E-News: January 19, 2023

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

General Teamster Local 251 Facebook:


Teamsters who have been on strike since June 22, 2022 returned to work January 17, 2023 after Northeast Transportation Services (NTS) gave notice of leaving Rhode Island effective March 25, 2023. For an affiliated company, NTS ownership had to pay a fine for misclassification of scabs as subcontractors, and had to appear in court for workers’ compensation fraud charges. Teamsters Local 251 will continue to bargain in good faith for these workers with NTS.

These workers and their allies in the Labor Movement sent a strong message that any company that doesn’t treat employees fairly, and that violates laws meant to protect workers, shouldn’t be able to turn a profit. The impact of the labor dispute reduced volume by 30% at the Pawtucket location.

We thank everyone involved for their solidarity with these brave workers.

General Teamsters Local 251 Facebook: Local 251 UPSers Say: Make UPS Deliver on the Dream

Today, UPS Teamsters are marking Martin Luther King Day, with Local 251 members in Warwick RI taking action, together in conjunction with actions taking place at UPS centers nationwide. Members are remembering Dr. King’s struggle for equality and labor dignity and demanding the strong contract that all UPS members deserve this year! Dr. King gave his life while standing alongside sanitation workers on strike in Memphis, Tennessee. UPS pays lip service to the legacy of Dr. King while mocking his dream of worker dignity and equal pay for equal work. The company’s hollow tributes to the civil rights leader attempt to hide the fact that it runs an enterprise of pay discrimination and unlivable wages.

If UPS truly respected Dr. King, it wouldn’t rake in tens of billions of dollars in profit while subjecting two-thirds of its workforce – our part-timers – to low wages. It would not segregate drivers by pay scales and classifications. It would end its unfair discipline and surveillance of workers, stop the relentless harassment, and no longer force overtime on its workers.

If Dr. King were alive today, he would be standing with UPS Teamsters as we fight for a strong contract. That’s why UPS Teamsters are united, mobilized and ready to take bold action to put UPS on its knees when negotiations begin. This is OUR year. It’s time to end low pay for part-timers, two-tier 22.4 wages, unfair discipline, harassment, and forced overtime!

Download the UPS Teamsters app at www.ibt.io/UPSteamsters

RI Painters Union Twitter:

@LIUNALocal271 & @ri_trades President Michael Sabitoni talking in favor of the thousands of trade careers the Fane tower will offer & the millions in needed revenue the project will bring. Rhode Island needs to get serious- do we want economic prosperity or NIMBY foolishness?

Build RI: The Union Built Amica Mutual Pavilion

In 2006, an independent review by the construction manager determined that construction of this $75 million project under a PLA supported the goals and objectives of the state purchases act.The project owner “determined that a Project Labor Agreement would be a prudent course of action” for construction of this project, and the agreement “had a positive effect on the project” that “was truly remarkable.” #builtunionstrong #collaborationworks

View of the arena’s exterior at night

International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers: Almost 3,000 JetBlue Ground Workers to Vote on IAM Representation

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) announced that the National Mediation Board (NMB), the federal agency that conducts union representation elections in the airline industry, has determined that an election for almost 3,000 JetBlue ground operations workers will take place. The voting period will be scheduled shortly by the NMB.

“I congratulate all JetBlue Ground Operations workers on their upcoming vote,” said IAM Air Transport General Vice President Richie Johnsen. “JetBlue Ground Ops workers have spoken loudly that they want a voice and a vote in their future. These workers deserve the respect and dignity that comes with collective bargaining rights and a union contract.”

JetBlue Ground Operations workers reignited their campaign to gain IAM representation late last year and filed for a union representation election in late September 2022 with the NMB. The federal agency determined that JetBlue Ground Operations workers have attained the requisite showing of interest to participate in a union representation election. Federal law requires that at least 50 percent of workers in a specific work classification request a union vote be called.

“I want every JetBlue Ground Ops worker to know that the IAM will stand with you 100 percent to win this election and attain the union contract that reflects your hard work and value to JetBlue Airways,” continued Johnsen. “JetBlue will be a better place to work once these brave workers have a real say in their wages, benefits, and working conditions via a legally binding employment contract. If a contract is good for JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes, then a contract is good for the almost 3,000 Ground Ops workers who actually make the airline run.”

JetBlue Ground Operations workers have cited below standard pay, benefits, and working conditions as reasons to unionize with the IAM. Union contracts in the airline industry provide workers with better pay, health and wellness benefits, flexibility, and working conditions.


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Coming up on Labor Vision …

In this special episode, show host Autumn Guillotte sits down with Matt Taibi, Secretary- Treasurer and Principal Officer and Tommy Salvatore, Business Agent of Teamsters Local 251 to talk about the recent work stoppage at DHL in Pawtucket. Scab subcontractors were issued Stop Work Orders by the State of RI for violations of state law, specifically for not carrying workers compensation insurance. From November 22nd to December 2nd, DHL had little to no operation as the subcontractors scrambled to provide workers’ compensation insurance after they’d been found in violation of misclassification by the RI DLT.

Teamsters at Northeast Transportation Services have been on strike since June 22. The Company has delayed and gone backwards in bargaining. Striker resolve has only increased in the face of Company attempted union-busting.

In response to worker demands for a fair contract, the Company stated it is “unrealistic” to meet the workers’ demands to pay livable wages, offer affordable healthcare and pay a share towards retirement. The South Carolina-based company apparently doesn’t believe that employees have rights and deserve fair treatment. This at a location that has more than doubled in number of employees in the last two years.

The Union believes the Company has committed unfair labor practices. Support for strikers has increased dramatically since news footage of Pawtucket Police attacking, pepper spraying and arresting picketers unprovoked during a rally aired on news broadcasts throughout Rhode Island.

Here’s how you can help:

Stop by the picket line at 101 Concord St, Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Contact us for the best times.

Please tell Northeast Transportation and DHL Express that unfair treatment of workers and an apparent lack of concern for safety is unacceptable. Call 843-906-9655 and 1-800-225-5345. Do not ship through DHL if you are in or shipping to Rhode Island, Southeastern MA, Cape Cod or Eastern Connecticut.

Give financial contributions:

Teamsters Local 251 Strike Fund

121 Brightridge Ave

East Providence, RI 02914

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