E-NEWS: SEPTEMBER 22, 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


Ironworkers Local 37 Facebook:

Great news for our members!

WPRI News: Newport Pell Bridge to get $82.5M in upgrades

NEWPORT, R.I. (WPRI) — New England’s longest suspension bridge which connects Newport to Jamestown is getting a major upgrade.

Rhode Island’s congressional delegation announced Thursday that they secured $82.5 million in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s INFRA Grant Program.

The upgrades will include improvements to the bridge’s deck, suspension system,and towers. It’s estimated that this will extend the life of the bridge by 50 to 75 years.

Funding will be used to repair the tower elevators, repaint the towers, preserve the cabling and replace the finger joints that accommodate movement in the bridge. Acoustic monitoring will provide data on the bridge’s condition and additional cameras and sensors will provide greater physical security.

The bridge will have also have a dehumidification system to prolong the structure from rusting.

“The Pell Bridge is the Ocean State’s most iconic landmark, and we will be able to keep it that way for at least an additional half-century thanks to this enormous federal grant,” Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse said. “There is much to be done to bring the bridge into the twenty-first century.” Read more here.


Teamsters Joint Council 10 Facebook:

Good morning from Seattle, Washington! General Teamsters Local 251 sisters are in The Emerald City for the 2022 Teamsters Women’s Conference kicking off today. More than 1,000 #Teamster women will attend this week, including many locals from New England.

Local 251 sisters in attendance include: Rose Hitzeman, Brooke Reeves, Lisa Powrie, Colleen Reid, Cathy Wheeler, Kelly Smith, Kathy Kiras, Virginia Tavares, and Laura Flavin.

View pictures here.


AFL-CIO Facebook:

At our workplaces, in our communities and at the ballot box, America’s working people are making our voices heard. With millions of workers taking collective action, the AFL-CIO is demonstrating, through the power of our unions, that we can win better pay, better benefits and safer working conditions. We now have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to put workers at the center of our economy.

We are fighting for a just recovery, with no worker left behind.

We are the AFL-CIO and we make the labor movement strong.

Watch video here.


INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIRE FIGHTERS: IAFF CALLS ON EPA TO PROTECT AGAINST TOXINS

The International Association of Fire Fighters added its powerful voice to a rally in Washington, DC demanding that federal agencies do more to regulate toxic chemicals devastating communities and killing fire fighters.

Held just steps between the White House and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the SAFE EPA rally was designed to call out federal lawmakers and policymakers from both political parties for “putting profits ahead of people” and allowing corporate interests to use and dispose of deadly toxins.

Numerous speakers detailed stories of cancer clusters popping up in communities where nearby employers had for years been intentionally releasing toxic chemicals into the ground and fresh waterways.

IAFF General President Edward Kelly told those assembled at Freedom Plaza of the scourge of occupational cancer plaguing the fire service. He noted that during the recent Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial Ceremony in Colorado Springs, Colo., nearly 75 percent of the line of duty deaths honored were from occupational cancer.

“For many years we thought our cancers were caused by smoke, off-gassing from burning combustibles, building debris,” Kelly said. “Now, we know our own gear is part of that problem. The very thing that is supposed to be keeping us safe is costing us our lives.”

Kelly explained that PFAS (or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) are used in the protective layers of fire fighter turnout gear and are now known to cause cancer. Also called “forever chemicals,” PFAS is a human-made chemical that cannot be broken down and has been found in groundwater, animals, and humans. Read more here.


R.I. Building & Construction Trades Council:

For details, please call Meredith Cotta, Development & Operations Associate at 401-921-2434 x 202 or events@BigsRI.org.

Direct Donation / Registration for Sponsorship Opportunities or More Information: bigsri.org.


Basic/Advanced Steward Training Workshop

The Institute for Labor Studies & Research (ILSR) will be offering an in-person Basic/Advanced Steward Training Workshop to be held on Saturday, October 29, 2022 from 9:00am – 3:30pm.

It’s been over 2 years now that the Steward Training Workshops have been held via ZOOM video conferencing and ILSR is happy to offer them in-person!

Seating is limited and on a first come first serve basis.

If you are interested in attending the Basic/Advanced Steward Training Workshop, please reply as soon as possible at 401-463-9900 asking for Denise Cesino or Haley De La Rosa.


OEHCRI: Lunch & Learn Seminar


RICOSH

Hazards to Workers After A Disaster: Guidance for Reducing Risk of Injury and Illness

When: Sep 27, 2022 @ 2 p.m.

Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAqf-msrzksG9bwqa8lP4hB6uk4OwFKTGbq

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.



International Association of Firefighters:



UPCOMING EVENTS:

RIILSR 40th Annual Awards Evening: RSVP by September 21st

Union affiliates have all received mailed invitations to the ILSR 40th Annual Awards Evening on September 29th featuring guest speaker US Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh. If you have not received the invitation, please contact the Institute. Purchase of seats, tables, and ads must be completed no later than September 21st. For more information, call the Institute at (401) 463-9900 or email ads@riilsr.org


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