E-NEWS: NOVEMBER 12, 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.


Over 150 Union Members, Education Professionals, and Students Stand in Solidarity at Bristol Warren School Committee Meeting

BRISTOL– Over 150 Union members, education professionals, and students stood together in silent solidarity at Monday’s Bristol-Warren School Committee meeting as contract negotiations for teachers drag on and recently, two school committee members blocked a grant for training sessions with high school faculty on project-based learning due to concerns for the consultant’s “background” in educating and empowering black and brown students. Read more here.

Click photo for full video of Mt. Hope Students’ Union’s Comments


#InfrastructureWeek 2021 – Over $2.5 billion of Federal Tax Money to Come to Rhode Island

Gov. Dan McKee and members of the congressional delegation and R.I. Department of Transportation Director Peter Alviti, and Mike Sabitoni talk about federal infrastructure money coming to Rhode Island at a news conference, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2021. (WJAR)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Rhode Island is getting a better idea of how the newly passed infrastructure bill will impact the state.
Rhode Island’s congressional delegation joined by Gov. Dan McKee, R.I. Department of Transportation Director Peter Alviti, and Mike Sabitoni in Providence to recognize last week’s passage of the bill.
House lawmakers passed the $1.2 trillion spending bill by a simple majority on Friday. The Senate had previously passed its version.

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal will send more than $2.5 billion of federal tax money to Rhode Island to repair roads and bridges, upgrade public transit and rail systems, tackle the climate crisis, and secure access to clean drinking water. Read more here.


Pictures of NEA Members and Bristol-Warren Students at School Committee Meeting.

Monday, November 8, 2021, Mt. Hope High School

View pictures here.

WATCH: Operation Union Veterans Day with Naitonal AFL-CIO

AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler, United Mine Workers’ Cecil Roberts and U.S. Dept. of Labor’s James Rodriguez honor Union Veterans this Veterans Day.

Watch video here.


Providence Journal: Here’s what those ‘Too High A Price For Wine’ protests at liquor stores are all about You may have seen them outside a liquor store near you: Protesters clutching bullhorns and holding signs that say, “Too High A Price For Wine.”
Contrary to what passers-by sometimes assume, they’re not up in arms about the cost of Sauvignon blanc. The demonstrations are aimed at Johnson Brothers of Rhode Island, a liquor distributor whose workers have been on strike since May and say they’re not going back without a contract guaranteeing better wages and health-care benefits.
“We just got tired of feeling like slave labor,” said Charles Reid, a delivery driver who was handing out flyers to customers at Liquorland on Smithfield Avenue on Wednesday afternoon.
Liquor stores saw a surge of business early in the pandemic when they were deemed essential businesses while bars and restaurants were closed. Keeping shelves stocked put increased pressure on drivers like Reid, whose job involves lifting thousands of pounds over the course of a day.

Read more here.


TEAMSTERS AT DURHAM SCHOOL SERVICES IN SMITHFIELD VOTE TO AUTHORIZE A STRIKE
Durham school bus drivers, monitors and aides voted unanimously to authorize a strike at their Smithfield yard recently. They had voted to join Teamsters Local 251 almost one year ago and had been very patient as negotiations wore on. The last straw was the paltry raises offered by Durham, which is the third largest school transportation service in the United States.  
The workers in Smithfeld are among the lowest paid school bus employees in the entire state of Rhode Island. The Teamsters believe the company has committed unfair labor practices.
Hopefully the company has gotten the message loud and clear. The workers love working with their students and hope the company doesn’t force them to strike in order to be paid what other workers in the same field get paid. Three more bargaining sessions with a federal mediator are scheduled, with November 12 up next. Stay tuned. Read more here.


AFL-CIO:

Happy #strikesgiving everyone, this weekend will you find some workers taking collective action and stand with them?

Find a picket line here.


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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New show host Autumn Guillotte sits down with Climate Jobs Rhode Island’s organizer Erica Hammond and policy director Mike Roles to discuss a just transition to a green economy in the Ocean State. They talk about what’s on the coalition’s agenda for the fall and into the new year. This past year we have celebrated the passage of the Act on Climate and look forward to more policies which will help RI achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2030, such as the Carbon Free and Healthy Schools initiative and a Free RIPTA program.

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