e-news: july 1, 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.

RI Building & Construction Trades Council Twitter:

Pres. Sabitoni: The Apprenticeship FORWARD project creates much needed diversity and equity within the registered apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs. Thank you Building Futures RI @goapprenticeRI @SenJackReed @RI_DLT
Vast career opportunities for ALL RI residents

RI Painters Union Twitter:

@GoIUPAT Assistant to the General President, & @ri_trades Sec/ Treasurer Scott Duhamel is joined by management at Building Futures @goapprenticeRI pre apprenticeship graduation. #1u#Solidarity#Apprenticeship#Training

UA Local 51 Facebook:

Thank you Senator Jack Reed for your continued support in Rhode Island’s job force and the future of apprenticeships in RI.

Int’l Brotherhood of Teamsters: First Student Teamsters Ratify National Master Agreement

Contract is Best Yet at the Company

Press Contact: Galen Munroe Phone: (202) 439-7427 Email: gmunroe@teamster.org

(WASHINGTON, DC) – In results released today, First Student Teamsters have overwhelmingly voted in favor of ratifying the latest National Master Agreement with the company, which will be in effect through March 2026. Members voted between June 7-28 and the contract was ratified by 93 percent.

“Congratulations to all of the members who participated in this ratification,” said Rick Middleton, IBT Passenger Transportation Division Director. “We have made working at First Student a better job with each successive National Master Agreement, and this latest contract is our best yet. In spite of the havoc wrought by the coronavirus, we adapted quickly and reached an agreement that improves our members’ working conditions. This agreement reflects the value and service of First Student Teamsters.”

Initial negotiations with the company were disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic resulting in a one-year agreement which ran from 2020-2021. The parties returned to the bargaining table in late 2020 to negotiate the agreement ratified today. The 2020-2021 contract included improvements such as protections for our members’ jobs from outsourcing to ride-share companies, protections against reduced wages in the event that a driver is re-assigned to a job with a lower rate of pay and improved transfer rights if a member relocates to another yard.
Read more here.

AFT Connecticut Twitter:

Today #AFTCT VP @JB5591 & @rifthp prez @RIFTFrankFlynn joined @AFTMass prez @beth_kontos to picket in #solidarity w/ @MassNurses RNs on #strike at @tenethealth‘s @SaintVincentMA. #PatientsBeforeProfits @AFTUnion @AFTHealthcare @AFLCIO @ConnAFLCIO @massaflcio @riaflcio

Newport Daily News: Greenleaf Compassion Center union worker says his wrongful termination was retaliatory

PORTSMOUTH — On Saturday, unionized retail workers at Greenleaf Compassion Center, a medical cannabis facility on West Main Road, held a brief strike in support of one of their co-workers, who they say was wrongfully terminated earlier in the week.

The termination came after the employee said he became heavily involved with the workers’ union organization, and his firing was a retaliation tactic. The workers decided to organize after an alleged history of retaliation, wage capping, wage theft and profiteering.

When reached for comment on this matter, Greenleaf Compassion Center CEO Seth Bock said the allegations against his company are false and he couldn’t comment further on a human resources issue. Read more here.

The General Election for the Pawtucket Ward 5 Special Election is Tuesday, July 6th and there are rumors that the opponent who lost the primary, Ana Soares – a Charter school supporter – may be trying to do a secret write-in campaign.

With the super low turnout in the primary (just 374 people!) and we can anticipate a lower in the general. We don’t want to take anything for granted!


We are looking for help with phone banking, knocking on doors and doing lit drops. Please call SEUI 580 President Matt Gunnip at 401-486-7719 to volunteer.

Here is more information on the election:




POLLS OPEN 7:00 A.M. TO 8:00 P.M.

EARLY IN-PERSON VOTING – PAWTUCKET CITY HALL, Monday – Friday (8:30 am to 4:30 pm) Please Note: City Hall will be closed on Monday, July 5th. and Early In-person voting will be in effect until 4pm on Tuesday, July 6th.

AFL-CIO: Trumka: ‘It’s Time to Build’

June 29, 2021

Statement from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the ongoing infrastructure talks:

For too long, lip service has been paid to infrastructure without making the investments we need. It’s time to build. The bipartisan infrastructure framework secured by President Biden would be the single greatest infrastructure investment in history and has the potential to create good union jobs and middle-class opportunity. Investing in roads, bridges, transit, rail, climate change mitigation, electric vehicles, clean drinking water, high-speed internet, resilient transmission lines and more would make America a stronger, more competitive nation. The final legislation must ensure infrastructure jobs have full labor protections and nothing in the bill can be used as a backdoor to privatization. We urge Congress and the administration to continue working together to achieve a long-overdue infrastructure breakthrough. And that must be followed quickly by the rest of the multitrillion-dollar Build Back Better Agenda, including the American Families Plan and the PRO Act.
Contact: Carolyn Bobb (202) 637-5018


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Boston Globe: Study finds residential construction projects riddled with under-the-table payments, poor treatment of workers

The majority of builders in non-union residential construction in Massachusetts avoid treating their workers as regular employees, relying on “labor brokers” to provide a steady stream of often undocumented workers who are frequently paid in cash and have little recourse if they are injured on the job, according to a new report from the University of Massachusetts Amherst Labor Center.

The system enables wage theft and the exploitation of vulnerable workers, while costing the state millions in unpaid payroll taxes and putting legitimate contractors at a disadvantage, the report says.

Practices such as the illegal misclassification of workers as independent contractors, wage theft, tax fraud, and paying workers in cash, which were once at the fringes of the construction industry, are now at the center of medium and large residential construction statewide, according to the study. Read more here.

Bloomberg Law: OSHA Virus Rule Intended to Cover All Workers, Draft Shows

OSHA’s emergency standard protecting health-care workers from Covid-19 that was issued June 10 after months of anticipation originally was intended to protect all workers, a draft version of the rule obtained by Bloomberg Law showed.

The 780-page draft standard and justification formally submitted to the White House on April 26 made it clear Occupational Safety and Health Administration staff had concluded a “grave danger” threatened the health of all U.S. workers, not just workers in health care who had been deemed essential during the darkest days of the pandemic.

“OSHA has determined that employee exposure to this new hazard, SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) presents a grave danger in every shared workplace in the United States,” the draft said. “This finding of grave danger is based on the science of how the virus spreads as well as the adverse health effects suffered by those diagnosed with COVID-19.”

Yet, the final version of the emergency temporary standard that took effect June 21 and has a July 6 compliance deadline for employers limited the standard to only health-care employees, prompting at least two lawsuits by unions seeking a broader regulation. Read more here.

***Remember to purchase your food and supplies at Stop & Shop, Shaws and Eastside Marketplace to support where our union brothers and sisters work.

20th Annual London/Riley Memorial Golf Tournament

Date: Monday, August 2, 2021

Where: Cranston Country Club, Cranston, RI

More information: LondonRiley.org

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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