e-news: november 27, 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.


Providence Journal: Labor leaders: R.I. must stop requiring taxpayers to subsidize health care for corporations

“Successful companies like Walmart, CVS and Bank of America cost taxpayers millions of dollars a year by exploiting this loophole, says George Nee, RI AFL-CIO president. “This is corporate welfare and needs to be stopped.”

PROVIDENCE — With the start of the new legislative session a month and a half away, Rhode Island labor leaders are publicly calling on lawmakers to close “a loophole” that allows large corporations to shift the cost of their employees’ health insurance to taxpayer-funded Medicaid programs.

“There is a loophole in the Rhode Island health-care system allowing certain large corporations to avoid their responsibility to provide adequate coverage to their workers. Instead they shift employee health-care costs to the state budget from their own balance sheet,” said George Nee, president of the RI AFL-CIO.

Naming names, he said: “Successful companies like Walmart, CVS and Bank of America cost taxpayers millions of dollars a year by exploiting this loophole. This is corporate welfare and needs to be stopped.”

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Providence Journal: Union letters urge local officials to end suit over continuing contracts law

Letters to City Council members in Cranston — and possibly other communities — call the suit challenging the new ‘continuing contract’ law a ‘waste of taxpayer dollars.’

PROVIDENCE — Public employee unions have sent letters urging city and town council members to stop the alleged “waste of taxpayer dollars” by their communities on a lawsuit against the new state law that indefinitely extends the terms of expired municipal and teacher contracts.

The law was passed by lawmakers — and signed by Gov. Gina Raimondo, who had vetoed an earlier version — over the vehement objections of city and town leaders who say it would severely disadvantage them in contact negotiations. The leaders of 16 of communities teamed up in a lawsuit filed two weeks ago.

Over the weekend, letters from top union officers in the state branch of the AFL-CIO and the National Education Association of Rhode Island — including state AFL-CIO President George Nee — arrived in the mailboxes of Cranston City Council members. It is believed that letters went out to council members in a number of communities, though it was not immediately clear how many.

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RICOSH: Annual Report

The RI Committee on Occupational Safety and Health {RICOSH} is a (non-profit) resource center for occupational and environmental health and safety. Our primary focus is to prevent occupational and environmental disease and injury. RICOSH pursues this goal in three broad areas: advocacy, training, and technical assistance. (This annual report covers the period Jan/2019-Nov/2019})

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Labor 411: The Dirty Dozen: These 12 Retail Chains Will Open Thanksgiving Day, Putting Profits Over People

Thanksgiving is one of the two biggest holidays of the year. For many people, it is a time to spend with family and friends.

But a few retail chains want to turn it into another shopping day instead. We at Labor 411 think that enough is enough. We will not support any of these chains. Instead we will vote with our wallets and refuse to shop on this day. And we hope that many Americans choose to do the same.

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As you prepare buying food for Thanksgiving Dinner remember to buy Union Made by shopping where our brothers and sisters who work at Stop & Shop, Shaws and Eastside Marketplace.


Quote of the Week

“We are at a moment where the world urgently needs to take on the greatest challenges of our time: global poverty and climate change. Innovation, technology and productivity growth can provide solutions. But not if we sit and wait for someone else to do it.” —AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka (UMWA) at the MIT Sloan School of Management

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THIS WEEK IN LABOR HISTORY

Voices in Labor:

George Meany became president of the American Federation of Labor following the death four days earlier of William Green. – 1952.

A strike for union recognition by 395,000 steelworkers continued throughout November. The strike began on September 22 and collapsed on January 8, 1920. The strike was used by the feds as an excuse to deport approximately 250 anarchists, communists and labor agitators to Russia on November 24, marking the beginning of the so-called “Red Scare.” – 1919

The first organized walkout by teachers in the country occurred on this date in St. Paul, Minnesota. The month-long “strike for better schools” involving some 1,165 teachers, and principals, led to a number of reforms in the way schools were administered and operated. – 1946

1,550 typesetters began what was to become a victorious 22-month strike against Chicago newspapers. – 1947

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NEXT WEEK ON LABOR VISION:

In the first half of the show, Brooke Havens and Jennifer Remmes, respectively the Executive V.P. & Chief Development Officer, and the Manager of Digital Resource Development at United Way of Rhode Island; sit down with Jim Riley to talk about the “401 Gives,” statewide campaign and how the platform can aide all non-profits, large and small, in raising more money, attracting new donors and improving efficiency overall.

And in the second half of the show, Raul Figueroa from Fuerza Laboral returns with Mikaela Enos of Bread and Roses Print and Design Cooperative to tout the opening of the worker collaborative’s second successful co-op, and talk about the most recent class of graduates from its co-op school with host Thom Cahir.


                                          Cox Channel 14 & FIOS Channel 33

                                        Tuesday @ 7pm


                                        Thursday @ 8pm


                                        Saturday @ 5pm