E-NEWS: December 22, 2022

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Providence Business News: State, unionized home child care workers reach contract agreement

PROVIDENCE — A new contract agreement between unionized home child care workers and the R.I. Department of Human Services will give providers benefits, including increased pay and influence in systemwide education changes, the two organizations announced on Tuesday.

Service Employees International Union New England 1199, which represents the child care workers, and the R.I. Department of Human Services came to the settlement following almost a year of negotiations.

The new three-and-a-half year contract, which SEIU 1199 described as “groundbreaking,” includes the following provisions for home child care providers:

  • A 2.5% pay increase for workers in their second and third contract years.
  • More than $1 million in retroactive payments dating back to Jan. 1, 2022, to be issued immediately.
  • Child care providers’ inclusion in the BrightStars education rating and improvement system, which will allow them to influence upcoming changes to the system.
  • Immediate Child Care Assistance Program rate increases across the board, which will give home child care providers an equal percentage of market rate as child care centers. For some providers, this could increase pay rates as much as 30% this year.
  • The establishment of a nonstate-funded retirement savings plan for providers.
  • An increase of $375,000 in funding to the union-employer joint training fund, distributed over three years.
  • A computing device of up to $1,000 for all providers.

Read more here.


Home Childcare Providers & @SEIU1199_NEmembers announce ground-breaking new contract settlement with DHS

1199 SEIU Facebook:

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General Teamsters Local 251 Facebook:

NEW PENALTIES FOR COMPANIES VIOLATING LABOR LAW

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Teamsters 251 held an informational event at Jay Packaging in Warwick RI earlier this week. The company had to pay BACK PAY and FRONT PAY to a worker fired for attempting to organize workers there. An NLRB agent was present to observe management read the notice that it posted, including the settlement amount it had to pay. Teamsters stood outside in support of the right to organize and these increased penalties for violations.


Turn to 10: Care New England nurses protest staffing shortages with candlelight vigil

(WJAR) — Women & Infant nurses held a candlelight vigil in front of their workplace Tuesday to draw attention to the staffing shortages they say put patients and nurses at risk.

They said those shortages are only compounded by the busy holiday season.

“We’re running around like a chicken without a head and the holidays are the worst,” said Jessica Simpson, a registered nurse for Care New England. “They’re not hiring, not retaining, there’s not proper orientation.”

Simpson said the hospital isn’t working hard enough to hire new nurses to fill the gaps.

“We want the leadership and the new CEO of Care New England to address the situation and get our community what they need,” said registered nurse, Robin Hamaker.

Across the country, staffing shortages are crippling hospitals. Many nurses left their jobs at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, leaving an even bigger burden for those who stayed.

This is happening as COVID-19 cases and respiratory illnesses flood emergency rooms and the ICU. Read more here.


United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 328 Facebook:

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Happy Holidays and New Year from Local 328! We want to thank our union family for all of their hard work and dedication to serving their communities this busy holiday season. You make the holidays happen.

We also would like to recognize the compassion and generosity of all who helped contribute to our annual Thanksgiving and Toy Drives this holiday season. This year, we were able to assist 276 families in need for our Food Drive and 200 families including 354 children through our Toy Drive. Through our 50/50 raffle, we raised $14,515. The raffle is essential for raising funds to benefit these programs and we thank Local 328 shop stewards for doing an amazing job each year helping to sell tickets. Additionally, we were proud to partner with Jules Hope Chest in assisting their efforts in helping provide toys to families in need.

We’d like to congratulate Local 328 member Timothy Rezendes from Stop & Shop on winning the 50/50 raffle! Last week, Local 328 Executive Secretary Christine Rollinson drew the winning ticket. Christine is retiring in the new year after serving the members of Local 328 for an incredible 37 and a half years! We congratulate and thank Christine for her service and commitment and wish her a healthy and happy retirement!

We wish you all a happy, healthy & safe holiday season and New Year!


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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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