E-NEWS: JANUARY 27, 2022

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.

Patrick Crowley, Secretary-Treasurer of Rhode Island AFL-CIO speaking at the launch of the Let RI Vote Campaign press conference this week. More information can be found here.

General Teamsters Local 251 Facebook: DELIVERING THE DREAM: LOCAL 251 MEMBERS DEMAND MLK DAY AS A PAID HOLIDAY Teamsters across several contracts demanded MLK Day as a paid contractual holiday this week. UPS members on Day & Twi Sorts signed petitions as part of the National Day of Action on Martin Luther King Day. Teamsters at Northeast Transportation and DHL Express rallied and signed petitions as well. Johnson Brothers of RI strikers stood in solidarity on their picket line. And Preload & Package UPSers signed petitions and rallied in support to close out the week of action.

See pictures here.

United Way of RI: Join the Equity Challenge 2022

Ready to learn more about racial equity? Join our Equity Challenge 2022. You can start when we launch on Feb. 28, 2022 or anytime after that.

After signing up, you’ll receive an email each weekday for three weeks. Emails on Monday – Wednesday will include resources to read, watch, or listen to. Emails on Thursday will include reflection questions, and emails on Friday will include actions you can take to help create a more equitable Rhode Island.

Each week will focus on a different theme.

  • Week 1: The Basics
  • Week 2: Deepening Our Understanding
  • Week 3: Equity in Rhode Island

Choose one resource, question, or action to engage with each day for about 15 minutes. If you have extra time, feel free to choose another, but don’t feel obligated to engage with everything. The goal of Equity Challenge 2022 is to learn a little each day. And don’t worry if you miss a day — the Challenge is designed to be done at your own pace. You can go back to the first email you missed and resume the Challenge at anytime.

Didn’t join our 21-Day Equity Challenge last year? No problem! You don’t need to have participated last year in order to join Equity Challenge 2022. If you did participate last year, Equity Challenge 2022 will be new and different.

If you’re a corporate group interested in signing up after Feb. 28, please contact Janice Pothier-Pac for help with registration.

Join the challenge here.

United Way of RI: Tax Prep

Free income tax filing services for families or individuals.

Did you earn $57,000 or less?
Visit any Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site for service. For information about site locations and times, please dial 2-1-1.

Volunteer preparers are trained and certified by the IRS. E-filing for fast returns. Get your Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit. You may qualify for an EITC credit up to $6,728.More information here.

Local 37 Ironworkers Facebook:

HB Welding erecting new maintenance and storage facility at Bucklin Point waste water treatment plant.

See pictures here.

Axios: Exclusive: Biden administration raises minimum wage for federal employees to $15

Federal agencies are being directed to raise the minimum wages for government employees to $15 an hour, according to new guidance from the Office of Personnel Management shared first with Axios.

Why it matters: The guidance will impact almost 70,000 federal employees, most of which work at the Departments of Agriculture, Defense and Veterans Affairs. OPM is directing agencies to implement the new wage by Jan. 30.

  • The largest share of employees, more than 56,000 people, currently paid below $15 work at the DOD.

Catch up fast: During his first week in office, President Biden signed an executive order directing OPM — which serves as the chief human resources agency and personnel policy manager for the federal government — to provide a report to the president with recommendations to promote a $15 per hour minimum wage for federal workers.

  • In the report, which was submitted to the White House, OPM officials indicated that the majority of the 2.2 million federal employees are already earning at least $15 an hour.

Read more here.

Labor 411: Soup, There It is!

January is National Soup Month and there’s nothing more satisfying on crisp winter day than a steaming hot bowl of soup. Whether you go for chicken noodle, tomato, vegetable, clam chowder or some other favorite, the tastiest, most heart-comforting broths are the ones made by companies – like the ones listed below – who give their employees a voice on the job and treat them with dignity. We’ve thrown in a few ethical soup go-withs to help round out your meal.

Soup it up union style and let’s all help build a stronger America.See list here.


Basic/Advanced Steward Training Virtual Workshop via ZOOM.

The training will be held on Tuesday, February 15, 2022, and Tuesday, February 22, 2022, from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm on both days.

Seating is limited and on a first come first serve basis.  The maximum is 15 stewards.  If you are interested in attending the Steward Training Workshop, please reply by Monday, February 6, 2022, with the names and emails of the stewards directlyto Lorina Hart at lharte@riilsr.org or by telephone 401-463-9900.”


Please 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

More information here.

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Coming up on Labor Vision

Show host Autumn Guillotte sits down with Erica Hammond and Mike Roles from Climate Jobs RI, Priscilla De La Cruz from the Audubon Society of Rhode Island, and Justin Kelly from the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, District Council 11, to discuss a very exciting push to decarbonize public school buildings by shifting them from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources.

For More Information:

–       Building Trades: https://www.buildingtradesri.com/

–       Join the Painters Union: https://www.iupat.org/join-us/

–       How to Start a Union: https://rhodeislandaflcio.org/contact-a-union-organizer

–       Green and Healthy Schools Presentation: TBA

–       Climate Jobs RI Coalition: http://climatejobsri.org/

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