E-NEWS: JULY 21, 2022

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The Boston Globe: Longtime leader of R.I. health care workers union stepping aside

“This is the kind of job that you have to be able to do fully, every single day. And the last couple of years have felt like 10 years,” SEIU 1199′s Patrick Quinn told the Globe.

PROVIDENCE — Patrick J. Quinn, the longtime executive vice president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 1199 New England, told the Globe Wednesday that he is taking a step back from the union he’s been advocating for over the last 36 years.

A carefully spoken collective-bargaining expert who has led one of the state’s most vocal unions for 12 years, Quinn is a powerful figure who has been influential in hospital board rooms, earned the respect of lawmakers, and has been tactical against those managers and corporate owners who aren’t initially willing to negotiate.

Quinn, 63, said he made the decision in January to step away in the middle of his term — which does not end until May 2023 — after having a conversation with his wife of 35 years.

“This is the kind of job that you have to be able to do fully, every single day. And the last couple of years have felt like 10 years,” said Quinn during a phone interview, explaining he has worked nearly seven days a week since the pandemic began.

Jesse Martin, who previously led Connecticut’s SEIU branch, will serve out the rest of Quinn’s term. Quinn said Martin may also run for re-election next spring. Read more here.


Teamsters Local 251:

Striking Northeast Transportation Services Teamsters Request Support

Drivers, couriers and dockworkers are on strike against Northeast Transportation Services, a service contractor for DHL Express. These workers went on strike Wednesday June 22, 2022. 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 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. We believe the company has committed multiple unfair labor practices. We humbly ask for support for more than 60 workers demanding dignity and respect.

All financial donations can be made to:
Teamsters Local 251 Strike Fund
121 Brightridge Ave
East Providence, RI 02914

Additionally, please stop by the picket line. It’s open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at 101 Concord St, Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Tell Northeast Transportation Services that unfair treatment of workers is unacceptable. Call 843-906-9655 and 1-800-225-5345.

We thank you for your support for striking Teamsters 251 workers.


Providence Business News: Agreement reached with BVCHC unionized caregivers, strike averted

PROVIDENCE – Unionized workers at Blackstone Valley Community Health Care called off a three-day strike they planned to start on Wednesday after reaching a last-minute contract agreement.

Caregivers from three BVCHC locations who are members of SEIU 1199NE, 1000 Broad St. in Central Falls, and 39 East Ave. and 210 Main St. in Pawtucket, had planned the strike to protest unfair wages and demand a new, fair contract, after months of negotiations had led to no progress. But before the strike could begin on Wednesday, a spokesperson from the union said it had been called off. It is unclear what the new agreement looks like, as details have not been released.

“We worked throughout the pandemic, many of us got sick, and feel like we deserve appreciation,” said Fabienne Edouard, administrative medical assistant and negotiating committee member on Tuesday. “We are asking for fair wages and respect.”

Unionized workers had voted 99% in favor of the strike and about 70 caregivers were expected to participate. Edouard, who has worked at BVCHC for seven years, said striking felt like a “necessary” decision to encourage management to listen to the caregivers’ demands.

The contract expired in February 2022 and caregivers have been trying to reach a new agreement since December, but all negotiations had been fruitless so far.

Union representatives said BVCHC was refusing to raise wages to match the rising cost of living despite the recent influx of money community health centers received in the state budget. Edouard said the low wages are causing more and more workers to leave for better paying jobs and are deterring potential caregivers from accepting jobs at the center. Read more here.


Providence Business News: Bally’s, unionized Twin River Casino workers reach tentative agreement

LINCOLN – Unionized Twin River Casino workers and Bally’s Corp. have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract, avoiding a potential strike.

The agreement includes raises for all workers and increased shifts, said Lynette Ng, a spokesperson for Unite Here Local 26, who said Friday the union will share more details next week.

Last month, unionized employees at the casino voted by 92% to authorize a strike if the bargaining team and Bally’s could not reach a new contract agreement.

The old contract was initially set to expire in late June, but the union and the casino company agreed to extend it for an additional two weeks to continue negotiations. The union and Bally’s reached an agreement a couple days in advance of the updated July 14 deadline, Ng said.

Patti Doyle, a spokesperson for Bally’s, said Friday the company believes the tentative contract to be “a fair agreement for all parties.”

“Our conversations with our Unite Here colleagues are productive, and we look forward to continuing our collaborative relationship,” Doyle said.

The union expects to ratify the contract next Wednesday, Ng said.


IBEW Local 99 Twitter:

IBEW local 99RC & 2323RC stopping by the Pickett line yesterday to support the DHL Teamsters.

View pictures here.


North Providence Firefighters Local 2334 Facebook:

See pictures here.

NPFD Engine 1, Ladder 1, Rescue 1 and Battalion 1, had the opportunity to attend the Fatima Grand Rounds training tonite and put on a presentation on vehicle extrication. Thank you to our good friend Dr. Jardine and the Fatima staff for their hospitality. We are lucky to have a community hospital like Fatima in our town.


Reuters: CEO pay gains far outpace rising wages, says U.S. union report

July 18 (Reuters) – S&P 500 (.SPX) chief executives made $18.3 million on average in 2021, 324 times the pay of their median workers and higher than the ratio in 2020, the top American labor union federation reported on Monday.

Corporate leaders’ raises far outpaced wage gains that failed to keep up with inflation, said the AFL-CIO, in an annual report that has become widely cited as a measure of U.S. inequality trends.

“It’s another version of more for them and less for us,” said AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Fred Redmond on a conference call to introduce the report.

The 2021 CEO-to-worker ratio in the S&P 500 was the widest since 2018, when the federation was first able to track the figure based on new disclosures. The ratio was 299-to-1 in 2020. read more

Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN.O) CEO Andy Jassy’s total compensation of $212.7 million last year was 6,474 times that of its median worker. That was the highest ratio out of all S&P 500 companies based on their latest proxy statements, the AFL-CIO said. Read more here.


Labor 411: Dogging It In July The Ethical Way

In honor of July being National Hot Dog Month (yes, it’s a thing), we are celebrating that delicious and quite junky fast food item known as the hot dog (or wiener or frank or whatever you choose to call it). Hot dogs are a summer favorite particularly at barbeques and ballparks. According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council (yes, that’s also a thing) fans will consume more than 19 million hot dogs and five million sausages at ball parks during the 2022 Major League Baseball season.

When you’re planning your own cookout or quick meal, Labor 411 recommends hot dogs of the ethical variety like the ones listed below. These fabulous franks were made by companies who treat their workers fairly and give them a voice on the job. We have also thrown in some equally ethical condiments because who eats hot dogs bare? Enjoy the dog days of July and let’s all help build a stronger American economy.

See list here.

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





UPCOMING EVENTS:

RICOSH Webinar:

Staying Healthy in the Heat

When: Monday, July 25 at 1 p.m.

This free virtual RICOSH workshop will explore the hazards of heat and ways to make working in hot environments safer. Workers are at risk because their livelihoods often depend on exposure to hot weather and to hot environs. 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-

Presenters: Jim Celenza and Dr Nick Tsiongas

Please Register in advance for this webinar:

Registration Link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0ufumqrTktEtRA6zi3i2iTyGQMnAOVmDRE

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CALLING ALL UNION MEMBERS!

The Future is Union photo contest is still active, please spread the word among your membership.  

This photography competition is a nationwide contest for union members and a selection of photos will win prizes up to $500 Visa gift cards. The contest closes on July 31st.

Any union member who sees their work as a “climate job” can submit a photograph to this contest—whether you’re driving an electric bus, working on wind turbines, teaching children about the climate crisis, cleaning up after climate-related disasters, constructing green buildings, installing solar, operating water systems, or any other form of climate work! Here is an outreach template to help you spread the word amongst your membership, along with a link to the photo contest website where you will find more details. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact me (erica@climatejobsri.org).

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General Teamsters Local 251

***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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