e-news: March 12, 2020

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.

Governor Raimondo signs legislation raising the minimum wage to $11.50 on 3/10/20 at the RI AFL-CIO office.

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The Providence Journal: R.I. Gov. Raimondo signs bill raising minimum wage by $1 an hour

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina Raimondo has signed into law a $1 hike in the state’s minimum wage that will raise it from $10.50 to $11.50 an hour, effective Oct. 1.

She signed the labor-backed legislation at the Smith Street office of the state AFL-CIO, surrounded by union leaders.

At the current $10.50 an hour, a minimum-wage worker in Rhode Island makes $420 for a 40-hour workweek, or $21,840 a year. A $12.75-an-hour minimum-wage worker in Massachusetts makes $90 a week more.

“For a low-income person, for a lot of people, $90 a week is a lot of money, and we are getting further and further behind our neighbors, particularly Massachusetts, and even Connecticut,” George Nee, president of the Rhode Island AFL-CIO, told the lawmakers at an earlier hearing.

He said retail stores and fast-food outlets in Massachusetts “can find a way to make sure these people are being paid $12.75 [while] our people in Rhode Island are being paid $10.50.”

“We estimate that 25,000 to 30,000 Rhode Islanders are currently earning minimum wage,” said Department of Labor and Training spokeswoman Angelika Pellegrino.

Elsewhere in New England, Maine’s minimum wage is $12. Connecticut’s is $11 (scheduled to increase to $12 later this year), and Vermont’s is $10.96. New Hampshire, with no minimum wage of its own, requires the $7.25 federal minimum.

“We appreciate the time spent by all—especially our rank and file members—who petitioned their government during the public comment period. Together with our industry partners, we will continue to invest in high-quality training standards that promote the well-being of apprentices and meet the demands of the industry.” —North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) President Sean McGarvey (IUPAT) on Department of Labor’s Final Apprenticeship Rule

AFL-CIO: Get to Know AFL-CIO’s Affiliates: SAG-AFTRA

Next up in our series that takes a deeper look at each of our affiliates is SAG-AFTRA.

Name of Union: Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA)

Mission: SAG-AFTRA combines two great American labor unions, founded in the 1930s to fight for and secure the strongest protections for media artists. SAG-AFTRA was formed to preserve those hard-won rights and to continue the fight to extend and expand those protections.

Current Leadership of Union: Gabrielle Carteris serves as president of SAG-AFTRA. She served two terms as executive vice president before being elected president in 2016. She was re-elected in 2017 and again in 2019. Carteris has an extensive resume in television, film and theater, and is best known for the role of Andrea Zuckerman on “Beverly Hills, 90210.” She chairs the SAG-AFTRA National TV/Theatrical Contracts Negotiating Committee and leads the President’s Task Force on Education, Outreach and Engagement.

Rebecca Damon serves as executive vice president, Camryn Manheim serves as secretary-treasurer, and SAG-AFTRA has seven vice presidents.

Number of Members: 160,000.


AFL-CIO: AFL-CIO Is Profiling Labor Leaders and Activists for Women’s History Month

For Women’s History Month, the AFL-CIO is spotlighting various women who were, and some who still are, leaders and activists working at the intersection of civil and labor rights. First, let’s take a look back at women we’ve profiled in the past: SEE PROFILES


AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka appeared on CNBC‘s Closing Bell yesterday and talked about what we are doing to fight for frontline workers and workers across the country in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

AFL-CIO: ‘State of the Unions’ Podcast: Coronavirus and the Labor Movement’s Response’

On the latest episode of “State of the Unions,” podcast co-hosts Julie Greene Collier and Tim Schlittner talk with M.K. Fletcher, AFL-CIO Safety & Health specialist, about all things COVID-19, what the labor movement is doing and how we are responding to ensure that front-line workers’ needs are taken care of.


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Join Raise the Bar on Resident Care at our community rally to keep the pressure on until the Nursing Home Staffing & Quality Care Act becomes law.

WHEN: Saturday, March 14th at 12-1pm WHERE: Facebook Live HERE


Start: Saturday, March 21 @ 10 a.m.
Location: St. Pius School, 49 Elmhurst Ave., Providence, RI 02908
Host Contact Info: PCrowley@neari.org
Website to sign-up to march



Voices in Labor:

15,000 women workers in the needle trades took to the streets of New York City on the 51st anniversary of the 1857 protest by women garment workers. They demanded better working conditions, suffrage, and an end to child labor. March 8 has been celebrated as International Women’s Day since 1910. – 1908

The Norris-LaGuardia Anti-Injunction Act took effect on this day. It limits the ability of federal judges to issue injunctions against workers and unions involved in labor disputes. – 1932

César Chávez led 5,000 striking farmworkers on a march through the streets of Salinas, California. – 1979

Transport Workers Union members at American Airlines won an 11-day national strike, gaining what the union said was the first severance pay clause in industry. – 1950



In the first half of the show, Erica Hammond sits down with Senator Val Lawson and newly-elected CLUW President Desiree Leclair to talk about a common issue, last year’s “Help a Sister Out, Period!” campaign, and the need for legislative relief for women and girls who many times go without and shouldn’t.

And in the second half of the show, Senator Dawn Euer and newly-elected Secretary-Treasurer of the RI AFL-CIO Patrick Crowley sit down with Erica to talk about the school bond referendum that will be on the ballot in the senator’s district in Newport this fall, the minimum wage bill for domestic workers, as well as forbidding employers from requiring NDAs, and looking to require safe staffing for nursing homes.

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