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Rhode Island AFL-CIO Press Release:

Endorsements for Congressional District 1 and 2

February 28, 2022

For Immediate Distribution

For more information: Patrick Crowley 401-330-6870 or Patrick@RIaflcio.com  

Providence, RI – Earlier today the Rhode Island AFL-CIO voted to endorse Congressman David Cicilline for re-election to Congressional District One (1) and Rhode Island General Treasurer Seth Magaziner for election to Congressional District Two (2).

“Treasurer Magaziner is the type of leader Rhode Island needs in Congress,” said George Nee, President of the Rhode Island AFL-CIO. “Seth’s efforts as chair of the state’s school building task force helped launch a transformation of Rhode Island’s school infrastructure, ensuring that all students have safe, warm, and dry places to learn all while creating 28,000 construction related jobs.”  The Rhode Island AFL-CIO also supports the proposal by Treasurer Magaziner to continue the transformation of Rhode Island’s school infrastructure through his new proposed $300 million bond question which will help to decarbonize our schools and meet the goals of the Act on Climate.

“Congressman Cicilline continues to be a strong voice for union members in Congress, advocating for crucial pieces of legislation like the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, the Raise the Wage Act, and the Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act,” said Patrick Crowley, Secretary-Treasurer of the Rhode Island AFL-CIO. “Working people across the state are proud to have David as our champion in Congress.”  The Rhode Island AFL-CIO represents 80,000 working women and men across the ocean state in all sectors of the workforce.


UFCW Local 328 Press Release:

UFCW Stop & Shop Workers Secure Strong Pay and Benefits in New Four-Year Contract

February 28th, 2022

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Today, the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) announced that the members of UFCW Locals 328, 371, 1445, 1459, and 919 voted to ratify a new four-year contract with their employer, Stop & Shop, by an overwhelming majority.

The five UFCW Local Unions released the following statement in response to the deal:

“It is a testament to the hard work of our members and the support of customers that we were able to secure this strong contract that will deliver higher wages, protect and expand benefits, and provide members with what they have earned and deserved while working through the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This contract will put more money in the pockets of the workers who have made Stop & Shop the successful company it is today, ensure members have high quality and affordable health care, and help retain the talented, dedicated employees who have made Stop & Shop’s success synonymous with their own.

“This contract will provide our members with the tools they need to succeed as they continue to serve their loyal customers and deliver the outstanding customer service and shopping experience they pride themselves on.”              


UFCW Local 328 Twitter:

Congratulations to our union family at Stop & Shop on ratifying a new 4 year agreement with wage increases across the board, protected time + a half pay on Sundays + holidays, and affordable/quality healthcare with ZERO increase in members’ weekly contributions for all 4 years!

View pictures here.


Excellent Op-Ed by George Nee is the President of the Rhode Island AFL-CIO and Sheila Dormody is the RI Director of Climate and Cities Programs for The Nature Conservancy, and Chair of the RI Executive Climate Change Coordinating Council (EC4) Advisory Board.

The Boston Globe: Rhode Island’s route to an equitable, worker-centered, green economy

The president of the AFL-CIO and the RI Director of Climate and Cities Programs for The Nature Conservancy say a new report by experts at Cornell University shows how our state leaders can seize the moment and get it done.

Rhode Islanders don’t have to look far to find evidence of our crumbling infrastructure, deeply unequal economy, or the climate crisis. Luckily, we don’t have to look far for solutions anymore, either.

With a state budget surplus of $618 million and more than $2.5 billion in federal infrastructure money in our public coffers, Rhode Island is in a strong position to tackle the climate crisis, rebuild our infrastructure, and invest in an equitable economy that works for all. A new report, authored by experts at Cornell University, shows how our state leaders can seize the moment and get it done.

This timely climate jobs report, developed in consultation with the Climate Jobs Rhode Island coalition, shows how Rhode Island could become the first fully decarbonized state in the nation by outlining a suite of science-backed policy recommendations to create good union jobs, advance racial equity, and build a vibrant and inclusive renewable economy.

Core provisions of the plan include decarbonizing the state’s K-12 public school buildings, installing 900 MW of solar energy and 1,300 MW of offshore wind energy, and modernizing the state’s electrical grid by 2030. The report also includes recommendations aimed at slashing emissions from households and municipal buildings, expanding public transportation, and facilitating a just transition for workers and communities that rely on the fossil fuel sector.

Read more here.


The Boston Globe: Nurses at Roger Williams Medical Center vote to join union

The 2-1 margin of victory indicates deep dissatisfaction with Prospect CharterCare’s management,’ said Lynn Blais, president of the United Nurses and Allied Professionals union.

PROVIDENCE — The nurses at Roger Williams Medical Center voted Tuesday to join the United Nurses and Allied Professionals, the state’s largest health care union.

The nurses voted by a 2-1 margin in favor of joining the union. Polls closed at 4 p.m. The vote adds about 220 new union members, according to spokesman Brad Dufault.

“The 2-1 margin of victory indicates deep dissatisfaction with Prospect CharterCare’s management,” said Lynn Blais, UNAP’s president. “This victory comes on the heels of hundreds of other CharterCare employees who have voted to join the UNAP over the last few years.”

CharterCARE, which operates Roger Williams Medical Center in Providence and Our Lady of Fatima Hospital in North Providence, is owned and managed by Los Angeles-based Prospect Medical Holdings.

Brown said the hospital pledges to “negotiate a fair and equitable contract for employees and our hospital.”

“As we seek to finalize a contract agreement with our nurses, our mutual commitment to make quality care for our patients a daily priority will be maintained and strengthened. We look forward to positive collaboration with the nurses’ new union,” said Brown.

But Blais said the union will fight to ensure that “no sale is approved without collective bargaining agreements in effect for all CharterCare employees.” Read more here.


Congratulations to Matt Taibi being named IBT Passenger Transit Director

General Teamsters Local 251 Facebook:

Local 251 Principal Officer Matthew Taibi named next IBT Passenger Transit Director

First announced Sunday, February 27th, on a Teamsters Transition Update call, Eastern Region Vice President-elect Matthew Taibi has been asked to serve as Director of the IBT Passenger Transit Division by General President-elect Sean O’Brien and General Secretary-elect Fred Zuckerman.

“We’re going to bring the same energy in the school bus and transit industry to the rest of the country as we do in 251,” said Matt Taibi. “We’ve been organizing new workers here in Rhode Island along with pushing for strong legislative protections. With the history of Local 251 members in the school bus industry fighting for strong contracts, we have an opportunity to lead the way in school bus and transit for the International.”

The O’Brien-Zuckerman administration, as well as their appointees, will take over the International Brotherhood of Teamsters when they are sworn in on March 22nd.


Join Climate Jobs RI on Friday, March 4th at 1pm (EST) for a panel discussion with experts from Cornell University to talk about a new report outlining a climate jobs plan for Rhode Island.

Last month, Climate Jobs RI released a new report by the Worker Institute at Cornell University. The report, titled “Building a Just Transition for a Resilient Future: A Climate Jobs Program for Rhode Island“, outlines a comprehensive action plan to put RI on the path to building an equitable, pro-worker, clean energy economy.  

For the first time ever, Rhode Island has a report that provides a glimpse into the economic and job growth potential of its clean energy future. This discussion will cover the wide-ranging policy recommendations highlighted in the report along with the broader climate plan of the coalition to transition the RI’s building, energy, and transportation sectors to renewable energy with the strongest labor and equity standards.

Registration Link: https://aflcio.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8QUnWBBXQGu63pTRyAxLYg

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


Calling All Union Members! Don’t miss your chance to enter the “Future is Union: Climate Urgency through the Eyes of Workers” photo contest! Submit a photo that shows what climate work means to you and win up to $500!

The contest is open to any union member who sees their work as a “climate job” – whether you’re driving or fixing electric buses, working on wind turbines, teaching students about the climate crisis, cleaning up after climate-related disasters, working on green buildings, installing solar, operating water systems, or anything that relates to climate change.

Learn more and submit your photos before April 22 here: https://www.climatejobsphotocontest.org/


RICOSH COVID Action Memo: Community-level prevention strategies

Rhode Island is listed by CDC in the Medium risk category under new CDC Guidelines.

Community-Level CDC recommendations:

· Protect people at high risk for severe illness or death by ensuring equitable access to vaccination, testing, treatment, support services, and information

· Consider implementing screening testing or other testing strategies for people who are exposed to COVID-19 in workplaces, schools, or other community settings as appropriate

·  Implement enhanced prevention measures in high-risk congregate settings (see guidance for correctional facilities and homeless shelters

·  Distribute and administer vaccines to achieve high community vaccination coverage and ensure health equity

·  Maintain improved ventilation in public indoor spaces

· Ensure access to testing, including through point-of-care and at-home tests for all people

·  Communicate with organizations and places that serve people who are immunocompromised or at high risk for severe disease to ensure they know how to get rapid testing ·  Ensure access and equity in vaccination, testing, treatment, community outreach, support services for disproportionately affected populations


United way of RI:

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Labor 411: The Facts About Snacks

Snacks, those things we eat when it’s not quite mealtime. We all love them. We all crave them. Sugary, salty, light or filling, they are a part of our life. The calendar tells us that February is Natural Snack Food month, but let’s face it…is there ever a time when a little pre-meal pick-me-up isn’t in order? Still, in honor of National Snack Food Month, we’ve highlighted some of our favorite nosh-ables. Not only are these items listed below seriously tasty, but they’re made by companies that treat their workers fairly and give them a voice on the job.

Enjoy your snacks and let’s all help build a stronger America.

See list here.





UPCOMING EVENTS:

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TEAMSTERS, Local 251

SOLIDARITY WITH JOHNSON BROTHERS WORKERS

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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LABOR VISION

Coming up on Labor Vision

Labor Vision – From The Vault: We are bringing back featured episodes from the past that are still relevant today! This week we are revisiting the RI AFL-CIO’s webinar on Organizing A Union In The Time Of Covid-19, With Megan Carvalho, UFCW Local 328, Justin Kelley, IUPAT, Damian Oquendo, SEIU, 32BJ, Matt Taibi, Teamsters 251, John Burns, AFSCME Council 94, Hosted by Patrick Crowley Secretary – Treasurer RI AFL-CIO.

Watch here: https://youtu.be/iOY5-I1Xvm8

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