e-news: june 4, 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.

Here is the direct link—-> Union Directory

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


You can find some helpful resources on our website.
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Contact information from RI AFL-CIO Conference Call on 4/7/2020

https://centerforjustice.org/ 491-1101

https://www.uwri.org/ 2-1-1 or 444-0600

https://capitalgoodfund.org/ 866-584-3651

An excellent opinion piece in the Providence Journal by Rhode Island AFL-CIO George Nee, President and Patrick Crowley, Secretary-Treasurer

Providence Journal: Our Turn: George Nee and Patrick Crowley: Elected officials must take action in this current time of crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended our lives and the Rhode Island economy. No one understands that better than Rhode Island’s working people. For too many of us still working on the front lines of this pandemic, simply going to work could mean getting sick or even losing our lives. Hundreds of thousands of workers in Rhode Island are now unemployed as this public health crisis has ripped across our state and our country.

It is crucial that our elected leaders at every level of government act to save our state, save our economy and save workers’ lives. That’s why the Rhode Island AFL-CIO is joining a national day of action with unions in all 50 states on June 3rd. Labor’s “Workers First Caravan” launches at 3:00 PM at the Providence Post Office on Corliss Street. We demand action from our elected leaders before this crisis pushes our nation and our state past the point of no return.

We need to keep all workers safe and healthy on the job by demanding government agencies charged with keeping us safe at work do their job and function properly. Front-line workers, like the clerks at local supermarkets, health care workers in hospitals and congregate care settings, UPS drivers, postal workers, and state workers at places like the Rhode Island Veterans Home are heroically putting their health at risk every single day. We will stand up and say with conviction that workers are essential – not expendable.


AFL-CIO: Trumka on AFL-CIO Building and Justice for George Floyd

Statement from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the events of the weekend:

My heart is heavy at the events of the past few days. I watched the video of George Floyd pleading for his life under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer. No person of conscience can hear Floyd’s cries for help and not understand that something is deeply wrong in America.

What happened to George Floyd, what happened to Ahmaud Arbery, what happened to far too many unarmed people of color has happened for centuries. The difference is now we have cell phones. It’s there for all of us to see. And we can’t turn our heads and look away because we feel uncomfortable.

Racism plays an insidious role in the daily lives of all working people of color. This is a labor issue because it is a workplace issue. It is a community issue, and unions are the community. We must and will continue to fight for reforms in policing and to address issues of racial and economic inequality.

We categorically reject those on the fringes who are engaging in violence and destroying property. Attacks like the one on the AFL-CIO headquarters are senseless, disgraceful and only play into the hands of those who have oppressed workers of color for generations and detract from the peaceful, passionate protesters who are rightly bringing issues of racism to the forefront.




The Second Annual State Day of Cooperatives on Thursday, June 4th (TODAY) at 2:30PM.


Click here to join the Zoom meeting. Share Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82136115939?pwd=TjdEYjZLaHVTSGNyZ1EveWI4ZHZjQT09

APWU: Standing Up for Safe Jobs During COVID-19

The past few months have been challenging for this country, especially for those of us considered essential front-line workers. Postal workers were called upon once again in a time of crisis to help keep communication and commerce flowing. You stepped up, you worked hard, and you showed how dedicated you are to every person in this country and worldwide.

As COVID-19 shut down businesses to regular customer traffic, you delivered the goods those businesses are shipping, including prescription drugs, personal protective equipment (PPE), and gifts from families that can not celebrate birthdays and other special events together. You brought normalcy to the homes here in our great country.

You proved how essential your day-to-day work is and how essential the Postal Service is overall. There is not a shortage of stories of people who are honoring the work you do and stories from people saying how seeing the Postal Service still operate is calming to them. I want to thank you for all the vital work you have done before and during this crisis. The stories of your work during the pandemic are amazing and something to be honored. You make this union proud!

Moving into the future beyond the COVID-19 pandemic, we cannot forget the lessons that we learned from it. We saw postal workers Stand Up for Safe Jobs and demand the PPE they needed to do their work safely. You stood up to management when you felt your facilities were not cleaned properly, challenging them when you did not have hand sanitizer and when you felt your work environments were risky due to COVID-19.


Yahoo Finance: Workers Are Striking Across America — See Which Protests Brought Lasting Change

Plenty of Americans probably saw stories about the recent strikes by workers at Amazon, Instacart and Target. The public protests aimed to bring awareness to the companies’ treatment of its employees during the coronavirus pandemic. Workers are seeking better wages and working conditions to reflect the increased risk posed by COVID-19. And their timing is apt. The value of their labor has never been higher, which gives them leverage to potentially create changes that could last beyond the current crisis.

In doing so, these workers are joining a long history of American labor movements that have used large demonstrations to produce lasting change. At the dawn of the 20th century, many workers in America labored as much as 12 hours a day, six days a week, in conditions that were wildly unsafe. However, after a century of protests, workers today are guaranteed a minimum wage, and many enjoy a 40-hour workweek.

what their impact was over time.” data-reactid=”25″>So, which of these protests had a lasting impact? Which strikes or marches helped address injustice in a way that forced society to react? Here’s a closer look at some of the most important protests in American history and what their impact was over time.


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Voices in Labor:

In what would become known as the Memorial Day Massacre, police opened fire on striking steelworkers, their families, and supporters who were marching to the Republic Steel plant in South Chicago to set up a picket line. The Police killed ten people and pursued those fleeing the attack, wounding over 160. No one was ever prosecuted. – 1937

The Ground Zero cleanup at the site of the World Trade Center was completed three months ahead of schedule due to the heroic efforts of more than 3,000 building tradesmen and women who had worked 12 hours a day, 7 days a week for the previous 8 months. – 2002

12,500 longshoremen struck the Pacific coast, from San Diego to Bellingham. Their demands included a closed shop and a wage increase to 55 cents an hour for handling general cargo. – 1916


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