e-news: june 18, 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.


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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

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Providence Journal: Union caravan supports stimulus bill, Black lives matter movement

By Paul Edward Parker, Journal Staff Writer

PROVIDENCE — Forty cars, lights flashing and horns blowing circled the Providence post office on Corliss Street twice Wednesday afternoon before heading past the Stop & Shop and outbound on Branch Avenue supporting workers, the federal HEROES Act and to underscore that Black lives matter.

Organized by the Rhode Island AFL-CIO and part of a nationwide protest event by the national AFL-CIO, the caravan had originally been scheduled for June 3 as an event focused on labor issues, according to George Nee, president of the Rhode Island AFL-CIO.

“This is before a lot of rallies started,” said Nee, explaining the line of cars that kept participants socially distanced, rather than a stand-up rally.

The caravan passed the post office to support unionized postal workers as the post office is under threat from the Trump administration. It passed the headquarters of the Providence Teachers Union to show solidarity with unionized teachers. And it passed Stop & Shop as a nod to unionized food workers there, who went on strike last year and have been working through the coronavirus pandemic.

They also drove to a construction site on Branch Avenue, just west of Route 146, which Nee said was non-union and has raised concerns about on-the-job safety.

The demonstration, dubbed the Workers First Caravan, urged passage of the HEROES Act, often called the second coronavirus stimulus bill, which has been approved in the Democrat-controlled U.S. House of Representative, but awaits action in the Republican-controlled Senate.


View Pictures of yesterday’s Rhode Island AFL-CIO’s Workers First Caravan.

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RALLY on Tuesday, June 23

On Tuesday, June 23 at 4PM, nursing home workers and allies will hold a rally at the Rhode Island State House with a clear message to our legislators: It it TIME to pass safe staffing NOW. Can you join us? SIGN UP HERE.

Every day, nursing home workers have put themselves on the line to care for our loved ones, often without proper staffing, PPE or adequate wages. We know the nursing home workers have been underpaid for decades because the workforce is overwhelmingly women and is majority People of Color.   We need our legislators to pass The Nursing Home Staffing and Quality Care Act NOW. Safe staffing can’t wait.

The nursing home industry in Rhode Island has received around $50 million in additional state and federal funding since April 1st. We know that our state has had a staffing crisis long before COVID-19, ranking 42nd in the nation for average total hours of care. And short staffing has made the devastation of the pandemic even worse, with Rhode Island ranking among the top of the list in COVID-related nursing home deaths.




AFL-CIO: AFL-CIO Statement on Facebook’s Union-Busting Tool

June 12, 2020

Statement from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Facebook’s new tool:

On June 10, 2020, Facebook hosted a presentation sharing a new tool on its Workplace platform. The presentation discussed the “benefits” of “content control.” One example given as a topic employers might like to blacklist? The word “unionize.”

Blacklisting is illegal. Employers censoring their employees’ speech about unionizing is illegal.

Facebook relentlessly presents itself as a champion of free speech, yet here it is marketing itself as a way for corporations to suppress the speech of their employees.

In the face of the rising collective action against racial and economic injustice, this new tool from Facebook is perhaps unsurprising, but it is also completely unacceptable and illegal.

The AFL-CIO demands that Mark Zuckerberg personally apologize to working people, pull this tool immediately and conduct a board-level investigation into how this product came into existence in the first place.

Furthermore, the AFL-CIO demands Facebook embrace global labor rights standards for all its 48,000 workers and for its contractors who employ tens of thousands more. That needs to start with committing to being neutral with respect to their employees’ and contract workers’ organizing efforts and recognizing their unions when they can show a majority of their co-workers have signed union cards.


AFL-CIO: Supreme Court Title VII Decision a Major Victory for LGBTQ WorkersJune 15, 2020

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the Supreme Court decisions for Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, and R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes Inc. v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission:

With today’s decision, the Supreme Court has affirmed the labor movement’s long held conviction, in our collective bargaining agreements and our activism, that no one should be fired because of who they are. This is a momentous step forward for equality in an otherwise dark time, as America suffers from a public health pandemic, an economic free fall and the poison of structural racism. The LGBTQ community is now freer under the protection of a law fought for and won by the Black civil rights movement a generation ago, another reminder that we are all in this together. Let’s use this moment not to rest, but to push forward so every single worker in America can live and work under the banner of liberty and justice for all.



Institute for Labor Studies and Research: June Newsletter


Celebrate your dad in solidarity style this Father’s Day by getting him a gift that sports the union label. Check out some union-made Father’s Day gift ideas from our friends over at Labor 411, the union business directory from the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor.

Don’t forget to text MADE to 235246 for more union-made-in-America product lists.




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Visit our website RhodeIslandAFLCIO.org for more information, news and events.


Voices in Labor:

UNIVAC I, the first commercial computer, was installed at the U.S. Census Bureau. – 1951

President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the National Industrial Recovery Act, which recognized the right of workers to organize and bargain collectively through unions. The legislation was later found unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court. However, it helped inspire a wave of union organizing and paved the way for the National Labor Relations Act, which was passed in 1935. – 1933

The Metal Trades Department of what now the AFL-CIO is founded. – 1908

The Congress of Industrial Organizations expels the Fur and Leather Workers union and the American Communications Association for what it describes as communist activities. – 1947


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