E-NEWS: APRIL 28, 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.

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Please use this directory to find where you can buy union and use services in Rhode Island.



For immediate release:    

Statement from RI AFL-CIO President George Nee on Allan Fung’s entrance into the Congressional District 2 race                      

Contact: Patrick Crowley ▪ 401.330.6870 ▪ patrick@riaflcio.com

April 27, 2022                                                                                  

Providence, RI – Rhode Island AFL-CIO President George Nee issued the following statement today on Allan Fung’s entrance into the Congressional District 2 race.

“As an organization representing more than 80,000 working people across the State of Rhode Island, the RI AFL-CIO vehemently opposes Allan Fung’s candidacy for Congress and the agenda of the national Republican Party. As a mayor and candidate for Governor, Allan Fung was consistently against minimum wage increases; he opposed continuing contract legislation, which levels the playing field for workers against management; he was against the Affordable Care Act, which provided health insurance to tens of thousands of Rhode Islanders; and he supported Right To Work laws, which serve to destroy the unions that give a voice to working people.

Allan Fung has a long history of opposing policies that help workers in Rhode Island, and he will support a right-wing, anti-worker agenda on the federal level as well. We need a representative in Congress who will stand up for working people – not tear them down – and that’s why we have put our full support behind Seth Magaziner, who has consistently proven himself to be a champion for Rhode Island’s working families.”

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The Providence Journal: Women & Infants employees protest inaccessible time off, citing high levels of burnout

PROVIDENCE – Nurses and other front-line workers at Women & Infants Hospital say they’re being blocked from using vacation time that’s guaranteed under their union contract – at a moment of widespread burnout.

“It’s very disheartening, because not too long ago we had flyers out here that said ‘Thank you, health care heroes,'” said Kelli Price, a registered nurse in the critical care unit who’s worked at the hospital for 26 years.

Price was among dozens of SEIU 1199 New England members who picketed outside Women & Infants on Tuesday afternoon, joined by an array of politicians and a larger-than-life inflatable Scabby the Rat.

“We’re out here because we’re tired,” she said. “It’s been emotionally, physically, mentally challenging.”

Hospital workers who joined the protest said they’re badly in need of a break after more than two years of working through a pandemic. But since hospitals never close, scheduling that time off can be a challenge.

Under SEIU 1199’s contract, workers are supposed to be able to use their vacation time to take holidays off, union leaders said Tuesday. But Care New England, which owns Women & Infants, has reportedly been denying those requests and telling employees that they can’t take time off for major holidays like Easter. Read more here.


Fuerza Laboral Twitter:

#OSHA10 training for our members! 100% free / 100% in Spanish. *** This training explains serious workplace hazards, employer responsibilities and how to file a complaint *** We continue to provide education so members can own their labor: Knowledge is power.


AFL-CIO: Unions Demand Justice for Seasonal Workers

April 22, 2022

Statement from AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler on the reintroduction of the Seasonal Worker Solidarity Act in Congress:

We thank Rep. Joaquin Castro for reintroducing this critical piece of legislation as we continue the fight to protect and expand workers’ rights across our economy. The Seasonal Worker Solidarity Act will hold corporations accountable for their current misuse of the H-2B visa program and ensure that all seasonal workers are treated with dignity and respect on the job.

Seasonal workers are on the front lines, and these jobs should be good, union jobs with fair wages and safe working conditions. The H-2B program’s current structure has allowed employers to pit working people against each other and enabled rampant wage theft, violence, retaliation and other forms of exploitation. Rather than continuing to expand this failed model, unions are calling for a new, pro-worker approach. This bill will lift standards in seasonal industries, enable workers to exercise their rights to organize, and provide a path to citizenship for migrant workers and their families.

The Seasonal Worker Solidarity Act provides us with a bold opportunity to rework a broken system, and America’s unions are committed to leveraging our power to advance these overdue reforms.

Contact: Danielle Noel, 202-637-5018


AFL-CIO: Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect, 2022

This 2022 edition of Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect marks the 31st year the AFL-CIO has produced a report on the state of safety and health protections for America’s workers. This report features national and state information on workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses, as well as the workplace safety inspections, penalties, funding, staffing and public employee coverage under the Occupational Safety and Health Act. It also includes information on the state of mine safety and health and the state of worker safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Death on the Jobs Report Graphics Toolkit

Fifty-one years ago on April 28, the OSH Act went into effect, promising every worker the right to a safe job. More than 647,000 workers now can say their lives have been saved since the passage of the OSH Act.¹ Since that time, workplace safety and health conditions have improved. But too many workers remain at serious risk of injury, illness or death as chemical plant explosions, major fires, construction collapses, infectious disease outbreaks, workplace assaults and other preventable workplace tragedies continue to occur. Workplace hazards kill and disable approximately 125,000 workers each year—4,764 from traumatic injuries, and an estimated 120,000 from occupational diseases. Job injury and illness numbers continue to be severe undercounts of the real problem. Read more here.


National Association of Letter Carriers Facebook:

An estimated 45 million Americans experience food insecurity every year. You can make a difference by participating in NALC’s #StampOutHunger Food Drive, the largest one-day food drive in the country. On May 14, leave a bag of nonperishable food next to your mailbox, and your letter carrier will take care of the rest! All donated food stays in your local community. Learn more: nalc-info.org/food-drive

Please note, the food drive is subject to change or cancellation if necessary to protect the safety and health of those involved.


UAW:

In April of 1909, the AFL-CIO Union Label Department was founded to promote the products and services produced in America by union members. The UAW Union Label Committee informs and educates members about the products and services we buy and use as consumers. Check out what we can be doing to promote #UnionMade goods and services. #UAW

TO FIND OUT MORE CLICK HERE
https://uaw.org/standing-committees/union-label




UPCOMING EVENTS:

United Way of RI Celebrating Health Event



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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

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Providence Federation of Musicians

Spring addition of the Cavalcade of Bands

When: Tuesday, May 31

Where: Rhodes-on-the-Pawtucket

Dancing: 5:30 – 10:30 p.m.

For more information and a list of bands performing, click here.

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

Fighting for freedom at home and abroad: The story of Boilermakers Local 308 and the
end of Jim Crow unions

Date:

Monday, June 6, 2022

Speaker:

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

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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

On this episode, show host Autumn Guillotte sits down with David Molina-herandez from Fuerza Laboral to talk about their work with the labor and cooperative movement.

Event Information: RI POWER Network – Cooperatives Fair

WHERE: Rhode Island State House

WHEN: May 3, 2022

Press Conference – 3pm

Resolutions at the Senate – 4pm

Resolutions at the House – 4:30pm

The Day of the Cooperative was established to celebrate and promote the proliferation and growth of Worker-Owned Cooperatives in our State—businesses which have demonstrated the ability to bring “the economic benefits of a fulfilling life with a good job” along with dignity and self-determination, to individuals and communities around the State. The community has worked to create Worker-Owned Cooperatives that maintain a proud history of building wealth, security, equality, resiliency, solidarity, and hope for individuals and families, especially in historically disadvantaged communities.

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