E-NEWS: SEPTEMBER 9, 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.


An excellent Op-Ed in the ProJo by George Nee, President and Patrick Crowley, Secretary-Treasurer of the Rhode Island AFL-CIO.

Providence Journal: Let’s celebrate, and reward, our essential workers

George Nee and Patrick Crowley Guest columnists

While the origins of the Labor Day holiday cannot be traced to a single event, Rhode Island is one of a few states laying claim to starting it. Rhode Island hosted its first labor celebration on Aug. 23, 1882, even though the state wouldn’t celebrate its first official Labor Day for another 11 years. Then, 10,000 workers marched through the streets of Providence with the families and friends cheering them on, and then were ferried to Rocky Point for speeches from local and national labor leaders and a traditional clambake dinner.

Labor Day, then and now, is a time for workers to celebrate our work and to display our solidarity. This year, like in years past, the labor movement will gather in Moshassuck Cemetery in Central Falls to remember the union workers who were killed by security forces during the 1934 Saylesville Massacre. For the labor movement, this weekend is much more than a quiet end to the summer. It is about honoring the dead and fighting for the living. Now, even though the COVID- 19 pandemic created hardships for all of us, it has also reminded us why we celebrate workers in the first place.

How many times did we hear the term “essential workers” this last year and a half? Health-care workers and first responders, of course, but also store clerks and truck drivers. Countless workers were deemed essential including state and municipal workers, teachers and education support professionals, food and agricultural workers, transportation, warehouse, and delivery workers, and critical manufacturing workers. They worked long hours in hazardous conditions for the good of us all. Some of lowest paid workers were deemed as “essential” and even “frontline” workers. Read more here.


RI Labor History Society Annual Labor Day Address!

Watchthe above video at the annual R.I. Labor History Society Labor Day Event held at Moshassuck Cemetery in Central Falls on Labor Day. President George Nee of R.I. AFL-CIO and James Parisi, Field Representative for R.I. Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals are guest speakers and Autumn Guillotte, Organizer for R.I. AFL-CIO delivered the annual Labor Day address on women and girls who worked in the Providence House of the Good Shepherd. Watch here.


WPRI Channel 12: Nearly 10% of Providence teachers have left in 2021 amid staff shortages across RI

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – After nearly 15 years in the Providence schools, Krystyna Nicoletti never saw herself leaving to teach in a suburban school district. Yet last month, she submitted her resignation letter.

“I am heartbroken that I had to make this choice,” Nicoletti told Target 12. “They’ve made it a hostile work environment for experienced teachers.” Nicoletti listed a number of reasons for her exit, but tied it directly to the state takeover of the district, which happened in late 2019. With the support of then-Gov. Gina Raimondo, R.I. Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green took control of the school system following a devastating report about its failures put together by a team from Johns Hopkins University.

“We actually had a lot of hope” for change after the Hopkins report, Nicoletti said. But instead, she said teachers felt disrespected and unappreciated by state leaders. Morale plummeted.

“A lot of really good things were happening, and all of that was thrown out,” Nicoletti said. “It was made very clear that we were to listen, and that was it.” Read more here.


RI Painters Union Twitter:
Great morning with @SenJackReed & @RIEZPASS. Thank you to Director @LCaronSilveira. The men & women of the @GoIUPAT DC 11 work every day to prevent corrosion of our infrastructure. We need both the Bipartisan infrastructure & budget reconciliation bill now! #1u#infrastructure Living wages, training, career opportunities. That’s what #InfrastructureBill passage means. We fight for dignity on the job. We stand in solidarity, brotherhood & sisterhood with all workers who seek a better life. #HappyLaborDay#training#BuildBackBetter


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Local 37 Ironworkers Facebook:
Ironworkers Local 37 getting it done at the Fields Point LNG Facility. Kiewit and IPC Lydon.

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UFCW 328 Facebook:
JOHNSON BROTHERS WORKERS: TELL THE GALLO FAMILY THAT DESTROYING RHODE ISLAND JOBS IS TASTELESS Please don’t buy Gallo wine, Carlo Rossi wine, Barefoot wine, High Noon Seltzer, or other Johnson Brothers of RI products.
See the full list here:https://bit.ly/2WIewUI
Striking Johnson Brothers workers are on the streets letting customers know they are being sold scab booze. Striking Johnson Brothers workers are on the streets letting the public know about the health code violations of some Johnson Brothers customers. Recently they informed the public about violations at APPLEBEE’s in Woonsocket. Not surprisingly diners changed their mind about where to spend their dining dollars after being handed flyers. Johnson Brothers workers have received great support from customers and the general public. Everywhere we go Rhode Island diners tell us they don’t like to frequent restaurants that accept scab deliveries. Click here for more information.


AFL-CIO: The American People Agree: Union Approval Highest Since 1965

Statement from AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler on Gallup polling data showing surging public approval of unions:

It comes as no surprise that public support for unions continues to rise across the country. Union members have delivered for our communities throughout the country, as workers have finally been recognized as essential to our economy and society during the coronavirus pandemic.

And that’s why new research from Gallup released today puts our approval rating at 68%, the highest mark since 1965. This polling data should send a clear message to Congress that union jobs are vital as we re-emerge from this pandemic with a stronger economy that is built upon the principles of fairness and equality. The writing is on the wall, and it is time for Congress to respond to public opinion and the will of their constituents by passing the PRO Act.

Contact: Liz Vlock (202) 637-5018


Newsweek: America is Hungry for Unions | Opinion

Fred Redmond, Secretary-treasurer, AFL-CIO
On 9/6/21 at 8:00 AM EDT

America’s workers are recognizing something fundamental: there is promise and power in coming together. Gallup just reported that two in three Americans approve of labor unions, the highest mark since 1965. Among adults under 34 and people of color, that approval is even higher: three in four support unions. This report should come as no surprise—unions have always been the most effective way for workers to speak in a collective voice.

America is hungry for unions, and this Labor Day, the Senate must heed our call and pass policies that protect our rights on the job. Shortly before Labor Day and shortly after legendary labor leader Richard Trumka’s unexpected death, I was honored to be elected to the number-two position in the AFL-CIO—the labor federation of 12.5 million members and 56 unions, including mine, the United Steelworkers. Under the leadership of newly elected President Liz Shuler, the first woman ever to hold that office, and Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre, we make up the most diverse team of officers in AFL-CIO history. We are committed to building a modern labor movement that gives every working person access to a good-paying union job. Read more here.


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UPCOMING EVENTS:

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/


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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Coming up on Labor Vision

Co-hosts Erica Hammond and Autumn Guillotte sit down with CLUW RI’s President Desiree Leclair to discuss what’s on the chapter’s agenda for the fall and into the new year. This fall the Coalition of Labor Union Women RI Chapter will be organizing a membership drive to expand their outreach throughout Rhode Island’s Labor community.

For viewers who are unfamiliar with the Coalition of Labor Union Women, President Leclair gives a brief background on the national coalition as well as the history of this iteration of the state’s chapter, formed by former president, Maureen Martin. During this segment the group will discuss the importance of a chapter presence in each state, the benefits of being a member, and the impact expanding the coalition would have on workers and Rhode Island Labor as a whole. Tune into this segment to learn more about how you can get involved and how you can find CLUW RI on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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