e-news: july 29, 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.

Providence Journal: Providence Teachers Union to vote on contract Friday

PROVIDENCE — The Providence Teachers Union will vote on a new contract on Friday.

Voting, which is not open to the public, is set to begin at 5 p.m. at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet in Cranston.

McKee announced last Tuesday that the state had reached a tentative agreement with the union.

Both sides said no details of the contract would be released until teachers vote to ratify it.

It has been almost two years since the previous contract expired.

UFCW, Local 328: UFCW Local 328 Joins Locals 1445, 1459, 371, 919 and 791 in Calling for Hazard Pay for Frontline Essential Workers

We join our brothers and sisters at UFCW Local 1445, UFCW Local 1459, UFCW Local 371, UFCW Local 919 and UFCW Local 791 in calling for hazard pay for frontline essential workers.

The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) signed into law in March includes $350 billion to state and local governments. With Massachusetts set to receive $5.3 billion in aid, Rhode Island set to receive $1.6 billion and Connecticut to receive $6 billion, lawmakers are presented with the opportunity to offer a portion of these funds as long overdue hazard pay for essential workers.

The pandemic has continued to exert both a mental and physical toll on frontline workers. While crowd gatherings were prohibited elsewhere and millions of workers transitioned to work remotely, essential workers continued to show up each day, increasing the likelihood of contracting the virus and spreading it to a loved one. Essential workers found it nearly impossible to remain socially distanced from customers and other workers as well. Additionally, frontline essential workers have suffered from greater levels of anxiety and depression due to stresses of contracting COVID-19. Read more here.

Secretary Gina Raimondo Twitter:

When I was Gov, if I worked on an issue where I had the Chamber of Commerce & the local AFL-CIO saying they supported it & get it done, I knew it had to happen because it was the right thing to do.

That’s what we have here with the Infrastructure Plan.

Watch Video.


Come join the Fatima Nurses on the Picket line!

200 High Service Ave, North Providence Look for the Picket line

Thursday, July 29 from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Failing Fatima Hospital is at it again this time they are jeopardizing patient care by refusing to agree to safe staffing levels

After over three months of bargaining, Fatima still refuses to provide safe patient care, affordable healthcare benefits, competitive wages, and safe working conditions for future pandemics.

Fatima Hospital is failing its patients, workers, and community.

SEIU, Local 580: Calling On Governor To Support DHS Workers

Frontline workers at the Department of Human Services deserve to be listened to and be treated with dignity and respect. Please help call on Governor McKee to support his DHS frontline workers. Click here to help.

WJAR Channel 10 News: Volunteer firefighters honored for heroic efforts during March fire

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WJAR) — Six volunteer firefighters in South Kingstown were honored Monday for their work saving a man and his dog from a building fire.

The Union Fire District firefighters responded to the fire on Curtis Corner Road March 20 shortly after midnight.

Chief Steven Pinch awarded Capt. Tyler Parks and Lt. Eric Holmander with Heroic Action Medals, the highest honor anyone has received within the department.

Pinch described the moments the two men ran into the building after learning a person was trapped inside.

“I want everyone to know at this point, it was an extremely dangerous environment, visibility was near zero, conditions were at a point where a victim would not survive much longer,” explained Pinch.

A humble Parks told NBC 10 News he remembered the call well. What started as a routine call, became increasingly important when he learned of the person inside. Read more here.

Smithfield Firefighters Local 2050 Facebook:These videos are from our live burn training in June 2021. A farm house was donated to The Smithfield Fire Dept for training purposes. We were able to use this house for live burn training, practicing stretching lines, coordinating objectives on the fire ground, communication & much more. This video was made for training purposes so that we can review our operations in order to be as prepared as possible for when we are needed. We want to release a few of our videos so that the citizens of our town are able to gain some knowledge not only as to what we do, but why we are doing it. In these videos you will see members working under circumstances as close to real life as possible. We hope to instill confidence in our residents that when or if they are in need of our services, they will know that we are fully prepared to help. Thank you to those that have continually supported The Smithfield Fire Department as well as Local 2050. Video & editing credit to: @fngr8photos on Instagram

Watch Video here.

Portsmouth Firefighters Facebook:

Portsmouth Firefighters trained this morning before the heat and humidity set in. D Group rotated between 2 training stations. The first working on pulling and advancing a charged hoseline down a flight of stairs. The second working on multiple techniques utilizing webbing to move a victim. When not responding to calls, training like this is a daily event for your Portsmouth Firefighters and members of surrounding departments.

View pictures here.

Teamsters Joint Council 10 Facebook: Drive at Local 251
Local 251 officers and agents were joined by representatives of the International DRIVE department at UPS Warwick on Wednesday. The team educated and encouraged members to contribute to DRIVE ( Democrat, Republican, Independent Voter Education), the Teamsters political action committee. We have to do everything we can to continue to fight for our rights as workers, both in the workplace.
“There is a war on workers raging and management wields a lot of power in the halls of Congress,” said Matt Taibi, Local 251 Principal Officer. “DRIVE is the way to put them in check and make sure that working people are heard by our politicians.”

View pictures here.

ILSR Leadership for a Future


Leadership for a Future Alumni

It is with great pleasure that I share ILSR will be hosting a Leadership for a Future Alumni Series in September and October of 2021 (Save the Date to follow). In an effort to contact as many alumni as possible I am asking all alumni to email me, Erica Hammond (ehammond@riilsr.org). Please include your Name, Email, Phone Number, Class Year, and any additional contact information to ensure you do not miss out on this opportunity.

I do not want any alumni to miss out on these conversations. Please email me regardless of how long it’s been since you graduated from this program. I can’t wait to hear from all of you!

Contact Info: Erica Hammond (Labor Liaison, ILSR) ehammond@riilsr.org or call 401-490-1599.

In Solidarity,

Erica Hammond

Labor 411: Camp It Up This Summer With Ethical Outdoor Supplies

Ah, the lure of the great outdoors! Got your tent? Insect repellant? Sleeping bag? How about all those other supplies you’ll need to tame the wilderness (and perhaps your stomach)? If you’re heading for the wild be sure to stock up on all of the camping essentials made by companies who treat their workers well and give them a voice on the job. Those s’mores will be even “s’more” tasty to you since you’ll know you are supporting good jobs and a stronger economy. Happy camping, stay safe and let’s all work to build a stronger America. See list here.



RICOSH Zoom Webinar: Controlling the Hazards of Heat

There were 194 fatalities the recent heat wave in the Pacific Northwest. Climate change results in more frequent days of extreme heat and record-breaking summers become the norm; 37% of heat related deaths from 1991 to 2018 are attributed to climate change. (Nature Climate Change)

Workers are at risk because their livelihoods often depend on their exposure to hot weather and hot environs. In addition to outdoor occupations, such as farm, utility, landscaping, delivery, and construction, others who work in hot indoor environments include kitchens, laundries, warehouses are at risk.  According to US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) 2,830 workers suffered from heat-related illness and 37 died from heat stroke and related causes in 2015.

Date: TODAY     Time: 3 – 4:30 p.m.

Join online here.Password: 929419

Or Telephone: (888) 844-9904 – Conference code: 688346

20th Annual London/Riley Memorial Golf Tournament

Date: Monday, August 2, 2021 Where: Cranston Country Club

More information: LondonRiley.org

ILSR 26th Annual Edward J. McElroy Golf Tournament

Date: Tuesday, August 17, 2021  Where: Valley Country Club

More information:Call ILSR at 401-463-9900

Teamsters, Local 251
SOLIDARITY WITH JOHNSON BROTHERS WORKERSPlease 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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