e-news: february 25, 2021

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.

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For Immediate Release: February 24, 2021

Contact: Meaghan McCabe, (401) 453-5294

Whitehouse Introduces Legislation to Protect Nursing Home Residents and Workers

COVID-19 has taken disproportionate toll on nursing homes across the country

Washington, DC – With the COVID-19 pandemic having claimed the lives of more than 170,000 residents and workers in nursing homes and long-term care facilities, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) has joined Senators Bob Casey (D-PA), Raphael Warnock (D-GA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Cory Booker (D-NJ) in introducing legislation to save lives and assist with vaccinations.

The COVID-19 Nursing Home Protection Act would provide funding to ensure that nursing homes have the resources to keep residents and workers safe. Funding would go towards providing infection control assistance and organizing local health and emergency workers – known as “surge” teams – to manage COVID-19 outbreaks and care for residents. The legislation would also require demographic data collection on the virus in nursing homes. Whitehouse is advocating for the measure to be included in the pandemic relief bill currently advancing in the House of Representatives.

“Nursing home residents and staff have been through a traumatic year,” said Whitehouse. “We need to prioritize vaccinating and caring for the Americans who live and work in these settings. That means providing additional staff as needed to control outbreaks and making sure every resident and care worker who wants a vaccine can get one.” Read more here.

Revenue for RI Kick-off Conference Facebook

The Revenue for RI coalition will kick off our 2021 campaign to ensure the wealthiest among us are contributing their fair share.

Watch video here.

Providence Journal: Lifespan-Care New England merger greeted with acclaim, caution

PROVIDENCE – A mix of acclaim and concern characterized the reaction on Wednesday to the announcement that the state’s two largest health-care systems, Lifespan and Care New England, have signed an agreement to merge and join with Brown University in creating a combined health system.

The acclaim: That after years of failed efforts, Rhode Island would finally have an integrated, academic-based health system supporting world-class care and research.

The concern: That such a system could result in layoffs and also prove costly to consumers and insurers, as has happened elsewhere in the United States with mergers.

Sen. Joshua Miller, chairman of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services, falls in the latter camp.

In an email, Miller cited the experience of Massachusetts-based Partners HealthCare, which merged two major hospital systems, Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s. The combined system is now called Mass General Brigham. Read more here.

Video regarding the IGT/TR legislation

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NEA Rhode Island:

Ask Larry and Bob: Conversations about public education, labor, politics, and the current events happening in Rhode Island. In this episode, NEARI President Larry Purtill, NEARI Executive Director Bob Walsh, and NEARI Communications Director Stephanie DeSilva Mandeville discuss Pandemic, Pensions, Priorities, and Professional Development including this week’s release of NEA member survey results and anticipated CDC guidance on reopening schools safely. Watch video here.

LIUNA New England Facebook:

In partnership with the City of Cranston and the Cranston West Alumni Association, New England Laborer’s Cranston Public Schools Construction & Career Academy (NEL/CPS C&CA) students and New England Laborers Training Academy (NELTA) volunteered their labor to build two (2) ticket booths at the Cranston HS West Football Field. View pictures here.

East Greenwich Firefighters Association Facebook:

Do you know that within 10 minutes of being submerged in water temperature in the 30’s, the body will start shutting down? Today your East Greenwich Firefighters participated in ice rescue training in Greenwich Cove. We always advise to stay off the ice but in the event of an accident we are prepared to respond. View pictures here.


RICOSH Workshop: Role of Ventilation and Air Filtration

Zoom meeting: Wednesday, March 3rd at 3:00 p.m.
SARS-CoV-2 viral particles spread between people more readily indoors than outdoors. When outdoors, the concentration of viral particles rapidly reduces with the wind, even a very light wind. When indoors, ventilation mitigation strategies help to offset the absence of natural wind and reduce the concentration of viral particles in the indoor air. The lower the concentration, the less likely some of those viral particles can be inhaled into your lungs; contact your eyes, nose, and mouth; or fall out of the air to accumulate on surfaces. Protective ventilation practices and interventions can reduce the airborne concentration, which reduces the overall viral dose to occupants.

Register in advance here.

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