SEPTEMBER 1, 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


3BL Media: Governor McKee, Labor and Higher Ed Officials Join Ørsted and Eversource To Announce Programs To Train Offshore Wind Workers

PROVIDENCE, RI, August 26, 2022 /3BL Media/ – Governor Dan McKee, along with offshore wind joint-venture partners Ørsted and Eversource, announced today a collaborative partnership with higher education, labor and workforce development organizations, to prepare Rhode Island’s offshore wind workforce.

The partnership, together with the Community College of Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training, Rhode Island Commerce, the Rhode Island Building and Construction Trades Council and Building Futures, will be supported by $1 million from Revolution Wind, Ørsted and Eversource’s offshore wind project for Rhode Island and Connecticut. The funding is a portion of a previously announced $4.5 million commitment to support education, workforce training, and supply chain development in the state.

The training partnership will establish the State’s first Global Wind Organization (GWO) training certificate program at the Community College of Rhode Island’s Flanagan campus in Lincoln. GWO training – the international standard for offshore wind safety training – provides essential safety training for workers engaged in offshore wind farm construction and operations. Workers enrolled in the program will receive training in first aid, manual handling, fire awareness, working at heights, and sea survival. Read more here.


Gallup: U.S. Approval of Labor Unions at Highest Point Since 1965

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Seventy-one percent of Americans now approve of labor unions. Although statistically similar to last year’s 68%, it is up from 64% before the pandemic and is the highest Gallup has recorded on this measure since 1965.

These data are from Gallup’s annual Work and Education survey, collected Aug. 1-23.

The latest approval figure comes amid a burst of 2022 union victories across the country, with high-profile successes at major American corporations such as Amazon and Starbucks. The National Labor Relations Board reported a 57% increase in union election petitions filed during the first six months of fiscal year 2021.

Support for labor unions was highest in the 1950s, when three in four Americans said they approved. Support only dipped below the 50% mark once, in 2009, but has improved in the 13 years since and now sits at a level last seen nearly 60 years ago.

About One in Six Americans Live in a Union Household

Sixteen percent of Americans live in a household where at least one resident is a union member. This includes U.S. adults who report that they themselves are a union member (6%), those who say someone else in their home is a member (7%), and those who say they and someone else in their household belong to unions (3%).

The net 16% union household figure is within the 14% to 21% range Gallup has recorded since 2001. Read more here.


For immediate release: Wednesday, August 31, 2022                                                               Contact: Alana O’Hare ▪ Alana@GovernorDanMcKee.com ▪ 401-486-3582

SEIU Local 580 Endorses Governor Dan McKee

Local 580 represents nearly 900 public servants throughout Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE – Today, Services Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 580 announced its endorsement of Governor Dan McKee for a full term. Local 580 members are public employees who serve low-income families, children, Veterans, and individuals with disabilities. Members share our mission to make Rhode Island a better, more fair state for working families while continuing to improve access to high-quality and affordable services the state provides.  

“The hard-working members of Local 580 step up for Rhode Islanders in need, fighting for children, families, and the most vulnerable in our state,” said Governor Dan McKee. “Through much-needed tax relief, investments in education and childcare, and long-term strategies to boost our economy, we are making Rhode Island a better place to live, work, and raise a family. Local 580 members know that I have their backs, and can provide the leadership this state needs – and I am thankful for their support.”

“It’s no secret that Governor McKee inherited a mess at agencies like DCYF and DHS when he took office 18 months ago. But, in that time, he has made it clear that he will give frontline workers a seat at the table to listen to our concerns and make much-needed change. Together, we’re working to address the unprecedented workforce crisis we are facing, and Governor McKee has our full confidence in getting the job done. He is a collaborative and experienced leader, and we’re proud to endorse him for a full term to tackle these problems head-on,” said Matthew Gunnip, President of SEIU Local 580.

SEIU Local 580 joins labor organizations Rhode Island AFL-CIONEA Rhode IslandRhode Island Building and Construction Trades CouncilLaborers’ District CouncilAFSCME Council 94, IBEW Locals 99 and 2323Teamsters Local 251ATU Local 618NAGE/IBPO Rhode IslandUAW Region 9APainters District Council 11Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 51Iron Workers Local 37United Nurses and Allied ProfessionalsRhode Island State Association of Fire FightersIFPTE Local 400Boilermakers Local 29Bricklayers Local 3Eastern Millwright Local 1121Elevator Constructors Local 39Heat & Frost Insulators Local 6Plasterers & Cement Masons Local 40Roofers Local 33Sheet Metal Workers Local 17Sprinkler Fitters Local 669professional organizations the RI Troopers Associationas 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.


General Teamsters Local 251 Facebook:

UPS Teamsters throughout New England are united and ready to put the company on its knees to win a strong contract in 2023! Following a major kick-off rally led by Local 25 in Boston earlier this month, members across the region joined the call to action with parking lot rallies and leafletting actions in Connecticut (Local 191), Rhode Island (Local 251), Massachusetts (Local 59 and Local 404), New Hampshire (Local 633), Vermont (Local 597) and Maine (Local 340).

View pictures here.


Climate Jobs RI Twitter:

A beautiful morning to join the @zap50th cleanup of the Blackstone River Watershed! Big thank you to everyone who came out to help @riaflcio @99_ibew @riilsrmedia @NEARhodeIsland


RIFTHP Twitter:

Congrats, @beaup3 @MallozziEmily @PSDRI_Schools & Pawtucket Teachers Alliance on another great Community Schools Back to School Bash! Great turn out of teachers, administrators, students and families and so much excitement and support for all! @Riftcol @aftunion @RIFTFrankFlynn


Rhode Island Labor History Society

Annual Labor Day Address

When: Monday, September 5th @ 10 a.m.

Where: Moshassuck Cemetery, Central Falls, RI

Talk by: Erik Loomis

Music by: Mary Lee Partington

Rain or Shine

Labor and Environmentalists: A Lost History of Solidarity

As climate change transforms the planet by the year, we have seen greater attention to the need for an environmentalism that includes working people. In Rhode Island, despite the tensions between the two movements that have existed for decades, the recent coalition around green energy and a just transition is a model for the nation. This talk builds on this recent growth of solidarity between the two movements by discussing the history of labor-environmental alliances in the 20th century. Largely lost to our memory, this history can provide inspiration for us today as we rebuild those alliances and move forward to save the planet while creating union jobs.


Labor Day at the MOWC

Saturday, September 3 10am – 4:30pm

Join the Museum of Work & Culture as they celebrate Labor Day with free admission and events for the whole family.

At 10am, the museum will host a panel on Latino labor history in Rhode Island that will shed light on some of the themes in the current changing gallery shows.

The museum will also begin its celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month by kicking off its weekly Spanish-language museum tours with one at 11am and another at 2pm.

At 3pm, filmmaker Christian de Rezendes will present a preview of season one of his documentary series, SlatersvilleAmerica’s First Mill Village. Following the screening, de Rezendes will host a panel featuring participants and the creative team of the series.


Building Futures / Apprenticeship RI Twitter:

When it comes to the overdose crisis – we all have a role. Learn more about Building Futures’ construction industry training & find resources at: https://bfri.org/opioidresponse/ #OverdoseAwarenessDay


AFL-CIO: Union-Made in America School Supplies

Around the country, classes are starting up again, students are getting ready to learn once more and parents are rushing out to buy the supplies their children need for school. When shopping for those necessary items, you can make sure that your purchases support working families.

Here is a list of union-made school supplies.

Paper Products

  • Boise PaperProducts: Boise X-9, Business Choice, FasCopy, Flagship, Grand and Toy, Office Depot, USA Xerographics, W.B. Mason and Xerographics (United Steelworkers Local 159).
  • International Paperfull list of products (USW).
  • Mead Westvaco/Acco Brands: At-A-Glance, Day Timer planners and organizers, Five Star school supplies and organizational gear, lined paper, Mead school supplies and Really Big Coloring Books (Communications Workers of America, USW).
  • PaconProducts: Art1st drawing/sketch Pads, Array card stock and bond paper, Art Street construction paper, Bordette Decorative Border, Classroom Keepers storage, Colorwave tagboard, Corobuff 3D decorative backgrounds, Decorol Art Roll paper, Ecology recycled paper, Ella Bella photography backdrops, Fadeless Paper, Flameless Paper, GoWrite! dry erase pads, Kaleidoscope colored paper, Little Fingers construction paper, Neon fluorescent-colored paper products, Peacock colored paper products, Plast’r Craft modeling material, Present-It easel pads, Rainbow Colored Kraft duo-finish paper, Riverside construction paper, Spectra ArtKraft duo-finish paper, Spectra Art Tissue tissue paper, Spectra Glitter, Trait-tex yarn and Tru-Ray construction paper (USW Local 2-1822 and Local 2-1822-01).
  • Roaring SpringSub-brands: Boardroom, Emoticons, Envirogold, Environotes, Enviropads, Enviroshades, Genesis, Imagine, Lifenotes, Maxim and WIDE; Products: binders and portfolios, composition notebooks, construction paper, drawing pads, envelopes, folders, index cards, Modern Jen journals and folders, poster board, sketch books and wire-bound notebooks (USW Local 488).

Other School Supplies

  • Clauss: Scissors (UAW Local 959)
  • Master Lock: Locks, safes, etc. (UAW Local 469)


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