E-NEWS: OCTOBER 14, 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.

1199 SEIU Facebook:

Bannister Caregivers are standing up for themselves and their residents. It is time Bannister Center respect the contributions of frontline employees who have dedicated their lives to their residents by investing in better staffing and higher wages!!!

View pictures here.

Watch video of the Bannister Caregivers calling for calling for better staffing and fair wages.

MSN News: Bannister nursing home employees demand safe staffing levels, no more ‘poverty-level’ wages

PROVIDENCE — Nearly 100 health care workers and their supporters stood along Dodge Street throughout the day Friday, outside Bannister Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing, waiving bright yellow flags with their union’s logo, protesting against their employer’s unsafe staffing levels and “poverty-level wages.”

Members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 1199 New England, a union that represents 29,000 health care and service workers in Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Southeastern Massachusetts, said the executives who run Bannister have “put them and their patients in danger” throughout the pandemic while paying them “less than average.”

Certified nursing assistants at Bannister told the Globe that they earn a starting wage of $12.70 per hour, which they said is “significantly less” than other, nearby nursing facilities.

Read more here.

UFCW Local 328 Cannabis Division Facebook:

Exciting news! The hardworking team of budtenders at Solar Therapeutics in Somerset, Massachusetts have voted Union Yes! On September 21st, ballots were mailed to eligible voters and were returned by October 8th. On October 12th, the ballots were counted by the National Labor Relations Board, affirming the election victory with a vote of 10 to 4. They join a growing movement both locally and across the country of cannabis workers coming together to ensure they have a strong collective voice in this new industry.
We are so proud of the workers at Solar for sticking together throughout the election process. While the company decided to bring in an out of state consultant and held mandatory meetings, the workers stuck together and secured this victory for a better future. They formed their union with a focus on gaining full-time opportunities, improving benefits, and securing important workplace protections.
Congratulations and welcome to our union family!

Construction Dive: Labor Secretary Walsh helps launch addiction recovery program for construction workers

Dive Brief:

  • Labor Secretary Marty Walsh joined the Massachusetts Building Trades Council (MBTC) last week to launch a new initiative to address drug and alcohol addiction among its members and their dependents. The council represents more than 75,000 construction workers and other building trade union members in the state.
  • The Massachusetts Building Trades Recovery Council coordinated the existing anti-addiction efforts that individual member unions have established and created a new online portal with resources including a calendar of recovery meetings, treatment and counseling services and 24/7 phone numbers for members who need help. It’s accompanied by a statewide public campaign to raise awareness of the effort.
  • Construction work is a physically and psychologically demanding job, and some workers use drugs and alcohol to manage stress or self-medicate
    physical pain, according to the healthcare company American Addiction Centers (AAC). Others become addicted to opiates after taking them as prescribed for a job-related injury. Addiction can be especially dire on jobsites since construction work requires full concentration, and anything that impaires it increases the risk of potentially deadly mistakes. Read more here.

IATSE: Strike Date Set for 60,000 Film and Television Workers

Unless an Agreement is Reached, IATSE Members Will Begin Nationwide Strike on Oct. 18 at 12:01 a.m. (PDT)

LOS ANGELES, CA — International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees International President Matthew Loeb announced today that unless an agreement is reached, union members will begin a nationwide strike against the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) on Monday, October 18 at 12:01 a.m., PDT.

Loeb said the union will continue bargaining with the producers this week in the hopes of reaching an agreement that addresses core issues, such as reasonable rest periods, meal breaks, and a living wage for those on the bottom of the wage scale.

“However, the pace of bargaining doesn’t reflect any sense of urgency,” Loeb said. “Without an end date, we could keep talking forever. Our members deserve to have their basic needs addressed now.” Last week, IATSE members who work in television and film production at 36 IATSE local unions across the country voted to authorize the union’s international president to call a strike if contract talks didn’t result in a new contract for 60,000 film and television workers. Voter turnout was 90 percent, with 98.6 percent of those voting in support of authorizing a strike.

Read more here.

Vice: ‘People Work 100 Days Straight’: Kellogg’s Workers Shut Down Cereal Factories

1,400 workers who make Corn Flakes, Frosted Flakes, Fruit Loops, and Rice Krispies are on strike in four states.

Workers who make Corn Flakes, Frosted Flakes, Fruit Loops, Rice Krispies, and other cereals have shut down production at all Kellogg’s factories in the United States because Kellogg’s has proposed to end cost-of-living raises and expand a two-tier pay and benefits system.

Members of Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union say Kellogg’s proposed pay and benefits cuts coincide with severe understaffing and management forcing them to work overtime during the pandemic—in some cases 16-hour days, seven days a week—without a day off for months.

The workers are striking at ready-to-eat Kellogg’s plants in Omaha; Memphis; Lancaster, Pennsylvania; and Battle Creek, Michigan. Read more here.

Labor 411: For a Winning School Lunch, you Can’t Beat the Union Difference

During the second full week in October, National School Lunch Week shines the spotlight on the programs and nutritious food served up every day throughout the school year. While school cafeterias do their best (which is always a challenge as we emerge from COVID), parents can do their part by making sure their children’s lunch bags contain the good stuff.

To make your lunch-building choice an especially ethical one, we recommend brands made by union companies that treat their workers with respect and dignity. The selection below has a little bit of everything, some healthy, some maybe a little less so. See list here.


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.

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.

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.

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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