E-NEWS: AUGUST 4, 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

An excellent Commentary piece in The Boston Globe by Priscilla De La Cruz, Senior Director of Government Affairs for Audubon Society Rhode Island, President of the Environment Council of Rhode Island, and co-chair of Climate Jobs Rhode Island. Patrick Crowley is the Secretary-Treasurer of the Rhode Island AFL-CIO and co-chair of Climate Jobs Rhode Island.

The Boston Globe:  In R.I., labor and environmental groups working together on dual crises of climate and inequality

Nearly two years ago, we formed a coalition of our respective movements uniting around the idea that the climate crisis and inequality must be solved together, write Climate Jobs R.I. co-chairs Priscilla De La Cruz and Patrick Crowley.

President Biden may have stopped short of declaring a climate emergency, and a newly announced climate and health care bill has not yet had its day in Congress, but this hasn’t stopped our small state from taking bold action.

Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee recently signed into law a slate of climate jobs priorities, including a commitment to 100 percent renewable electricity by 2033, strong labor standards for renewable energy projects, additional offshore wind development, and free transit on the R-Line, which represents more than half of RIPTA’s annual ridership. These victories put Rhode Island on course to power our communities with 100 percent clean energy sooner than any other state in the country — and we’ll get it done by creating thousands of family-sustaining union jobs in renewables, and by advancing racial equity.

These groundbreaking commitments to protect working people and our beautiful Ocean State are the result of an exciting movement of unions and climate groups working together to show the world what a real pro-worker climate agenda looks like.

It’s worth reflecting on how we got here. Nearly two years ago, members of Rhode Island’s labor and environmental movements joined together in a series of exchanges to learn from each other and identify areas of common ground. Read more here.

Laborers Local 271 Twitter:

Groundbreaking training partnership creating economic opportunity when business, labor, govt and community work together #offshorewind @OrstedUS @GovDanMcKee @LGSabinaMatos @EversourceCorp @CCRINews @goapprenticeRI @ri_trades @RI_DLT

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NEARI Twitter:

@RobertAWalshJr walked through NEARI’s doors for the last time as executive director this week. We wish him all the best in his retirement. He never leaves RI, so we know we’ll see him around! Bob, after 30 yrs, what can we say? It’s the end of an era. Thank you for everything.

General Teamsters Local 251 Facebook:


Commemorating the 25th anniversary of the 1997 UPS strike, Local 251 will be educating UPS members on Thursday August 4th in Warwick. This is part of the national week of action by Teamsters at UPS to kick off the campaign for a strong contract in 2023.

Teamsters: UPS Teamsters Kick Off Contract Fight

Teamster members at UPS have begun a nationwide call to action today with parking lot rallies, leafletting actions and other activities taking place at UPS centers throughout the country. With the current contract expiring in exactly one year, members are mobilizing now for the strongest possible contract in 2023.

The kick-off of this historic contract fight also coincides with the 25th anniversary of the successful 1997 UPS Teamsters strike, when 185,000 members struck the company.

“We are sending a message to UPS that the days of concessions and walking all over our members are over,” said General President Sean M. O’Brien, who joined Teamsters Local 25 UPS members at a rally this morning in Boston. “UPS would not have its billion-dollar profits without hardworking Teamster members. Our message to UPS is that it’s time our contract reflects the essential work of our members.”

“Our members are ready to show the company that we are united at UPS, and the International will use every resource at our disposal to win the best contract in our history,” said General Secretary-Treasurer Fred Zuckerman, who will visit UPS Teamsters in Traverse City, Mich. on Tuesday. “It’s time to end excessive overtime, the two-tier wage 22.4 classification, subcontracting, driver-facing cameras and harassment – along with securing higher pay for part-timers and more full-time jobs.” Read more here.

IBEW Local 99 Twitter:

Business Manager Joe Walsh and Ibew Providence where honored to host Governor Dan McKee and Lieutenant Governor Sabina Matos today announcing the launch of the $25 M High-efficiency Heat Pump Program IBEW Local 99 will be installing union jobs helping stop climate change =win

Build RI Twitter:

Build RI Executive Director Greg Mancini and member of the board Scott Duhamel speaking to the graduating class of @goapprenticeRI today. Congratulations to the graduates and good luck!

Fuerza Laboral Twitter:

Fuerza was part of a rally supporting security officers at PCHC. Thanks to @RISEIUCouncil for inviting us. Poverty wages and union busting practices from Usentra have to stop!

Watch video here.

IUPAT Twitter:

The group of people that steals the most from Americans each year is employers. Wage theft is so pervasive in the United States that at least $16 billion a year is being stolen from workers.

Labor 411: Paleo, The Union Way

Over the years a few diets, or lifestyle changes, have become wildly popular in the US. Many are in essence a variation of a low-carb diet. A particularly noteworthy one is the Paleo diet, which seeks to mirror the diet of humans during the Paleolithic Era, or Stone Age. The diet is centered on meats and vegetables that would have been hunted or gathered during the era, while avoiding products like processed foods, sugars, and grains.

If you are interested in a “back to basics” diet like Paleo, we havea list of union foods and grocery stores so that you can support good jobs while doing good for your body. The brands and stores below have contracts with union members, so you know that workers have a voice on the job and receive fair pay.

Happy union-made dieting from all of us at Labor 411.

See list here.

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


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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