E-NEWS: JUNE 30, 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.

Secretary-Treasurer Patrick Crowley Twitter:

I am honored to have joined @GovDanMcKee @SenatorRuggerio @DebRuggiero4LG @Sabina_Matos and many other including the @climatejobsri team at today’s bill signing for the 100% renewable energy standards.

US News and World Report: Rhode Island Sets Ambitious Target for 100% Renewable Energy

Rhode Island’s governor signed legislation Wednesday setting the most ambitious target in the nation to require the state to be powered completely by renewable energy.

The legislation accelerates plans for the electric grid to operate with 100% renewable energy, so the goal is achieved in 2033.

It’s the most ambitious timeline in the country — Oregon is the next closest state, with legislation that requires retail electricity providers to reduce emissions by 100% by 2040, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. There are currently 10 states with a 100% renewable portfolio standard or clean energy standard, with most timelines between 2040 and 2050, the NCSL said.

Democratic Gov. Dan McKee signed the bill at a solar farm in North Providence that was built at the site of the former municipal landfill. McKee said the state has momentum on clean energy and “an opportunity ahead of us like we’ve never seen before.”

The renewable energy legislation was championed in the state Senate by Senate President Dominick Ruggerio, a North Providence Democrat.

It states that all of the energy provided to Rhode Island by 2033 would come from renewable energy, either directly from renewable energy resources or through offsets in the regional market. Read more here.

The Boston Globe: R.I.’s busiest bus route to be fare-free beginning Sept. 1

The state budget approved by the Senate on Thursday includes $2.5 million for a one-year pilot program on the “R” line between Pawtucket and Cranston

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Rhode Island’s busiest bus route, which runs from Pawtucket to Cranston, accounting for half of the state’s bus riders, is about to become fare-free.

The state House of Representatives included $2.5 million in the state budget for a year-long pilot program that will eliminate fares on the “R” line, beginning Sept. 1. And the state Senate passed the budget on Thursday night.

Earlier Thursday, advocates and legislative sponsors gathered at the Kennedy Plaza bus hub, saying they are confident the pilot will prove that it’s worth eliminating fares on all Rhode Island Public Transit Authority bus routes. They said Rhode Island would be joining a national trend toward eliminating fares for public transportation.

“We know from the experience of other communities that free-fare arrangements boost ridership,” said Senator Meghan E. Kallman, a Pawtucket Democrat who introduced free-fare legislation. “Boston has seen an increase of nearly 30 percent in ridership across its free-fare lines, and this is incredibly promising for Rhode Island, as well.” Read more here.

SEIU Local 1199 Facebook:

VICTORY ALERT: Just today, The Rhode Island General Assembly passed a brand new 2023 state budget that provides significant investment in our care economy including:

$45M to stabilize our hospital system

$30M to invest in nursing home staffing, wages and training

$8M in expanding mental healthcare services at Butler Hospital

$2.5 to community health centers

$18 an hour for Direct Support Professionals starting July 1, 2023

80% of funding must go directly to frontline caregivers and patients.

Though we didn’t get everything we wanted, this is a big step forward that would not have been possible without the efforts of countless SEIU 1199 NE members who fought for their patients and community. Thanks to the General Assembly for making a much stronger budget than the Governor proposed by making investments in the care economy. Now we must work to hold our employers accountable!

Teamsters for a Democratic Union Twitter:

Local 251 Northeast Transportation workers have been on strike since last Weds. Meanwhile, replacement drivers are literally doing a bang-up job behind the wheel. A member snapped these pics of an untrained driver getting their truck stuck under a low bridge.

IBEW Local 99 Twitter:

Feeling good at #IBEWlocal99


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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

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General Teamsters Local 251


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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This special segment of Labor Vision features the bill signing of the Let RI Vote Act.

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