E-news: december 23, 2020

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Teamsters Local 251:

Immediate Release: December 22, 2020

Victory Means No Wage Cuts, Workers Keep Their Pension

(EAST PROVIDENCE, RI) – Approximately 50 workers at McLaughlin & Moran (M&M) cheered when management of the state’s only Budweiser distributorship announced Monday that the deal to sell the company to C & C Distributors, a competitor owned by the Mancini family, would not go forward.

“We represent workers at M&M and several Mancini companies. We tried to negotiate a fair deal with Mancini but they demanded our members take pay cuts of $7 or more per hour and give up their pension,” said Matt Taibi, Teamsters Local 251 Secretary-Treasurer.

“It’s outrageous what some of these corporations try to do to workers,” said Sean O’Brien, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Joint Council 10, which represents more than 55,000 workers throughout New England. “This deal would have hurt our members, small business owners, consumers and all the citizens of Rhode Island.”

In July, Mancini applied to the Department of Business Regulation (DBR) for approval to transfer the wholesaler liquor license owned by M&M to one of their companies. A hearing was scheduled for October 30. Teamster members, their supporters, business owners, and ordinary citizens jammed the virtual hearing and came out in strong opposition.

Read more here.

General Teamsters Local 251 Facebook: State of Rhode Island Signs onto Transportation and Climate Initiative Jobs and Job Training Are Important in Transitioning Away from Greenhouse Gas Emissions Teamsters Local 251 has participated in the Mobility Innovation Working Group to help shape the challenge of transitioning the transportation sector away from carbon-based emissions.
Our recommendations and support for this initiative rely heavily on job protections, job training and protections against bad corporate actors. Fighting climate change and improving the lives of working families are all part of a sustainable future for all. *The innovation and efficiency of renewable energy sources needs to be combined with good family-supporting jobs and fair play in vendor contract bidding. *Local and regional manufacturers who treat their employees fairly should be cornerstone of encouraging growth of a new energy sector. *Partnership with fleet transportation providers who can provide stability in this vision must be based on fair and responsible criteria. *Transition of current jobs and creation of new jobs need to be supported with proven job training programs, while giving preference of hiring to existing workers and local hiring to provide opportunities to disadvantaged communities. With all the stakeholders involved, and the vision of Governor Raimondo, addressing climate change is a needed challenge for current and future generations.
Read more here: https://www.ri.gov/press/view/40061 And here: http://climatechange.ri.gov/state…/mobility-innovation.php

1199 SEIU Rhode Island Facebook:

BREAKING: Caregivers at Hopkins Manor voted unanimously to strike if the home’s new owner doesn’t keep the workers’ current union contract. Hopkins caregivers need continuity, not chaos, in the middle of this pandemic, and the home’s residents need the quality care they are used to.

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RI Committee on Occupational Safety & Health: A TriState Plan to Cap Traffic Pollution

Rhode Island is joining Massachusetts and Connecticut and the District of Columbia in a coalition for an ambitious cap-and-trade program to curb climate damaging emissions from cars, trucks and other forms of transportation, tackling what has fast become the largest source of planet-warming greenhouse gases. The aim is to reduce transportation emissions — which account for about 40 percent of all greenhouse-gas emissions in the region — by as much as 25 percent by 2032.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts sea level rise in Rhode Island upwards of nine feet by 2100. Rising seas increase the risk of storm surge, which leads to increased coastal damage. The inland areas of the state are also more vulnerable as instances of intense precipitation are on the rise; since 1958, New England has recorded a 71% increase in high intensity rainfall incidents. It is also quite clear that flooding, rising seas, and storm surge, due to climate change threaten to erode our transportation infrastructure as well.

Under the program, which could start as early as 2022, fuel companies would buy allowances from the states, either directly or on a secondary market, for every ton of carbon dioxide their fuel will produce. An estimated annual $300 million in auction proceeds would flow back to these states and DC toward efforts to reduce carbon emissions from transportation, including investment in trains, buses, and electric-vehicle charging infrastructure. Read more here.

Labor Notes: It’s Been a Long Nightmare Before Christmas for UPS and Postal Workers

Every year, workers at the Postal Service and UPS expect to work long hours between Thanksgiving and Christmas. “This is like our Super Bowl,” said Kimberly Karol, president of the Iowa Postal Workers (APWU). “Employees really do rally together.”

But this year has been like no other. Workers were still catching their breath from last year’s holiday peak when the pandemic struck and online ordering ratcheted up. It was like Christmas all over again—and it never stopped.


Package volumes at the Postal Service are up 40 percent compared to this time last year, and understaffing is intensified by Covid—more than 50,000 of the 600,000 postal workers have had to take pandemic-related leave.

“They’re working from 12 to 14 hours a day, seven days a week, with very little off time,” said Becky Livingston, St. Louis APWU president. “People are getting tapped on the shoulder saying, ‘We need you four more hours.’” Read more here.

Local 37 Ironworkers Facebook:

Erecting our new flag pole and flag at Local 37 IW Union Hall! Fantastic job Steve Ranahan our Apprentice Coordinator along with 1st year Apprentices Zach Chauvin, Matt Scardace, and Matt Gonsalves. Great job guys.

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Middletown RI Firefighters Local 1933 Facebook:

Congratulations to all of the graduates of Rhode Island Fire Academy class #013! Today, Connor Abert, Zachary Boudria, Jason Caetano, and Frank Rosa graduated and will be joining their battalions on the Middletown Fire Department next week. Way to go brothers! Welcome to the family!

Warwick Firefighters Facebook:

Your Warwick Firefighters want to thank the great citizens of our city. We hope this morning brought some holiday cheer to the kids. We would like to thank the Warwick Police Department for helping escort the big guy around town. Thanks to Chief Peter McMichael and the crews on D Platoon. Thank you to Bubba Parmenter . Thank you to Greenwood Volunteer Fire Company & Museum for providing his ride. Santa has to head back to the North Pole but he will return soon…. Happy Holidays

AFL-CIO Press Release: Increase in Job Fatalities Highlights Need for Worker Protections

Too many of America’s workers are being killed on the job and face dangerous working conditions. The latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries shows that workers of color are especially high risk.

In 2019, 5,333 workers died on the job, the largest number since 2007. That is an average of 15 workers dying each and every day. This does not include the enormous number of lives lost this year from COVID-19, which has been largely uncontrolled in workplaces, or occupational diseases like black lung and silicosis, which are on the rise. The job fatality rate was 3.5 fatalities per 100,000 workers, remaining static for the past three years.

Today’s sobering report comes at a time when the number of Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspectors is at its lowest level since the agency was formed, the Mine Safety and Health Administration inspection force is shrinking and safety agency resources are scarce.Read more here.


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