e-news: march 19, 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.

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Please use this directory to find where you can buy union and use services in Rhode Island.


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WPRI Channel 12: Out of work in RI due to COVID-19? Here’s what you’re eligible for

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The health crisis caused by the novel coronavirus is now causing an economic crisis, as a growing number of workers are put out of work because of emergency shutdowns and a slowdown in business activity.

More than 10,000 Rhode Islanders had filed for unemployment or temporary disability benefits due to the COVID-19 pandemic as of Tuesday morning, as Gov. Gina Raimondo warns the number is “skyrocketing.”

If you’re out of work in Rhode Island due to COVID-19 because of a shutdown or a quarantine, here’s what you need to know about the programs available to help and how you can apply.





AFL-CIO Twitter: In response to the #COVID19 pandemic, the labor movement is mobilizing to protect front line workers who are combating the disease every day and millions more workers who may be exposed to the virus. #1u

New York Times: The Workers Who Face the Greatest Coronavirus Risk

As the coronavirus continues to spread throughout the United States, people with jobs that put them in physical contact with many others are at the greatest risk of becoming sick

Each bubble on this chart represents an occupation. The bigger the bubble, the more people do that job.

View interactive map
Common Ground: Crowley takes over as AFL-CIO secretary-treasurer after Martin retires

PROVIDENCE – Maureen Martin didn’t know it at the time, but growing up in a family of 14 children helped prepare her to be a labor leader.

“I obviously didn’t realize it … but I was learning how to negotiate. As one of 14, I was always negotiating with my parents or we (the children) were negotiating with each other,” she said during a telephone interview.

Martin used those negotiating skills in several union roles for many years, including more than 10 as secretary-treasurer of the Rhode Island AFL-CIO, a paid part-time position. With two years left in her term, she relinquished that slot to finally start her retirement. Martin, who will turn 72 next month, was succeeded by Patrick Crowley, who ran unopposed and was sworn into office by AFL-CIO President George Nee on Feb. 24.

In remarks asking for the support of his brothers and sisters, Crowley thanked Martin for her service and said, “Your leadership is the living embodiment of what I and others can only hope to aspire to. Your dedication to working people, especially to raising up the voices of working women is without parallel, and I pledge to you and to all of you here tonight that I will do my best to continue that important work.”


AFL-CIO Dispatch: Working People in Rhode Island Secure Minimum Wage Hike

The Rhode Island AFL-CIO, led by President George Nee (SEIU), put in the work to secure an increase in the state’s minimum wage from $10.50 to $11.50 an hour, beginning Oct. 1. Gov. Gina Raimondo signed the increase into law during a ceremony at the office of the state federation. Between 25,000 and 35,000 Rhode Islanders are currently earning the minimum wage. Nee said the legislation was necessary so that working families don’t fall further behind in a tough economy. “For a lot of people, $90 a week is a lot of money.”

Providence Journal: Writer wants to demonize noble teachers and their unions

Every day, educators in Providence — and across this country — are doing the best they can to help their students thrive. Part of that means fighting for what their students need: the resources and supports to create safe and welcoming school environments and to ensure conditions that promote respect; help attract, retain and diversify our profession; and strengthen our public schools. They do so despite critics who want to demonize teachers and their unions.

In his March 12 Commentary piece (“Support good Providence teachers, get rid of deadbeats,” March 12), Anthony Rodriguez stoops to that level. But in addition to never having met or spoken to me, he ignores critical facts about me, about unions and about educators overall.

Perhaps Rodriguez would like to spend a day working with these unions — not against us — to see all that in action. We partner with districts to make evaluation systems stronger and more reflective of what’s actually happening in the classroom. Maybe he’d like to join us in McDowell County, West Virginia, where we’ve worked to raise graduation rates by nearly 20 percent. Or on a picket line or in a bargaining session, where we work to devise strong teacher evaluation systems, as well as to create recruitment and retainment programs to help “grow our own” teachers, diversify our profession, and keep the best and brightest teachers in our communities.

Randi Weingarten, Washington D.C

The write is President of the American Federation of Teachers


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Voices in Labor:

This date marked the beginning of the Great Postal Strike in New York City. Postal workers hadn’t seen a raise since 1967. They were banned from collective bargaining and from striking. Nevertheless, in spite of the law and their own union’s attempt to quell the unrest, the postal workers voted to strike, marking the first time in the nearly 200-year history of the Postal Service that postal workers went on strike. President Nixon tried to bust the strike, first by threatening to arrest striking workers and then by sending in federal troops to sort the mail. However, the soldiers were so incompetent at the work that they failed to get the mail moving, compelling Congress to give the striking workers an 8% raise and the right to collectively bargain. – 1970

Refusing to accept a 9-cent wage increase, the United Packinghouse Workers of America initiated a nationwide strike against meatpacking companies Swift, Armour, Cudahy, Wilson, Morrell, and others. Packinghouse workers shut down 140 plants around the country. – 1948

The United Federation of Teachers (UFT) was formed in New York to represent New York City public school teachers and later, other education workers in the city. – 1960



Before the recent viral outbreak forced school closings, the Providence schools were taken over by the state; and in response, Providence Teachers Union President Maribeth Calabro, along with RIFTHP President Frank Flynn and Director of Issues Colleen Callahan sat down with Bob Delaney to talk about the recent report from Johns Hopkins, the community forum they held in Providence, and how other communities have been instrumental in successfully advocating for and changing models for things like multiple language learners and community schools. And in the second half of the program, later that same week, Bob caught up to AFT VP Jesse Sharkey, a former president of the Chicago Teachers Union, to talk about how teachers there engaged the community to help end a strike by getting parents to support common sense ideas like smaller class sizes and mandatory staffing.

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