E-NEWS: NOVEMBER 3, 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


TODAY! Informational Picket

UNAP:

as they picket for their patients, their community, safe working conditions, adequate wages and benefits.

Where: Our lady of Fatima Hospital

200 High Service Ave

North Providence, RI

When: Thursday, November 3rd, 2p.m till 6p.m

The UNAP and Prospect Medical Holding management have been bargaining for months for contracts with Fatima Service Workers, Roger Williams RN’s and employees at Prospect Home Health and Hospice, but Prospect CharterCare refuses to negotiate contracts that provide sufficient wages, benefits and working conditions for these health care workers.

Please come out and show your support, because an injury to one is an injury to all.


The Providence Journal: Union puts Prospect CharterCARE ‘on notice’ about possible hospitals sale

ROVIDENCE – Concerned that Roger Williams Medical Center, Our Lady of Fatima Hospital and Prospect Home Health and Hospice are up for sale, the union representing workers at all three facilities has put the owner “on notice” that it will take strong action if patients’ and employees’ interests are not protected.

The three entities are owned by CharterCARE Health Partners, a member of Los Angeles-based Prospect Medical Holdings.

In a full-page Journal advertisement this week, the United Nurses and Allied Professionals union wrote that “after the for-profit Prospect Medical Holdings came into Rhode Island, they used their hospitals, including Fatima Hospital, Roger Williams Medical Center and Prospect Home Health and Hospice as collateral to borrow $1.5 billion. They then turned around and paid half a billion dollars in dividends to top shareholders, all while failing to properly invest in Rhode Island’s health care workers and hospitals.

“Now, Prospect is looking to sell our community hospitals to another for-profit company, and they’re trying to leave Rhode Island just as they came in, refusing to negotiate fair contracts with the nurses and health care workers who care for our most vulnerable. We’re putting Prospect Medical Holdings on notice. We won’t let them use our community hospitals as piggy banks to line their pockets and then skip town, leaving these hospitals saddled with debt and our health care heroes without a fair contract. Our health care workers, our patients, and all Rhode Islanders deserve better.” Read more here.


1199 SEIU RI Facebook:

Today, frontline caregivers from Women and Infants Hospital marched the picket line demanding Care New England sit down with them and negotiate ways to end the staffing crisis. RI hospitals were awarded $45M in COVID relief funding and workers want a plan in place, now, to stabilize the workforce.

“We have risked our own safety and that of our families, pulled extra shifts and held up our end of the bargain; now we are calling on management to sit down with us and tell us what their plan is to get our system back on track. Enough is enough,” said Kelli Price, Registered Nurse in the Medical, Surgical, Oncology, Critical Care unit for over 20 years.

View pictures here.


The Providence Journal: Bus driver strike averted as tentative agreement reached with First Student

PROVIDENCE – Bus drivers have reached a tentative settlement with their employer, First Student, avoiding a strike that was scheduled to begin Wednesday.

The bus drivers, monitors and aides are members of Local 1199 of the Service Employees International Union. The strike would have affected bus drivers in Lincoln, West Warwick and the state bus yard in Cranston, who transport students with special needs, among others.

What is in the new bus driver contract?

The settlement includes a four-year contract that provides a fair wage increase and a boost in guaranteed hours, the union said. The 275 members of the union are expected to ratify the contract, at which time more details will be made public.

“I’ve been a school bus driver for 13 years, and many of the kids I transport have special physical and behavioral needs that require special accommodations and increased attention,” said Mike McDermott, a bus driver at the metro yard in Cranston. “We are happy that First Student was finally willing to come to the table with proposals that will help us better take care of our families and do our jobs. Even before the pandemic, First Student could not recruit bus drivers, monitors to do this work and we are hopeful that better hours and pay will go a long way in attracting more workers to the field. At the end of the day, it’s our students who benefit most.” Read more here.


Climate Jobs RI Twitter:

Today we celebrated the $82.5 million investment awarded to the RI Turnpike and Bridge Authority to conduct necessary repairs and upgrades for the Newport Pell Bridge!

View pictures here.


The Providence Journal: In texts, Kalus called a contractor slurs, ‘a loser.’ She says it shows she is a fighter.

PROVIDENCE − Ashley Kalus, the GOP candidate for governor, is defending a string of profane texts she sent a contractor with whom she was engaged in a construction billing dispute in Chicago several years ago.

In her texts, received by more than one media outlet in recent days, she called the male contractor several female gendered slurs, “a loser,” a “bottom” (which is sometimes used as a slur against gays) and a “low-life” who wears “Costco pants your mom picked out for you.”

“Just get the job done. That’s all,” Kalus’ husband, plastic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Weinzweig, also texted the contractor.

“And remember your social status here Mike,” wrote Kalus, who has now pumped $4.7 million of her own family’s money into her campaign.

“You like being my little b—h,” she texted at another point. “Always adjusting your pants … Loser … What is the amount to get rid of you? … I can’t wait to pay to keep f—ing you for the next year.”

“I’ll make my money back in making you lose money in the future,” she wrote. Read more here.


Labor 411: A Union-Made World Series Party

The World Series is here! And it’s shaping up to be a good one. It features two awesome baseball towns who are passionate about their teams: the Houston Astros and the Philadelphia Phillies. It’s a union game, with union players and union empires. And what better way to celebrate it than with union-made snacks and drinks. We’ve put together the shopping list below so that you can support good union brands that treat employers fairly. It’s easier than ever to vote with your wallet.

See list here.

***Remember to do your shopping at Stop & Shop, Shaws and Eastside Marketplace where our union brothers and sister work.



AFL-CIO:



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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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


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