E-News: November 10, 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

AFL-CIO: Working People Propel Pro-Worker Candidates in Key Races, Commit to Strengthening Organizing Wave that Is Reshaping America

Statement from AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler on the 2022 midterm elections:

While it may be days or weeks until every vote is counted and we know the full results of this election, it’s clear the tireless organizing efforts of working people to engage voters in one-on-one discussions about the issues that matter made a critical difference this year in many races.

No matter the outcome after all the votes are counted, working people know the fight isn’t over; in fact, it’s just getting started. The foundation that unions built through our 365-day-a-year political organizing campaign will engage voters every day through 2024 and beyond to create an economy that works for all of us.

At a time when big corporations and the wealthiest among us are doing better than ever, workers are facing steep challenges to just make ends meet. Extremists in Congress aren’t offering solutions to the problems working families face. Their only interest is rewarding the corporations and wealthy individuals that bankroll their campaigns while working people pay the price.

We won’t allow greedy CEOs and politicians to dismantle our economic progress. We’ll fight every day to build the economy workers demand and need. To win for workers, we must organize. The way we build lasting worker power in America is by ensuring everyone who wants a union on the job has one. We have the momentum, and we’re doubling down to support worker organizing in all industries across the nation. Read more here.

Informational Picket at Our Lady of Fatima Hospital last week: UNAP @WeAreUNAP is fighting for sufficient wages, benefits and working conditions for their health care workers!

UNAP FacebookUNAP Locals Negotiating Contracts

We are the service workers at Fatima Hospital – United Nurses & Allied Professionals, Local 5110.

We are the home health workers at Prospect CharterCARE Home Health & Hospice – United Nurses & Allied Professionals, Local 5111.

We are the RNs at Roger Williams Medical Center – United Nurses & Allied Professionals, Local 5092.

And we’ve had enough.

We’ve been negotiating with Prospect for months and still don’t have contracts.

General Teamsters Local 251 Facebook:


Striking workers from Northeast Transportation Services (a contractor for DHL Express) along with Teamster leaders and retirees, showed their solidarity with healthcare workers picketing against Prospect Chartercare and Care New England this week. Workers standing together is the only way to fight corporate greed.

View pictures here.

The Rhode Island Labor History Society:

Panel Discussion: Organizing and Reinventing Unions in the 1970s and 1980s: Stories and Lessons Learned by Those Who Were There.

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RICOSH Webinar: Healthy Indoor Air: Essential to Manage COVID-19 this fall and winter

Dr Ashish JA the White House Covid coordinator hosted a White House Summit on Improving Indoor Air Quality bringing together public health and ventilation experts, private sector and education leaders, EPA and OSHA  to highlight the benefits of improved indoor air quality in mitigating the spread of COVID-19, In addition updated COVID-19 booster vaccines and effective treatments, improving indoor air quality within buildings is an essential part of the Biden Administration’s plan to manageCOVID-19 this fall and winter. The number of deaths from COVID, which still averages around 2,600 a week, remains far too high, said Dr Anthony Fauci on nov.3rd “we’re still in the middle of this—it is not over. Four hundred deaths per day is not an acceptable level.”

There are things we can do to slow down the spread of Covid, like substantially improving indoor air quality… .’ Ashish Ja- White House Covid-19-Response Coordinator.

This free online program will review key practices that can improve indoor air quality and reduce Covid and risks from flu and other respiratory risks.

When: Thursday November 17 @ 12 p.m. via Zoom

Please register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMvceiurDIoG9FqdUmQbmFzzmo8BjXNbR6A      

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


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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