e-news: September 2, 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.

Join Rhode Island AFL-CIO at the annual Labor Day event by R.I. Labor History Society

When: Monday, September 6

When: 10:00 a.m.

Where: Moshassuck Cemetery, 978 Lonsdale Ave., Central Falls, RI

Providence Journal: Union, Fatima Hospital reach tentative contract agreement to avert strike

NORTH PROVIDENCE — CharterCARE Health Partners, owner of Our Lady of Fatima Hospital, has reached a tentative contract agreement with United Nurses and Allied Professionals, which represents nurses and other professionals at Fatima.

Union members will vote Thursday on the three-year contract and a strike vote scheduled for next week has been canceled.

“We are pleased to announce that we have come to an agreement for a new contract,” UNAP Local 5110 president Laura McQuesten said in a media release sent Tuesday evening. “This agreement will increase wages, implement limitations on health insurance costs, and most importantly include staffing language that will provide for safe working conditions for our members, and ensure patient safety. We will strongly urge our members to ratify this agreement on Thursday.”

Said CharterCARE Health Partners CEO Jeffrey Liebman: “We are pleased to have reached an agreement in concept that both recognizes the incredible work and value our nurses provide patients every day and that is fair to our hospital. The last 18 months, during which our hospitals treated the second most COVID patients of any hospitals in our state, has again proven the critical, courageous and unselfish role our nurses play in the Rhode Island health care system.” Read more here.

Media Advisory held on Thursday, August 26.

Rhode Island Construction workers along with Governor McKee unite to demand Washington act on the bipartisan infrastructure framework

Building Trades Unions warn that jobs, public safety, economy on the line if Congress fails to act immediately

AFL-CIO Twitter:
WATCH: President @LizShuler joined @azfamily‘s Politics Unplugged last weekend to discuss the $15 minimum wage, the #PROAct, and the filibuster.

Watch video here.

AFL-CIO: America’s Workers: Organizing for a Better Future

Labor Secretary Marty Walsh and AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler joined workers involved in organizing campaigns for a roundtable discussion on organizing workers.

Watch video here.

Union Plus: Celebrate a Union-Made Labor Day at Home!

We’re still social distancing to stay safe, but we’re definitely still celebrating Labor Day! So, throw on your red, white, and blue and get ready to celebrate like it’s the last holiday of the summer (because it is). From our favorite movies to delicious union-made grilling recipes, we have what you need to make your Labor Day weekend safe, celebratory, and fun at home.

Stream movies to honor Labor Day

Honor the labor movement and the achievements of American workers by watching films and documentaries that celebrate their strength and sacrifice for our country.

Here’s a shortlist of our favorites, but there are plenty of amazing films that celebrate the labor movement and American workers. Watch with the family or use Netflix Party to watch at the same time as your friends in different locations. See list.

Union-made grilling recipes

Having a BBQ doesn’t mean just hamburgers and hot dogs! Give the classics a rest and try something new, like flavorful grilled chicken. Use these brands of union-packaged chicken to make the delicious marinated chicken thigh recipe below from Food Network (don’t forget to add the pink peppercorns for that nice, spicy kick! See recipes.

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


Labor Day Screening of Slatersville

SLATERSVILLE: America’s First Mill Village, directed by Christian de Rezendes, will be screened at the Museum on September 3 and September 4, 2021at 1:30 pm. Slatersville will premiere on Rhode Island PBS in the fall of 2022. While the MoWC has hosted previous screenings virtually, this in-person event will combine two previously screened pieces, leading up to a newly edited piece. The stories are titled “The Wedding Present with 27 Rooms,” “Uncle Johnny”, and “Anything but Brotherly.” Admission is free. Reservations are encouraged. RSVP at mowc@rihs.org. Seating is limited to 45.

Museum of Work & Culture’s Labor Day Celebration is sponsored by the Rhode Island Labor History Society. More information here.

Climate Job Summit

On September 21, hear from union leaders in the climate jobs movement about how we can create millions of union climate jobs and build a renewable, worker-centered economy at the scale that science demands.

Register for the Climate Jobs Summit on September 21, 2021 here: https://climatejobs.ilr.cornell.edu/

United Way of Rhode Island’s 95th Annual Celebration

When: Tuesday, October 26, 2021 | 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Where: Fete Music Hall | 103 Dike Street, Providence, RI

Please join us on October 26 for our 95th annual celebration. Together, we will celebrate Rhode Island United and honor our extraordinary community volunteers.

Community United Award |Homes RI
Dante Mollo Labor United Award | George Nee, president of AFL-CIO Rhode Island
John H. Chaffee Live United Award | Linda Katz, co-founder of Economic Progress Institute
Partners United Award | Starkweather and Shepley Insurance Brokerage

Register here.

TEAMSTERS, Local 251SOLIDARITY 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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