E-NEWS – December 29, 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

WJAR Channel 10: Minimum wage goes up in Rhode Island and Massachusetts on January 1

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WJAR) — The minimum wages in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts will increase at the start of the new year.

On Jan. 1, Rhode Island’s minimum wage will go up from $12.25 an hour to $13 an hour.

The change is the result of legislation passed in 2021 when the minimum wage in the state was $11.50 an hour.

The minimum wage will rise each year on Jan. 1 until it hits $15 in 2025.

In Massachusetts, the increase is part of a 2018 law.

Effective Jan. 1, the minimum wage across the commonwealth will be $15 an hour.

Currently, the minimum wage is $14.25.

Read more here.

Teamsters Local 251 Facebook:

We can’t think of a better way to start the week before Christmas off other than having another successful completion!

Huge Congratulations to Local 251 member and Real Jobs RI trainee, Sean Hart who obtained his class A CDL this morning! Through our partnership with Mondelez located in North Smithfield RI, Sean was able to train here at the school and was the fourth employee to do so. Through the Real Jobs RI program the company now benifits with an upskilled employee but also so does the employee as well in the form of higher wages. It truly is a win, win.

We want also want to thank the local’s Buisness Agent who helped to facilitate this partnership as well, Steve Fredette.

Laborers Local 271 Twitter: RI Laborers’ District Council supporting #ToysforTots and #CommunityAngels this holiday season – Thank you @anastatesenate2#LIUNA

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Providence Firefighters Facebook:

Sleigh rides, Santa, and toys made for a fun filled day of holiday cheer at the Joslin Recreation Center! Councilman Michael Correia (Ward 6) has made this event a priority for the neighborhood over the last 12 years! Special thanks to sponsors/donors, Providence Police Department, Providence Fire Department, and Providence Fire Fighters!

Fuerza Laboral / Power of Workers Facebook:

Yesterday, with the help of Rhode Island Foundation @rifoundation we were able to help families in need because of lack of employment and immigration status with gift cards to their holiday needs! This was also a great opportunity to tell them about their basic labor rights and engage them in a path of increasing progress! Knowledge is also power.



¡Ayer, con la ayuda de Rhode Island Foundation, pudimos ayudar a las familias necesitadas debido a la falta de empleo y el estado migratorio con tarjetas de regalo para sus necesidades navideñas! ¡Esta fue también una gran oportunidad para hablarles sobre sus derechos laborales básicos e involucrarlos en un camino de progreso creciente! El conocimiento también es poder.


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The Building Trades Twitter:

2022 marked 85 years since the signing of the National Apprenticeship Act. This historic legislation paved the way for our gold-standard Registered Apprenticeship training model that has created countless family-sustaining careers for building trades members.


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IAFF Facebook:

Winter Safety Reminder: Take the extra minutes needed to fully clear your vehicle of ice and snow. Make sure you get the snow off the top of your car; otherwise, you are putting your fellow drivers in danger. #IAFFsafetytips

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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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