e-news: december 3, 2020

Go here to donate.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

AFT Twitter: Educators never stop caring for their students. That’s why@PTU958 members & leaders held a Sweater Weather Drive today to distribute donated sweaters and sweatshirts for kids in Providence. #Together4PVD @Renny920 @rifthp

Unite Here Local 26:

Dear President Nee & RI AFL-CIO Affiliate Leaders,

I am writing to you with a heavy heart to ask you for help.  This year for our members has meant long bread lines instead of long picket lines. Right now nine out of ten hospitality workers in Rhode Island are without work with few prospects for reemployment.

Unemployment benefits will soon be running out and many members have nowhere to turn.  As the holidays approach our members are asking for assistance to put a little food on the table.  If you have the means, we ask that you please make a contribution to the UNITE HERE Local 26 Education and Support Fund by check or by following the link below. Your contribution will go directly toward putting food on a struggling hospitality workers dinner table.

Thank you for your consideration,

Carlos Aramayo, President


By Check: UNITE HERE Local 26 Education and Support Fund,101 Station Landing, 4th Floor, Medford MA 02155

Online: www.Local26.org and click “Supporter Donations” or https://secure.actblue.com/donate/unite-here-local-2

UFCW Local 328 Twitter:
We congratulate the #FrontLineHeroes at the NB Jewish Convalescent Home for voting unanimously to ratify their new agreement! These CNA’s, housekeeping and dietary workers have worked tirelessly to protect our most vulnerable and their own families as well throughout this crisis.

UFCW Press Release:

America’s Largest Food & Retail Union Calls on CDC for COVID-19 Vaccine Early Access for Essential Workers in Grocery, Meatpacking, and Food Processing on Frontlines of Pandemic as Infections Skyrocket.

Ahead of CDC Meeting Today on COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution, Union Highlights Increasing Risks Faced by Essential Workers with Hundreds Dead and Thousands More Infected Daily
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) – which represents 1.3 million food and retail workers – called on the CDC and its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) to prioritize essential workers in grocery, meatpacking, and food processing for early COVID-19 vaccine access. Ahead of today’s ACIP meeting on vaccine distribution, the union is urging the CDC to recognize the extraordinary service of these essential workers, who are overwhelmingly from communities of color and still on the frontlines of the pandemic as COVID-19 cases skyrocket across the country.

UFCW International President Marc Perrone released the following statement:

“America’s grocery, meatpacking, and food processing workers have been on the frontlines of this deadly pandemic since day one, putting themselves in harm’s way to feed our families during this crisis. As COVID-19 cases skyrocket, hundreds of these essential workers have already died and thousands more are infected daily as they serve our country by keeping our food supply secure. Read more here.

AFL-CIO: Breakthrough for Organized Labor and Clean Energy

Her goal was to go beyond good intentions and rhetoric. So Liz Shuler, as secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO, the second-highest position in the labor movement and, as it happens, highest-ranking woman in the federation’s history, went to Scandinavia in 2019. She leveraged AFL-CIO’s relationships with their sister union federations to talk directly with top management at some of the largest renewable energy companies in the world.

The big idea was to make an example of offshore wind—a template for how union labor will build the clean energy future.

Over the next year, she worked to bring leading renewable energy project developers from Norway and Denmark to the table with building trades unions. She connected state labor federations along the East Coast of the U.S. in a working group on offshore wind. She quietly talked with elected leaders. This is her forte. She comes from a building trades union; she’s adept at building bridges. And through months of crises, amid a pandemic, she kept the conversation alive.

Read more here.

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The Washington Post: Nearly 3,500 federal workers to get benefits for contracting the coronavirus at work

The government has agreed to pay injury compensation benefits to nearly 3,500 federal employees on grounds that they contracted the coronavirus while at work, and has granted death benefits to survivors of 14 employees for that reason.

More than 2,600 other claims for benefits under the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act, including 68 for deaths, are pending, according to the Labor Department.

The claims reflect a continuing rise in infections among federal workers amid the general increase nationwide, in which the death toll has now crossed 250,000, even as large numbers of federal employees continue to work remotely.

More than 6,600 federal workers have sought compensation for catching the virus on the job; in addition to those already granted or pending, 339 have been denied and 191 were withdrawn. That compares to about 4,000 claims, including 60 death claims, as of late July.

Read more here.

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Stacker: 30 victories for workers’ rights won by organized labor over the years

Today, American workers have a host of rights and recourses should their workplace be hostile or harmful. While the modern labor movement works to continue to improve the working conditions for all with big efforts around a fair minimum wage and end of employer wage theft, the movement has a history rich with fights and wins. It put an end to child labor, 10-to-16 hour workdays, and unsafe working conditions. Today, every wage-earning American today owes a debt of gratitude to organized labor for the 40-hour workweek, minimum wage (such as it is), anti-discrimination laws, and other basic protections. Far from basic, those protections were, until fairly recently, pipe dreams to the millions of American men, women, and children who labored endlessly in dreadful conditions for poverty wages.

The gratitude is owed mostly to the unions those nameless and disposable workers organized, which they did under the threat of being fired, harassed, evicted from company homes, beaten, jailed, and, in many cases, killed. In 1886, for example, over 200,000 railroad workers went on strike to protest an unjust firing. In 1894, over 250,000 workers walked out of the Pullman Palace Car Company factories to protest 12-hour workdays and wage cuts.

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Labor 411: Trusted Brands for the Holidays

Given the nationwide health mandates urging people to stay at home as we combat the COVID-19 pandemic, holiday shopping may look a bit different this year. But whether you’re venturing out or ticking off Santa’s list online, there are still gifts to be bought. One thing that never changes is the value of well-established, American made brands produced by companies that treat their workers fairly and give them a voice on the job. We’ve highlighted some of our favorites across a spectrum of categories. Happy holidays and let’s all work together to build a stronger America.

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