e-news: august 5, 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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Providence Journal: Providence teachers overwhelmingly OK 3-year contract

PROVIDENCE — Providence teachers voted overwhelmingly Friday to ratify a new three-year contract, putting an end to months of fractious debate with the state education commissioner.

Providence Teachers Union President Maribeth Calabro said she was “relieved” that the contract was finally resolved and said she thought it was fair. She said it will feel great to start the school year without the acrimony of negotiations hanging over people’s heads.

When asked if there was any discussion of a longer school day, Calabro said the union offered to extend the day by 30 minutes but management turned it down. She said it would have amounted to four additional weeks of learning for students.

The union later clarified that McKee’s office was not the one that turned down the longer school day offer. Read more here.

Providence Journal: UNAP pickets outside Fatima Hospital as contract nears end

NORTH PROVIDENCE — With their contract set to expire on Saturday, members of United Nurses and Allied Professionals Local 5110 on Thursday picketed outside Our Lady of Fatima Hospital to urge hospital owner CharterCARE to address what it describes as a failure to properly protect patients and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’re standing up for the safety of our patients,” local president Laura McQuesten told The Journal on a break from walking the line. “We are concerned for our patients and we want what is best for them.”

According to McQuesten and other union members, Fatima management has not taken steps to alleviate what UNAP claims is a situation in which nurses are required to care for larger numbers of patients than is deemed safe, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. McQuesten said some nurses are caring for up to 11 patients per shift at Fatima. She said the state of California recommends a ratio of one to five. Read more here.

Video from the UNAP picket line at Fatima Hospital last week.

Watch video here.

IUPAT Twitter:

Union’s popularity are highest with young Americans, yet far too few young workers get to live the tremendous benefits of having a union. From our apprenticeships to our organizing and political work, we fight every day to provide opportunities for young workers to thrive.

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IATSE Local 23 Twitter:

So ladies and gentlemen…. This happened, finally, after 18+ months. We would like it to continue happening. Get vaccinated, please. We miss you.

Ironworkers Local 37 Facebook:


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LIUNA New England Facebook:

The New England Laborers were proud to support Bradley Hospital’s, “Today’s Dream, Tomorrow’s Triumphs,” a hope inspiring event benefiting the Healing Arts Program. As New England’s only pediatric psychiatric hospital, Bradly Hospital continues to provide creative and therapeutic support activities designed to improve and enhance not only the physical but mental and emotional well-being of their child patients. With the continued help of organizations like the New England Laborers, Bradley Hospital may continue to be a staple in our communities and remain impactful in the lives of our youth. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MoCvWR-wwLc&t=6s

Teamsters Local 251Facebook: Teamsters Local 251 Shows Support for Marty’s Liquors

Teamsters Local 251 members, families and striking Johnson Brothers workers, did a group shopping event at Marty’s Liquors in Warwick on Saturday in gratitude for Marty’s solidarity with the strikers. Marty’s has not accepted any deliveries from replacement workers at Johnson Brothers since the strike for a fair first contract began on May 26. Everywhere we go Rhode Island shoppers tell us they ONLY want to shop at stores that DON’T accept scab deliveries. Please ask Rhode Island liquor stores, restaurants and bars to refuse delivery of Johnson Brothers products. Visit the picket line and show Johnson Brothers that workers stick together and will not be treated like second-class citizens. To nominate your favorite liquor store, bar or restaurant for a group visit from Teamsters Local 251 contact us through this Facebook page. More information here.

RICOSH Advisory: COVID Chronicles: Continue ‘Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions’

We have been humbled by this virus before and no one can predict confidently what will happen in the future.’ Nick Loman Professor of Microbial Genomics, Birmingham University (UK)

Many non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) such as efficient mask use and ventilation and filtration, have been pursued with less vigor and enthusiasm as the vaccination campaign rolled on. For example, essential workers involved in retail and food service, hospitality, utilities, and many public sector workers are in establishments where masking is no longer mandated but optional for the general public who are fully vaccinated: [-though it is guesswork to verify this unless an establishment requests ‘proof’ of vaccination]. Having as many get fully vaccinated is the best way to prevent infection, transmission, and illness. But it is not a guarantee; fully vaccinated people have become infected and fully vaccinated may transmit the Delta variant to others who may not be vaccinated at all {aside from refusniks that includes children under 12 or those who have immunocompromising conditions}. Read more here.

AFL-CIO: The Union Difference

Working people who come together in a union can bargain for higher wages, and union members also are more likely to have employer-provided health insurance, access to paid sick days, and retirement benefits and guaranteed pensions through private employers.

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International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers:

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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