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Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Contact Alana O’Hare ▪ Alana@GovernorDanMcKee.com ▪ 401-486-3582

Teamsters Local 251 Endorses Governor Dan McKee

Local 251 represents nearly 6,000 Rhode Island Teamsters in industries including trucking, healthcare, beverage, and school bus

PROVIDENCE – Today, Teamsters Local 251 announced its endorsement of Governor Dan McKee for a full term.

“Many of the services we rely on daily are powered by hard-working Teamsters — they get our children to school safely, they work in our hospitals, they build our infrastructure, and they supply our businesses. Rhode Island workers deserve to make a livable wage with good benefits, and I am happy to support the Teamsters and all Rhode Island families to make our state a better place to live, work, and raise a family. I am honored to have earned their endorsement,” said Governor Dan McKee.

“Governor McKee has made it clear he cares about the issues that matter to working people. He demonstrated his support by showing up and supporting our members on the picket line, delivering important tax cuts that will create jobs in Rhode Island, and being an ally for organized labor. Working people in Rhode Island have a champion in Governor McKee and we can always count on him to have our backs,” said Matt Taibi, Principal Officer for Local 251.

Teamsters Local 251 joins labor organizations Rhode Island AFL-CIONEA Rhode IslandRhode Island Building and Construction Trades CouncilLaborers’ District CouncilAFSCME Council 94, IBEW Locals 99 and 2323Painters District Council 11Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 51Iron Workers Local 37United Nurses and Allied ProfessionalsRhode Island State Association of Fire Fightersas well as the Rhode Island Democratic Partythe Democratic Governors Associationand the Cumberland, East Providence, Johnston, North Providence, Pawtucket, Providence, and Westerly Democratic committees in endorsing Governor Dan McKee’s campaign for a full term.

Governor Dan McKee Twitter:

What a warm welcome by the hard-working Laborers who have helped kick RI’s economy into high gear. It was a pleasure speaking with you all tonight. Thanks for your support @LIUNALocal271!

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RI Painters Union Twitter:

We are taking political action for working people! The members of the Rhode Island Building Trades & RI AFL CIO are making weekly calls & canvasses for candidates who back union workers.

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The Providence Journal: Nailing a better life: Construction boot camp preps workers for union apprenticeships

CENTRAL FALLS — Johnson Weah stood on a ladder, hammering nails into a joist on what will be a small shade structure at Calcutt Middle School in Central Falls.

Weah had already helped pour the concrete footings for two benches, cut the wood for the shade structure and put it together. The benches would be added later.

At 28, Weah, of Providence, is going through a career change. Until recently a residential counselor for children, he is following in his older brother’s footsteps, trying to get into the building trades.

While he enjoyed working with children, the job didn’t pay enough and he couldn’t even think about one day retiring.

“I’m trying to provide because I have a son,” Weah said. “It’s do or die.”

Weah just graduated from the Building Futures Rhode Island pre-apprenticeship program and is now working in its graduate program, performing basic construction work and waiting for an open slot in a trade-union apprenticeship program.

The program provides basic construction skills to its students over five weeks to prepare them for the rigors of an apprenticeship with a trade union, increasing the retention rate to 80%, compared with 50% for those not in the program. Read more here.

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NEARI Open Position for a Member Data Organizer

The NEARI Member Data Organizer is an office support staff position that will focus on maximizing outreach and communication to our membership through data cultivation, management, and utilization. More information at www.near.org/jobs

AFL-CIO: The Inflation Reduction Act is a Victory for Working People

On Sunday, the Senate passed the Inflation Reduction Act. There will be a House vote on this bill Friday, and it is expected to pass. Then it goes to President Biden for his signature. Once the process is completed, the legislation will represent a significant victory for working families.

About the act, AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler said:

The effects of this legislation will improve the lives of millions of Americans struggling to afford health care, seniors trying to pay for their prescriptions and future generations who will be able to see the impacts of drastically reduced carbon emissions.

Specifically, the act will:

Allow for the negotiation of lower drug prices for seniors: Medicare will begin negotiating lower drug prices for seniors and people with disabilities. Drug price negotiation will focus on the highest expenditure drugs that have been on the market for nine to 13 years. Negotiation also will save the Medicare program $99 billion, which will bolster the program financially.

Create inflation caps for Medicare prescription drugs: The bill caps increases in prescription drug prices for Medicare recipients to the rate of inflation, putting a much-needed limit on how much manufacturers can raise costs for people who rely on prescriptions to manage their health.

Read more here.

This year we can elect people committed to fighting for workers and their families! But that won’t happen if you and your family and friends aren’t registered to vote. Register or update your registration online: https://bit.ly/Reg2VoteRI


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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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