e-news: july 16, 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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Please use this directory to find where you can buy union and use services in Rhode Island.

TODAY —- Nursing Home Picket for Safe Staffing

Time: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Hosted by 1199 SEIU Rhode Island

Last week hundreds of nursing home workers voted on a strike deadline if they are unable to reach a settlement on their contract proposals to achieve safer staffing for residents, fair wages, affordable healthcare and access to training opportunities.

Stand in Solidarity with Nursing Home Workers as they hold informational pickets this Thursday, July 16 from 2:30 to 3:30 pm at Bannister Center (135 Dodge St. in Providence, RI).

There will also be informational pickets from 2-4pm at:

Pawtucket Center (70 Gil Ave., Pawtucket, RI)
Charlesgate Nursing Home (100 Randall St., Providence)
Hopkins Manor (610 Smithfield Road., North Providence)
Greenville Center, (735 Putnam Pike, Greenville)
Linn Health and Rehab (30 Alexander Ave., East Providence
Linkfor more information.

Providence Journal: Hundreds of R.I. nursing-home workers vote to authorize strike

Vote was nearly unanimous, union organizer says; main issue is lack of minimum staffing requirement.

PROVIDENCE — Workers at three Rhode Island nursing homes have voted to go on strike at the end of the month unless their employers agree to hire more staff and provide higher wages and better health-care benefits.

The union representing staff at Genesis Pawtucket Nursing Center, Hopkins Manor in North Providence and Genesis Greenville Center in Smithfield announced the vote on Tuesday.

Adanjesus Marin, lead organizer of District 1199 of the Service Employees International Union, said the vote taken on Monday was nearly unanimous, with hundreds of members in support of striking and fewer than 10 opposed.

The facilities’ managers were notified that if agreements aren’t reached, the workers intend to strike at 6 a.m. on July 29.

“We can’t call people heroes while we keep them in poverty,” Marin said in an online news briefing. “We don’t do this lightly, but we do this united.”


WPRI Channel 12 News: Reopening schools: Teachers have ‘varying degrees of anxiety,’ union president say

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) ─ While school districts across the country are making decisions on how to safely resume classes come fall, the countdown is on in Rhode Island with students expected to head back to school next month.

But the head of the Providence Teachers Union, Maribeth Calabro, tells Eyewitness News that even just one child contracting COVID-19 after returning to school is too many and the burden being placed on educators is “extremely heavy.”

Calabro said she, as well as dozens of teachers across the state, are concerned about reopening schools on Aug. 31.

“We have various degrees of anxiety from folks, we know kids want to get back to school, and we know teachers want to get back to school, but there are some grave concerns on teachers parts about safety,” Calabro said.

The state released guidance on how districts can reopen schools come fall, but she believes it goes beyond a new set of rules and restrictions.

“My school has almost 1,000 kids, that’s a lot of bodies,” she said. “Then masking is another concern, making sure kids keep the masks on, and then what about ventilation? Opening the doors and windows?”


AFL-CIO: AFL-CIO Launches Six-Figure Ad Buy in McConnell’s Backyard, Calling for Passage of HEROES Act July 14, 2020

Today, the AFL-CIO announced a six-figure television and social media ad buy that will blanket the state of Kentucky over the next two weeks. The ad calls on Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to do his job by passing the HEROES Act to provide long-overdue relief to working people who are suffering from the fallout of COVID-19.

“If Mitch McConnell doesn’t act…budget cuts will destroy the public services we need to recover from the coronavirus,” the ad says. “Tell Mitch McConnell Kentucky won’t be left behind—fund our essential public services now. Pass the HEROES Act.”

The HEROES Act is grounded in America’s Five Economic Essentials, the desperately needed measures to keep working people safe and economically secure. It would save workers’ lives through a federal workplace infectious disease standard. It would include large scale aid to state and local governments and the Postal Service, to preserve public schools and public services and support the teachers, first responders and front-line workers who serve our communities. It would extend the additional $600 a week in unemployment benefits that tens of millions of laid-off workers are relying on and help these workers retain their health care. And it would protect earned pensions and take important steps to keep workers on the payroll. -READ MORE


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Voices in Labor:

A nine-year strike, the longest in the history of the United Auto Workers, began at the Division of Park-Ohio Industries Inc. in Cuyahoga Heights, Ohio. During the strike the company lost nearly $50 million, $34.5 in 1992 alone.  Despite scabs, arrests and firings, UAW Local 91 members hung tough and in 1992 won and signed a new three year agreement. – 1983

Italian immigrants and anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti are convicted in Massachusetts of murder and payroll robbery – unfairly, most historians agree – after a two-month trial, and are eventually executed. Fifty years after their deaths the state’s governor issued a proclamation saying they had been treated unfairly and that “any disgrace should be forever removed from their names.” – 1921

The Screen Actors Guild held its first meeting. Among those attending: future horror movie star (Frankenstein’s Monster) and union activist Boris Karloff. – 1933

Congress passed first minimum wage law (40 cents per hour). – 1933-LEARN MORE

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