E-NEWS: OCTOBER 21, 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.


This weekend!


United Way of Rhode Island Twitter: On Tuesday, 10/26, we’re honoring George Nee w/ the Dante F. Mollo Labor United Award at our 95th Annual Celebration. Register:http://bit.ly/uwri95ac The Dante F. Mollo Labor United Award is a reflection of our incredible partnership with R.I.’s labor community. #LiveUnitedRI


The Providence Journal: Contractor charged with wage theft during Barrington Middle School construction

Owners of an asbestos remediation company failed to pay employees for weekend overtime during the construction of Barrington Middle School, according to the attorney general’s office.

Five former employees are owed at least $12,000 by Franklin Analytical Service, based in Marion, Massachusetts, according to a news release. Two of the company’s owners, Thomas McCoog, 64, and Amy Franklin, 57, face misdemeanor charges.

McCoog and Franklin filed a false certified payroll document with the Town of Barrington while knowingly failing to pay employees overtime for their work on weekends, the attorney general’s office said.

Each faces five counts of failure to pay overtime on a prevailing-wage job, one count of conspiracy to failure to pay overtime wages, one count of conspiracy to file false certified payroll, and one count of filing a false certified payroll document. Read more here.


The Washington Post: Strikes are sweeping the labor market as workers wield new leverage

The labor activism runs the gamut of American industry, powered by the same grievances about wages, benefits and quality of life driving the Great Resignation.

Marcial Reyes could have just quit his job. Frustrated with chronic understaffing at the Kaiser Permanente hospital where he works in Southern California, he knows he has options in a region desperate for nurses.

Instead, he voted to go on strike.

While Americans are leaving their jobs at staggering rates — a record 4.3 million quit in August alone — hundreds of thousands of workers with similar grievances about wages, benefits and quality of life are, like Reyes, choosing to dig in and fight. Last week, 10,000 John Deere workers went on strike, while unions representing 31,000 Kaiser employees authorized walkouts. Some 60,000 Hollywood production workers reached a deal Saturday night, averting a strike hours before a negotiation deadline. Read more here.


Newsweek: Photo of Kellogg’s Worker on Strike Braving Torrential Rain on Picket Line Goes Viral

A powerful image has surfaced online showing a Kellogg’s worker standing strong on a picket line during torrential rain amid ongoing industrial action.

As many as 1,400 Kellogg Company employees from the firm’s U.S. cereal plants have been on strike since Tuesday, October 5, over a host of employment issues including the potential loss of premium healthcare, holiday pay and some vacation time.

There are also concerns among union leaders that some jobs could be moved to Mexico, where production and employee labor aren’t overseen by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Read more here.



Axios: Kamala Harris announces new guidelines to encourage union membership

Vice President Kamala Harris and Labor Secretary Marty Walsh will today announce new guidelines to encourage federal workers to join unions, according to a White House official.

Why it matters: The Biden administration wants to bolster the collective bargaining power of workers across the country – and they are starting at home, with changes in the federal workforce.

  • With more than 2.1 million non-postal employees, the federal government is the U.S.’s largest employer.
  • But only 20% of federal employees belong to a union.
  • The administration also wants to promote the federal workforce as a venue for women and workers of color to join the labor movement.

Read more 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.



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.


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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