e-news: october 15, 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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****Note: Rally mentioned below has been changed to a FaceBook “Live” event. Here is the link to join: https://fb.me/e/4lCxdSIjr

Contact: Nicki Morris, 857-498-2495, nmorris@local26.org
Providence Hotel Workers to Rally Outside City Hall
Workers on the brink call on City Hall to pass Hotel Comeback Ordinance to protect their jobs
What: UNITE HERE Local 26 hotel workers to rally outside Providence City Hall in support of the Hotel Comeback Ordinance, a regulation to protect hotel workers through the crisis by giving those who lost their jobs because of the pandemic the ability to return to work once the work comes back. When: Thursday, October 15th, 6:00pm – 6:45pm Where: Providence City Hall, 25 Dorrance St, Providence, RI 02903 Who: UNITE HERE Local 26 members who work as hotel room attendants, front desk reception, bellmen, cooks, dishwashers, and union hotel and food service workers from across Rhode Island including TF Green Airport food and beverage, utility and warehouse workers, Twin River Casino workers, and downtown hotel workers from the Omni Providence, Graduate Providence, and Renaissance Providence, as well as political and community supporters
Note: Frontline UNITE HERELocal 26 hotel workers  and UNITE HERE Local 26 President Carlos Aramayo will be available for interview in person in front of City Hall as well as by phone.
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UFCW, Local 328: Ocean State Cultivation Center Employees Ratify First Cannabis Union Contract in Rhode Island with UFCW Local 328

Providence, RI – The United Food and Commercial Workers Local 328 (UFCW) and management from the Ocean State Cultivation Center (OSCC) have come to an agreement on a finalized contract that will provide representation for OSCC employees while setting an important precedent for the expanding medical marijuana industry in Rhode Island.

The finalized contract comes after months of cordial negotiations between OSCC management and UFCW Local 328. The two parties agreed to a Labor Peace Agreement in late 2019, the first of its kind in the Rhode Island medical marijuana industry, which committed them to open, transparent dialogue throughout the negotiation process. The finalized contract will guarantee a living wage, comprehensive benefits, opportunities for career advancement and safe working conditions for the employees of OSCC.

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Safe Schools Safe Futures RI: Let’s build the schools our children deserve

When our students physically return to their schools, they deserve to be welcomed into an environment that supports their learning and helps facilitate any lost academic ground the pandemic has caused.

We have a unique opportunity to make much needed fixes to our schools here in the Ocean State. We can use the time when teachers and students are not able to gather in person to repair and improve their learning experience.

See how you can help the communities that are leading the way:CranstonNewportProvidenceWarwick

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International Association of Firefighters: On the Frontlines of the Opioid Crisis

While the world remains consumed by the COVID-19 pandemic, another public health crisis continues to rage. The opioid epidemic has ravaged both of our great nations; it’s estimated that in the U.S. alone, nearly 130 people die every day from opioid overdose.

The opioid epidemic also affects IAFF members from every angle. Fire service personnel battle this crisis daily on the frontlines of their communities, but fire fighters also suffer – often in silence – from their own struggles with pain management, prescription drug use and addiction.

To address the ongoing opioid problem, and with support from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the Department of Energy (DOE), the IAFF has launched a new online resource, Responding to the Opioid Epidemic, a 10-segment video and podcast series. The series provides an in-depth understanding of opioid addiction and treatment, addiction treatment considerations for fire fighters and responsible approaches to pain management for fire fighters living with pain. The IAFF is able to provide this critical training with support from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

Read more here.

Watch video here.

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URI: Suffrage Centennial Lecture Series

In 2020 we celebrate two monumental events in American history: the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, granting American women the right to vote, and the 150th anniversary of the 15th Amendment that at least nominally enfranchised African American men. To mark the occasion, URI is planning a yearlong virtual series. Join us as we explore suffrage history and modern-day voting issues. Virtual lectures and registration info here.

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