e-news: June 3, 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.

Providence Journal: McKee signs bill setting highest staff-to-patient mandate in nation for RI nursing homes

PROVIDENCE — Gov. Dan McKee on Thursday signed into law a nursing-home staffing mandate that loomed large over the 2020 elections amid an aggressive drive by the Services Employees International Union to oust any state lawmaker unwilling to commit.

While the nursing-home industry warned legislators the mandate would result in closures, advocates of the legislation said it would prevent residents from having to endure long waits for care and boost the wages of currently overstretched staff.

“Today we take a step forward for staff, residents and their families,” McKee said during the signing ceremony outside the State House. “Stronger staffing standards and [more] funding for direct care staff will help raise the bar on resident care in our state.”

“I am so excited to see this day finally come,” said Adelina Ramos, a certified nursing assistant at the Genesis Healthcare nursing home in Greenville.

“More staff will be such a relief in our bodies, minds and spirits,” she said. “It will allow us to focus on better care … and by raising wages we will be able to attract more care-givers to the field who will know their work is valued and fairly compensated.” Read more here.

Watch the signing of the Nursing Home Staffing and Quality Care Act at the State House on May 27th.

Watch video here.

SEIU Local 1199 Facebook:

Last week, the Nursing Home Staffing and Quality Care Act became the law. This was the culmination of years of work by 1199 members, nursing home caregivers, family members, residents and community allies. We still have work to do to continue improving our nursing homes and winning the wages and benefits nursing home workers deserve but this is a MAJOR VICTORY in raising the bar for resident care.

United Way of RI: Reaching a Livable Wage, a Community First Conversation

Watch last week’s Community First Conversation about getting to a livable wage in Rhode Island. Leaders of our state’s labor, housing, and finance communities shared what they’re doing to increase income for Rhode Island workers and how you can advocate for a livable wage for Rhode Islanders. Host:
– Kyle Bennett | Director, Policy and Equity, United Way of Rhode Island Guests:
– George Nee | President, Rhode Island AFL-CIO
– Melina Lodge | Executive Director, Housing Network of Rhode Island
– Representative from Bank of America

Green Energy Consumers Alliance

Spring Meeting breakout 2021! Join Kai Salem of Green Energy Consumers Alliance and Patrick Crowley of the Rhode Island AFL-CIO for a 30 minute discussion of how labor & climate groups are working together in RI. After a short presentation, an excellent discussion highlights how we can ensure a just transition to a low-carbon future. Watch video here.

Providence Journal: RI Senate passes IGT contract deal; bill heads to McKee’s desk

The long gambling-business relationship between International Game Technology, the company formerly known as Twin River and Rhode Island is on the verge of getting 20 years longer.

The state Senate on Tuesday gave final General Assembly approval to legislation extending IGT’s role as lottery technology provider and giving Bally’s, formerly Twin River, a share of the slot machine market.

The final vote was 28 to 7. Four Democrats joined three Republicans in voting against the bill.

The bill now goes to Gov. Dan McKee, who has said he supports it.

In exchange for exclusive control of lottery technology through 2043, the legislation requires the IGT-led partnership to employ at least 1,100 people in Rhode Island and make a $27-million upfront payment to the state. Read more here.

Clovis Gregor is the RI AFL-CIO’s endorsed candidate for Pawtucket City Council, Ward 5. Clovis is also endorsed by the Democratic Ward 5 City Committee and supported by State Representatives Barros and Tobon and Senator Kallman who represent the district. By working as a team and having influence with current elected officials, Clovis will be an effective leader for the district. Clovis Gregor will be a hands-on City Councilman. He will lead the beginning of his term by fighting to expedite renovations at Baldwin School, Re-open the West Ave. Fire Station and increase safety in our neighborhoods. Clovis is running to serve the working families of Pawtucket. Election Day (June 8th) is only a week away! For the past month, Clovis and his team of volunteers have been knocking on doors and calling Pawtucket voters every day, getting the word out about the election. Now we need to make sure that Clovis’s supporters show up to cast their ballots. We need you to sign up to canvass or phone bank! We’ll be knocking doors and making calls every day until Election Day. If you have even just a spare two hours to volunteer this week, please contact Matt Gunnip (President, SEIU Local 580) at 401-486-7719.

Smithfield Firefighters IAFF Local 2050 Facebook:

Members of L2050 spent a couple hours today participating in the “Murph” with @ironcladfitnesscenter . This workout is in memory of Lt. Michael Murphy who was KIA during Operation Red Wing. The workout is consists of a 1 mile run, 100 pull ups, 200 push ups, 300 squats and another 1 mile run to cap it off. Thank you to all the service men and women that have served as well as made the sacrifice for our freedoms. Great work by everyone that participated today.

Local 37 Ironworkers Facebook:

RI Welding at JP Morgan Bank Providence, RI

View pictures here.

National Education Association: We Need to Fix School Buildings Now, Educators Tell Congress

Throughout the pandemic, more Americans have become aware that our school infrastructure is decaying, and that failing HVAC systems, leaky facilities that breed mold, and hazardous old building materials disproportionately harm students of color, students with disabilities, and students in rural counties.

Every student and educator deserves a safe learning and work environment, and educators around the country are speaking out about the conditions they face and how it affects their students.Read more here.



Register here.

Green Energy and Consumers Alliance:

A conversation on transportation & equity in RI via Zoom on June 8th at 6:30 p.m.

By addressing the historical harm caused by the transportation system to communities of color, Tribal communities and lower income communities, the Transportation and Climate Initiative Program has the potential to create a new system that is not just healthier and more resilient, but also more equitable.

But this can only happen if the voices of the people disproportionately impacted by the transportation system are heard in developing and implementing the program. Join our panel-led conversation to learn more about the TCI program and to explore how Rhode Island can center equity within its decision-making processes.

The conversation will be led by Vernice Miller-Travis of the Metropolitan Group. Panelists include: Marcela Betancur, Latino Policy Institute; Camilo Viveiros, George Wiley Center; Enrique Sanchez, Olneyville Neighborhood Association; Rochelle Lee, Kennedy Plaza Resilience Coalition; and Pat Crowley, RI AFL-CIO.

Register here.

Teamsters, Local 251
Please visit the picket line and show Johnson Brothers that workers stick together and will not be treated like second-class citizens. Picket lines are up 24 hours a day at: Johnson Brothers of RI 120 Moscrip Ave North Kingstown RI 02852 Key times are 7:30-9 am and 4-6 pm.

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