E-NEWS: MARCH 31, 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.

Rhode Island Senate Leadership PAC:

What Makes Smart Climate Policy — RI Climate Jobs Roundtable.

Priscilla De La Cruz, President of the Environment Council of Rhode Island and Patrick Crowley, Secretary-Treasurer of Rhode Island AFL-CIO on What Makes Smart Climate Policy — RI Climate Jobs Roundtable.

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For Immediate Release: March 28, 2022  

Contact: Jim Cenerini (401) 724-5900 ext. 22 – work / (401) 378-8491 – cell    

RI Council 94, AFSCME President, Officers & Executive Board Elected  

North Providence – Today, Rhode Island Council 94, American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO announced that J. Michael Downey was re-elected President at the thirty-ninth annual convention. The convention was held virtually via Zoom on March 26, 2022.  

President Downey stated, “It’s a privilege and an honor to be re-elected to my fifth term as President of Rhode Island Council 94, AFSCME, AFL-CIO. Our members have continued providing critical services during the Covid-19 pandemic.   Council 94’s fight for dignity and economic justice for all public and private sector employees will not waver. Working with the elected officers and executive board, Council 94 will use future challenges as opportunities to build a bigger, bolder union.”

Additional officers elected include: Mary Townsend, Executive Vice President; Claire Newell, Treasurer; David Hoffman, Recording Secretary; Michael McDonald, State Vice President; and Walter Hartley, Municipal Vice-President.  

Executive Board members include: Kevin Allard, Michaela Bolano, Barry Brothers, Fred Cavallaro, Lynn Clark, Jason Kane, Kwame Larbi, J. Rafael Martinez, Renee Massie, Tracy McDermott, John Monse, Anthony Peters, Cristobal Rodriguez, and Romeo Turgeon.

Trustees include: Sherry DiBiase, Gina Friedman, John Rose, and Erin Shannon.

Sergeant-at-Arms: Mark Brayall    

Council 94 represents over 4,000 state employees, 4,000 municipal employees and 350 private sector employees.

Providence Business News: NEA R.I. names Barden new executive director

CRANSTON – The National Education Association Rhode Island did not have to look too far to find a new executive director.

The labor union that represents teachers and other education employees announced March 25, and confirmed Monday to Providence Business News, that Mary K. Barden has been selected as NEARI’s new executive director. Barden, who will start her new role Aug. 1, will succeed Robert A. Walsh. Walsh is retiring as NEARI’s director this summer after being with the labor union for close to three decades.

NEARI spokesperson Stephanie Mandeville told PBN Monday that the labor union’s executive committee voted March 21 to name Barden the next executive director. Barden was chosen based on the recommendation from the interview committee that was put together to review candidates for the position.

Barden, Mandeville said, has been the assistant executive director/UniServ at NEARI since 2013. Prior to that, Barden rose through union ranks with NEA North Kingstown, Mandeville said, serving as a building rep, middle level advocate, grievance chair and president of the local union. In North Kingstown, Barden was a social studies teacher with Davisville Middle School.

Read more here.

Press Conference: SEIU 580 & AFSCME 2882

March 30, 2022

Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 580 and American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 2882 Calls on State Officials at the Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Department of Administration (DOA) to Immediately Fill All DHS Frontline Worker Vacancies to End Delays to Critical Services for Rhode Island’s Most Vulnerable Populations.

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ABC 6 News: ‘Be fair to those who care’: Medical professionals hold picket outside Landmark Medical Center

WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WLNE) — Dozens of healthcare workers chanted “Be fair to those who care” while taking part of a informational picket outside Landmark Medical Center Thursday night.

The picket was held by United Nurses and Allied Professionals Local 5067, the union that represents health care workers employed at Landmark Medical Center, who has been negotiating a new contract.

The original contract ended in December, but an extension moved the expiration date to March 31.

UNAP said that Prime Healthcare, owners of Landmark, refuse to negotiate a contract with protections for patients and staff.

“Put simply, Landmark management, led by the out of state Prime Healthcare, has forgotten about the nurses and healthcare professionals who led Landmark Medical Center through the worst of the pandemic,” stated President Brenda Schobel.

“We are still in the throes of the pandemic, and they’ve already forgotten the sacrifices we made for the hospital and our patients, instead offering us a contract that increases our health insurance costs and pays us far below fair market rates. This contract proposal is a slap in the face to us and the work we do, and it will create an unsafe environment for patients in the hospital.” Schobel continued. “While top executives rake in big money and Prime takes in massive management fees, they’re simultaneously refusing to provide a competitive wage and benefit package, which will result in a shortage of caregivers, creating dangerous conditions, and putting Landmark patients at risk. They’re more interested in lining their own pockets than ensuring the long-term stability of this community hospital that Woonsocket and other Blackstone Valley residents depend on.” Read more here.

In solidarity with the @WeAreUNAP medical workers at Landmark Medical Center, picketing for a fair contract.

View pictures here.

General Teamsters Local 251 Facebook:

Stericycle & Shred-It Workers Ratify First Contracts, Join Teamsters Local 251

Workers at the Woonsocket RI Stericycle and Pawtucket RI Shred-It locations overwhelmingly ratified their respective first contracts. Woonsocket drivers had organized in October of 2020, and Pawtucket drivers and helpers had organized in February of 2021. After many months of negotiations, practice picketing, strike authorization votes and support from the community, workers ratified strong first contracts. Strong wage increases, ratification bonuses, frozen employee healthcare costs, and strong job protections were notable highlights. We welcome 60 new Teamsters to our Local!

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Graduate Labor Organization Twitter:

Today GLO members voted 98% YES to ratify our raise! All grad workers at

@BrownUniversity will make over $42k in FY23, an effective raise of 12.9%! This historic raise would not have been possible without our members! @riaflcio @AFTacademics @AFTunion


Local 37 Ironworkers Facebook:

First few days of erection at Amazon in Johnston.

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IUPAT Twitter:

This video of our bridge painters working on the Brooklyn Bridge in the mid 1900s shows just how dangerous it was to work in our skilled trades before our union won safety measures on our jobsites. Countless thousands of lives have been saved as we’ve made our industry safer.

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R.I. Labor History Society: 2022 Spring Speaker Series

Lessons on African American Labor History


Monday, April 18, 2022

Monday, June 6, 2022


Keith Stokes, Director of Business and Development for the City of Providence

Patrick Crowley, Organizer and Government Affairs Specialist with the NEARI and Secretary-Treasurer of RI AFL-CIOFor more information and topics see here.


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/


Rhode lsland P.O.W.E.R. Network

Request the pleasure of your company ,as we commemorate the
Fourth Anniversary of the State Day of the Cooperative in Rhode Island

RI State House, 2nd floor

On Tuesday, May 3rd, 2022
3:00p.m. – 5:00p.m.
Press Conference: 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Resolution at the Senate: 4 p.m. – 4:30 p.m

Cooperative Fair: 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Hall, 2nd Floor


TEAMSTERS, Local 251


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

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