Category Archives: Press

E-NEWS: OCTOBER 21, 2021

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

Please use this directory to find where you can buy union and use services in Rhode Island.


This weekend!


United Way of Rhode Island Twitter: On Tuesday, 10/26, we’re honoring George Nee w/ the Dante F. Mollo Labor United Award at our 95th Annual Celebration. Register:http://bit.ly/uwri95ac The Dante F. Mollo Labor United Award is a reflection of our incredible partnership with R.I.’s labor community. #LiveUnitedRI


The Providence Journal: Contractor charged with wage theft during Barrington Middle School construction

Owners of an asbestos remediation company failed to pay employees for weekend overtime during the construction of Barrington Middle School, according to the attorney general’s office.

Five former employees are owed at least $12,000 by Franklin Analytical Service, based in Marion, Massachusetts, according to a news release. Two of the company’s owners, Thomas McCoog, 64, and Amy Franklin, 57, face misdemeanor charges.

McCoog and Franklin filed a false certified payroll document with the Town of Barrington while knowingly failing to pay employees overtime for their work on weekends, the attorney general’s office said.

Each faces five counts of failure to pay overtime on a prevailing-wage job, one count of conspiracy to failure to pay overtime wages, one count of conspiracy to file false certified payroll, and one count of filing a false certified payroll document. Read more here.


The Washington Post: Strikes are sweeping the labor market as workers wield new leverage

The labor activism runs the gamut of American industry, powered by the same grievances about wages, benefits and quality of life driving the Great Resignation.

Marcial Reyes could have just quit his job. Frustrated with chronic understaffing at the Kaiser Permanente hospital where he works in Southern California, he knows he has options in a region desperate for nurses.

Instead, he voted to go on strike.

While Americans are leaving their jobs at staggering rates — a record 4.3 million quit in August alone — hundreds of thousands of workers with similar grievances about wages, benefits and quality of life are, like Reyes, choosing to dig in and fight. Last week, 10,000 John Deere workers went on strike, while unions representing 31,000 Kaiser employees authorized walkouts. Some 60,000 Hollywood production workers reached a deal Saturday night, averting a strike hours before a negotiation deadline. Read more here.


Newsweek: Photo of Kellogg’s Worker on Strike Braving Torrential Rain on Picket Line Goes Viral

A powerful image has surfaced online showing a Kellogg’s worker standing strong on a picket line during torrential rain amid ongoing industrial action.

As many as 1,400 Kellogg Company employees from the firm’s U.S. cereal plants have been on strike since Tuesday, October 5, over a host of employment issues including the potential loss of premium healthcare, holiday pay and some vacation time.

There are also concerns among union leaders that some jobs could be moved to Mexico, where production and employee labor aren’t overseen by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Read more here.



Axios: Kamala Harris announces new guidelines to encourage union membership

Vice President Kamala Harris and Labor Secretary Marty Walsh will today announce new guidelines to encourage federal workers to join unions, according to a White House official.

Why it matters: The Biden administration wants to bolster the collective bargaining power of workers across the country – and they are starting at home, with changes in the federal workforce.

  • With more than 2.1 million non-postal employees, the federal government is the U.S.’s largest employer.
  • But only 20% of federal employees belong to a union.
  • The administration also wants to promote the federal workforce as a venue for women and workers of color to join the labor movement.

Read more here.





UPCOMING EVENTS:

RICOSH: Health & Safety Training Series in October 2021

The New England Consortium (TNEC), based at UMass Lowell, is a worker health and safety training program that has been delivering training since 1987 in hazardous materials operations, emergency response, infectious disease preparedness, disaster preparedness, and general workplace health and safety.

COVID-19 and its Variants: Latest Workplace Protection Strategies: Register here.

HAZCOM – Hazard Communication: Register here.

Stress on the Job: Prevention Strategies: Register here.

Disaster Preparedness: Register here.



United Way of Rhode Island’s 95th Annual Celebration

Tuesday, October 26, 2021 |
5:30 p.m.
Please join us virtually on October 26 for our 95th annual celebration. Together, we will celebrate Rhode Island United and honor our extraordinary community volunteers.

HONORING
Community United Award | Homes RI
Dante Mollo Labor United Award | George Nee, President of AFL-CIO Rhode Island
John H. Chafee Live United Award | Linda Katz, Co-founder of Economic Progress Institute
Partners United Award | Starkweather and Shepley Insurance Brokerage

Due to the rising cases of COVID variants, United Way of Rhode Island will host this year’s annual celebration virtually. Please register to stay tuned on updates leading to our celebration.
Register here.


TEAMSTERS, Local 251SOLIDARITY WITH JOHNSON BROTHERS WORKERSPlease visit the picket line and show Johnson Brothers that workers stick together and will not be treated like second-class citizens. Picket lines are up 24 hours a day at: Johnson Brothers of RI 120 Moscrip Ave North Kingstown RI 02852 Key times are 7:30-9 am and 4-6 pm.

More information here.



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E-NEWS: OCTOBER 14, 2021

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

Please use this directory to find where you can buy union and use services in Rhode Island.


1199 SEIU Facebook:

Bannister Caregivers are standing up for themselves and their residents. It is time Bannister Center respect the contributions of frontline employees who have dedicated their lives to their residents by investing in better staffing and higher wages!!!

View pictures here.


Watch video of the Bannister Caregivers calling for calling for better staffing and fair wages.


MSN News: Bannister nursing home employees demand safe staffing levels, no more ‘poverty-level’ wages

PROVIDENCE — Nearly 100 health care workers and their supporters stood along Dodge Street throughout the day Friday, outside Bannister Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing, waiving bright yellow flags with their union’s logo, protesting against their employer’s unsafe staffing levels and “poverty-level wages.”

Members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 1199 New England, a union that represents 29,000 health care and service workers in Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Southeastern Massachusetts, said the executives who run Bannister have “put them and their patients in danger” throughout the pandemic while paying them “less than average.”

Certified nursing assistants at Bannister told the Globe that they earn a starting wage of $12.70 per hour, which they said is “significantly less” than other, nearby nursing facilities.

Read more here.


UFCW Local 328 Cannabis Division Facebook:

Exciting news! The hardworking team of budtenders at Solar Therapeutics in Somerset, Massachusetts have voted Union Yes! On September 21st, ballots were mailed to eligible voters and were returned by October 8th. On October 12th, the ballots were counted by the National Labor Relations Board, affirming the election victory with a vote of 10 to 4. They join a growing movement both locally and across the country of cannabis workers coming together to ensure they have a strong collective voice in this new industry.
We are so proud of the workers at Solar for sticking together throughout the election process. While the company decided to bring in an out of state consultant and held mandatory meetings, the workers stuck together and secured this victory for a better future. They formed their union with a focus on gaining full-time opportunities, improving benefits, and securing important workplace protections.
Congratulations and welcome to our union family!


Construction Dive: Labor Secretary Walsh helps launch addiction recovery program for construction workers

Dive Brief:

  • Labor Secretary Marty Walsh joined the Massachusetts Building Trades Council (MBTC) last week to launch a new initiative to address drug and alcohol addiction among its members and their dependents. The council represents more than 75,000 construction workers and other building trade union members in the state.
  • The Massachusetts Building Trades Recovery Council coordinated the existing anti-addiction efforts that individual member unions have established and created a new online portal with resources including a calendar of recovery meetings, treatment and counseling services and 24/7 phone numbers for members who need help. It’s accompanied by a statewide public campaign to raise awareness of the effort.
  • Construction work is a physically and psychologically demanding job, and some workers use drugs and alcohol to manage stress or self-medicate
    physical pain, according to the healthcare company American Addiction Centers (AAC). Others become addicted to opiates after taking them as prescribed for a job-related injury. Addiction can be especially dire on jobsites since construction work requires full concentration, and anything that impaires it increases the risk of potentially deadly mistakes. Read more here.

IATSE: Strike Date Set for 60,000 Film and Television Workers

Unless an Agreement is Reached, IATSE Members Will Begin Nationwide Strike on Oct. 18 at 12:01 a.m. (PDT)

LOS ANGELES, CA — International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees International President Matthew Loeb announced today that unless an agreement is reached, union members will begin a nationwide strike against the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) on Monday, October 18 at 12:01 a.m., PDT.

Loeb said the union will continue bargaining with the producers this week in the hopes of reaching an agreement that addresses core issues, such as reasonable rest periods, meal breaks, and a living wage for those on the bottom of the wage scale.

“However, the pace of bargaining doesn’t reflect any sense of urgency,” Loeb said. “Without an end date, we could keep talking forever. Our members deserve to have their basic needs addressed now.” Last week, IATSE members who work in television and film production at 36 IATSE local unions across the country voted to authorize the union’s international president to call a strike if contract talks didn’t result in a new contract for 60,000 film and television workers. Voter turnout was 90 percent, with 98.6 percent of those voting in support of authorizing a strike.

Read more here.


Vice: ‘People Work 100 Days Straight’: Kellogg’s Workers Shut Down Cereal Factories

1,400 workers who make Corn Flakes, Frosted Flakes, Fruit Loops, and Rice Krispies are on strike in four states.

Workers who make Corn Flakes, Frosted Flakes, Fruit Loops, Rice Krispies, and other cereals have shut down production at all Kellogg’s factories in the United States because Kellogg’s has proposed to end cost-of-living raises and expand a two-tier pay and benefits system.

Members of Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union say Kellogg’s proposed pay and benefits cuts coincide with severe understaffing and management forcing them to work overtime during the pandemic—in some cases 16-hour days, seven days a week—without a day off for months.

The workers are striking at ready-to-eat Kellogg’s plants in Omaha; Memphis; Lancaster, Pennsylvania; and Battle Creek, Michigan. Read more here.


Labor 411: For a Winning School Lunch, you Can’t Beat the Union Difference

During the second full week in October, National School Lunch Week shines the spotlight on the programs and nutritious food served up every day throughout the school year. While school cafeterias do their best (which is always a challenge as we emerge from COVID), parents can do their part by making sure their children’s lunch bags contain the good stuff.

To make your lunch-building choice an especially ethical one, we recommend brands made by union companies that treat their workers with respect and dignity. The selection below has a little bit of everything, some healthy, some maybe a little less so. See list here.





UPCOMING EVENTS:

RICOSH: Health & Safety Training Series in October 2021

The New England Consortium (TNEC), based at UMass Lowell, is a worker health and safety training program that has been delivering training since 1987 in hazardous materials operations, emergency response, infectious disease preparedness, disaster preparedness, and general workplace health and safety.

COVID-19 and its Variants: Latest Workplace Protection Strategies: Register here.

HAZCOM – Hazard Communication: Register here.

Stress on the Job: Prevention Strategies: Register here.

Disaster Preparedness: Register here.


More information here.



United Way of Rhode Island’s 95th Annual Celebration

Tuesday, October 26, 2021 |
5:30 p.m.
Please join us virtually on October 26 for our 95th annual celebration. Together, we will celebrate Rhode Island United and honor our extraordinary community volunteers.

HONORING
Community United Award | Homes RI
Dante Mollo Labor United Award | George Nee, President of AFL-CIO Rhode Island
John H. Chafee Live United Award | Linda Katz, Co-founder of Economic Progress Institute
Partners United Award | Starkweather and Shepley Insurance Brokerage

Due to the rising cases of COVID variants, United Way of Rhode Island will host this year’s annual celebration virtually. Please register to stay tuned on updates leading to our celebration.
Register here.


TEAMSTERS, Local 251SOLIDARITY WITH JOHNSON BROTHERS WORKERSPlease visit the picket line and show Johnson Brothers that workers stick together and will not be treated like second-class citizens. Picket lines are up 24 hours a day at: Johnson Brothers of RI 120 Moscrip Ave North Kingstown RI 02852 Key times are 7:30-9 am and 4-6 pm.

More information here.



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If you want a voice on the job or to build a better workplace, click the here to start organizing and taking action.


Coming up on Labor Vision

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E-NEWS: OCTOBER 7, 2021

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

Please use this directory to find where you can buy union and use services in Rhode Island.


More information here.


The Delegates at the Rhode Island AFL-CIO Constitutional Convention unanimously re-elected President George Nee and Secretary-Treasurer Patrick Crowley to a four-year term on Friday evening. Two visionary leaders, with a lifelong commitment to working people and their families!

Listen to Liz Shuler, President of AFL-CIO remarks at the Constitutional Convention here.

Listen to Martin Walsh, U.S. Secretary of Labor remarks at the Constitutional Convention here.


MEDIA ADVISORY: District 1199 SEIU New England

Friday, October 8, 2021 | 3:30PM
Contact:
Amelia Abromaitis, 484-363-9783 | Amelia@SequalConsulting.com

Bannister Nursing Home Caregivers to Hold Informational Picket to Demand End to Unsafe Staffing and Poverty Wages

Providence – Caregivers at Bannister Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in Providence who are members of SEIU 1199NE will hold an informational picket on Friday, October 8, from 2:00 – 4:00 PM to call on their employer to invest in staffing and wages for frontline caregivers.

For the last 18 months, frontline caregivers have provided compassionate care to nursing home residents at their most vulnerable during the pandemic. Despite getting sick with COVID-19 and putting our families at risk, Certified Nursing Assistants only earn a starting wage of $12.70 an hour, significantly less than other nearby nursing facilities. Poverty wages exacerbate the pre-existing staffing crisis, hampering recruitment and retention efforts.

Now, instead of compensating workers fairly, Bannister Center, owned by an out-of-state corporation, is hiring agency staff, and paying them nearly double the wages of dedicated staff. What’s more, despite having contract language entitling workers to ‘short staffing pay’, Bannister refuses to meet with union caregivers to negotiate terms and has failed to communicate what percentage of recent Medicaid reimbursement rate increases will go directly to worker compensation.

WHAT: Bannister Center for Rehab and Nursing Informational Picket

WHERE: Bannister Center: 135 Dodge St, Providence, RI 02907

WHEN: Speaking Program on Friday, October 8 | 3:30PM

WHO: Frontline caregivers at Bannister Center

***VISUALS: Workers will hold a rally at 3:30 on Friday, October 8 in addition to marching the picket line with banners and scrubs.


The Providence Journal: Warwick School Department canceled bus service due to driver sick calls

WARWICK — The Warwick School Department made the decision to call back bus drivers from their routes on Friday, and bus company First Student said it supports the district’s decision.

After six bus drivers called out of work Friday, the Warwick school district decided to suspend transportation for elementary and middle schools students Friday morning, leaving parents scrambling.

High school students were bused to school but the runs to elementary and middle schools were suspended.

All students had to find another way home.

Supt. Lynn Dambruch said that due to the number of First Student bus drivers who did not come to work on Friday, the district “did not have the capability and resources to safely transport our students to school.”

Stephen Sousa, secretary-treasurer of the bus drivers union, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 618, said drivers who showed up were told by First Student to go home. Read more here.


United Way of Rhode Island’s 95th Annual Celebration

Tuesday, October 26, 2021 |
5:30 p.m.
Please join us virtually on October 26 for our 95th annual celebration. Together, we will celebrate Rhode Island United and honor our extraordinary community volunteers.

HONORING
Community United Award | Homes RI
Dante Mollo Labor United Award | George Nee, President of AFL-CIO Rhode Island
John H. Chafee Live United Award | Linda Katz, Co-founder of Economic Progress Institute
Partners United Award | Starkweather and Shepley Insurance Brokerage

Due to the rising cases of COVID variants, United Way of Rhode Island will host this year’s annual celebration virtually. Please register to stay tuned on updates leading to our celebration.

Register here.


Climate Jobs National Resource Center Facebook: Labor is Leading: Building the Climate Jobs Movement Now!

Hear from labor leaders, and members, some of whom work on the frontlines of climate change, about the urgency to take on climate change by building a new renewable energy industry powered by good, family-sustaining union jobs.

Watch video here.


Teamsters Joint Council Facebook: Teamsters Futures’ from New England hold conference

See pictures here. The Teamsters Local 25 Futures Committee hosted a day-long program this weekend. Young leaders from Local’s 251, 443, 671 and 1150, spent the day in Boston to learn from Joint Council 10 New England organizers, Teamsters officers and business agents, TeamstersCare,
New England Teamsters Credit Union and labor lawyer Brian Cloherty from Keches Law.

The program culminated with Teamsters Local 25 Retiree Chapter Vice President Billy Grubbs administering the oath of office to Futures Committee members. To learn more about the Local 25 Futures Committee email TL25futures@gmail.com


IATSE: By a Nearly Unanimous Margin, IATSE Members in TV and Film Production Vote to Authorize a Nationwide Strike

Results show 90 percent of eligible union voters cast ballots, with more than 98 percent of them in support of strike authorization.

Members of 36 local unions, representing 60,000 workers from across the country, grant approval for International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) International President Matthew Loeb to call the union’s first nationwide strike over quality-of-life issues.

LOS ANGELES —The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees announced today that 60,000 members who work in television and film production across the country have voted—by a nearly unanimous margin—to grant IATSE International President Matthew Loeb the authority to call a strike. This is the first time in IATSE’s 128-year history that members of the union have authorized a nationwide strike.

“The members have spoken loud and clear,” said Loeb. “This vote is about the quality of life as well as the health and safety of those who work in the film and television industry. Our people have basic human needs like time for meal breaks, adequate sleep, and a weekend. For those at the bottom of the pay scale, they deserve nothing less than a living wage.”

Beginning Oct 1 and concluding Oct. 3, at 11:59 p.m. E.S.T., 60,000 IATSE members who work on film and television productions received ballots and voted on whether to empower the international union’s president to call a strike. Read more here.


Labor 411: Kick off the Football Season the Ethical Way

To any true fan, there’s the football season and there are these gray, empty months that nobody likes to even think about. Well, take heart, lovers of the gridiron because the 2021 NFL season is about to begin. In honor of this wonderful occasion, we offer you a list of bingeable brews and bites to make your game-going or game-watching experience that much more memorable. Best of all, the products listed below are made by ethical companies that treat their workers with respect and give them a voice on the job.

So enjoy the season and let’s all build a stronger America.

See list here.





UPCOMING EVENTS:

RICOSH: Health & Safety Training Series in October 2021

The New England Consortium (TNEC), based at UMass Lowell, is a worker health and safety training program that has been delivering training since 1987 in hazardous materials operations, emergency response, infectious disease preparedness, disaster preparedness, and general workplace health and safety.

COVID-19 and its Variants: Latest Workplace Protection Strategies: Register here.

HAZCOM – Hazard Communication: Register here.

Stress on the Job: Prevention Strategies: Register here.

Disaster Preparedness: Register here.


More information here.


TEAMSTERS, Local 251SOLIDARITY WITH JOHNSON BROTHERS WORKERSPlease visit the picket line and show Johnson Brothers that workers stick together and will not be treated like second-class citizens. Picket lines are up 24 hours a day at: Johnson Brothers of RI 120 Moscrip Ave North Kingstown RI 02852 Key times are 7:30-9 am and 4-6 pm.

More information here.



Are you following us on Social Media? Click on the links below.

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Visit our website for more information, news and events.



If you want a voice on the job or to build a better workplace, click the here to start organizing and taking action.


Coming up on Labor Vision

The Labor Vision at Home Edition continues. Check out the latest episodes on our website: http://www.LaborVisionRI.org.

Never miss a segment. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and Twitter (@LaborVisionRI), and subscribe to our YouTube channel (LaborVisionTV1).

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E-NEWS: SEPTEMBER 30, 2021

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

Please use this directory to find where you can buy union and use services in Rhode Island.


Letter from George Nee, President of RI AFL-CIO and Michael Sabitoni, President, RI Building & Construction Trades Council

Immediate Release: September 29, 2021

What: 13th Annual 5K Big Brothers Big Sisters Walk Honoring the 80,000 men and women of the RI AFL-CIO and the Building Trades who have served as essential and front line workers through the pandemic.

When: Saturday, October 23rd , 9am REGISTRATION, 10am Brief Award Ceremony, 5KFun-Run Follows

Where: Roger Williams Park Carousel, Rain or Shine

WE REQUEST YOU BRING YOUR UNION BANNERS & UNION VEHICLES AND OR BUSES TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT

Dear Brothers and Sisters of the RI AFL-CIO and the RI Building & Construction Trades Council,

This year we are proud to announce that once again we will be resuming our 13th Annual BIG WALK Halloween Hike to support the Big Brothers Big Sisters of RI (BBBSRI) after last year’s reprieve due to COVID-19. More than ever hundreds of boys and girls throughout our local communities who have been isolated due to the Pandemic are in need of mentors and the services that only BBBSRI can provide. We know that children most especially have been hurt by the pandemic.

For this reason it is so important we all come together for a ‘live’ family friendly event to show our support on Saturday, October 23 at the Roger Williams Park Carousel – Rain or Shine. Enjoy light refreshments, Uncle Tony’s pizza, and prizes for the best costume and more.

The rich history of the labor movement is founded on the promotion of union values, solidarity among working people and community outreach to those in need . These ideals as union brothers and sisters could not have been more exemplified than this past year.   This is why we are saluting the extraordinary work of the 80-thousand men and women in THE RI-AFL CIO and the Building Trades who have served as front-line and essential workers through the crisis.

We greatly encourage you to join us in honoring the unsung heroes in our labor community who continue to lead Rhode Island through one of the most difficult eras of our time, while supporting children in need.

Registration starts at 9am with a brief Recognition Award Ceremony at 10am.

Please find attached sponsorship form and other details about this special event.

There is no better way to honor our past than to support our future. As we have witnessed, collectively we can all make a difference in the lives of children and the next generation of working families.   When we keep true to our union ideals , we can ad will get through this together.

More information here.


WJAR Channel 10: Warwick school bus staff picket for better wages, conditions

WARWICK, R.I. (WJAR) — A sea of neon-colored vests on Monday lined the sidewalk on Strawberry Field Road in Warwick, clapping as passersby beeped their horns in support.

“50 cents is not a raise,” one sign read.

Others said: “Packed buses? What about COVID?” and “200 workers, 2 bathrooms.”

Dozens of school bus drivers and monitors waved the signs in the air, demanding better wages and conditions from transportation company First Student.

“We’re in negotiations with First Student and they seem to be dragging their feet,” Amalgamated Transit Union Local 618 Vice President Joe Cole said.

The union and transportation company have been at the bargaining table over a contract for about six months, union president and business agent Nick DeCristofaro said.

“The last proposal they offered school bus drivers five cents, so I took it as an insult,” he said.

Starting wages start around $16 per hour for the part-time workers, DeCristofaro noted. The union represents about 200 workers.

Monday’s gathering was considered an informational picket. Members of the union have not yet authorized a strike. Read more here.


Cranston Fire Department:

Sh1cfdRjg Twitter:

CFD class 21-01 had busy first week of 18, lectures and introduction to ropes for tool raising, gear/scba, and hose packing.

View pictures here.


Johnston, RI Police Department Facebook:

View pictures here.

Today, the community came out in droves to assist veterans in need by filling the food bank at Johnston’s own Operation Stand Down Rhode Island with donated and collected items. Mayor Joseph Polisena, members of the Johnston Police Department and the International Brotherhood of Police Officers Local 307, the Johnston Fire Department and members of Johnston Firefighters Local 1950, town workers and members of the AFL-CIO Local Union 1491 and others provided and delivered hundreds of pounds of food and supplies for veterans as the non-profit’s pantry shelves were running very low.
Donations were also contributed by Christine Stack and Elia Balona of Johnston’s Ocean State Job Lot. Together, the Johnston community rallied to ensure that veterans who needed help are taken care of as the seasons change.
Working Together ~ Making a Difference


IATSE: Tell AMPTP to Give Film and Television Workers a Fair Deal

IATSE members are the working-class backbone of the TV programs, films, and streaming content that provide entertainment and comfort to millions around the world.

Now, 60,000 of these behind-the-scenes workers are mobilizing to win a union contract that guarantees basic human necessities like adequate sleep, meal breaks, and living wages from the wealthiest media corporations and studios in the world, and they need your support.

Will you take two minutes to sign their petition demanding that The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers and the studios provide equitable treatment for the unsung heroes of the entertainment industry?

Click here to sign the petition and please use the tools to share our message with your friends, family, and colleagues on social media.


Labor 411: Oktoberfest: Union Style

It’s officially Fall. And that means Oktoberfest is just around the corner. We have a great list for you of tasty foods and delicious beers. All are made by employers who treat their workers well and give them a voice on the job. Happy Oktoberfest and let’s all work together to build a stronger America. See list here.





UPCOMING EVENTS:

RICOSH: Health & Safety Training Series in October 2021

The New England Consortium (TNEC), based at UMass Lowell, is a worker health and safety training program that has been delivering training since 1987 in hazardous materials operations, emergency response, infectious disease preparedness, disaster preparedness, and general workplace health and safety.

COVID-19 and its Variants: Latest Workplace Protection Strategies: Register here.

HAZCOM – Hazard Communication: Register here.

Stress on the Job: Prevention Strategies: Register here.

Disaster Preparedness: Register here.


More information here.


More information.


TEAMSTERS, Local 251SOLIDARITY WITH JOHNSON BROTHERS WORKERSPlease visit the picket line and show Johnson Brothers that workers stick together and will not be treated like second-class citizens. Picket lines are up 24 hours a day at: Johnson Brothers of RI 120 Moscrip Ave North Kingstown RI 02852 Key times are 7:30-9 am and 4-6 pm.

More information here.



Are you following us on Social Media? Click on the links below.

FaceBook

Twitter

Instagram

Visit our website for more information, news and events.



If you want a voice on the job or to build a better workplace, click the here to start organizing and taking action.


Coming up on Labor Vision

The Labor Vision at Home Edition continues. Check out the latest episodes on our website: http://www.LaborVisionRI.org.

Never miss a segment. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and Twitter (@LaborVisionRI), and subscribe to our YouTube channel (LaborVisionTV1).

More Info on Labor Vision:
Website: http://www.LaborVisionRI.org
FaceBook: @LaborVisionRI
Twitter: @LaborVisionRI
Instagram: LaborVisionRI
YouTube: LaborVisionTV1

E-NEWS: SEPTEMBER 23, 2021

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

Please use this directory to find where you can buy union and use services in Rhode Island.


Terry O’Sullivan and Armand Sabitoni re-elected to General President and General Secretary-Treasurer of Laborers’ International Union of North America

For Immediate Release: September 22, 2021                            

Contact: Michael F. Sabitoni (401)-331-8682

LIUNA reelects O’Sullivan and Sabitoni to lead 500,000-member union

Providence, RI: The 10,000 members of the Rhode Island Laborers’ District Council (RILDC) congratulate Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) General President Terry O’Sullivan, General Secretary-Treasurer Armand E. Sabitoni, Vice President Vincent R. Masino and the entire LIUNA General Executive Board on their unanimous re-elections by the delegates at the 26th LIUNA International Convention, held virtually earlier today.

For over 20 years, O’Sullivan and Sabitoni have led the 500,000 member International Union throughout the United States and Canada. Under their leadership, LIUNA continues to grow and its members continue to earn family-supporting wages and benefits, and the opportunity for advancement and better lives.

“We sincerely congratulate General President O’Sullivan, General Secretary-Treasurer Sabitoni, and Vice President Masino on their historic re-election. These individuals personify our union motto of justice, honor, and strength and we are especially proud that two of our very own will continue to lead our great union.” stated Michael F. Sabitoni, Business Manager, RILDC.

Armand E. Sabitoni, a proud member of Laborers’ Local 271 in Providence, Rhode Island, for more than 50 years, has held LIUNA’s second highest ranking position of General Secretary-Treasurer since May of 2001. Vincent R. Masino, a proud member of Laborers’ Local 1033 in Providence, RI for more than 50 years, serves as Vice President on the LIUNA General Executive Board.

“The future of our union, for our hard-working members and their families, is poised for growth and continued success under the leadership of these tireless and respected labor leaders,” stated Michael F. Sabitoni.  


For immediate release: September 17, 2021                      

Contact: Patrick Crowley ▪ 401.330.6870 ▪ patrick@riaflcio.com

RI AFL-CIO announces endorsement of Hilary Levey Friedman in Senate District 3 special election

Providence, RI – The Rhode Island AFL-CIO today announced their endorsement of Hilary Levey Friedman in the race to succeed Senator Gayle Goldin in Senate District 3 in Providence.

“Hilary is the right candidate in this race to stand up for working people,” stated Rhode Island AFL-CIO President George Nee. “We believe she will support issues and legislation that is important to both the people of her district and our members – promoting public safety; ensuring the wealthiest Rhode Islanders pay their fair share in taxes; properly funding programs for individuals with developmental disabilities and those who care for them; ensuring our public school teachers and support professionals have the tools and resources they need to help our students succeed; protecting safe staffing levels in our nursing homes; supporting a stronger apprenticeship law that can be used as an economic engine to train a young workforce in the construction and trades industries; as well as a number of other issues that help working people and families.”

The Rhode Island AFL-CIO represents roughly 80,000 union members across the state of Rhode Island. The democratic primary in the District 3 election will be held on Tuesday, October 5, 2021. Early voting at City Hall and by mail has already begun.


Laborers Local 271 Twitter:
@LIUNALocal271 BM Michael Sabitoni speaking at $100M Bally’s @twinrivercasino PLA expansion @GovDanMcKee @LGSabinaMatos @JoeShekarchi @SenatorRuggerio @riaflcio@LIUNA @NABTU


Woonsocket Call: Lincoln casino announces new name, breaks ground on $100M expansion

LINCOLN – State officials, Twin River Casino representatives, local leaders and members of the organizations set to construct it, kickedoff a $100 million renovation project at the state’s premiere gambling revenue operation with a traditional toss of gravel for its ground-breaking on Thursday.

The event outside Twin River’s existing two-story casino, entertainment and restaurant facility at the former Lincoln Downs and Lincoln Greyhound track property included the Bally’s Corporation move to rename its Lincoln casino, Bally’s Twin River Lincoln Casino Resort, and it’s smaller Rhode Island gambling outlet in Tiverton as Bally’s Tiverton Casino & Hotel.

The rebranding is part of an overall upgrade of Bally’s Rhode Island operations highlighted by Twin River’s transformation with a new 40,000-squarefoot single-story additional to the existing casino for relocation of gaming now on the second floor as well as a 10,000-square-foot addition to the existing 41000-square-foot health and wellness spa in Twin River’s hotel. That phase of the project, creating a new Korean-style spa, will also construct a new porte-cochere entranceway to hotel and spa. Read more here.


SEIU 1199 Rhode Island Facebook:

CONGRATS to Groden members who stuck together through a very tough negotiations and won a strong new contract! Behavior specialists and clerical staff won big raises (average $2.04/hr, 14% increase), improved safety for students and staff, and protected their health insurance and other benefits. This was not an easy fight but together, Groden frontline caregivers have emerged stronger together!


UFCW: NEW REPORT: Cannabis Workers Unionizing Leads to Higher Quality Jobs and Increases Standards in Fast-Growing Industry

Cannabis Workers of Color Earn Up to 32 Percent More, Highlighting an Opportunity to Advance Economic Justice with Unions in this Growing Industry.

America’s Largest Cannabis Union Calls on State and Federal Legislators to Ensure More Quality Jobs by Encouraging Union Organizing and Industry Cooperation with Labor Peace Agreements as Legalization Continues.

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), called on federal and state legislators to build on the success of the cannabis industry in creating high quality, better paying jobs for hardworking Americans. A new report released today by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) found that unionization was key to ensuring new jobs created in the fast-growing cannabis industry were safer, better paying, and more likely to provide benefits like health care, paid leave, and fair scheduling. The report also found that Labor Peace Agreements (LPAs) between companies and workers in the industry successfully protected the right of cannabis workers to unionize while supporting greater alignment between companies and workers. This led to increased job quality and pay standards for all workers, particularly those of color, in addition to increased safety for customers and workers. Specifically, unionized cannabis workers can earn up to $8,690 more than their non-union, non-cannabis peers. This model provides a tangible opportunity to repair the harm done to communities of color during the war on drugs.

Read more here.


IATSE: AMPTP Film and Television Negotiations Stalled, Union to Hold Nationwide Strike Authorization Vote

LOS ANGELES, CA — After months of negotiating successor contracts to the Producer-IATSE Basic Agreement, and the Theatrical and Television Motion Picture Area Standards Agreement, the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) announced Monday it does not intend to make any counteroffer to the IATSE’s most recent proposal.

Throughout the bargaining process, the AMPTP has failed to work with us on addressing the most grievous problems in their workplaces, including:

  • Excessively unsafe and harmful working hours.
  • Unlivable wages for the lowest paid crafts.
  • Consistent failure to provide reasonable rest during meal breaks, between workdays, and on weekends.
  • Workers on certain “new media” streaming projects get paid less, even on productions with budgets that rival or exceed those of traditionally released blockbusters.

It is incomprehensible that the AMPTP, an ensemble that includes media mega-corporations collectively worth trillions of dollars, claims it cannot provide behind-the-scenes crews with basic human necessities like adequate sleep, meal breaks, and living wages. Worse, management does not appear to even recognize our core issues as problems that exist in the first place. Read more here.


The Guardian: How the US labor movement is getting to grips with the climate crisis In the beginning of this summer, the US state of Connecticut passed legislation to guarantee prevailing wage and benefits are provided to workers on clean energy projects.

The law was a product of labor unions and environmental groups working together to educate workers about the climate crisis and develop solutions, with a focus on creating good-paying, unionized jobs and opportunities to combat economic inequities.

Through organizing led in part by the Climate Jobs National Resource Center and the Workers Institute at Cornell University, this strategy has been adopted in other states around the US, such as New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Illinois and Texas. For the labor movement and environmentalists it seems a win-win: tackle the ever more urgent climate crisis while at the same time address inequality by strengthening America’s labor movement. Read more here.





UPCOMING EVENTS:

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TEAMSTERS, Local 251SOLIDARITY WITH JOHNSON BROTHERS WORKERSPlease visit the picket line and show Johnson Brothers that workers stick together and will not be treated like second-class citizens. Picket lines are up 24 hours a day at: Johnson Brothers of RI 120 Moscrip Ave North Kingstown RI 02852 Key times are 7:30-9 am and 4-6 pm.

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E-NEWS: SEPTEMBER 16, 2021

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

Please use this directory to find where you can buy union and use services in Rhode Island.


Yesterday was the first day of Hispanic Heritage Month and we want to honor Cesar Chavez, a revolutionary civil rights activist and co-founder of the National Farm Workers Association (@ufwupdates) and inspiration to RI AFL-CIO’s President George Nee.

View pictures here.


RI Building Trades & Construction Trades Council


Laborers Local 271 Twitter: @LIUNALocal271 and hundreds of ⁦@ri_trades members rally for #jobs in #Johnston#Amazon


RI Painters Union Twitter:@GoIUPAT DC 11 in the house in Johnston to build a new Amazon facility. Union careers for local union @ri_trades are built one project at a time. #1u#apprenticeships#UnionStrong

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More pictures from the above rally yesterday in Johnston to build a new Amazon facility.


LIUNA New England Facebook: Today, our esteemed political leaders joined together to unanimously support the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework that would bring over $2 Billion Dollars to the State of Rhode Island and begin fixing our state’s crumbling infrastructure. We thank Senator Jack Reed, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse , Congressman Jim Langevin , Congressman David Cicilline , Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee , Rhode Island Department of Transportation Director Peter Alviti Jr. and RI Building & Construction Trades Council President & RI Laborers District Council Business Manager Michael F. Sabitoni, for their solidarity in calling for the passage of this historic legislation and their ongoing commitment to enhancing the State of Rhode Island’s roads and bridges. “The Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework will deliver a once in a lifetime opportunity for both LIUNA members and their families nationwide as well as for the hard working men and women of the Rhode Island Building Trades. Let us make our mark in union history by getting this legislation passed” – Michael F. Sabitoni #BuildBackBetter#BipartisanInfrastructureFramework#LIUNA

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1199 SEIU RI Facebook:

BREAKING: SEIU 1199 NE caregivers and other frontline staff at Women and Infants Hospital are holding an informational picket today to demand an end to the staffing crisis! #safestaffing

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Providence Business News: Union members vote to ratify 3-year nurses’ contract at Our Lady of Fatima PROVIDENCE – Nurses at Our Lady of Fatima Hospital have voted to ratify a three-year contract with Prospect CharterCare, which owns the hospital.

Members of the United Nurses and Allied Professionals Local 5110, which represents the nurses at Our Lady of Fatima, voted “overwhelmingly” in favor of the contract on Sept. 2, according to the union.

The retroactive agreement began on July 30 and extends through July 30, 2024.

“We are proud to have reached an historic agreement that provides our nurses with job security, wage increases, a cost of living adjustment, a freeze on health insurance costs until 2024, student debt relief for new nurses, and most importantly, a first-of-its kind in Rhode Island staffing grid that ensures the safety of patients and nurses through safe nurse-to-patient ratios,” said Local 5110 President Laura McQuesten. Read more here.


AFL-CIO: Watch: Secretary Walsh Commends Partnership Between the
AFL-CIO and the United Way

The AFL-CIO and the United Way are honoring the 80th year of our partnership. We celebrated with a short video from Labor Secretary Marty Walsh (LIUNA), who said: “The power of this partnership has been clear during the pandemic. The AFL-CIO and the United Way’s labor liaisons have worked with local unions to support disaster relief efforts and conduct hundreds of food drives all across this country. They’ve helped thousands of families get food and also get connected to a host of resources—housing support, job training programs, child care and much more.” President Shuler and United Way Worldwide Interim President and CEO Neeraj Mehta opened the video. Watch video here.


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UPCOMING EVENTS:

Climate Job Summit

On September 21, hear from union leaders in the climate jobs movement about how we can create millions of union climate jobs and build a renewable, worker-centered economy at the scale that science demands.

Register for the Climate Jobs Summit on September 21, 2021 here: https://climatejobs.ilr.cornell.edu/


TEAMSTERS, Local 251SOLIDARITY WITH JOHNSON BROTHERS WORKERSPlease visit the picket line and show Johnson Brothers that workers stick together and will not be treated like second-class citizens. Picket lines are up 24 hours a day at: Johnson Brothers of RI 120 Moscrip Ave North Kingstown RI 02852 Key times are 7:30-9 am and 4-6 pm.

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Co-hosts Erica Hammond and Autumn Guillotte sit down with CLUW RI’s President Desiree Leclair to discuss what’s on the chapter’s agenda for the fall and into the new year. This fall the Coalition of Labor Union Women RI Chapter will be organizing a membership drive to expand their outreach throughout Rhode Island’s Labor community.

For viewers who are unfamiliar with the Coalition of Labor Union Women, President Leclair gives a brief background on the national coalition as well as the history of this iteration of the state’s chapter, formed by former president, Maureen Martin. During this segment the group will discuss the importance of a chapter presence in each state, the benefits of being a member, and the impact expanding the coalition would have on workers and Rhode Island Labor as a whole. Tune into this segment to learn more about how you can get involved and how you can find CLUW RI on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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E-NEWS: SEPTEMBER 9, 2021

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

Please use this directory to find where you can buy union and use services in Rhode Island.


An excellent Op-Ed in the ProJo by George Nee, President and Patrick Crowley, Secretary-Treasurer of the Rhode Island AFL-CIO.

Providence Journal: Let’s celebrate, and reward, our essential workers

George Nee and Patrick Crowley Guest columnists

While the origins of the Labor Day holiday cannot be traced to a single event, Rhode Island is one of a few states laying claim to starting it. Rhode Island hosted its first labor celebration on Aug. 23, 1882, even though the state wouldn’t celebrate its first official Labor Day for another 11 years. Then, 10,000 workers marched through the streets of Providence with the families and friends cheering them on, and then were ferried to Rocky Point for speeches from local and national labor leaders and a traditional clambake dinner.

Labor Day, then and now, is a time for workers to celebrate our work and to display our solidarity. This year, like in years past, the labor movement will gather in Moshassuck Cemetery in Central Falls to remember the union workers who were killed by security forces during the 1934 Saylesville Massacre. For the labor movement, this weekend is much more than a quiet end to the summer. It is about honoring the dead and fighting for the living. Now, even though the COVID- 19 pandemic created hardships for all of us, it has also reminded us why we celebrate workers in the first place.

How many times did we hear the term “essential workers” this last year and a half? Health-care workers and first responders, of course, but also store clerks and truck drivers. Countless workers were deemed essential including state and municipal workers, teachers and education support professionals, food and agricultural workers, transportation, warehouse, and delivery workers, and critical manufacturing workers. They worked long hours in hazardous conditions for the good of us all. Some of lowest paid workers were deemed as “essential” and even “frontline” workers. Read more here.


RI Labor History Society Annual Labor Day Address!

Watchthe above video at the annual R.I. Labor History Society Labor Day Event held at Moshassuck Cemetery in Central Falls on Labor Day. President George Nee of R.I. AFL-CIO and James Parisi, Field Representative for R.I. Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals are guest speakers and Autumn Guillotte, Organizer for R.I. AFL-CIO delivered the annual Labor Day address on women and girls who worked in the Providence House of the Good Shepherd. Watch here.


WPRI Channel 12: Nearly 10% of Providence teachers have left in 2021 amid staff shortages across RI

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – After nearly 15 years in the Providence schools, Krystyna Nicoletti never saw herself leaving to teach in a suburban school district. Yet last month, she submitted her resignation letter.

“I am heartbroken that I had to make this choice,” Nicoletti told Target 12. “They’ve made it a hostile work environment for experienced teachers.” Nicoletti listed a number of reasons for her exit, but tied it directly to the state takeover of the district, which happened in late 2019. With the support of then-Gov. Gina Raimondo, R.I. Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green took control of the school system following a devastating report about its failures put together by a team from Johns Hopkins University.

“We actually had a lot of hope” for change after the Hopkins report, Nicoletti said. But instead, she said teachers felt disrespected and unappreciated by state leaders. Morale plummeted.

“A lot of really good things were happening, and all of that was thrown out,” Nicoletti said. “It was made very clear that we were to listen, and that was it.” Read more here.


RI Painters Union Twitter:
Great morning with @SenJackReed & @RIEZPASS. Thank you to Director @LCaronSilveira. The men & women of the @GoIUPAT DC 11 work every day to prevent corrosion of our infrastructure. We need both the Bipartisan infrastructure & budget reconciliation bill now! #1u#infrastructure Living wages, training, career opportunities. That’s what #InfrastructureBill passage means. We fight for dignity on the job. We stand in solidarity, brotherhood & sisterhood with all workers who seek a better life. #HappyLaborDay#training#BuildBackBetter


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Local 37 Ironworkers Facebook:
Ironworkers Local 37 getting it done at the Fields Point LNG Facility. Kiewit and IPC Lydon.

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UFCW 328 Facebook:
JOHNSON BROTHERS WORKERS: TELL THE GALLO FAMILY THAT DESTROYING RHODE ISLAND JOBS IS TASTELESS Please don’t buy Gallo wine, Carlo Rossi wine, Barefoot wine, High Noon Seltzer, or other Johnson Brothers of RI products.
See the full list here:https://bit.ly/2WIewUI
Striking Johnson Brothers workers are on the streets letting customers know they are being sold scab booze. Striking Johnson Brothers workers are on the streets letting the public know about the health code violations of some Johnson Brothers customers. Recently they informed the public about violations at APPLEBEE’s in Woonsocket. Not surprisingly diners changed their mind about where to spend their dining dollars after being handed flyers. Johnson Brothers workers have received great support from customers and the general public. Everywhere we go Rhode Island diners tell us they don’t like to frequent restaurants that accept scab deliveries. Click here for more information.


AFL-CIO: The American People Agree: Union Approval Highest Since 1965

Statement from AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler on Gallup polling data showing surging public approval of unions:

It comes as no surprise that public support for unions continues to rise across the country. Union members have delivered for our communities throughout the country, as workers have finally been recognized as essential to our economy and society during the coronavirus pandemic.

And that’s why new research from Gallup released today puts our approval rating at 68%, the highest mark since 1965. This polling data should send a clear message to Congress that union jobs are vital as we re-emerge from this pandemic with a stronger economy that is built upon the principles of fairness and equality. The writing is on the wall, and it is time for Congress to respond to public opinion and the will of their constituents by passing the PRO Act.

Contact: Liz Vlock (202) 637-5018


Newsweek: America is Hungry for Unions | Opinion

Fred Redmond, Secretary-treasurer, AFL-CIO
On 9/6/21 at 8:00 AM EDT

America’s workers are recognizing something fundamental: there is promise and power in coming together. Gallup just reported that two in three Americans approve of labor unions, the highest mark since 1965. Among adults under 34 and people of color, that approval is even higher: three in four support unions. This report should come as no surprise—unions have always been the most effective way for workers to speak in a collective voice.

America is hungry for unions, and this Labor Day, the Senate must heed our call and pass policies that protect our rights on the job. Shortly before Labor Day and shortly after legendary labor leader Richard Trumka’s unexpected death, I was honored to be elected to the number-two position in the AFL-CIO—the labor federation of 12.5 million members and 56 unions, including mine, the United Steelworkers. Under the leadership of newly elected President Liz Shuler, the first woman ever to hold that office, and Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre, we make up the most diverse team of officers in AFL-CIO history. We are committed to building a modern labor movement that gives every working person access to a good-paying union job. Read more here.


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UPCOMING EVENTS:

Climate Job Summit

On September 21, hear from union leaders in the climate jobs movement about how we can create millions of union climate jobs and build a renewable, worker-centered economy at the scale that science demands.

Register for the Climate Jobs Summit on September 21, 2021 here: https://climatejobs.ilr.cornell.edu/


TEAMSTERS, Local 251SOLIDARITY WITH JOHNSON BROTHERS WORKERSPlease visit the picket line and show Johnson Brothers that workers stick together and will not be treated like second-class citizens. Picket lines are up 24 hours a day at: Johnson Brothers of RI 120 Moscrip Ave North Kingstown RI 02852 Key times are 7:30-9 am and 4-6 pm.

More information here.



Are you following us on Social Media? Click on the links below.

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Visit our website for more information, news and events.



If you want a voice on the job or to build a better workplace, click the here to start organizing and taking action.


Coming up on Labor Vision

Co-hosts Erica Hammond and Autumn Guillotte sit down with CLUW RI’s President Desiree Leclair to discuss what’s on the chapter’s agenda for the fall and into the new year. This fall the Coalition of Labor Union Women RI Chapter will be organizing a membership drive to expand their outreach throughout Rhode Island’s Labor community.

For viewers who are unfamiliar with the Coalition of Labor Union Women, President Leclair gives a brief background on the national coalition as well as the history of this iteration of the state’s chapter, formed by former president, Maureen Martin. During this segment the group will discuss the importance of a chapter presence in each state, the benefits of being a member, and the impact expanding the coalition would have on workers and Rhode Island Labor as a whole. Tune into this segment to learn more about how you can get involved and how you can find CLUW RI on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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e-news: September 2, 2021

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

Please use this directory to find where you can buy union and use services in Rhode Island.


Join Rhode Island AFL-CIO at the annual Labor Day event by R.I. Labor History Society

When: Monday, September 6

When: 10:00 a.m.

Where: Moshassuck Cemetery, 978 Lonsdale Ave., Central Falls, RI


Providence Journal: Union, Fatima Hospital reach tentative contract agreement to avert strike

NORTH PROVIDENCE — CharterCARE Health Partners, owner of Our Lady of Fatima Hospital, has reached a tentative contract agreement with United Nurses and Allied Professionals, which represents nurses and other professionals at Fatima.

Union members will vote Thursday on the three-year contract and a strike vote scheduled for next week has been canceled.

“We are pleased to announce that we have come to an agreement for a new contract,” UNAP Local 5110 president Laura McQuesten said in a media release sent Tuesday evening. “This agreement will increase wages, implement limitations on health insurance costs, and most importantly include staffing language that will provide for safe working conditions for our members, and ensure patient safety. We will strongly urge our members to ratify this agreement on Thursday.”

Said CharterCARE Health Partners CEO Jeffrey Liebman: “We are pleased to have reached an agreement in concept that both recognizes the incredible work and value our nurses provide patients every day and that is fair to our hospital. The last 18 months, during which our hospitals treated the second most COVID patients of any hospitals in our state, has again proven the critical, courageous and unselfish role our nurses play in the Rhode Island health care system.” Read more here.


Media Advisory held on Thursday, August 26.

Rhode Island Construction workers along with Governor McKee unite to demand Washington act on the bipartisan infrastructure framework

Building Trades Unions warn that jobs, public safety, economy on the line if Congress fails to act immediately


AFL-CIO Twitter:
WATCH: President @LizShuler joined @azfamily‘s Politics Unplugged last weekend to discuss the $15 minimum wage, the #PROAct, and the filibuster.

Watch video here.


AFL-CIO: America’s Workers: Organizing for a Better Future

Labor Secretary Marty Walsh and AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler joined workers involved in organizing campaigns for a roundtable discussion on organizing workers.

Watch video here.


Union Plus: Celebrate a Union-Made Labor Day at Home!

We’re still social distancing to stay safe, but we’re definitely still celebrating Labor Day! So, throw on your red, white, and blue and get ready to celebrate like it’s the last holiday of the summer (because it is). From our favorite movies to delicious union-made grilling recipes, we have what you need to make your Labor Day weekend safe, celebratory, and fun at home.

Stream movies to honor Labor Day

Honor the labor movement and the achievements of American workers by watching films and documentaries that celebrate their strength and sacrifice for our country.

Here’s a shortlist of our favorites, but there are plenty of amazing films that celebrate the labor movement and American workers. Watch with the family or use Netflix Party to watch at the same time as your friends in different locations. See list.

Union-made grilling recipes

Having a BBQ doesn’t mean just hamburgers and hot dogs! Give the classics a rest and try something new, like flavorful grilled chicken. Use these brands of union-packaged chicken to make the delicious marinated chicken thigh recipe below from Food Network (don’t forget to add the pink peppercorns for that nice, spicy kick! See recipes.

**Remember to buy your food and beverages at Stop & Shop, Shaws and Eastside Marketplace where our union brothers and sisters work.





UPCOMING EVENTS:

Labor Day Screening of Slatersville

SLATERSVILLE: America’s First Mill Village, directed by Christian de Rezendes, will be screened at the Museum on September 3 and September 4, 2021at 1:30 pm. Slatersville will premiere on Rhode Island PBS in the fall of 2022. While the MoWC has hosted previous screenings virtually, this in-person event will combine two previously screened pieces, leading up to a newly edited piece. The stories are titled “The Wedding Present with 27 Rooms,” “Uncle Johnny”, and “Anything but Brotherly.” Admission is free. Reservations are encouraged. RSVP at mowc@rihs.org. Seating is limited to 45.

Museum of Work & Culture’s Labor Day Celebration is sponsored by the Rhode Island Labor History Society. More information here.


Climate Job Summit

On September 21, hear from union leaders in the climate jobs movement about how we can create millions of union climate jobs and build a renewable, worker-centered economy at the scale that science demands.

Register for the Climate Jobs Summit on September 21, 2021 here: https://climatejobs.ilr.cornell.edu/


United Way of Rhode Island’s 95th Annual Celebration

When: Tuesday, October 26, 2021 | 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Where: Fete Music Hall | 103 Dike Street, Providence, RI

Please join us on October 26 for our 95th annual celebration. Together, we will celebrate Rhode Island United and honor our extraordinary community volunteers.

HONORING
Community United Award |Homes RI
Dante Mollo Labor United Award | George Nee, president of AFL-CIO Rhode Island
John H. Chaffee Live United Award | Linda Katz, co-founder of Economic Progress Institute
Partners United Award | Starkweather and Shepley Insurance Brokerage

Register here.


TEAMSTERS, Local 251SOLIDARITY WITH JOHNSON BROTHERS WORKERSPlease visit the picket line and show Johnson Brothers that workers stick together and will not be treated like second-class citizens. Picket lines are up 24 hours a day at: Johnson Brothers of RI 120 Moscrip Ave North Kingstown RI 02852 Key times are 7:30-9 am and 4-6 pm.

More information here.



Are you following us on Social Media? Click on the links below.

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Visit our website for more information, news and events.



If you want a voice on the job or to build a better workplace, click the here to start organizing and taking action.


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The Labor Vision at Home Edition continues. Check out the latest episodes on our website: http://www.LaborVisionRI.org.

Never miss a segment. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and Twitter (@LaborVisionRI), and subscribe to our YouTube channel (LaborVisionTV1).

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e-news: august 19, 2021

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

Please use this directory to find where you can buy union and use services in Rhode Island.


AFL-CIO: Richard L. Trumka’s Lifelong Devotion to Family and Democracy

Richard Louis Trumka dedicated his entire life to making sure every institution he touched—the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA), the AFL-CIO, the U.S. government and the world community—served working people and the public interest, comforted the afflicted and afflicted the comfortable.
In that sense Trumka’s legacy above all was his fight for democracy, from the UMWA of his youth to the AFL-CIO to the United States in 2020 to the world that he influenced through the global labor movement. Every day of his career, Trumka fought for the right of working people to be heard everywhere it mattered—and the people he remembered were those who suffered in that cause—his friend the Colombian mine worker assassinated as he rode a bus to work, the miners he worked side by side with who gave life and breath to power our communities, the nurses, grocery workers, meatpackers, hotel workers, taxi drivers, steelworkers and autoworkers whose picket lines he joined and whose stories he heard through a lifetime of leading their fights. Read more here.


Providence Journal: RI: Health-care workers who aren’t vaccinated will be blocked from entering facilities

PROVIDENCE — Volunteers, interns and employees of state-licensed healthcare facilities and providers “must receive their final dose of COVID-19 vaccine by October 1” or face financial penalties “and/or suspension/revocation of their license,” the Rhode Island Department of Health announced on Wednesday.

The only exceptions, the department said, would be to those who can provide proof of a medical exemption.

“The regulation applies to staff at RIDOH-licensed health care facilities, including those with direct patient contact and those who may not be involved in patient care,” the department said in announcing the mandate.

“It also applies to individually licensed providers who utilize their license as part of their position in a healthcare facility. Prior to October 1st, any worker in a RIDOH-licensed healthcare facility who is not vaccinated is required to wear a face mask and be tested at least twice weekly.” Read more here.


Providence Journal: Nurses’ union seeks bargaining on Oct. 1 COVID vaccine mandate

PROVIDENCE — United Nurses and Allied Professionals president Lynn Blais on Thursday evening urged all Rhode Islanders to be vaccinated against coronavirus disease, then said “a mandatory vaccine for healthcare workers should be bargained.”

In a statement that followed Gov. Dan McKee’s announcement Tuesday that health-care workers at state-licensed hospitals, nursing homes, and similar facilities must be vaccinated by Oct. 1, Blais endorsed negotiations between providers and the union, which represents nurses and other professionals at several hospitals in Rhode Island.

“The members of the United Nurses and Allied Professionals have put ourselves and our families at great risk for more than a year, caring not just for COVID patients, but for all patients at our state’s hospitals,” Blais said.

“No one understands the devastating toll that COVID-19 has taken on our communities more than nurses and health professionals do, and for that reason, we strongly urge all Rhode Islanders to get the vaccine as soon as possible. It is without question the best way to help protect our communities from further harm.” Read more here.


UFCW Local 328 Cannabis Division Facebook:

Exciting news! The hardworking budtenders at Solar Therapeutics located in Somerset, Massachusetts, have filed for their union election!
This morning, workers delivered a signed letter, calling on the company to respect their rights to organize and voluntarily recognize their union. While the workers await a response, they have simultaneously filed for their union election. The letter, addressed to Solar Therapeutics CEO Edward Dow and CFO Robert Keller, reads: “Mr. Dow and Mr. Keller, We, the dedicated undersigned employees of Solar Therapeutics Somerset, MA dispensary formally request Solar Therapeutics Inc. to recognize United Food and Commercial Workers Local 328 (UFCW 328) and begin the bargaining process. We are excited to be joining the thousands of cannabis workers across the country who have already joined with the UFCW to build better, more equitable workplaces within this industry. By partnering with the UFCW, we look forward to doing the same here at Solar Therapeutics. Read more here.


Climate Jobs Summit:

Wildfires. Droughts. Heatwaves. Floods. Climate breakdown is already hitting working people throughout the country, first and worst.

There has never been a better or more critical time to invest in climate action, address longstanding racial and economic inequality, and build a brighter future for our kids. We can do it all by making bold climate investments that create good union jobs — with dignity, respect, and strong worker protections — in communities that need them most.

On September 21, hear from union leaders in the climate jobs movement about how we can create millions of union climate jobs and build a renewable, worker-centered economy at the scale that science demands.

Register for the Climate Jobs Summit on September 21, 2021 here: https://climatejobs.ilr.cornell.edu/

About the Climate Jobs Summit:

The Climate Jobs Summit will bring together newly established state Climate Jobs coalitions, labor leaders, union climate activists, environmental and environmental justice advocates, clean-energy developers, policymakers, educators, scientists, and all who want to build the clean-energy economy of tomorrow with good union jobs. The Summit will feature speakers and panelists from around the country.

We will talk about the ways that climate change and inequality are inextricably linked, dig into the once-in-a-generation opportunity to create good family-sustaining jobs by developing the renewable energy sector, and engage in a holistic discussion about just transition for workers in fossil fuel industries and their communities.


Providence Business News: Unchartered training: How does region build workforce for new wind sector?

Toiling hundreds of feet above the open ocean, sometimes amid stormy weather and battering waves, technicians in the offshore wind industry need not only be skilled at installing and maintaining turbines. They must be prepared for the worst.

The depth of training required and the potential of the emerging offshore wind sector to pump billions of dollars into the regional economy now has colleges, government agencies, nonprofits and private stakeholders ramping up efforts to prepare the pipeline of skilled workers needed to build and maintain massive wind turbines off the southern New England coast.

But there are also challenges in readying a workforce for an industry that doesn’t yet exist in the U.S. and still may be many more years

in the making. Murky timelines for wind projects have complicated decisions on how to best offer specialized job training and safety certifications for the masses. Read more here.


Labor 411: Union-made back-to-school shopping guide

It’s that time of the year again for the little ones to go back to school. For some parents it’s a moment of sadness – and for others it’s a little bit of relief. Either way, the kids need school supplies and we’re here with a list that are union-made so that you can support good jobs while you shop. The products listed below are made by companies that treat their workers fairly and give them a voice on the job.

Study hard, stay healthy, and let’s all work together to build a stronger America.

See list here.



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UPCOMING EVENTS:

Labor Day Screening of Slatersville

SLATERSVILLE: America’s First Mill Village, directed by Christian de Rezendes, will be screened at the Museum on September 3 and September 4, 2021at 1:30 pm. Slatersville will premiere on Rhode Island PBS in the fall of 2022. While the MoWC has hosted previous screenings virtually, this in-person event will combine two previously screened pieces, leading up to a newly edited piece. The stories are titled “The Wedding Present with 27 Rooms,” “Uncle Johnny”, and “Anything but Brotherly.” Admission is free. Reservations are encouraged. RSVP at mowc@rihs.org. Seating is limited to 45.

Museum of Work & Culture’s Labor Day Celebration is sponsored by the Rhode Island Labor History Society. More information here.

Teamsters, Local 251
SOLIDARITY WITH JOHNSON BROTHERS WORKERSPlease visit the picket line and show Johnson Brothers that workers stick together and will not be treated like second-class citizens. Picket lines are up 24 hours a day at: Johnson Brothers of RI 120 Moscrip Ave North Kingstown RI 02852 Key times are 7:30-9 am and 4-6 pm.

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e-news: august 12, 2021

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

Please use this directory to find where you can buy union and use services in Rhode Island.


Click here for Tribute Website in honor of Richard Trumka’s life.

Watch the service held today on the life and legacy of AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka. Click here.


AFL-CIO: Labor Legend Trumka Passes Away

Statement from AFL-CIO Communications Director Tim Schlittner on the passing of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka:

“The labor movement, the AFL-CIO and the nation lost a legend today. Rich Trumka devoted his life to working people, from his early days as president of the United Mine Workers of America to his unparalleled leadership as the voice of America’s labor movement. He was a relentless champion of workers’ rights, workplace safety, worker-centered trade, democracy and so much more. He was also a devoted father, grandfather, husband, brother, coach, colleague and friend. Rich was loved and beloved. Today, the 56 unions and 12.5 million members of the AFL-CIO mourn the passing of our fearless leader and commit to honoring his legacy with action. Standing on Rich’s shoulders, we will pour everything we have into building an economy, society and democracy that lifts up every working family and community.”

Contact: Tim Schlittner (202) 637-5018


Statement from Liz Shuler, Secretary-Treasurer of AFL-CIO on Richard Trumka’s passing.

AFL-CIO Federated Bodies-

We are deeply saddened to inform you that our brother and leader Rich Trumka passed away this morning at the age of 72. He was doing what he loved, spending time with his family, celebrating his grandson’s birthday.

Rich was a legend, from his early days as president of the United Mine Workers of America to his unparalleled leadership as the voice of America’s labor movement. Rich loved workers. And he knew there was nothing more powerful than workers standing together for a better life.

If you ever watched Rich at a rally or on a picket line, his face would light up with excitement and hope. He never forgot who he was working for. He never forgot who he was fighting for. America’s working people were his guiding light for more than 50 years.

Rich believed in the power and possibilities of state feds and CLCs. That’s why he made unprecedented investments in your infrastructure. That’s why he held calls with you every week. He saw you as partners, and that will continue. Read more here.


President Richard Trumka speaking at the Rhode Island AFL-CIO convention shortly after he was elected Secretary-Treasurer of the National AFL-CIO.


Providence Journal: Unions to block release of records that could lead to ‘teacher harassment’ in race debate

Local teachers’ unions have filed a lawsuit that they say is intended to protect educators from targeted harassment amid an ongoing controversy over access to public records and so-called “critical race theory” in South Kingstown.

The legal complaint, filed last week by the National Education Association’s chapters for Rhode Island and South Kingstown, is the most recent development in a saga that began this spring when Nicole Solas, a parent and conservative activist, filed more than 200 records requests for curriculum material, internal emails, and other documents.

Solas is listed as a defendant in the lawsuit, along with the South Kingstown School Committee and South Kingstown School Department. So is an individual listed as John Doe Hartman, who has filed about 20 public records requests with school officials, according to the complaint.

The teachers’ unions are asking for a temporary restraining order that would prevent school officials from fulfilling any of the records requests until a court can determine if they contain personally identifying information that could put teachers at risk of harassment. Read more here.


BOYCOTT HIGH NOON’S and all other Gallo Wine Products in Rhode Island!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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New England Teamsters, Local 251 workers from Johnson Brothers Distributing – the exclusive supplier of Gallo Wine products in RI – are still on strike! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

The workers are paid as little as $15/hour and have to pay up to $20,300/yr out of pocket for healthcare. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Johnson Brothers has dragged out negotiations and we believe that they have committed unfair and unsafe labor practices. Please do not by these products until the workers get what they deserve! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Picket lines are up to 24 hours a day at: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Johnson Brothers of Rhode Island 12 Moscrip Ave North Kingstown, RI, 02852 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Key times are 6:30-8:30am and 4-6pm ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Let Johnson Brothers know about your concern at: 651-649-5800 (corporate) or 401-583-0050 (Rhode Island)


The Hill: Don’t all workers deserve a ‘good day?’ Pass the PRO Act

Last Friday morning, as I headed into a meeting with worker center organizers on how government can help lift workers’ voices, I heard a man on the street turn to his companion and say: “Have a good day. Stay safe.”

We hear people saying that multiple times every day, especially since the pandemic struck. But on that particular day, those words had a special resonance. What would it take for all the workers hanging sheetrock or cleaning hotel rooms or packing seafood to “have a good day?” And how many of them are really able to “stay safe?”

I spent my career as a lawyer at the Department of Labor (DOL) trying to ensure that employers at least complied with the minimum standards required under laws that include the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). But despite best efforts, with the limited resources available for the department’s enforcement activities, it’s been unable to come anywhere close to assuring workers actually obtain the rights they’re entitled to under the laws it oversees — like minimum wage and overtime pay, a safe workplace and protection from retaliation. And, frankly, the laws DOL enforces — flawed as they are — couldn’t deliver a really “good day” even if employers complied with them. Read more here.



Voices of Labor:



UPCOMING EVENTS:
ILSR 26th Annual Edward J. McElroy Golf Tournament

Date: Tuesday, August 17, 2021  Where: Valley Country Club

More information:Call ILSR at 401-463-9900


Teamsters, Local 251
SOLIDARITY WITH JOHNSON BROTHERS WORKERSPlease visit the picket line and show Johnson Brothers that workers stick together and will not be treated like second-class citizens. Picket lines are up 24 hours a day at: Johnson Brothers of RI 120 Moscrip Ave North Kingstown RI 02852 Key times are 7:30-9 am and 4-6 pm.

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