E-news: april 23, 2020

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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A Statement regarding the termination of educator and NEA Tiverton President Amy Mullen
“This is by far the most egregious attack on a teacher and union leader I’ve seen in my 28 years at NEA Rhode Island, said NEARI Executive Director Robert A. Walsh, Jr. “Amy Mullen is a 25-year educator in Tiverton and has served as NEA Tiverton president for 20. She advocates for her special education students, their families and NEA Tiverton members every day. That is why when she learned Superintendent Sanchioni was moving forward with a distance-learning plan without input from teachers, she asked if they could discuss the plan.   “Amy offered no hardline union negotiations. No hold up of distance learning. She asked a question. And she was terminated for it . “Instead of working collaboratively within the framework of the collective bargaining agreement – which the Superintendent has failed to do on multiple occasions – Sanchioni and the Tiverton School Committee chose to silence Amy and prohibit her from speaking to her members, parents and students. In so doing, they violated her First Amendment rights and opened themselves up to personal liability in addition to their official capacity.
“Peter Sanchioni, aided and abetted by the Tiverton School Committee, is a bully and long ago proved himself a union obstructionist in his negotiation tactics and refusal to bargain or allow Amy to attend to her duties. They have demonstrated a clear disdain for the union and union activities and have set out repeatedly and with animus to diminish a local union president – just dig through the grievances and unfair labor practices that have piled up since Sanchioni has been in town.
“In fact, First Amendment violations are nothing new for Peter Sanchioni – they cost the Town of Natick, MA $70,000.
“Amy was not fired for any reason having to do with her job performance as a teacher. I have no doubt Amy will prevail in her suit and she has the full support of the entire labor movement across the State of Rhode Island.”


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ABC 6 News: New England Laborers Union shows support to RI health care workers

PROVIDENCE, RI (WLNE) – Representatives from the Laborers Union’s New England region drove by Women and Infants and Rhode Island Hospital to show support to their health care workers.

The Laborers Union drove by the Providence hospitals with a large truck with a digital sign saying several different messages of appreciation to the doctors, nurses and staff helping the fight against COVID-19. -VIEW PICTURES


PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: Union members demonstrate at Butler Hospital. Their demand: N95 masks for all

PROVIDENCE — Unionized workers at Butler Hospital staged a drive-by demonstration along Blackstone Boulevard on Tuesday to oppose what they said was the hospital’s inequitable distribution of N95s, the advanced form of face masks being used when dealing with patients with COVID-19.

The union claimed that while nurses and emergency-room staff were given N95s, other classifications of workers such as housekeepers and dietary, clerical and social workers, were not.

In an interview, Dr. Raymond Powrie, executive chief of medicine for Care New England, and Robin Neale, the health system’s director of infection prevention, said the hospital was following federal guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.READ MORE


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Providence Journal: Providence firefighters using Zoom to consult with doctors during rescue calls

PROVIDENCE — As they deal with a pandemic, the city’s fire rescue crews are trying out a new technique.

From the scene of the rescue call, the Providence firefighters make contact with a doctor, via Zoom, on an iPad. The doctor’s input, based in part on vital signs and other information that firefighters provide electronically, can head off an unnecessary emergency visit to the hospital.

The Providence firefighters’ recent foray into the field of “telemedicine” is a direct consequence of the coronavirus pandemic.

Local doctors and the city’s fire rescue crews are trying out the technique, on a trial basis, to see if telemedicine can provide efficiencies that would help conserve emergency medical personnel and equipment for needed hospital visits, according to public safety officials.

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Providence Journal: As risk rises in R.I. group homes, so does call for hazard pay

Even in normal years, the health workers who care for some of society’s most vulnerable — many earning about $13 an hour — toil on the periphery of attention; the fight for increased wages and against more cuts in state funding is a perennial struggle.

One battlefront in the coronavirus war became too much for Elizabeth Jalbert last week.

“They said I shouldn’t be able to go out [on leave] because of fear, but I have four kids at home to worry about,” said the 30-year-old behavioral specialist, whose work required her to bounce between two residential group homes to care for children with severe developmental disabilities.

Both homes, one in Warwick, the other in Smithfield, have staff who tested positive for the coronavirus, said representatives in Jalbert’s union, District 1199 of the Service Employees International Union. “But I worry about bringing it home” — the virus. “We’re all doing this without any hazard pay. So I’m planning on taking a leave.”

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AFL-CIO: Safety First: Working People’s Plan for Reopening the Economy the Right Way

Every day, health care workers, transit workers, meatpacking workers, first responders, grocery workers, utility workers, letter carriers, construction workers, doormen, retail workers, child protective service workers, factory workers, solid waste workers, corrections officers, janitors and other workers are being exposed to the coronavirus in U.S. workplaces. Hundreds of thousands of workers have been infected and thousands have died. The failure of federal and state governments to meet the following urgent needs before lifting or relaxing preventive measures that are currently reducing the number of cases and deaths due to COVID-19 will result in more working people falling sick and dying and more economic damage. Nothing would be worse for the economy than a premature reopening followed by an explosion of the disease and a second shutdown. Putting worker safety first is the first step in any viable plan to save lives, defeat the coronavirus and revive the economy, as the AFL-CIO has further laid out in America’s Five Economic Essentials.

1. Workers must have a say in these decisions at every level: workplace, industry, city, state and federal. Working people are the ones whose lives and health are on the line, and workers and our unions must have a role in deciding whether it is safe to go to work.

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THIS WEEK IN LABOR HISTORY

Voices in Labor:

Some 12,500 Goodyear Tire workers went on strike at nine plants in what was to become a three-week walkout over job security, wage, and benefit issues. – 1997

10,000 demonstrators celebrated textile workers’ win of a 10-percent pay hike and grievance committees after a one-month strike in Lowell, Massachusetts. – 1912

The National Association of Post Office Mail Handlers, Watchmen, Messengers & Group Leaders merged with Laborers. – 1968

United Auto Workers members ended a successful 172-day strike against International Harvester, protesting management demands for new work rules and mandatory overtime provisions. – 1980

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