e-news: august 12, 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.


Click here for Tribute Website in honor of Richard Trumka’s life.

Watch the service held today on the life and legacy of AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka. Click here.


AFL-CIO: Labor Legend Trumka Passes Away

Statement from AFL-CIO Communications Director Tim Schlittner on the passing of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka:

“The labor movement, the AFL-CIO and the nation lost a legend today. Rich Trumka devoted his life to working people, from his early days as president of the United Mine Workers of America to his unparalleled leadership as the voice of America’s labor movement. He was a relentless champion of workers’ rights, workplace safety, worker-centered trade, democracy and so much more. He was also a devoted father, grandfather, husband, brother, coach, colleague and friend. Rich was loved and beloved. Today, the 56 unions and 12.5 million members of the AFL-CIO mourn the passing of our fearless leader and commit to honoring his legacy with action. Standing on Rich’s shoulders, we will pour everything we have into building an economy, society and democracy that lifts up every working family and community.”

Contact: Tim Schlittner (202) 637-5018


Statement from Liz Shuler, Secretary-Treasurer of AFL-CIO on Richard Trumka’s passing.

AFL-CIO Federated Bodies-

We are deeply saddened to inform you that our brother and leader Rich Trumka passed away this morning at the age of 72. He was doing what he loved, spending time with his family, celebrating his grandson’s birthday.

Rich was a legend, from his early days as president of the United Mine Workers of America to his unparalleled leadership as the voice of America’s labor movement. Rich loved workers. And he knew there was nothing more powerful than workers standing together for a better life.

If you ever watched Rich at a rally or on a picket line, his face would light up with excitement and hope. He never forgot who he was working for. He never forgot who he was fighting for. America’s working people were his guiding light for more than 50 years.

Rich believed in the power and possibilities of state feds and CLCs. That’s why he made unprecedented investments in your infrastructure. That’s why he held calls with you every week. He saw you as partners, and that will continue. Read more here.


President Richard Trumka speaking at the Rhode Island AFL-CIO convention shortly after he was elected Secretary-Treasurer of the National AFL-CIO.


Providence Journal: Unions to block release of records that could lead to ‘teacher harassment’ in race debate

Local teachers’ unions have filed a lawsuit that they say is intended to protect educators from targeted harassment amid an ongoing controversy over access to public records and so-called “critical race theory” in South Kingstown.

The legal complaint, filed last week by the National Education Association’s chapters for Rhode Island and South Kingstown, is the most recent development in a saga that began this spring when Nicole Solas, a parent and conservative activist, filed more than 200 records requests for curriculum material, internal emails, and other documents.

Solas is listed as a defendant in the lawsuit, along with the South Kingstown School Committee and South Kingstown School Department. So is an individual listed as John Doe Hartman, who has filed about 20 public records requests with school officials, according to the complaint.

The teachers’ unions are asking for a temporary restraining order that would prevent school officials from fulfilling any of the records requests until a court can determine if they contain personally identifying information that could put teachers at risk of harassment. Read more here.


BOYCOTT HIGH NOON’S and all other Gallo Wine Products in Rhode Island!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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New England Teamsters, Local 251 workers from Johnson Brothers Distributing – the exclusive supplier of Gallo Wine products in RI – are still on strike! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

The workers are paid as little as $15/hour and have to pay up to $20,300/yr out of pocket for healthcare. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Johnson Brothers has dragged out negotiations and we believe that they have committed unfair and unsafe labor practices. Please do not by these products until the workers get what they deserve! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Picket lines are up to 24 hours a day at: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Johnson Brothers of Rhode Island 12 Moscrip Ave North Kingstown, RI, 02852 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Key times are 6:30-8:30am and 4-6pm ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Let Johnson Brothers know about your concern at: 651-649-5800 (corporate) or 401-583-0050 (Rhode Island)


The Hill: Don’t all workers deserve a ‘good day?’ Pass the PRO Act

Last Friday morning, as I headed into a meeting with worker center organizers on how government can help lift workers’ voices, I heard a man on the street turn to his companion and say: “Have a good day. Stay safe.”

We hear people saying that multiple times every day, especially since the pandemic struck. But on that particular day, those words had a special resonance. What would it take for all the workers hanging sheetrock or cleaning hotel rooms or packing seafood to “have a good day?” And how many of them are really able to “stay safe?”

I spent my career as a lawyer at the Department of Labor (DOL) trying to ensure that employers at least complied with the minimum standards required under laws that include the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). But despite best efforts, with the limited resources available for the department’s enforcement activities, it’s been unable to come anywhere close to assuring workers actually obtain the rights they’re entitled to under the laws it oversees — like minimum wage and overtime pay, a safe workplace and protection from retaliation. And, frankly, the laws DOL enforces — flawed as they are — couldn’t deliver a really “good day” even if employers complied with them. Read more here.



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UPCOMING EVENTS:
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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