was there to tape the event; from the speeches by local labor leaders like their President Tim Melia and Secretary-Treasurer Domenic Pontarelli, and RI AFL-CIO President George Nee, congratulating Stop & Shop members on their historic triumph over corporate America, and setting the stage for other unions in other sectors to follow suit.