e-news: december 12, 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: Butler Hospital employees picket over benefits, working conditions

PROVIDENCE — Several dozen employees of Butler Hospital represented by the District 1199 SEIU New England union joined supporters to picket the Care New England hospital Wednesday afternoon in protest of what they allege are unfair labor practices by management.

Care New England promptly denied the allegations.

In a statement, the union asserted that management is “attempting to deny new workers good union jobs and [is] denying existing workers access to benefits they have earned.” The union further claims that the hospital “has been ignoring the patient safety concerns of frontline staff” and “denying benefits to its workforce in defiance of the collective bargaining agreement.”

Colleen McGovern, a Butler employee, said “we are standing up for patient safety and protecting our good union jobs so that we can protect the high quality of care, staying true to the mission of the hospital.”


If you are a Rhode Island union member who is considering running for municipal or state elective office in 2020, or who might want to serve as a campaign manager, or campaign worker, you are invited to an Open House on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 5:30PM, at the United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 328 Union Hall, 278 Silver Spring Street, Providence, RI. You can register online at  https://actionnetwork.org/events/ri-afl-cio-union-candidate-open-house.

*Before registering, please make sure that you discuss your interest with your local union leadership prior to the event and get their approval to attend. This is mandatory!

Sign-up for the next Leadership for a Future class.

The application is open and the deadline to apply is January 31, 2020.
Link to application: https://www.riilsr.org/leaf-application

AFL-CIO: Celebrating 64 Years of the AFL-CIO. Here is footage from the 1st Constitutional Convention of the AFL-CIO.

AFL-CIO: 5 Things You Can Do to Celebrate Our Birthday With Us

You said it’s our birthday! And it is. If you’ve always wondered what you’d do with the AFL-CIO when we’re 64, now’s your chance! On this day in 1955, the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations came together after a long and winding road.

You said you wanted a labor revolution, and we all still want to change the world. And over those 64 years, together, we have achieved something to be proud of. Under the leadership of the fab five presidents, we’ve refused to let it be and championed critical fights for workplace safety, trade fairness, fair wages, secure retirement and equal pay!

A wise person once said “all you need is love,” but we know that working people also need a way to express their voices on the job. From the beginning, that’s been our goal, and here’s how you can help us celebrate our 64th birthday!-READ MORE

The Kent County Daily Times: WWFD donates $13,500 to Christmas Is program

WEST WARWICK — A donation by the West Warwick Fire Department will go a long way in ensuring the holidays are bright for more than 400 local families in need.

With a fire truck as their backdrop, members of the fire department on Wednesday morning handed over a $13,500 check, made out to the town’s Christmas Is program.

“I have great respect for the firefighters, for what they do on a day-to-day basis,” Manny Murray, director of the West Warwick Senior and Community Center, said just after receiving the check on the program’s behalf. “This is a real nice shot in the arm for us.”

All the funds donated Wednesday were raised during the department’s “Fill the Boot” drive last weekend. On Friday and Saturday, firefighters planted themselves at two local street corners, boots in hand, and collected donations from generous passersby.



The Nation: Workers Are Heading Back to the Picket Lines

American workers are fed up. So fed up that they’re taking one of the most radical steps available to them: refusing to work.This year kicked off with public school teachers in California going on strike to demand higher pay, more support services, and smaller class sizes. In October, Chicago’s teachers followed suit, staging their longest strike in decades. Then teachers in Little Rock, Arkansas, struck for just the second time in the city’s history. In between the teachers’ strikes, 46,000 General Motors workers walked off the job for 40 days, the longest strike by autoworkers in half a century, to call for higher pay, better benefits, investment in American plants, and a path to full-time status for temporary workers—all meant to reverse the belt-tightening implemented during the Great Recession. A number of other workers, from nurses to Uber drivers to grocery store employees, have also walked off the job to make demands of their bosses.


Quote of the Week

“President Trump may have opened this deal. But working people closed it.” —AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka (UMWA) on successfully negotiating improvements to the USMCA

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Voices in Labor:

5 unions, representing 316,469 members, founded the American Federation of Labor (AFL) in Columbus, Ohio; Cigar Maker’s union leader Samuel Gompers was elected president. The AFL grew out of the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions, which started in 1881 in Pittsburgh. The AFL’s founding document’s preamble reads: “A struggle is going on in all of the civilized world between oppressors and oppressed of all countries, between capitalist and laborer…” – 1886

Nearly 230 jailed teachers, about one-fourth of the 1,000-member Middletown Township, New Jersey staff, were ordered freed after they and their colleagues agreed to end a nine-day strike and go into mediation with the local school board. – 2001


LABOR VISION:In the first half of the show, Bob Delaney sits down with Josh Homerston and Nick Carnevale, two of the union custodians caught in the crosshairs of a privatization drive in Scituate, and finds out why parents are behind them and why public safety concerns support keeping locals in the schools rather than farming out the work to transient workers.

And in the second half of the show, Bob Delaney sits down with Chief Judge Robert Ferrieri, and Associate Judge Steven Minicucci of the RI Workers’ Compensation Court to continue their discussion of the important work the court does on behalf of employees in Rhode Island who are injured on the job.

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