E-NEWS: DECEMBER 22, 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.


1199 SEIU Rhode Island Facebook:

As workers, patients and community members, we are calling on our state regulators NOT to approve a hospital merger unless CNE/Lifespan accepts our ‘Merger Bill of Rights.’ It is critical that ANY merger agreement does result in the reduction of care and services we need. SIGN onto our Merger Bill of Rights TODAY: tinyurl.com/MergerBillofRights

The proposed merger between Care New England and Lifespan has the potential to profoundly impact our jobs, the type of care our families receive and the communities in which we live. That’s why we are calling on our state’s regulators to put our best interests first and ONLY approve the hospital merger if it includes our ‘Hospital Merger Bill of Rights.’

HOSPITAL MERGER BILL OF RIGHTS:

  • All employees are treated with dignity, respect and given the staffing and training they need.
  • Good union jobs that support families and give caregivers a voice on the job must be an outcome of the merger.
  • Healthcare outcomes should be a priority in underserved communities.
  • Every service available today should be available tomorrow, including mental health and rehabilitation.
  • Renewable energy & sustainable technology should be included in all building plans.  
  • Construction workers building tomorrow’s health-care facilities should be local, highly-skilled and paid competitive wages.
  • We deserve an integrated electronic medical records system so that each of our providers can access our medical histories.
  • Public funds should be used at the bedside to improve patient care.
  • Caregivers and community members should serve on the board and make decisions about our care.

AFL-CIO: Significant Action Needed After Latest Data Show Essential Workers Disproportionately Die on the Job

December 16, 2021

Data published today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show that workers face preventable hazardous working conditions and disparities continue to grow. In 2020, 4,764 workers died on the job and the job fatality rate was 3.4 fatalities per 100,000 workers, the first decrease in years. That is an average of 13 workers dying each and every day.

The decline in fatalities does not capture the staggering number of workers who so far have lost their lives from COVID-19—tens of thousands and growing—and does not capture the nearly 120,000 workers who die each year in the U.S. from preventable occupational illnesses, largely work-related cancers.

“We need a more targeted approach to address significant disparities in who has access to a safe job and who is treated with dignity and respect at work. Safe jobs are a fundamental right for every worker,” said AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler. “We are working with the Biden administration to hold employers accountable and to rebuild our workplace safety agencies to strengthen job safety protections and enforcement. Working people are standing united to ensure workplace hazards are addressed and that workers can speak up without retaliation.”

Read more here.


Economic Policy Institute: Unions are not only good for workers, they’re good for communities and for democracy

High unionization levels are associated with positive outcomes across multiple indicators of economic, personal, and democratic well-being.

We know that unions promote economic equality and build worker power, helping workers to win increases in pay, better benefits, and safer working conditions.

But that’s not all unions do. Unions also have powerful effects on workers’ lives outside of work.

In this report, we document the correlation between higher levels of unionization in states and a range of economic, personal, and democratic well-being measures. In the same way unions give workers a voice at work, with a direct impact on wages and working conditions, the data suggest that unions also give workers a voice in shaping their communities. Where workers have this power, states have more equitable economic structures, social structures, and democracies.

Income and economic protections

We find that, on average, the 17 U.S. states with the highest union densities:

  • have state minimum wages that are on average 19% higher than the national average and 40% higher than those in low-union-density states
  • have median annual incomes $6,000 higher than the national average
  • have higher-than-average unemployment insurance recipiency rates (that is, a higher share of those who are unemployed actually receive unemployment insurance)

Read more here.


Labor 411: Kellogg’s Workers End Strike, Vote Yes On New Contract

The Kellogg’s strike is over. Workers said yes to a deal that cost of living adjustments, raises, and an expansion medical and retirement benefits.

The Washington Post reports:

“Unionized Kellogg’s workers in four states have approved a new five-year contract, ending one of the longest-running strikes of 2021.

A spokesperson for the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union said Tuesday morning that the union had voted to accept a collective bargaining agreement announced last week. ‘Our striking members at Kellogg’s ready-to-eat cereal production facilities courageously stood their ground and sacrificed so much in order to achieve a fair contract. This agreement makes gains and does not include any concessions,’ union president Anthony Shelton said in a statement.

Voting took place over the weekend and through Mondayon the company’s new offer — one of at least seven it cobbled together. The new five-year contract includes across-the-board wage increases and cost-of-living adjustments in year one, according to a company statement. It also expands health care and retirement benefits. Read more 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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