E-NEWS: MAY 26, 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.



PRESS RELEASE

For immediate release: May 24, 2022                                                                                                

RI AFL-CIO Executive Board unanimously endorses Gregg Amore for Secretary of State

Providence, RI – On May 23, 2022, the Rhode Island AFL-CIO Executive Board unanimously voted to endorse Gregg Amore for Rhode Island Secretary of State.

“The Rhode Island AFL-CIO enthusiastically supports Gregg Amore for Secretary of State because he has a long track record of championing issues that are of great importance to working Rhode Islanders,” stated RI AFL-CIO President George Nee. “As a State Representative, he always stood up for working people, whether it was his support for collective bargaining, an increased minimum wage, fairer and safer workplace laws, cracking down on wage theft, or advocating for family-friendly policies like paid sick leave. As a public school civics teacher, he understands the magnitude of the current moment we are living through – and will defend our democracy and our right to vote at all costs, while keeping our elections safe and secure. We believe in Gregg’s vision to make voting easier and more accessible for all Rhode Islanders, because everyone deserves to have their voice heard at the ballot box. Over the coming months, we look forward to communicating to our 80,000 members the importance of this race and doing everything we can to help Gregg get elected this fall.”  

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


General Teamsters Local 251 Facebook: Northeast Transportation Teamsters Demand a Fair Contract

Express couriers and dockworkers at Northeast Transportation in Pawtucket RI voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to authorize a strike if necessary. The workers are seeking a fair successor contract at a location that endured a 9 week strike in 2018 when seeking a first contract. The key issues of healthcare, wages and retirement are central to achieving a fair contract. The company currently offers unaffordable healthcare and no retirement benefits. The workforce at the location doubled during the pandemic, indicating the growth in e-commerce from international shipping. The DHL Express ‘IC’ model leaves behind workers who deliver such growth. Any interruption of DHL Express’ business in the area should concern the global giant.

View pictures here.


RI Painters Union Twitter:

It was our honor to host @GovDanMcKee at our training center today, to talk about the issues facing working families in #RI. Showcasing our world class training for finishing trades, stopping the underground economy, workforce development & investment is a winning plan for RI.

Our glaziers install complex architectural metal & glass building envelope systems.

Commercial painters & drywall finishers create lasting finishes to protect & beautify buildings across RI & the country

Great to see @SethMagaziner , RI State Treasurer & candidate for US Congress at our training center. The world class training offered via registered apprenticeship changes lives. We spoke about the need to pass the PRO act, immigration reform, stopping the underground economy & continued infrastructure funding. The FTISNE offers no cost training to residential, commercial painters, drywall finishers, glaziers & bridge / industrial painters. Our members work hard every day and earn while they learn.


LIUNA New England Facebook:

On May 5, 2022, Noell Woolley MD, Medical Program Director for the NELHSF, conducted a safety presentation for approximately 200 men and women from the construction trades working for Shawmut Design and Construction at the Brown University Performing Arts Center project.

Parallel to the Construction Safety Week theme of “Connected. Supported. Safe.”, the demonstration focused on the initiatives and resources the fund provides to help combat the high rate of suicide in the building trades.

The fund highlighted the importance of open discussions to help break the stigma and silence that surrounds suicide and provided resources and materials regarding suicide prevention and supporting worker wellbeing.


IBEW Local 99 Twitter:

Helping the next generation into a good paying union jobs and a path to the middle class


Virtual Workshop: Staying Healthy in the Heat

Presenters: James Celenza & Dr. Nick Tsiongas

This free virtual RICOSH workshop will explore the hazards of heat and ways to make working in hot environment safer. Workers are at risk because their livelihoods often depend on exposure to hot weather and to hot environs. In addition to outdoor occupations, such as farm, utility, landscaping, delivery, and construction, others in hot indoor environments include kitchens, laundries, warehouses are at risk.

In the last decade at least 384 workers died from environmental heat exposure in the U.S., according to an investigation by NPR and Columbia Journalism Investigations

Please Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEsce6przsqG9HH-YiT7fHlC5IpxNV0PDcm

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


AFL-CIO: Press Release

AFL-CIO on Elementary School Mass Shooting in Uvalde, Texas

May 25, 2022

Statement from AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler on yesterday’s mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas:

America’s labor movement is absolutely devastated by the loss of 19 children and two teachers who were shot and killed in their classrooms yesterday afternoon at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

On a day when the teachers and students of Robb Elementary School were planning to gear up for summer vacation, they instead faced the unimaginable. Classrooms should be the safest place for a child to learn and for educators to teach.

Yesterday’s horrific tragedy occurred just 10 days after the racially motivated shooting of 10 Black people who were grocery shopping in Buffalo, New York.

These mass shootings are a stark reminder of why the Senate must stop hiding behind arcane procedures to avoid preventing gun violence and take action. Because working people deserve safe workplaces without fear of a mass shooting. And America’s children deserve to learn and thrive in safe schools.

Our hearts are with the family members, friends and loved ones of the victims, the Uvalde community, and educators and school staff everywhere.

Contact: Kalina Newman (202) 637-5018


AFL-CIO:

Ten days ago: A shooting at a Tops Friendly Markets store targeting the Black community.

Yesterday: A shooting at Robb Elementary School targeting children.

Every day, our country loses people to gun violence.

What else is there to say?

Words aren’t enough; we must act.

We must create laws that stop these preventable deaths.

This is a workplace issue. This is a school issue. This is a community issue.

That makes it a labor issue. And we must act.

These mass shootings are a stark reminder of why the Senate must stop hiding behind arcane procedures to avoid preventing gun violence and take action.

Because working people deserve safe workplaces without fear of a mass shooting. And America’s children deserve to learn and thrive in safe schools.

In Solidarity,

Team AFL-CIO


Labor 411: Get that Endless Summer Party Started the Ethical Way

Memorial Day, AKA the unofficial start to summer, is part of a three-day weekend filled with warm days, gathering with friends, beaches (if you have them) and plenty of food. On this day, we remember the servicemen and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our great nation. As you fire up the grill and gather the snacks for your holiday feast, consider making the ethical union choice. The products listed below are made by companies that treat their employees with respect and give them a voice on the job. For a full list, check out the Labor 411 direct online.

Happy Memorial Day and let’s all work together to build a stronger America.

See list here.

***Remember to get your food and drinks where our union brothers and sisters work at Stop & Shop, Shaws and Eastside Marketplace.



Labor 411:



UPCOMING EVENTS:

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 click here.

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The George “Bing” Fogarty Memorial Foundation

What: Annual Golf Tournament

When: Friday, June 24

Where: Exeter Country Club

Description: The George “Bing” Fogarty Foundation was established by family and friends to carry on “Bing’s” legacy of charitable works and helping others. For more information, contact Phil Fogarty at gphilfog3@cox.net or by telephone at (401) 932-3642.



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LABOR VISION

Coming up on Labor Vision

Show host Autumn sits down with Michael Sabitoni, Business Manager, Laborers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA) Local 271 & Secretary‐Treasurer of the Rhode Island Laborers’ District Council, and Adam Lupino, Regional Policy Coordinator, LiUNA New England Region to talk about this issue of wage theft and misclassification in Rhode Island.

Payroll fraud is estimated to have cost RI taxpayers between $25.1M and $54.4M and has cost workers at least $5M in overtime pay in 2019. This year, legislation is up at the General Assembly to make wage theft and misclassification a felony in Rhode Island.

What can we do????

– Call your representatives: https://vote.sos.ri.gov/Home/ElectedOfficials

– Share this episode!!!

– If it’s happening to you, report it! https://protectyourpayri.com/  

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