E-NEWS: JANUARY 6, 2022

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JANUARY 6, 2022

Treasurer Magaziner, Legislative Leaders, to Announce Legislation to Expand Historic Investment in Rhode Island School Buildings

PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island General Treasurer Seth Magaziner will join co-sponsors Senator Hanna Gallo, Senator Sandra Cano, and Representative Brandon Potter, other legislators, educators, students, and community members to announce legislation that will extend and expand the once-in-a-generation investment in Rhode Island’s school buildings developed by the state co-chaired by Treasurer Magaziner and overwhelmingly approved by voters in 2018. School Construction Task Force co-chaired by Treasurer Magaziner and overwhelmingly approved by voters in 2018.

Due to the recent surge in cases of COVID-19, the announcement will be held outside. Attendees are asked to wear masks and practice social distancing during the event.

WHAT: General Treasurer Seth Magaziner, Senator Hanna Gallo, Senator Sandra Cano, and Representative Brandon Potter to announce legislation to extend and expand state school construction programs

WHO: General Treasurer Seth Magaziner, Senator Hanna Gallo, Senator Sandra Cano, and Representative Brandon Potter, educators, students, and community members

WHEN: TODAY, Thursday, January 6, 2022, at 3:15 pm

WHERE: Rhode Island State House (outside the building, facing Smith Street)

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Contact:  

Benjamin Smith | 401-439-2199

benjamin.smith@treasury.ri.gov


PRESS RELEASE:

December 30, 2021

A statement from United Nurses and Allied Professionals Rhode Island Hospital Local 5098 President Frank Sims, R.N. on operational changes at RI Hospital

Providence, RI – Frank Sims, R.N., President of the United Nurses and Allied Professionals (UNAP) Local 5098, which represents nurses and health professionals at Rhode Island Hospital, issued a statement today in regards to significant operational changes being made at Rhode Island Hospital to accommodate an influx of new patients amidst staffing shortages. Multiple steps have been taken to stretch resources across Lifespan hospitals. Specifically, Rhode Island Hospital is:

  • expanding nurse-to-patient ratios
  • placing Intensive Care Unit (ICU) patients in non-traditional ICUs and converting Intermediate Care Units into ICUs
  • combining the Surgical Intensive Care Unit and the Trauma Intensive Care Unit.
  • re-deploying nurses and other health professionals from the Catheterization Lab, Electrophysiology Lab, main Operating Room and Ambulatory Surgical Center to other parts of the hospital.
  • limiting the amount of transfers from other hospitals.

Sims stated, “The hospital had no choice but to make these changes. There simply isn’t enough staff to handle the amount of patients coming into the hospital. We want to be abundantly clear about what these changes mean for the health and safety of all Rhode Islanders. It means the health care system in our state has reached a breaking point, forcing our biggest hospital to take drastic measures to try to meet the needs of Rhode Islanders in need of medical care. It means that if you or a loved one has a medical emergency – COVID-related or not – there may or may not be a bed for you depending on how bad this wave becomes. It means longer wait times. It means exhausted nurses and other health care workers caring for you or your loved one.” Read more here.


This Sunday, January 9th, Secretary-Treasurer Patrick Crowley will be joining the Museum of Work and Culture for the museum’s new “Valley Talks” program. The virtual event starts at 1PM and is free to all.

The subject of the event is the 1934 Saylesville Massacre. In 1934, workers across Rhode Island went on strike as part of one of the largest industrial actions in American history – the General Textile Strike. In the mill village of Saylesville, workers fought a week-long street battle with deputy sheriffs and the National Guard. Two workers were killed in an event known as “The Saylesville Massacre.” But what if the story we tell about what happened on the streets of Saylesville is incomplete? This lecture helps round out the story, taking it in a different direction.

To register for the event, please go to:  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUocuGgqTMvHtzjnnezhzOBRRnCPIi3gKoD  

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


General Teamsters Local 251 Facebook:

View pictures here. JOHNSON BROTHERS WORKERS: TELL THE GALLO FAMILY THAT DESTROYING RHODE ISLAND JOBS IS TASTELESS Yesterday the striking workers from Rhode Island rallied with TEAMSTERS LOCAL 120 at Johnson Brothers Headquarters in St. Paul, MINNESOTA! The strikers received a warm welcome from newly elected Teamsters Central Region Vice-President, TOM ERICKSON, his staff and other members from TEAMSTERS LOCAL 120. Also greeting the strikers was the NEW ENGLAND TEAMSTERS JOINT COUNCIL 10 truck and the TEAMSTERS LOCAL 120 truck as well as their utility trailer! Local 251 strikers also visited the sites of the 1934 Teamsters General Strike and the murder of George Floyd, connecting working class economic and social justice movements. Johnson Brothers workers have been on STRIKE since May 26, 2021 and are on the streets in MINNESOTA letting the public know about the company’s treatment of its workers and their violations of federal labor laws. Johnson Brothers workers have received great support from customers and the general public. Everywhere we go Rhode Island shoppers tell us they don’t like to shop at stores that accept scab deliveries. Please ask Rhode Island liquor stores, restaurants and bars to refuse delivery of Johnson Brothers products. Visit the picket line and show Johnson Brothers that workers stick together and will not be treated like second-class citizens.


AFL-CIO: Health Care Workers Need Mandatory OSHA Protections from COVID-19

The AFL-CIO; the American Federation of Teachers; National Nurses United; AFSCME; the United Food and Commercial Workers; the United Steelworkers; the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union-UFCW; and SEIU issued the following statement on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) removing the COVID-19 emergency temporary standard (ETS) for health care workers:

First and foremost, we strongly disagree with the Biden administration’s decision to discontinue the enforceable OSHA ETS for health care workers. With the omicron variant surging and no permanent standard in place, our front-line heroes are in grave danger of COVID-19 infection. Workplace COVID-19 outbreaks are exploding; recent data show the number of infections doubled and deaths nearly quadrupled among nursing home workers alone.

The ETS made clear to health care employers that proven prevention measures limiting airborne exposures to COVID-19 are absolutely necessary and would be fully enforced to keep workers from getting sick and being removed from work. These include improved ventilation, patient screening and respirators, and providing paid leave when workers are infected and must quarantine. Read more here.


Student Loans Are a Labor Issue! Please review your loans in the new year! New loan forgiveness programs may mean less money left to pay,check here: https://buff.ly/3fuG6cv


AFL-CIO: Watch: IUPAT Celebrates Its Proud History While Looking Toward the Future

2021 was a year unlike any other, and together, the unions that make up the AFL-CIO showed our strength and resolve to carry on the work we do despite enormous challenges. On New Year’s Eve, the Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) released a new video, reflecting on the union’s history and spreading hope for the future. “Let us take a moment to appreciate that, despite overwhelming odds, our international union is still standing strong after another year, the 134th year of our proud existence,” the union posted on Facebook. “In 2022, let’s commit ourselves like never before to building IUPAT power, strength for our trades, and towards creating a labor movement future generations can take great pride in as unionists just like all of us are today.”





UPCOMING EVENTS:

Advocacy 101 Virtual Training
January 11, 2022 | noon – 1:30 p.m.

Join United Way of Rhode Island on Tuesday, January 11, 2022, from noon – 1:30 p.m. to learn how to make your voice heard through our state legislative process.

Our advocacy 101 workshop is designed for both corporate and community volunteers interested in helping to drive change through public policy on issues such as housing, education, workforce development and more.

This entry level workshop will cover topics including: how local and state government works; what advocacy is; and how to use your voice to make our state a place where every individual can succeed.
 
Join us to learn how you can make a difference in Rhode Island through advocacy.

Click here to register for this event

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United Way Community First Conversation: MLK Day

January 14, 2022   12 p.m.- 12:30 p.m.

For 95 years, United Way of Rhode Island has been focused on strengthening the Rhode Island community so that every Rhode Island’er can have an equal chance at a bright and prosperous future. For all too many Rhode Island’ers, that is easier said than done. In this episode of Community First Conversations, we invite you to join us as we hear about what the community is doing to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

On August 28, 1963, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. This historic speech was considered a turning point in the Civil Rights Movement, bringing national attention to the racial strife in the South and followed by the passage of two of the most important civil rights policies: The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965. Now, over 50 years later, how much progress has been made? Join United Way of RI for a Community First Conversation facilitated by our own Dr. Adama Brown, highlighting Black Policy Month. Panelists will be Dr. Akilah Dulin, Associate Professor at Brown University School of Public Health, who will discuss her research on the State of Black RI and Paige Clausius-Park, Senior Policy Analyst at Rhode Island Kids Count who will discuss Racial Disparities in Economic Well-Being.

Sign up to be a part of this zoom webinar style conversation on Friday, January 14, 2022, from 12 p.m.- 12:30 p.m.  Attendance is free.

Sign Up Link: https://www.unitedwayri.org/event/mlk-day-a-community-first-conversation/ ###
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 at:
Johnson Brothers of Rhode Island 120 Moscrip Ave North Kingstown RI 02852 Key times are 7:30-8:30 a.m. Let Johnson Brothers know about your concerns at: 651-649-5800 (Corporate) or 401-583-0050 (Rhode Island) Donations can be made to: Teamsters Local 251 Strike Fund, 121 Brightridge Ave. East Providence RI 02914

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LABOR VISION

Coming up on Labor Vision

Show host Autumn Guillotte sits down with Jim Parisi and Frank Flynn, of the RI AFT to discuss Labor’s Recommendations for RI’s ARPA Funding and how it can be used to support innovation in Rhode Island’s public education.

The American Rescue Plan Act (or “ARPA”) was signed into law on March 11, 2021 by President Biden. This Act is a way for the Federal Government to aid State and Municipal governments coping with the fall-out from the COVID-19 pandemic. Rhode Island’s share of these dollars includes $1.13 billion for state fiscal relief, $540 million for local fiscal relief, and $415 million for relief for k-12 schools.

On August 4, 2021, the Rhode Island AFL-CIO convened a gathering of labor leaders from across the state to discuss how the State could best deploy these funds to help working class Rhode Islanders. The full list of 26 Recommendations can be accessed here: https://bit.ly/ARPARecs.

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