E-NEWS: April 8, 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.

Here is the direct link—-> Union Directory

Please use this directory to find where you can buy union and use services in Rhode Island.


AFT Twitter: “We’ve been out there every day working for our kids and proposing solutions.” –@Renny920 Amazing @PTU958 rally today to say #WeArePTU, demand education justice, and come #Together4PVD students, families, teachers, and staff.

Providence Teachers Union Community Outreach Facebook:

Video on April 6th Rally with educators and community in calling for education justice and an end to broken promises.

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Pictures from Rally on April 6th at the State House


View pictures from Patrick Crowley’s Twitter here.

More pictures from Patrick Crowley’s Twitter here.

View pictures from Colleen Callahan’s Twitter here.


UFCW Local 328: Greenleaf Workers Vote to Unionize in Historic Election Victory

Portsmouth, RI – In a milestone moment, the employees at Greenleaf Compassionate Care Center in Portsmouth, Rhode Island became the first cannabis dispensary workers in the state to unionize after an overwhelming majority voted to join United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 328 (UFCW) by a vote of 21 to 1.

The newly organized team at Greenleaf includes budtenders, keyholders, online team members and delivery associates. Each day, these workers strive to serve the needs of their patients by providing medicine and guidance through the state’s legal medical marijuana program.

In the weeks leading up to the election, Greenleaf management hired out of state anti-union consultants who held mandatory meetings and distributed flyers to employees in the dispensary. Despite their attempts, the workers at Greenleaf remained united and displayed incredible support and solidarity. The tactics by the company only reaffirmed the workers’ strong commitment for forming their union and securing a better and brighter future for all at Greenleaf. Read more here.



Providence Business News: 5Q: Michael Sabitoni

President, Rhode Island Building and Construction Trades Council | Chairman, Providence Rises Together Coalition

What is the Providence Rises Together Coalition and why was it formed?

The Providence Rises Together Coalition includes a growing number of community groups, janitors, security guards, hotel workers, construction workers and other professionals advocating for reforms to city tax-stabilization agreements.

2 Why is the city’s existing tax stabilization agreement policy a problem? What are the top changes you would like to see made?

One of the key problems with the current TSA policy is developers are ignoring their reporting requirements. A 2017 audit uncovered a history of “widespread noncompliance” among the 54 developers who were TSA recipients, as well as reporting errors, wage theft, worker misclassification, missed administrative payments and dismal reporting practices.

The proposed reforms will create stronger reporting requirements; require investments in minority and women-owned businesses; start a career building apprenticeship program; and guarantee livable wage standards during and after ­construction.

Developers are pushing back against the proposed policy changes as making their projects too costly and say it will dissuade development. What is your response?

Those opposing these common-sense reforms to protect taxpayers and workers want all the benefits of TSAs with little accountability. Profiting at the expense of working families on projects financed with taxpayer money is simply bad public policy. Read more here.


Boston Globe: How could the American Jobs Plan improve Rhode Island’s infrastructure?

We ask 10 local experts how they’d like to see President Joe Biden’s $2 trillion jobs and infrastructure plan put to use in the Ocean State

Remember Gina Raimondo? Rhode Island’s former governor is one of five cabinet secretaries who President Joe Biden has asked to help push his $2 trillion jobs and infrastructure plan, so it’s safe to say you’re going to being seeing a whole lot more of her on television.

Since she might not have as much time to read letters from her neighbors about pot holes and sidewalks, Globe Rhode Island asked a bunch of super smart people to quickly explain how they’d like to improve Rhode Island’s infrastructure if the American Jobs Plan becomes law.Read more here.


1199 SEIU Rhode Island Facebook:

Butler members Sticker and #PurpleMask Day. Health care heroes deserve a #faircontract NOW! #UnionStrong

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