E-NEWS: SEPTEMBER 30, 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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Please use this directory to find where you can buy union and use services in Rhode Island.


Letter from George Nee, President of RI AFL-CIO and Michael Sabitoni, President, RI Building & Construction Trades Council

Immediate Release: September 29, 2021

What: 13th Annual 5K Big Brothers Big Sisters Walk Honoring the 80,000 men and women of the RI AFL-CIO and the Building Trades who have served as essential and front line workers through the pandemic.

When: Saturday, October 23rd , 9am REGISTRATION, 10am Brief Award Ceremony, 5KFun-Run Follows

Where: Roger Williams Park Carousel, Rain or Shine

WE REQUEST YOU BRING YOUR UNION BANNERS & UNION VEHICLES AND OR BUSES TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT

Dear Brothers and Sisters of the RI AFL-CIO and the RI Building & Construction Trades Council,

This year we are proud to announce that once again we will be resuming our 13th Annual BIG WALK Halloween Hike to support the Big Brothers Big Sisters of RI (BBBSRI) after last year’s reprieve due to COVID-19. More than ever hundreds of boys and girls throughout our local communities who have been isolated due to the Pandemic are in need of mentors and the services that only BBBSRI can provide. We know that children most especially have been hurt by the pandemic.

For this reason it is so important we all come together for a ‘live’ family friendly event to show our support on Saturday, October 23 at the Roger Williams Park Carousel – Rain or Shine. Enjoy light refreshments, Uncle Tony’s pizza, and prizes for the best costume and more.

The rich history of the labor movement is founded on the promotion of union values, solidarity among working people and community outreach to those in need . These ideals as union brothers and sisters could not have been more exemplified than this past year.   This is why we are saluting the extraordinary work of the 80-thousand men and women in THE RI-AFL CIO and the Building Trades who have served as front-line and essential workers through the crisis.

We greatly encourage you to join us in honoring the unsung heroes in our labor community who continue to lead Rhode Island through one of the most difficult eras of our time, while supporting children in need.

Registration starts at 9am with a brief Recognition Award Ceremony at 10am.

Please find attached sponsorship form and other details about this special event.

There is no better way to honor our past than to support our future. As we have witnessed, collectively we can all make a difference in the lives of children and the next generation of working families.   When we keep true to our union ideals , we can ad will get through this together.

More information here.


WJAR Channel 10: Warwick school bus staff picket for better wages, conditions

WARWICK, R.I. (WJAR) — A sea of neon-colored vests on Monday lined the sidewalk on Strawberry Field Road in Warwick, clapping as passersby beeped their horns in support.

“50 cents is not a raise,” one sign read.

Others said: “Packed buses? What about COVID?” and “200 workers, 2 bathrooms.”

Dozens of school bus drivers and monitors waved the signs in the air, demanding better wages and conditions from transportation company First Student.

“We’re in negotiations with First Student and they seem to be dragging their feet,” Amalgamated Transit Union Local 618 Vice President Joe Cole said.

The union and transportation company have been at the bargaining table over a contract for about six months, union president and business agent Nick DeCristofaro said.

“The last proposal they offered school bus drivers five cents, so I took it as an insult,” he said.

Starting wages start around $16 per hour for the part-time workers, DeCristofaro noted. The union represents about 200 workers.

Monday’s gathering was considered an informational picket. Members of the union have not yet authorized a strike. Read more here.


Cranston Fire Department:

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CFD class 21-01 had busy first week of 18, lectures and introduction to ropes for tool raising, gear/scba, and hose packing.

View pictures here.


Johnston, RI Police Department Facebook:

View pictures here.

Today, the community came out in droves to assist veterans in need by filling the food bank at Johnston’s own Operation Stand Down Rhode Island with donated and collected items. Mayor Joseph Polisena, members of the Johnston Police Department and the International Brotherhood of Police Officers Local 307, the Johnston Fire Department and members of Johnston Firefighters Local 1950, town workers and members of the AFL-CIO Local Union 1491 and others provided and delivered hundreds of pounds of food and supplies for veterans as the non-profit’s pantry shelves were running very low.
Donations were also contributed by Christine Stack and Elia Balona of Johnston’s Ocean State Job Lot. Together, the Johnston community rallied to ensure that veterans who needed help are taken care of as the seasons change.
Working Together ~ Making a Difference


IATSE: Tell AMPTP to Give Film and Television Workers a Fair Deal

IATSE members are the working-class backbone of the TV programs, films, and streaming content that provide entertainment and comfort to millions around the world.

Now, 60,000 of these behind-the-scenes workers are mobilizing to win a union contract that guarantees basic human necessities like adequate sleep, meal breaks, and living wages from the wealthiest media corporations and studios in the world, and they need your support.

Will you take two minutes to sign their petition demanding that The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers and the studios provide equitable treatment for the unsung heroes of the entertainment industry?

Click here to sign the petition and please use the tools to share our message with your friends, family, and colleagues on social media.


Labor 411: Oktoberfest: Union Style

It’s officially Fall. And that means Oktoberfest is just around the corner. We have a great list for you of tasty foods and delicious beers. All are made by employers who treat their workers well and give them a voice on the job. Happy Oktoberfest and let’s all work together to build a stronger America. See list here.





UPCOMING EVENTS:

RICOSH: Health & Safety Training Series in October 2021

The New England Consortium (TNEC), based at UMass Lowell, is a worker health and safety training program that has been delivering training since 1987 in hazardous materials operations, emergency response, infectious disease preparedness, disaster preparedness, and general workplace health and safety.

COVID-19 and its Variants: Latest Workplace Protection Strategies: Register here.

HAZCOM – Hazard Communication: Register here.

Stress on the Job: Prevention Strategies: Register here.

Disaster Preparedness: Register here.


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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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