e-news: September 10, 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

R.I. History’s People Museum: An interview with RI AFL-CIO President George Nee

Watch video here.

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Providence Journal: Providence Teachers Union protests district’s reopening plan

PROVIDENCE — Members of the Providence Teachers Union say they are concerned about returning to school next week in buildings they say have been unsafe and unclean since long before the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

“We’ve said for years that the schools aren’t as clean as they should be,” Maribeth Calabro, president of the teachers union, said during a protest staged by the group outside the State House on Tuesday. “If the expectation is that we’re going to be in school, then the expectation should be that we’re going to have clean schools with good ventilation.”

Elementary school students in Providence Public Schools will begin returning to school, on a staggered schedule, on Monday. The return of older students will be phased in through Oct. 13, according to School Department spokeswoman Laura Hart.

Calabro said the union is concerned about risks of returning to schools that have long been plagued with infrastructure issues. Teachers have complained of classroom windows that don’t open, rodent feces on classroom floors, grimy desks, undrinkable water coming from bubblers and leaking ceiling tiles, she said. Read more here.

AFL-CIO: Am I Safe at Work?

Far too many employers are putting the lives of working people at risk. We are being asked to work without the adequate protections and protocols that help keep us safe from becoming infected with COVID-19.

Find out if your employer is doing enough to keep you and your co-workers safe. See website here.

Gallup: At 65%, Approval of Labor Unions in U.S. Remains High

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As Labor Day approaches and economic conditions in the U.S. remain tenuous, Americans’ 65% approval of labor unions is once again the highest it has been since 2003. Public support for labor unions has been generally rising since hitting its lowest point of 48% in 2009, during the Great Recession.

Gallup’s initial reading of the public’s support for labor unions was 72% in 1936, at the advent of the modern U.S. organized labor movement, and approval peaked at 75% in 1953 and 1957. The lowest ratings to date have been recorded during particularly weak economic times. This includes the late 1970s and early to mid-1980s — when support fell below 60% for the first time — and 2009 through 2012, when it hovered around 50%.

While the latest reading, from a July 30-Aug. 12 poll, comes at a time of severe economic upheaval, this has so far not had a negative impact on the public’s view of unions, as it is little changed from last year’s reading.

Read more here.

Parade: 10 Fascinating Things You Probably Didn’t Know About the History of Labor Day and the Labor Movement

There’s more to Labor Day than what often seems to only amount to the final barbecues and three-day weekends of summer. The federal holiday, celebrated the first Monday in September, marks a major win for American workers. Learn about the history of Labor Day and why it deserves recognition beyond burgers and sales.

10 Facts About the History of Labor Day and the Labor Movement

1. The first Labor Day “parade” was actually a strike.

On Sept. 5, 1882, tens of thousands of union laborers marched from New York City Hall to Union Square to protest deplorable working conditions amid the Industrial Revolution: Workers, including children as young as five years old, labored in unsafe factories, farms, mills and mines for 12 hours or more per day, seven days a week, often without breaks, fresh air or even clean water. Many workers risked their jobs and livelihoods in order to march.

Learn more here.

Labor 411: Keeping your Home, Work and School Space Spic and Span

For so many of us during this pandemic, our home is doubling as a work space while also serving as our children’s classroom. That means it needs to be clean. You have choices when you tidy up, and Labor 411 encourages the use of products made by union-friendly companies that treat their workers fairly and give them a voice on the job. So before that work/school/home day begins, get your house in order, and let’s all clean our way to a stronger America. See list here.

**Remember to buy your union-made food and beverages at Shaws, Stop & Shop and Eastside Marketplace to support our brothers and sisters who work there.


Basic/Advanced Steward Training Virtual Workshop via ZOOM

The Institute for Labor Studies and Research is offering a Basic/Advanced Steward Training Virtual Workshop via ZOOM consisting of 2 sessions.

Tuesday, September 22 @ 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 29 @ 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Seating is limited and on a first come first serve basis.

If you are interested in attending the Steward Training Virtual Workshop, please reply by Friday, September 11, 2020 directly to Denise Cesino at 401-463-9900 or dcesino@riilsr.org.For more information visit Website.


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