E-NEWS: OCTOBER 28, 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.

The Rhode Island AFL-CIO is proud to release organized labor’s recommendations for spending Rhode Island’s allotment of American Rescue Plan funds.

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United Way of RI: George Nee: Annual Celebration Honoree

A lifetime dedicated to labor and community

It’s been quite the ride for George Nee since he felt inspired to leave Boston College in 1969 to help organize the grape boycott for the United Farm Workers of America in Dorchester, Massachusetts. The decision would kick off a more than 50-year commitment to labor and the rights of workers.

Now the president of the Rhode Island AFL-CIO, a position he’s held since 2009 after joining the organization in 1983, George Nee is the recipient of this year’s Dante F. Mollo Labor United Award.

“When I think of what the Dante Mollo award represents — an individual who tirelessly fights for equal opportunity for all — there is no question it is George who embodies those traits,” says Cortney Nicolato, United Way of Rhode Island’s president and CEO. “His efforts throughout the years have made a difference for literally tens of thousands of Rhode Islanders and their families.”

George’s leadership of the Rhode Island labor community dates back to 1971. After the grape boycott proved successful, resulting in union contracts and improved conditions for farm workers, he came here to coordinate a lettuce boycott. Working alongside farm workers who spoke little English, George solidified the right to organize and the power of collective action as keys to allow hard-working people to take control of their economic futures. Read more here.

RI Painters Union Twitter:

The @ri_trades 13th annual Halloween Hike fundraiser 4 @BBBSA RI. We all need someone to have our back, as a youth or on the job the RI labor movement is there for you.


RI Hospital members have ratified a contract extension that offers more raises, improved shift and weekend differentials, improved pay on job transfers, lump sum bonuses, improved tuition assistance and a student loan repayment plan. The agreement extends the current contract two years, until March 31, 2026.
Current protections against layoff and subcontracting are extended, and annual raises for the extra two years are included. All other terms remain unchanged.

General Teamsters Local 251 Facebook:

TEAMSTERS AT NORTHEAST TRANSPORTATION/DHL WIN BIG WITH $120,000 GRIEVANCE SETTLEMENT Local 251 members at DHL/Northeast Transportation services in Pawtucket, R.I., are excited to share the news of their recent grievance settlement amount of $120,000.00, after several grievances that were filed claiming a violation of the collective bargaining agreement, when bargaining unit work was being threatened by the use of outside contractors. The Couriers, truck drivers, and dockworkers all shared in the victory and received grievance checks. The workers stood together and made it resoundingly clear that they will protect their work. Steward Tiffany Thompson said, “We weren’t just going to stand by and allow the company to subcontract our work.” Business Agent Tommy Salvatore stated, “Only through a Collective Bargaining Agreement with strong grievance and arbitration language were we able to achieve this victory.” The members stuck together and documented the violations every step of the way. Many of the employees are using their grievance settlement award to buy groceries, pay bills and provide for their families.

United Way of RI: Holiday Volunteer Engagement Projects:

Labor members have a long history of commitment and their willingness to help families going through tough times. We are partnering with United Way as we have a common goal, to improve lives of people in need. If you’re interested in volunteering as a team or individually for the holidays, United Way’s Volunteer Engagement can assist. Whether you’d like to donate to a holiday drive for children or isolated seniors, or volunteer in person helping with gift sorting, packaging and distribution, give them a call at 401-519-0380 or email volunteer@unitedwayri.org to get the details.


Working people, rise up! Thousands of workers are going on strike, so October is now known as Striketober. We made a map of all the strikes happening across the country—support one near you:

View Strike Map Here.

Working people keep our country running through this pandemic. Many corporations are even making record profits!

But as union members negotiate new contracts, we’re being told we have to give things up: lower wages, losing benefits and fewer days off.

And working people are saying NO.

As AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler said, “The strikes are sending a signal, no doubt about it, that employers ignore workers at their peril. I think this wave of strikes is actually going to inspire more workers to stand up and speak [out].”

So across the country, across industries…we’re speaking out and saying that we’re ready to go on strike to get the fair treatment we deserve.

So if you support working people, find a strike near you.

Did you know that when you do your Halloween shopping, you can use the power of your paycheck to support good jobs that pay well and respect the rights of working people? Here is a handy guide to the union-made treats that will make your holiday not only fun, but will help working people, too.

See list here.

***Remember to purchase your candy where our union brothers and sisters work: Stop & Shop, Shaws and Eastside Marketplace.

UPCOMING EVENTS: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 Rhode Island
120 Moscrip Ave.
North Kingstown RI 02852
Key times are 6:30-8:30 a.m. and 4-6 p.m.
Customer banners are typically on Wednesdays from 4-6pm. Contact us to participate.
Johnson Brothers of RI Donations can be made to: Teamsters Local 251 Strike Fund, 121 Brightridge Ave. East Providence RI 02914

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