E-NEWS: OCTOBER 20,2022

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


SATURDAY!!!

The Honorable Marty Walsh, U.S. Secretary of Labor, is coming to Rhode Island on Saturday to support Seth Magaziner, our endorsed candidate for Congress in District 2.

Marty will be coming to the RI Building and Construction Trades Council and RI AFL-CIO Big Walk for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Rhode Island at Roger Williams Park Carousel in Providence on Saturday, October 22nd at 10:00AM. Registration for the walk starts at 9:00AM. Please make every effort to encourage your members to attend this important event. Much is at stake and as always, we will succeed with a unified labor movement!  

See you on Saturday.

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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.


WPRI Channel 12: Council panel approves millions in tax breaks for Superman building

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A key City Council panel approved millions of dollars in tax breaks for the developer planning to turn the vacant so-called “Superman” building into apartments, sending the proposal to the full City Council.

The downtown skyscraper loomed large in the window behind the council chambers as the Council Finance Committee unanimously voted in favor of the tax stabilization agreement (TSA), which would give developer High Rock Development a significant discount on its taxes for the first 30 years after the tower is redeveloped.

In a new presentation submitted to the council Monday, High Rock for the first time revealed its own estimates for how much rent could cost in the new apartment building, which has been celebrated by state and city leaders for setting aside 20% of the 285 units for low-to-moderate income residents.

Rent for the “affordable” units will range from $1,384 to $2,076 a month, according to the presentation, but could go up if the area median income (AMI) increases. Those units will mostly be one-bedroom apartments, according to Nick Hemond, an attorney for the developer. Read more here.


NEA of Rhode Island Facebook:

NEARI President Larry Purtill adjourns his last delegate assembly to a standing ovation in thanks for his years of leadership. Larry will retire on Dec. 31.

Watch video here.


Fuerza Laboral Facebook:

As we conclude Hispanic Heritage Month 2022, our office is honoring individuals and groups whose work during the pandemic has helped protect the Hispanic community of Rhode Island!

Thank you to the ten community heroes we awarded today for your constant service to our state.

Clinica Esperanza/Hope Clinic, Acontecer Latino, Asthenis Pharmacy, The Elisha Project, Fuerza Laboral/Power of Workers, Be Moore Interpreting


North Kingstown Firefighters Facebook:

This past weekend our members were out fir our annual fill the boot drive for the MDA. Thank you to all of you folks and your generosity we were able to collect over $5,000!!!

This is all money that is being donated to the Muscular Dystrophy Association to help families less fortunate than ours!

We’ll see you next year for the 2023 collections!

View pictures here.


Warwick Firefighters Facebook:

Warwick Firefighters took 1st place Overall and 1st place Pork in the first of many Smithfield Fire Local 2050 Smoketoberfests. Saturday and Sunday were spent with some great members of various Police and Fire Departments.

View pictures here.


Narragansett Fire Department Facebook:

On Friday, October 14th C Platoon visited the Pre-K program at the Narragansett Elementary School for Touch-a-Truck event.

View pictures here.


United Way of Rhode Island: Indigenous Peoples Equity Challenge

November is Native American Heritage Month, and United Way of Rhode Island is excited to be partnering with the Tomaquag Museum to launch an Indigenous Peoples Equity Challenge.

The free, five-day challenge will kick off on Nov. 14, but you can sign up anytime and take it at your own pace. After registering, you’ll receive a series of five emails with resources, reflection questions, or actions you can take to help create a more equitable Rhode Island.

Register here


Labor 411: Our Union-Made Halloween List Is Scary Good

It’s that scary time of the year again. Kids in spooky costumes will be trick-or-treating looking for something sweet to put in their bags. When choosing which candy to buy to give out this Halloween, we recommend going union-made! Our exclusive list below is full of chocolates and candy from brands that treat workers fairly and give them a voice on the job. Each purchase helps to support union jobs and build a stronger middle class.

Happy Halloween from Labor 411!

See list here.

***Remember to purchase your treats at Stop & Shop, Shaws and Eastside Marketplace to support where our union brothers and sisters work.


UPCOMING EVENTS:

Saturday Labor Walks

When: Every Saturday, 9am – 12pm

Where: Locations vary, please check here for events and sign up

Join us to canvass for endorsed democratic candidates Seth Magaziner and Governor Dan McKee! This is a tight election year and the most valuable thing you have to give to get our candidates elected is your time!

Call/ email RI AFL-CIO Organizer, Autumn Guillotte with any questions: 401-316-1359 // autumn@riaflcio.com

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FUERZA LABORAL invites you to their annual Halloween Party: Celebrating their 16th Anniversary (Nuestro Aniversario!)

IT’S OFFICIAL!

Our party-fundraiser will be a reality. ALL INVITED!!!!

It is of great importance to us to be able to gather our friends, colleagues and allies in a celebration of the life and progress of our organization through the years: A testimony to our dedication to the community, seeking labor justice through direct action and cooperativism.

Now, we celebrate through Food, Costumes, Dance and Laughter.

WHEN: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28 from 8pm to 1am.

WHERE: MANGOS 15, Exchange St., Pawtucket, RI. 02860. Meal included.

      $80 Professionals & allies

      $50 legal aid & non-profit

      $30 workers & students

https://tinyurl.com/halloweenfuerza

Call or email to save your invitation and pay at the door.

401-725-2700 / 401-808-1037 / community-organizer@fuerza-laboral.org


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