E-NEWS: NOVEMBER 24, 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.


Laborers Local 271 Twitter:
Local 271 BM Michael Sabitoni speaks about the importance of #infrastructure projects to #RhodeIsland economy at the 6/10 flyover press event @RIDOTNews @GovDanMcKee@SenatorRuggerio @LGSabinaMatos


Building Futures | Apprenticeship RI Twitter:


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From the bridge BF pre-apprentices built during our training to the bridge our graduates helped build as apprentices and journey workers! @LIUNALocal271 @ri_trades @SenatorRuggerio @LGSabinaMatos @RIDOTNews#NAW2021@RepCicilline @SenJackReed@SenWhitehouse


LIUNA New England Region Twitter:

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Congratulations to @CranstonSchools @nelcps Pre-Apprenticeship Program on being certified by the @RI_DLT Apprenticeship Office! Special thank you to @SenatorRuggerio for highlighting the accomplishments in Registered Apprenticeship Expansion in the State of RI.


Cranston School Department Twitter:

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Congratulations to the NEL/CPS Construction & Career Academy in recognition of the official certification of their Pre-Apprenticeship program from the RI Dept. of Labor & Training. @JeannineNota


1199 SEIU Rhode Island Facebook:

Frontline caregivers, patients and community members MUST have a say in the proposed Lifespan/CNE merger now that state regulators Peter Neronha and Rhode Island Department of Health have deemed the application complete. That’s why we have created our HOSPITAL MERGER BILL OF RIGHTS to ensure good jobs and quality care are front and central. SIGN ON TODAY: tinyurl.com/MergerBillofRights #NoMergerWithoutUs


The #BuildBackBetterAct will reduce the cost of life saving medicines, child and elder care, and put more money in the pockets of low income and working class people! Thank you Congressmen @davidcicilline and @JimLangevin for your work!

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Alvin Reyes, President of IBEW, Local 99 Facebook:

***Thank -you to the brothers and sisters of IBEW LU 99 who donated non-perishable food items to the RI Community Food Bank. Let’s not forget the families in need of their essentials especially when we have so much to be thankful for!

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The American Prospect: A Look at How Unions Lift Workers

Unions aren’t just about strikes and politics—the stories the media covers. There’s a big story the media usually misses about unions: how, concretely, they improve workers’ lives.

This article is published in partnership with The Century Foundation, a progressive think tank.

  • Laura Asher, a former combat medic who was working as a hospital aide, saw her pay jump when she entered her union’s apprenticeship program to become a crane operator. Her pay is now more than three times what her hospital job paid.
  • Gregory Swanson, a charter school teacher, was hugely frustrated that his school’s top official assigned him a salary far below his level of experience. But his union contract changed that, requiring the school to follow a pay scale based on years of experience.
  • Madeleine Souza-Rivera, a barista at a café in one of Google’s giant office complexes, used to feel overwhelmed by the $9,600 she paid each year in health care premiums. Thanks to her union contract, she now pays nothing toward health premiums.
  • Donnell Jefferson, a warehouse worker, complained that he was never sure when he could leave work—his boss would suddenly order workers to put in two, and sometimes even eight, extra hours on the job. But with his union contract, his work hours are now far more predictable.
  • Lorie Quinn, a hospital housekeeper who cleans intensive-care units, has seen her pay increase by 70 percent since her hospital unionized six years ago. Moreover, her health insurance premiums have been cut in half.

Read more here.


AFL-CIO: Union-Made in America Thanksgiving

When you buy union, you’re supporting good jobs in American communities, jobs that provide living wages and benefits, safe working conditions, and dignity and respect for work. Look for these quality products, produced by union members, when preparing for your Thanksgiving feast.

The following list comes to us from Union Label and the products are made by the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM); the Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics and Allied Workers-USW (GMP-USW); the Machinists (IAM); UNITE HERE; the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW); the United Steelworkers (USW); the United Farm Workers (UFW); and the Teamsters (IBT).

See list here.
***Remember to shop at Eastside Marketplace, Shaws and Stop & Shop where our union brothers and sisters work.



Labor 411:



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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