E-NEWS: JUNE 23, 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.



General Teamsters Local 251 Facebook:

***NORTHEAST TRANSPORTATION SERVICES WORKERS ARE ON STRIKE***

Northeast Transportation Services members, who wear DHL-branded uniforms, drive DHL-branded vehicles, and service DHL Express packages and customers; are on strike as of Wednesday evening.

In response to worker demands for a fair contract, the Company stated it is “unreasonable” to meet the workers’ demands to pay livable wages, offer affordable healthcare and pay a share towards retirement. The South Carolina-based company apparently doesn’t believe that employees have rights and deserve fair treatment. This at a location that has more than doubled in number of employees in the last two years.

The Union believes the Company has committed unfair labor practices. Workers are picketing 24 hours a day at 101 Concord St, Pawtucket RI. Please tell Northeast Transportation and DHL Express that unfair treatment of workers is unacceptable. Call 843-906-9655 and 1-800-225-5345. If you’re a customer serviced by Northeast Transportation Services, please refuse deliveries and ship by a union-represented shipper that treats its employees better.

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The Boston Globe: R.I. on track to be first state to require 100% of its electricity come from renewable energy sources

PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island is on its way to requiring that 100 percent of electricity sold in the state comes from renewable sources such as wind and solar by 2033 — sooner than any other state in the country.

The state House of Representatives on Tuesday voted 56 to 13 for a bill that would ramp up the renewable energy requirement from the current level of 19 percent to 100 percent by 2033.

The Senate passed identical legislation on May 31. So once the House and Senate pass the other chamber’s bills, the legislation will go to Governor Daniel J. McKee’s desk for his signature.

During a State House news conference Tuesday, environmental advocates and labor leaders joined in calling for final approval of the legislation, emphasizing that it would put Rhode Island in a leadership position.

Kai Salem, policy coordinator for the Green Energy Consumers Alliance, noted that last year the General Assembly enacted the Act on Climate, which makes the state’s goals for reducing greenhouse gases mandatory and enforceable. But she said, “Goals are not going to get us to a true clean energy transition.” Read more here.


UFCW Local 328 Twitter:

Exciting news! Seven Stars Bakery employees at all five cafe locations in Rhode Island have won voluntary union recognition! The workers have shown so much solidarity for one another throughout this process and we could not be happier for them. Congratulations!!!


Providence Business News: Seven Stars Bakery agrees to recognize union

PROVIDENCE – Seven Stars Bakery has agreed to recognize a union representing employees at all five of its locations, the local café chain told Providence Business News on Monday.

“In response to the request made to us by an overwhelming majority of our café full and part time hourly employees, this morning we agreed to voluntarily recognize UFCW Local 328 as their exclusive representative,” Seven Stars wrote in a statement.

The union will represent employees across all of the café’s locations. Seven Stars has three locations in Providence, one in East Providence and one in Cranston.

Seven Stars Bakery is co-owned by Tracy and Bill Daugherty.

UFCW announced earlier this month that employees at the bakery’s three Providence locations had filed a request for voluntary recognition, and on June 17, workers in East Providence joined them in this call.

In a letter to the Daughertys released on June 10, organizing employees wrote that they hoped to work with management to rebuild the café’s “high standards and rich culture while ensuring a more equitable and fair workplace for all.”  Read more here.


RI Painters Union Twitter: Prevailing Wages on Projects

When developers receive public subsidies- there must be a commitment to working families to receive fair wages. @RISpeaker workers need H-7985 to ensure contractors pay prevailing wages on projects that receive state tax incentives. #EndWageTheft #LivingWage

Bill Bartholomew Twitter:

International Union of Painters and Allied Trades demonstrate at 125 Clifford St site, demanding standard wages and benefits for the construction project’s workers

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IBEW Local 99 Twitter:

Ground breaking for Rogers high school Newport.. our children are our future and they deserve a school that promotes a learning environment that is safe and environmentally friendly.


1199 SEIU Rhode Island Facebook:

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This evening BVCHC member Ana Lisa Rodriguez testified before the Central Falls City Council as Council unanimously approved a resolution “Thanking healthcare workers employed at Blackstone Valley Community Health Center for their role in helping keep Central Falls residents healthy and affirming their right to a fair contract that reflects their value to this community”! Said Ana, “You see, this isn’t just a job for me…but I can tell you that caring does not pay the bills.” Thank you to Council President Jessica Vega for introducing the resolution and supporting union healthcare workers!


Fuerza Laboral Twitter:

It was a pleasure to be part of the 2da Feria Anual de Oportunidades in Central Falls, Organized by the Councilwoman Tatiana Baena. It is always a pleasure to show our work and offer our services to the community in the beautiful Jenks Park.


RICOSH: ZOOM Webinar

Protecting Workers from Workplace Violence

When: Jun 30 at 2:00 p.m. Workplace violence is among the most frequent leading causes of death in the workplace. Bureau of Labor Statistics Census of Fatal

Occupational Injuries (CFOI), reports that of 5,333 fatal workplace injuries in the US in 2019, 761 were cases of intentional injury.

Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMsf-ygrT4uH9SDYIKIQXyFF1NXd8EahoMH

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


Labor 411: Union-Made Shopping List for Those Who Love Camping

Warm weather is here! For many, it’s a time to pack up the car and head for the great outdoors. With so many amazing national and state parks, great camping is often jus a few hours’ drive away.

So, if you’re one of those people who can’t wait to get out there and enjoy nature, we have a great list for you of union camping products that are made here in the good ole USA. The companies that make these items treat their workers well and give them a voice on the job. Browse the full list below as well as our directory of over 11,000 union-made products so that you can vote with your wallet!

Happy camping, stay safe and let’s all work to build a stronger America.
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