E-NEWS: DECEMBER 15, 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


RI Senate Facebook:

The Gingerbread Express, hosted by Senators Hanna Gallo, Josh Miller and Valarie Lawson, made its 21st annual stop at the State House today, collecting dozens of gifts donated by Rhode Island Senate members and staff for distribution to local children by the National Education Association RI (NEARI) Children’s Fund.

Learn more here.

See pictures here.


Laborers Local 271 Twitter:

@LIUNALocal271 Christmas Breakfast – A special gathering for the over 2,000 #Laborers271 members and their families @LIUNANewEngland @LIUNA


IBEW Local 99 Twitter:

IBEW LU 99 at the Junior Achievement of RI inspiring our students of RI to explore Union careers and apprenticeships with great wages and benefits where you earn while you learn in the high in demand Electrical Industry.

See pictures here.


Local 2334 North Providence Firefighters Facebook:

Great time with the 2334 kids at the Annual Cookies with Santa. Thank you to all who attended and helped out, especially Capt. Gregson for his access to Santa.

View pictures here.


The Boston Globe: R.I. regulators sign off on offshore wind cables, with $3m fund for effects on fishermen

PROVIDENCE — State coastal regulators signed off on the installation of export cables for the Revolution Wind project off the state’s coast, which will also include a more than $3 million fund to compensate the fishing industry for the potential effects of the cables.

The Coastal Resources Management Council’s vote — technically, multiple votes on different aspects of how the state’s coastal laws and regulations apply to the offshore wind power project’s cable installation and route — were unanimous and came after the developer and a CRMC advisory board representing anglers hammered out a deal to compensate the industry.

As part of the deal, a trust fund would be set up to pay out claims to commercial and charter fishing for losses related to the construction and operation of the project.

A projected $3,050,000 would go toward direct compensation for commercial and charter fishing interests. Some of the funding depends on how long the cables take to install, so the final figure could be less or more. On top of that, $200,000 would go toward a nonprofit grant making entity supporting the “general betterment of coastal communities in Rhode Island,” according to the legal agreement. And $200,000 would go toward operating the trust, called Rhode Island Fishermen’s Future Viability Trust 3. Read more here.


Labor Simulation Activity for middle and high school students

The Museum of Work and Culture in Woonsocket is starting a new Labor Simulation Activity for middle and high school students. Students work in groups to simulate a collective bargaining agreement. Split into two groups, one representing workers and the other the bosses, the students must compete with and against each other to achieve their desired goals. The catch is that in order to ‘win’ both sides must come to an agreement. If you are a teacher interested in an exciting field trip opportunity, please contact Rachael Guadagni (rguadagni@rihs.org), the Family and Youth Education Coordinator at the Museum of Work and Culture to make arrangements. [Recommended for grades 6-12].


LIUNA: Winter Weather Hazards and How to Prevent Them

Spring and summer may be the prime seasons for construction in many parts of the U.S. and Canada, but many laborers also work during the colder winter months. While the risk for heat illness wanes during this time, the colder weather presents its own challenges that employers and employees need to be aware of.

“The winter season poses unique challenges and risks for LIUNA members,” says LHSFNA Management Co-Chairman Noel C. Borck. “One of the ways employers can meet their responsibility to provide a safe work environment is to ensure workers have the appropriate tools and training they need to avoid cold-related illnesses and injuries during this season.”

Here are some of the top winter hazards in construction and ways to avoid them:

Cold Stress

Workers exposed to cold temperatures are at risk of cold stress, which is an umbrella term for any cold-related illness or injury. This occurs when skin temperature, and eventually internal body temperature, is driven down more quickly than it can be warmed up. Some common examples of cold stress include:

  • Trench foot: a foot injury caused by prolonged exposure to wet and cold conditions. Symptoms include reddening skin, tingling, pain, swelling, leg cramps, numbness and blisters.
  • Frostbite: an injury that occurs when skin is exposed to freezing temperatures. It typically affects extremities like fingers, toes, noses and ear lobes and can cause permanent tissue damage. Symptoms include red skin with white or gray patches, tingling, aching and numbness. In severe cases, amputation may be necessary.

Read more here.


Labor 411: Our Union Christmas Dinner Shopping Guide

The holiday season is in full swing as many of us scramble to make travel plans, find the perfect gifts, and get ready for holiday parties and get-togethers. Chances are you will be doing some cooking during the season, and we think it would be a great idea to show some love for union brands. Below is a list of foods that are made by proud union members, so you know you will be supporting good jobs with each purchase.

See list here.

***Remember to purchase your food from Stop & Shop, Shaws, and Eastside Marketplace for the holidays to support our union brothers and sisters who work at these grocery stores.



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Coming up on Labor Vision …

2023 Legislative Priorities with the RI AFL-CIO

Show host Autumn Guillotte sits down with Rhode Island AFL-CIO President George Nee and Secretary Treasurer Pat Crowley to talk about labor’s legislative priorities for 2023.

The past year has seen many victories, including a prevailing wage for building service workers, 180 guaranteed days for school lunch workers, a $300M school bond, and requiring 14/15-year-old youth who are getting a work permit to take a course to learn their rights on the job. On the environmental side, Rhode Island passed a law requiring the state to have 100% renewable energy by 2033, we also won a procurement of up to 1,000 megawatts of off-shore wind and for state renewable energy projects of over 3 megawatts to guarantee prevailing wages, apprenticeships and labor peace agreements.

This year brings more goals to build on last year’s success. Some of the priorities include:

  • Making Wage Theft a Felony (report here: https://bit.ly/WageTheftRI)
  • Ensuring domestic workers get covered under minimum wage
  • Passing legislation for lead pipes replacement
  • Revisiting incentives included in the school bonds and including energy efficiency and net zero incentives. Additionally, pushing for a statewide mandate for carbon free schools by 2035.
  • Legislation to protect workers and their families’ personal data
  • Revisiting state pensions in 2023
  • Watching for the Equality in Abortion Care Act in the state budget

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