E-News: October 10, 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.

United Way of Rhode Island: Dante F. Mollo Labor Award Recipient, Providence Teacher’s Union

Many people point to teachers as having influenced them; some even credit them for having a hand in their success. As for the teachers who make up the Providence Teacher’s Union, giving back does not end at the classroom door; their continued support for United Way of Rhode Island’s mission makes a difference in the lives of people across the state.

Every year, Rhode Island labor unions choose the recipient of the Dante F. Mollo Labor Award. We then present the award during our Annual Celebration; this year that’s the Providence Teacher’s Union, who’s being represented by their President, Maribeth Calabro, at our upcoming event on Thursday, October 10.

Looking back to the beginning of the union’s work with United Way, Maribeth says, “When we first started hosting a workplace campaign, some teachers would give and some wouldn’t. It continued like that for a while, until they saw the impact their donations were having — that’s when things changed.”

“Our teachers give generously to causes close to their heart,” says Maribeth. “At the same time, it’s important to know where their donations are being used. With United Way of Rhode Island, you always know where one hundred percent of your money goes.”


Building Futures Facebook:

Last week we got to celebrate at the topping off ceremony of Brown University’s new Lacrosse Center- but Building Futures gets to celebrate our relationship with Brown University just about every day in the university’s commitment to apprentices, especially our community of local BF graduates.

Our director, Andrew Cortés: “Everybody’s aware of the high-quality post-secondary education that happens within Brown University’s walls. But not too many people are aware that post-secondary education is happening while we construct those walls through registered apprenticeship — the other four-year degree.”

Cortés noted that nearly every single graduate of Building Futures — of which there are more than 300 — has spent time working on a construction project at Brown, given the University’s growth in recent decades. According to data from the organization, apprentices have worked more than 171,000 hours on Brown projects since the program’s launch.” See the whole article at: https://www.brown.edu/news/2019-10-03/center Brown University Brown & Providence Many thanks to Daniel at LIUNA 271 for the beautiful photos.


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The Boston Globe: Boston Globe workers rally to protest over 100 job cuts

Between 150 and 200 union workers held a rally in Taunton on Monday to protest the Boston Globe’s plan to cut 77 full-time and 44 part-time jobs at the facility before the end of the year.

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The CT Mirror: Will an age of activism and strikes lead to union growth?

Mashantucket— One of the workshops at the Connecticut AFL-CIO’s two-day convention that opened here Thursday explored the lessons offered from “worker power resurgence,” a reference to labor’s extraordinary year of strikes and other work stoppages in 2018.

“We are living in an incredible moment for working people,” said Liz Shuler, one of the highest ranking women in the labor movement as secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO, its second in command. “They are speaking out and taking risks like we haven’t seen in years.”

The trend spilled into 2019 with an 11-day strike by 30,000 workers at Stop & Shop in New England and the continuing walkout of 50,000 autoworkers at GM plants. In 2018, 485,000 workers walked out to demand higher wages and fight cuts in benefits.


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

Next up in our series that takes a deeper look at each of our affiliates is the Laborers.

Name of Union: Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA)

Mission: To help working men and women unite for a stronger voice in the economies and governments of the United States and Canada. As an affiliate of the AFL-CIO and North America’s Building Trades Unions, LIUNA works predominantly to help construction craft laborers improve their lives through collective bargaining, organizing, training programs, safer job sites and the enforcement of workers’ rights.

Current Leadership of Union:Terry O’Sullivan became the general president of LIUNA in 2000 and has since been elected to three terms. He first joined the union in 1974. He served in several previous positions, including vice president and Mid-Atlantic regional manager; assistant to the general president; chief of staff; Tri-Funds administrator; assistant director of the Construction, Maintenance and Service Trades Department; and administrator of the West Virginia Laborers’ Training Center. O’Sullivan is a San Francisco native. Armand E. Sabitoni serves as general secretary-treasurer and as New England regional manager. In addition to O’Sullivan and Sabitoni, LIUNA is governed by a 14-member general executive board.

Number of Members:500,000


The Hill: The PRO Act: Good for workers and good for business

For decades, working families could depend on labor unions to represent their collective interests — ensuring a living wage, better benefits and a voice in their workplace. Now, after 50 years of rollbacks on union and labor rights, workers have been silenced at their jobs. The Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act is an opportunity for Congress to give working families their voice back.

The PRO Act is about guaranteeing democracy and civility in the workplace. It protects workers who are trying to organize a union — a right they have by law — and penalizes employers for interfering in their right to form a union. It draws a much-needed line in the sand to strengthen workers’ rights to conduct organizing campaigns, hold fair elections and get to the bargaining table quickly. Without these protections, the playing field will remain heavily stacked against workers.


Home fires are the biggest public safety threat facing U.S. and Canadian families today, with one home fire reported every 86 seconds.

To educate the public about the importance of fire safety, National Fire Prevention Week was established and is observed in the United States and Canada during the week in which October 9 falls.

Use these IAFF-branded infographics to promote Fire Prevention Week on social media and continue to establish your local as the voice of public safety in the community.

Home Fire Drills (and Dale Earnhardt Jr.!)

In addition to Fire Prevention Week, the IAFF has partnered with Nationwide’s Make Safe Happen program to promote fire safety awareness and encourage families to practice home fire drills.

When Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was a young child, his home caught fire. Luckily he and his sister Kelley escaped unharmed. After this experience and as a new parent, Dale wants to help parents be proactive about home fire safety and child injury prevention. Learn more …

Additional Fire Prevention Week Resources:

NFPA 2019 Fire Prevention Week Campaign

The History of Fire Prevention Week

Quote of the Week

“We are living in an incredible moment for working people. They are speaking out and taking risks like we haven’t seen in years.” ⁠—Secretary-Treasurer Shuler at the 13th biennial Connecticut AFL-CIO Constitutional Convention

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UPCOMING EVENTS:                                                        

Recognition Event & Dinner for Chas Walker

When: Friday, October 18 @ 6 p.m. – Late
Where: 1199 Union Hall (319 Broadway, Providence, RI)
Details: Chas played a key role in building 1199 SEIU in RI over the last decade in a half. Chas helped shape the direction and strategy of the union as an elected organizer. He was instrumental in making the Rhode Island chapter of family child care providers the strongest child care bargaining unit in the country. Chas improved the lives of thousands of workers through his organizing talent. He will be missed by 1199, as he continues to fight for working people in his future endeavors.

Tickets may be purchased for $25 per person by credit/debit card at this link.  You may also mail a check to the 1199 Rhode Island office at 319 Broadway, Providence RI 02909.

Please RSVP and purchase tickets by Friday, October 11.


Voices in Labor:

The fire injured 30 of the city’s 185 firefighters, claimed the lives of hundreds of people, left nearly a third of the city homeless, and destroyed almost 20,000 buildings. Mary Harris “Mother” Jones lost her home and her shop, setting the scene for the start of her career as “The most dangerous Woman in America”– 1871 Boeing Co. machinists and supporters look on during a rally Thursday, Oct. 9, 2008, outside a Boeing administration building in Seattle. The day hasn’t been announced, but Boeing and the striking Machinists union have agreed to resume negotiations in hope of ending the strike, now over a month old The union is demanding better job security, Boeing says it needs flexibility. The strike has idled 27,000 workers, mostly in the Puget Sound region and also in Portland and Wichita.

“The Jazz Singer”, this country’s first feature-length sound film, opened in New York City. Within three years, 22,000 theater jobs for musicians who accompanied silent films were lost, while only a few hundred jobs for musicians performing on soundtracks were created by the new technology. – 1927



In the first part of our program, Erica Hammond sits down with Desiree LeClair and Dulari Tahbildar, respectively the directors of the SEIU 1199 N.E. Training and Upgrading, and the 1199 N.E. Childcare Training funds; about what they do and the benefits of collectively bargaining for training funds to further members’ qualifications and skill sets.

And in the second part of our program, Dr. Okurowski makes a return appearance to remind us of the importance of proper ergonomic positioning now that we’re all back in the office with the official end of summer. Jim Riley talks to the doctor about proper form and avoiding repetitive motion injuries, the most common of workplace complaints.