E-News: January 7, 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


AFL-CIO: Attempted Coup an Unconscionable Assault on Democracy

January 6, 2021

Statement from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the breach of the U.S. Capitol building:

We are witnessing one of the greatest assaults on our democracy since the Civil War. Today’s attempted coup has been years in the making as Donald Trump consistently spews venom, conspiracies, hate and lies to his supporters. They are carrying out his wishes, and far too many Republican lawmakers have enabled and even encouraged this violent threat to our republic. Emboldened by an Electoral College system that creates an avenue for insurrection instead of simply certifying the candidate with the most votes, this is an effort to violate the constitutional rights of every law-abiding American and the labor movement will not stand for it. Not today. Not ever.

Contact: Carolyn Bobb, 202-637-5018


America’s Work Force Union Podcast:

IBEW Local 99 Business Manager Joe Walsh was featured on today’s edition of the America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Walsh discussed IBEW members in Rhode Island and where they work, 2021 goals and the union difference, apprenticeship programs and how the Biden administration will benefit unions.

United Steelworkers District 9 Director Dan Flippo was the second guest on the show today. Flippo spoke to host Ed “Flash” Ferenc about how the locals in their district “zig-zagged” their way through the pandemic, negotiating contracts, increased union representation in so-called “right to work” states, and having union members on President-elect Biden’s transition team.

Listen to Podcast here.


Raise the Bar on Resident Care:

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West Warwick Firefighters Facebook:

Today West Warwick Firefighters assisted in the regional COVID-19 vaccination POD in East Greenwich. Helping vaccinate 300+ people. We look forward to participating in many more vaccination events in the near future!


United Way of RI: Annual Celebration, 2021

Phil Fogarty of Utility Workers, Local 310 will receive the Dante Mollo Labor Award at the Annual Celebration, 2021

Join United Way of Rhode Island for our 94th Annual Celebration on Thursday, January 14, 2021 via Zoom.

During this inspiring evening, we’ll kick-off United Way’s new 5-year strategic plan: LIVE UNITED 2025. We will also celebrate our community partners and recognize local leaders who strive to make Rhode Island a better place.

Save the date:

When: Thursday, January 14, 2021
Time: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Where: Zoom | Meeting details will be included in your confirmation email.

Sign-up here.


Politico: Minimum wages rise in 25 states this year

Welcome back, folks! With the new year comes the start of a new Congress, a Georgia runoff race that will decide control of the Senate and hourly minimum wage hikes in several states. More than three dozen jurisdictions will raise their minimum wage to $15 or more this year — something the labor movement has sought for more than a decade, and a figure that Democrats and President-elect Joe Biden have championed.

According to a report from Yannet Lathrop at the left-leaning National Employment Law Project, 20 states and 32 cities and counties raised their minimum wage on Jan. 1. Later this year, another five states and 18 localities are also slated to bump their hourly minimum. And by 2026, 42 percent of U.S. workers will be covered by $15 minimum wage laws, Lathrop writes.

Growing momentum to raise the hourly wage at the local level will likely lead to labor and the left further pressuring Biden to hike the federal minimum wage from its current level, $7.25 (last raised in 2009). It’s a change that unions and some economists say will uplift workers in low-wage jobs — many of whom work in the sectors hit the hardest by the pandemic. But rallying Congress around a higher federal minimum wage raise will not be easy, and any of Biden’s efforts to do so from Biden will no doubt face friction from the business community, which has long opposed the $15 threshold. Read more here.


IAFF Twitter: “Our members are being diagnosed with cancers as a result of on-the-job exposures. We have had the sad duty of adding far too many of their names to the walls of our fallen fire fighter memorial,” said #IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger. #FFCancerMonth#FightFFCancer

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YouTube: Michael Moore’s ‘Capitalism: A Love Story’ – Flint Sit-Down Strike

On December 30, 1936 in Flint, Michigan, United Auto Workers hold a sit-down strike.

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Labor 411: New Year’s Relief – Union Style

With a rough 2020 almost done, many are ready to party to say good riddance to that seemingly never-ending year. We’ve got you covered for any after-effects of all that New Year’s Eve reveling. There are plenty of union-made items to help you get back to yourself and face 2021 with a clear head and some pep in your step. Fill up your system, your pantry and your medicine cabinet with these brands made by companies who treat their workers fairly and give them a voice on the job. Happy new year, and let’s all recharge our way to a stronger, healthier America. See list here.


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Now playing on Labor Vision

The LaborVision team sat down with Michael Sabitoni of the Rhode Island Building and Construction Trades Council, Jill Traecy of Building Futures, and Tim Potter of IBEW Local 99 during a three segment series addressing the Opioid Crisis. A problem which for years has been plaguing the nation, the state, and more specifically, the Construction Industry.

On Monday’s segment, Erica Hammond sat down with President Sabitoni who outlined the industry impact this crisis has had. The pair discuss some of the reasons this issue has effected construction workers at an alarming rate compared to other industries as well as what’s being done to address it. Sabitoni also highlights many of the peer support programs and resources available for individuals struggling with addiction.

On Wednesday’s segment, Hammond sits down with Jill Traecy, a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker & Health Initiatives Manager at Building Futures. The two discuss the new training titled, RI Opioid Crisis: Our Response Our Recovery and Traecy outlines each of it’s components. The goal is to offer this training in not only all union halls, but on all construction and jobs sites in the state.

If you have missed either of these segments be sure to catch them on our website: www.laborvisionri.org

Don’t miss tomorrow’s segment, the last of the series, when Hammond sits down with Tim Potter, a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist, and Jill Traecy to discuss the benefits and the importance of peer support programs, along the path of recovery.


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