E-NEWS: OCTOBER 7, 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.


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The Delegates at the Rhode Island AFL-CIO Constitutional Convention unanimously re-elected President George Nee and Secretary-Treasurer Patrick Crowley to a four-year term on Friday evening. Two visionary leaders, with a lifelong commitment to working people and their families!

Listen to Liz Shuler, President of AFL-CIO remarks at the Constitutional Convention here.

Listen to Martin Walsh, U.S. Secretary of Labor remarks at the Constitutional Convention here.


MEDIA ADVISORY: District 1199 SEIU New England

Friday, October 8, 2021 | 3:30PM
Contact:
Amelia Abromaitis, 484-363-9783 | Amelia@SequalConsulting.com

Bannister Nursing Home Caregivers to Hold Informational Picket to Demand End to Unsafe Staffing and Poverty Wages

Providence – Caregivers at Bannister Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in Providence who are members of SEIU 1199NE will hold an informational picket on Friday, October 8, from 2:00 – 4:00 PM to call on their employer to invest in staffing and wages for frontline caregivers.

For the last 18 months, frontline caregivers have provided compassionate care to nursing home residents at their most vulnerable during the pandemic. Despite getting sick with COVID-19 and putting our families at risk, Certified Nursing Assistants only earn a starting wage of $12.70 an hour, significantly less than other nearby nursing facilities. Poverty wages exacerbate the pre-existing staffing crisis, hampering recruitment and retention efforts.

Now, instead of compensating workers fairly, Bannister Center, owned by an out-of-state corporation, is hiring agency staff, and paying them nearly double the wages of dedicated staff. What’s more, despite having contract language entitling workers to ‘short staffing pay’, Bannister refuses to meet with union caregivers to negotiate terms and has failed to communicate what percentage of recent Medicaid reimbursement rate increases will go directly to worker compensation.

WHAT: Bannister Center for Rehab and Nursing Informational Picket

WHERE: Bannister Center: 135 Dodge St, Providence, RI 02907

WHEN: Speaking Program on Friday, October 8 | 3:30PM

WHO: Frontline caregivers at Bannister Center

***VISUALS: Workers will hold a rally at 3:30 on Friday, October 8 in addition to marching the picket line with banners and scrubs.


The Providence Journal: Warwick School Department canceled bus service due to driver sick calls

WARWICK — The Warwick School Department made the decision to call back bus drivers from their routes on Friday, and bus company First Student said it supports the district’s decision.

After six bus drivers called out of work Friday, the Warwick school district decided to suspend transportation for elementary and middle schools students Friday morning, leaving parents scrambling.

High school students were bused to school but the runs to elementary and middle schools were suspended.

All students had to find another way home.

Supt. Lynn Dambruch said that due to the number of First Student bus drivers who did not come to work on Friday, the district “did not have the capability and resources to safely transport our students to school.”

Stephen Sousa, secretary-treasurer of the bus drivers union, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 618, said drivers who showed up were told by First Student to go home. Read more here.


United Way of Rhode Island’s 95th Annual Celebration

Tuesday, October 26, 2021 |
5:30 p.m.
Please join us virtually on October 26 for our 95th annual celebration. Together, we will celebrate Rhode Island United and honor our extraordinary community volunteers.

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

Due to the rising cases of COVID variants, United Way of Rhode Island will host this year’s annual celebration virtually. Please register to stay tuned on updates leading to our celebration.

Register here.


Climate Jobs National Resource Center Facebook: Labor is Leading: Building the Climate Jobs Movement Now!

Hear from labor leaders, and members, some of whom work on the frontlines of climate change, about the urgency to take on climate change by building a new renewable energy industry powered by good, family-sustaining union jobs.

Watch video here.


Teamsters Joint Council Facebook: Teamsters Futures’ from New England hold conference

See pictures here. The Teamsters Local 25 Futures Committee hosted a day-long program this weekend. Young leaders from Local’s 251, 443, 671 and 1150, spent the day in Boston to learn from Joint Council 10 New England organizers, Teamsters officers and business agents, TeamstersCare,
New England Teamsters Credit Union and labor lawyer Brian Cloherty from Keches Law.

The program culminated with Teamsters Local 25 Retiree Chapter Vice President Billy Grubbs administering the oath of office to Futures Committee members. To learn more about the Local 25 Futures Committee email TL25futures@gmail.com


IATSE: By a Nearly Unanimous Margin, IATSE Members in TV and Film Production Vote to Authorize a Nationwide Strike

Results show 90 percent of eligible union voters cast ballots, with more than 98 percent of them in support of strike authorization.

Members of 36 local unions, representing 60,000 workers from across the country, grant approval for International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) International President Matthew Loeb to call the union’s first nationwide strike over quality-of-life issues.

LOS ANGELES —The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees announced today that 60,000 members who work in television and film production across the country have voted—by a nearly unanimous margin—to grant IATSE International President Matthew Loeb the authority to call a strike. This is the first time in IATSE’s 128-year history that members of the union have authorized a nationwide strike.

“The members have spoken loud and clear,” said Loeb. “This vote is about the quality of life as well as the health and safety of those who work in the film and television industry. Our people have basic human needs like time for meal breaks, adequate sleep, and a weekend. For those at the bottom of the pay scale, they deserve nothing less than a living wage.”

Beginning Oct 1 and concluding Oct. 3, at 11:59 p.m. E.S.T., 60,000 IATSE members who work on film and television productions received ballots and voted on whether to empower the international union’s president to call a strike. Read more here.


Labor 411: Kick off the Football Season the Ethical Way

To any true fan, there’s the football season and there are these gray, empty months that nobody likes to even think about. Well, take heart, lovers of the gridiron because the 2021 NFL season is about to begin. In honor of this wonderful occasion, we offer you a list of bingeable brews and bites to make your game-going or game-watching experience that much more memorable. Best of all, the products listed below are made by ethical companies that treat their workers with respect and give them a voice on the job.

So enjoy the season and let’s all 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.


More information 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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