Category Archives: Solidarity

E-NEWS: MAY 19, 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

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



The Providence Journal: Opinion/Baginski and Quinn: Front-line health workers merit extra thanks

Rep. Jacquelyn Baginski, a Democrat, represents District 17 in Cranston. Patrick J. Quinn is the executive director of Service Employees International Union District 1199.

Since COVID-19 became a household word, every aspect of our lives as Rhode Islanders has changed. We lost loved ones and friends, our businesses have suffered, we skipped family gatherings, and we’ve missed milestones like graduations and weddings. Through it all, one thing has not changed: the dedication and hard work of our front-line health-care workers.

While much has been written about the stress that the pandemic has caused in the medical and care fields, we’ve done little to reward our selfless health-care personnel’s hard work or to encourage them to remain with their jobs. Furthermore, many of these caregivers are women who were tasked with simultaneously caring for their patients and their families — adapting to household challenges like distance learning, closures of child-care programs and keeping their loved ones warm, safe, and fed amid shortages of all kinds. They are exhausted.

The steadfast commitment of our health-care workers to their professions saved lives, families and businesses. We should demonstrate our gratitude and invest in their careers.

Read more here.


National Education Association RI (NEARI) Facebook:

President Larry Purtill gave farewell remarks for Executive Director Robert A Walsh Jr. who attended his last Delegate Assembly tonight. Bob retires after 30 years at NEARI on Aug. 1. There was cake.

View pictures here.


LIUNA New England Region Twitter:
Recently, in observance of construction safety week, staff members from our Health & Safety Fund coordinated a “Fit for Duty” jobsite visit in Prov., RI. They designed and presented a “Stretch & Flex” demonstration with @LIUNALocal271 members & other members of the trades. With the recent trend in the number of soft tissue injuries, increased stretching and flexibility are proven techniques that are known to reduce such injuries in the workplace.

View pictures here.


Build RI: TF Green Airport

As summer begins and people start embarking on their summer getaways Build RI would like to highlight some of the union-built projects that make that travel possible. In Rhode Island, union labor has been integral in the construction of our major transportation hubs including TF Green Airport.

The People Mover that connects the main terminal and the rental car garage is one such example. An $80,000,000 project that overarches a parking lot and a busy highway, this required a wide array of skilled craftspeople to complete.

The main terminal of the airport was expanded in 1993 under an all union workforce. This expansion allowed for the addition of two gates which service international airlines.

The Read Beam garage – the main long-term parking structure for those catching flights – was yet another union project

This summer when you travel, thank a union for getting you there!



AFL-CIO: AFL-CIO On Racially Motivated Killing In Buffalo

May 15, 2022

Statement from AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler and AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer/Executive Vice President Fred Redmond on Saturday’s racially motivated killing of 10 and wounding of three people in Buffalo, New York:

The entire labor movement is appalled by the killing of 10 people and wounding of three by a man with racist beliefs who targeted Black people. While there’s no way to make sense of yet another racially motivated, hate-inspired attack on innocent people because of the color of their skin, it’s clear these types of mass shootings are perpetrated by those radicalized online, and we must take action. Our deepest condolences are with the family, friends, UFCW members and an entire community who are once again dealing with unfathomable pain due to one person’s racist beliefs.

Contact: Carolyn Bobb, 202-637-5018


AFL-CIO: 30th Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive a Triumph for NALC Members Helping Families in Need

The National Association of Letter Carriers’ (NALC’s) annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive was a huge success for the NALC members who made it happen and for millions of families across the country who are in need. On Saturday, letter carriers picked up bags of nonperishable food items from postal customers along their delivery routes and brought them to local food banks. The traditional food drive was not held the past two years because of the pandemic. “Simply being able to return to delivering food to food banks and pantries has made this year’s drive a monumental success,” NALC Assistant to the President for Community Services Christina Vela Davidson said.

National partners of the NALC’s Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive are the UFCW, the AFL-CIO, the United Way, the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, the U.S. Postal Service, CVS Health, Valpak, Valassis and Kellogg Company.


Labor 411: Study Shows Most Employees At Large Chains Still Get Paid Less Than $15 An Hour

Employers are crying “labor shortage.”

But their dismal pay, per a new study, shows that they pay most workers a poor wage. Heck, even $15 an hour isn’t enough in most places nowadays with inflation and the surge in housing/rental prices.

“Some of the largest, most profitable companies in retail and food services are still paying most of their workers less than $15 an hour, and many still make less than $10 an hour, according to a new company wage tracker developed by the Economic Policy Institute and the Shift Project.

The tracker, which covers 66 large retail and food service corporations, found:

  • Dollar General pays 92% of workers less than $15 an hour and 22% are paid less than $10 an hour.
  • McDonald’s pays 89% of its workers less than $15 an hour and 23% are paid less than $10 an hour.
  • Wendy’s pays 87% of workers less than $15 an hour and 17% are paid less than $10 an hour.
  • At Sonic, 85% of workers are paid less than $15 an hour and 22% less than $10 an hour.

Similarly high percentages were found at Arby’s, Burger King, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut.

Read more here.





UPCOMING EVENTS:

Providence Federation of Musicians

Spring addition of the Cavalcade of Bands

When: Tuesday, May 31

Where: Rhodes-on-the-Pawtucket

Dancing: 5:30 – 10:30 p.m.

For more information and a list of bands performing, click here.

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R.I. Labor History Society: 2022 Spring Speaker Series

Fighting for freedom at home and abroad: The story of Boilermakers Local 308 and the
end of Jim Crow unions

Date:

Monday, June 6, 2022

Speaker:

Patrick Crowley, Organizer and Government Affairs Specialist with the NEARI and Secretary-Treasurer of RI AFL-CIOFor more information click here.



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LABOR VISION

Coming up on Labor Vision

Show host Autumn sits down with Michael Sabitoni, Business Manager, Laborers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA) Local 271 & Secretary‐Treasurer of the Rhode Island Laborers’ District Council, and Adam Lupino, Regional Policy Coordinator, LiUNA New England Region to talk about this issue of wage theft and misclassification in Rhode Island.

Payroll fraud is estimated to have cost RI taxpayers between $25.1M and $54.4M and has cost workers at least $5M in overtime pay in 2019. This year, legislation is up at the General Assembly to make wage theft and misclassification a felony in Rhode Island.

What can we do????

– Call your representatives: https://vote.sos.ri.gov/Home/ElectedOfficials

– Share this episode!!!

– If it’s happening to you, report it! https://protectyourpayri.com/  

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E-NEWS: MAY 12, 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

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



The average age of a Cranston school is 68 yrs! Students need and deserve a building that provides a 21st century education.

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This week we saw first hand the significant renovations made to Eden Park Elementary in Cranston which promote an environment of collaborative learning with student-driven innovation. In contrast, we also saw the conditions of Gladstone Street School (built in 1954), which is set for total reconstruction at the end of next year due to failing infrastructure.

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Cranston Public Schools have had enormous success with their initial construction project at Eden Park Elementary School and they have already seen a positive impact on student success and behavior. As a district, they’ve benefitted greatly from the state’s generous reimbursement incentives on school construction projects and they will continue to do so as they move forward with projects at Garden City Elementary School, Gladstone Elementary School, the rest of Eden Park Elementary School, and many others.

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Thank you Senator Dawn Euer and @treasurer_magaziner for joining us on this tour of the Garden City Elementary School construction site as well as Gladstone and Eden Park.

Photo 1: Garden City Elementary School construction site

2: Gladstone Street School cafeteria which is filled every lunch period with up to 200 students.

3-5: Eden Park, the Sensory Room is one of many innovative spaces for student learning and development.

View pictures here.


Fuerza Laboral / Power of Workers Facebook:

Watch video here.

Rhode Island embraces the transformative power of cooperatives! The joint effort of RI Cooperatives, our team, allies, members and friends made this wonderful event a moment to remember! More to come!

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Rhode Island acoge el poder transformativo de las cooperativas!

Este evento fue posible gracias a las Cooperativas de RI, el esfuerzo de nuestro equipo y muchos de nuestros aliados, miembros y amigos! Un momento para el recuerdo.

Mas en camino!


Ironworkers Local 37 Facebook:

Dan Koury Construction Co and IW Local 37 Top off the Providence Storage Facility on Eddy St.

View pictures here.


Union Ironworkers Facebook:

Last week, Iron Workers General President Eric Dean joined leadership from other Building Trades unions for the signing of a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) with Orsted, a Danish offshore wind developer. Offshore wind will be a major job creator for decades to come and this agreement will help secure jobs up and down the east coast.

The Secretaries of the Departments of Commerce and of the Interior both attended the signing to celebrate the agreement. The Department of the Interior has attached PLA standards to offshore wind leases, and the Department of Commerce has focused closely on making sure the supply chain is built union in the United States.

Description: Block Island Wind Farm in Rhode Island. Ironworkers from Local 37 Ironworkers worked on these turbines.


NABTU: North America’s Building Trades: North America’s Building Trades Unions and Ørsted Agree to Build an American Offshore Wind Energy Industry with American Labor

Washington, D.C. – May 5, 2022 – Today, North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) and Ørsted, the U.S. leader in offshore wind energy, announced a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) to construct the company’s U.S. offshore wind farms with an American union workforce. A first-of-its-kind in the United States, the National Offshore Wind Agreement (NOWA) sets the bar for working conditions and equity, injects hundreds of millions of dollars in middle-class wages into the American economy, creates apprenticeship and career opportunities for communities most impacted by environmental injustice, and ensures projects will be built with the safest and best-trained workers in America. Authorized by 15 International Union Presidents and their local affiliates, the NOWA covers all of Ørsted’s contractors and subcontractors that will perform offshore windfarm construction from Maine down to Florida.

“The signing of this unprecedented agreement is historic for America’s workers and our energy future. NABTU’s highly trained men and women professionals have the best craft skills in the world. This partnership will not only expand tens of thousands of career opportunities for them to flourish in the energy transition but also lift up even more people into the middle-class,” said Sean McGarvey, President of NABTU. “The constant drumbeat of public support for unions being important to maintain and build the middle class helped secure this momentous achievement. We commend Ørsted, AFL-CIO President Shuler, the Biden Administration and many Congressional leaders for their help and support to make today’s signing a reality and for setting forth a new framework for middle-class job creation in all energy sectors.” Read more here.


The Insider: If you want a construction project finished on time without worker shortages, hire a unionized crew, a new report says

Like businesses across the country, construction contractors say they’re dealing with a labor shortage.

Despite rising wages, the Associated Builders and Contractors said the industry still needs nearly 650,000 workers after3.2% of the workforce quit in March 2022, the second-highest rate since the Bureau of Labor Statistics began measuring it. Amidst a hot real estate market, employers struggle to hire enough workers to keep up.

“The construction worker shortage has reached crisis level,” Home Builder Institute president and CEO said in November 2021.

But the authors of a new report from the Illinois Economic Policy Institute (ILEPI) and Project for Middle Class Renewal (PMCR) at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign argue that the labor supply crunch is nothing new. There is, however, one factor that seems to make the difference in whether contractors can keep their workers and finish projects on time: If their workers are unionized. Read more here.


TODAY!

Free Virtual Training: OSHA: Recognizing and Controlling Workplace Hazards

This is a free, virtual training that will introduce the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. It will discuss the Rights and Responsibilities that the Occupational Safety and Health Act requires of employers and employees. We will discuss some of the basic concepts of OSHA and the fundamental policies that OSHA uses to carry out its duties.

This will be a training to talk about the basics of OSHA and its operation.  

When: May 12, 2022 @ 1 p.m.

Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcvde6ppjouG9dkX_Q1akybRc1sJQgQtN86

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


THIS SATURDAY!!!!

An estimated 45 million Americans experience food insecurity every year. You can make a difference by participating in NALC’s #StampOutHunger Food Drive, the largest one-day food drive in the country. On May 14, leave a bag of nonperishable food next to your mailbox, and your letter carrier will take care of the rest! All donated food stays in your local community. Learn more: nalc-info.org/food-drive

Please note, the food drive is subject to change or cancellation if necessary to protect the safety and health of those involved.






UPCOMING EVENTS:

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Basic / Advanced Steward Training

When: Saturday, May 21

Where: Institute for Labor Studies and Research, 1540 Pontiac Avenue, Suite A, Cranston, RI 02920

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Seating is limited to 15 seats Please reply by Monday, May 16, 2022, with the names and emails of the stewards directly to info@riilsr.org  or by telephone (401) 463-9900.

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Providence Federation of Musicians

Spring addition of the Cavalcade of Bands

When: Tuesday, May 31

Where: Rhodes-on-the-Pawtucket

Dancing: 5:30 – 10:30 p.m.

For more information and a list of bands performing, click here.

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R.I. Labor History Society: 2022 Spring Speaker Series

Fighting for freedom at home and abroad: The story of Boilermakers Local 308 and the
end of Jim Crow unions

Date:

Monday, June 6, 2022

Speaker:

Patrick Crowley, Organizer and Government Affairs Specialist with the NEARI and Secretary-Treasurer of RI AFL-CIOFor more information and topics see here.

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TEAMSTERS, Local 251

SOLIDARITY WITH JOHNSON BROTHERS WORKERS

Please visit the picket line and show Johnson Brothers that workers stick together and will not be treated like second-class citizens.

Picket lines are at:

Johnson Brothers of Rhode Island

120 Moscrip Ave

North Kingstown RI 02852

Key times are 7:30-8:30 a.m.

Let Johnson Brothers know about your concerns at:

651-649-5800 (Corporate) or 401-583-0050 (Rhode Island)

Donations can be made to: Teamsters Local 251 Strike Fund, 121 Brightridge Ave. East Providence RI 02914

More information here.



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LABOR VISION

Coming up on Labor Vision

Show host Autumn sits down with Lori DiMatteo, Volunteer Coordinator for United Way and Jocelynn White, Executive Director of Books are Wings, to talk about this year’s Children’s Book Drive.

The Children’s Book Drive is a collaborative effort between United Way of Rhode Island, Women United, and Books Are Wings to engage local businesses, community organizations, individuals, and families in fostering a love of reading, while encouraging children to build their own libraries at home. This will be their tenth year collecting books. Over the past nine years, they have put 245,766 books into the hands of children statewide.

How you can participate:

When: April – May 25th, 2022

Where:

  • Book Pick-Up Day is Wednesday, May 25th
  • Please drop off your books at United Way on Tuesdays from April 12 – May 24. Contact bookdrive@unitedwayri.org.
  • Day of Action will be held on June 4 to sort, label, and prepare the books for distribution to children in summer learning and afterschool programs. Sign up at uwriweb.org/DayofAction2022 or contact volunteer@unitedwayri.org to volunteer.

Collection Sites:

CHILDREN’S BOOKS ABOUT LABOR: https://socialjusticebooks.org/booklists/labor/

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E-NEWS: MAY 5, 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

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


Let’s make sure that fraudulent contractors can’t get away with stealing from their workers. Let’s make wage theft a felony.

Watch Rhode Island AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Patrick Crowley’sfull speech at a rally to end wage theft here.


The Boston Globe: Home-based childcare providers in R.I. need a fair contract

“I have watched firsthand as the COVID-19 pandemic has devastated the childcare workforce,” one childcare provider says. “The governor has a chance to do all that this year, and he can start by settling a fair contract with home childcare providers like me.”

I am a childcare provider who operates a home-based family childcare in Johnston. I was pleased to see an op-ed by Governor Dan McKee and Lieutenant Governor Sabina Matos highlighting the importance of investing in our state’s childcare system.

I have watched firsthand as the COVID-19 pandemic has devastated the childcare workforce. The governor and lieutenant governor are right: the childcare system IS in crisis. Providers are leaving the profession, and those of us who remain are struggling. As McKee and Matos write, we need better wages. We need to extend free and subsidized childcare to more parents. And we need to strengthen educational offerings for providers. The governor has a chance to do all that this year, and he can start by settling a fair contract with home childcare providers like me.

I, and providers like me, work every day to provide the best start in life for kids in our care. Yet we do this work without adequate pay/funding, without paid assistants, without adequate paid time off, without retirement benefits, and in some cases, without healthcare. McKee talks about investing in childcare. But the contract he is proposing to home childcare providers leave providers like me behind. Read more here.


General Teamsters Local 251 Facebook: Local 251 Members At Frito Lay Unanimously Authorize Strike

After hearing the status of negotiations with Frito-Lay, members of Teamsters Local 251 who work in route sales and merchandising based out of the Cranston RI facility, voted unanimously to authorize a strike if necessary! These workers are upset over the disrespect shown by the company and paltry wages being discussed in bargaining. More bargaining is scheduled, and the members demand a fair contract.

See pictures here.


Building Futures Facebook:

Today we honored #WorkersMemorialDay and National Building Trades #Recovery Week with RI Building & Construction Trades Council, @Dimeo Construction, the Joint Venture, and many Building Futures grads at the Johnston Amazon job site Stand Down.

Thank you Michael Sabitoni and Bob Kunz for sharing wellness & recovery resources and making sure everyone knows that when it comes to mental health and substance use, we all have a role in looking out for one another.

Learn more at: https://www.bfri.org/opioidresponse/


View pictures here.


Press Conference with 1199 SEIU Rhode Island supporting developmental disability professionals and advocates who are urging for the passage of legislation aimed at boosting wages to $21/hour! S 2407 and H 7390 will raise wages starting July 1, 2023 to address chronic staffing turnover and shortages.

Watch video here.


Packed room this week at the State House for the Fuerza Laboral 4th Annual Cooperative Day.


Basic / Advanced Steward Training

When: Saturday, May 21

Where: Institute for Labor Studies and Research, 1540 Pontiac Avenue, Suite A, Cranston, RI 02920

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Seating is limited to 15 seats

Please reply by Monday, May 16, 2022, with the names and emails of the stewards directly to info@riilsr.org  or by telephone (401) 463-9900.


Johnston Firefighters Local 1950 Facebook:

Johnston Firefighters Local 1950’s Delegation along with President Andriole and Staff Advocate Neil at the RISAFF Biennial Convention.





UPCOMING EVENTS:

Free Virtual Training: OSHA: Recognizing and Controlling Workplace Hazards

This is a free, virtual training that will introduce the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. It will discuss the Rights and Responsibilities that the Occupational Safety and Health Act requires of employers and employees. We will discuss some of the basic concepts of OSHA and the fundamental policies that OSHA uses to carry out its duties.

This will be a training to talk about the basics of OSHA and its operation.  

When: May 12, 2022 @ 1 p.m.

Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcvde6ppjouG9dkX_Q1akybRc1sJQgQtN86

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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Providence Federation of Musicians

Spring addition of the Cavalcade of Bands

When: Tuesday, May 31

Where: Rhodes-on-the-Pawtucket

Dancing: 5:30 – 10:30 p.m.

For more information and a list of bands performing, click here.

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R.I. Labor History Society: 2022 Spring Speaker Series

Fighting for freedom at home and abroad: The story of Boilermakers Local 308 and the
end of Jim Crow unions

Date:

Monday, June 6, 2022

Speaker:

Patrick Crowley, Organizer and Government Affairs Specialist with the NEARI and Secretary-Treasurer of RI AFL-CIOFor more information and topics see here.

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TEAMSTERS, Local 251

SOLIDARITY WITH JOHNSON BROTHERS WORKERS

Please visit the picket line and show Johnson Brothers that workers stick together and will not be treated like second-class citizens.

Picket lines are at:

Johnson Brothers of Rhode Island

120 Moscrip Ave

North Kingstown RI 02852

Key times are 7:30-8:30 a.m.

Let Johnson Brothers know about your concerns at:

651-649-5800 (Corporate) or 401-583-0050 (Rhode Island)

Donations can be made to: Teamsters Local 251 Strike Fund, 121 Brightridge Ave. East Providence RI 02914

More information here.



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LABOR VISION

Coming up on Labor Vision

Show host Autumn sits down with Lori DiMatteo, Volunteer Coordinator for United Way and Jocelynn White, Executive Director of Books are Wings, to talk about this year’s Children’s Book Drive.

The Children’s Book Drive is a collaborative effort between United Way of Rhode Island, Women United, and Books Are Wings to engage local businesses, community organizations, individuals, and families in fostering a love of reading, while encouraging children to build their own libraries at home. This will be their tenth year collecting books. Over the past nine years, they have put 245,766 books into the hands of children statewide.

How you can participate:

When: April – May 25th, 2022

Where:

  • Book Pick-Up Day is Wednesday, May 25th
  • Please drop off your books at United Way on Tuesdays from April 12 – May 24. Contact bookdrive@unitedwayri.org.
  • Day of Action will be held on June 4 to sort, label, and prepare the books for distribution to children in summer learning and afterschool programs. Sign up at uwriweb.org/DayofAction2022 or contact volunteer@unitedwayri.org to volunteer.

Collection Sites:

CHILDREN’S BOOKS ABOUT LABOR: https://socialjusticebooks.org/booklists/labor/

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E-NEWS: APRIL 28, 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

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



For immediate release:    

Statement from RI AFL-CIO President George Nee on Allan Fung’s entrance into the Congressional District 2 race                      

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

April 27, 2022                                                                                  

Providence, RI – Rhode Island AFL-CIO President George Nee issued the following statement today on Allan Fung’s entrance into the Congressional District 2 race.

“As an organization representing more than 80,000 working people across the State of Rhode Island, the RI AFL-CIO vehemently opposes Allan Fung’s candidacy for Congress and the agenda of the national Republican Party. As a mayor and candidate for Governor, Allan Fung was consistently against minimum wage increases; he opposed continuing contract legislation, which levels the playing field for workers against management; he was against the Affordable Care Act, which provided health insurance to tens of thousands of Rhode Islanders; and he supported Right To Work laws, which serve to destroy the unions that give a voice to working people.

Allan Fung has a long history of opposing policies that help workers in Rhode Island, and he will support a right-wing, anti-worker agenda on the federal level as well. We need a representative in Congress who will stand up for working people – not tear them down – and that’s why we have put our full support behind Seth Magaziner, who has consistently proven himself to be a champion for Rhode Island’s working families.”

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The Providence Journal: Women & Infants employees protest inaccessible time off, citing high levels of burnout

PROVIDENCE – Nurses and other front-line workers at Women & Infants Hospital say they’re being blocked from using vacation time that’s guaranteed under their union contract – at a moment of widespread burnout.

“It’s very disheartening, because not too long ago we had flyers out here that said ‘Thank you, health care heroes,'” said Kelli Price, a registered nurse in the critical care unit who’s worked at the hospital for 26 years.

Price was among dozens of SEIU 1199 New England members who picketed outside Women & Infants on Tuesday afternoon, joined by an array of politicians and a larger-than-life inflatable Scabby the Rat.

“We’re out here because we’re tired,” she said. “It’s been emotionally, physically, mentally challenging.”

Hospital workers who joined the protest said they’re badly in need of a break after more than two years of working through a pandemic. But since hospitals never close, scheduling that time off can be a challenge.

Under SEIU 1199’s contract, workers are supposed to be able to use their vacation time to take holidays off, union leaders said Tuesday. But Care New England, which owns Women & Infants, has reportedly been denying those requests and telling employees that they can’t take time off for major holidays like Easter. Read more here.


Fuerza Laboral Twitter:

#OSHA10 training for our members! 100% free / 100% in Spanish. *** This training explains serious workplace hazards, employer responsibilities and how to file a complaint *** We continue to provide education so members can own their labor: Knowledge is power.


AFL-CIO: Unions Demand Justice for Seasonal Workers

April 22, 2022

Statement from AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler on the reintroduction of the Seasonal Worker Solidarity Act in Congress:

We thank Rep. Joaquin Castro for reintroducing this critical piece of legislation as we continue the fight to protect and expand workers’ rights across our economy. The Seasonal Worker Solidarity Act will hold corporations accountable for their current misuse of the H-2B visa program and ensure that all seasonal workers are treated with dignity and respect on the job.

Seasonal workers are on the front lines, and these jobs should be good, union jobs with fair wages and safe working conditions. The H-2B program’s current structure has allowed employers to pit working people against each other and enabled rampant wage theft, violence, retaliation and other forms of exploitation. Rather than continuing to expand this failed model, unions are calling for a new, pro-worker approach. This bill will lift standards in seasonal industries, enable workers to exercise their rights to organize, and provide a path to citizenship for migrant workers and their families.

The Seasonal Worker Solidarity Act provides us with a bold opportunity to rework a broken system, and America’s unions are committed to leveraging our power to advance these overdue reforms.

Contact: Danielle Noel, 202-637-5018


AFL-CIO: Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect, 2022

This 2022 edition of Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect marks the 31st year the AFL-CIO has produced a report on the state of safety and health protections for America’s workers. This report features national and state information on workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses, as well as the workplace safety inspections, penalties, funding, staffing and public employee coverage under the Occupational Safety and Health Act. It also includes information on the state of mine safety and health and the state of worker safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Death on the Jobs Report Graphics Toolkit

Fifty-one years ago on April 28, the OSH Act went into effect, promising every worker the right to a safe job. More than 647,000 workers now can say their lives have been saved since the passage of the OSH Act.¹ Since that time, workplace safety and health conditions have improved. But too many workers remain at serious risk of injury, illness or death as chemical plant explosions, major fires, construction collapses, infectious disease outbreaks, workplace assaults and other preventable workplace tragedies continue to occur. Workplace hazards kill and disable approximately 125,000 workers each year—4,764 from traumatic injuries, and an estimated 120,000 from occupational diseases. Job injury and illness numbers continue to be severe undercounts of the real problem. Read more here.


National Association of Letter Carriers Facebook:

An estimated 45 million Americans experience food insecurity every year. You can make a difference by participating in NALC’s #StampOutHunger Food Drive, the largest one-day food drive in the country. On May 14, leave a bag of nonperishable food next to your mailbox, and your letter carrier will take care of the rest! All donated food stays in your local community. Learn more: nalc-info.org/food-drive

Please note, the food drive is subject to change or cancellation if necessary to protect the safety and health of those involved.


UAW:

In April of 1909, the AFL-CIO Union Label Department was founded to promote the products and services produced in America by union members. The UAW Union Label Committee informs and educates members about the products and services we buy and use as consumers. Check out what we can be doing to promote #UnionMade goods and services. #UAW

TO FIND OUT MORE CLICK HERE
https://uaw.org/standing-committees/union-label




UPCOMING EVENTS:

United Way of RI Celebrating Health Event



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Rhode lsland P.O.W.E.R. Network

Request the pleasure of your company, as we commemorate the Fourth Anniversary of the State Day of the Cooperative in Rhode Island.

RI State House, 2nd floor

On Tuesday, May 3rd, 2022
3:00p.m. – 5:00p.m.
Press Conference: 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Resolution at the Senate: 4 p.m. – 4:30 p.m

Cooperative Fair: 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Hall, 2nd Floor

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Providence Federation of Musicians

Spring addition of the Cavalcade of Bands

When: Tuesday, May 31

Where: Rhodes-on-the-Pawtucket

Dancing: 5:30 – 10:30 p.m.

For more information and a list of bands performing, click here.

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R.I. Labor History Society: 2022 Spring Speaker Series

Fighting for freedom at home and abroad: The story of Boilermakers Local 308 and the
end of Jim Crow unions

Date:

Monday, June 6, 2022

Speaker:

Patrick Crowley, Organizer and Government Affairs Specialist with the NEARI and Secretary-Treasurer of RI AFL-CIOFor more information and topics see here.

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TEAMSTERS, Local 251

SOLIDARITY WITH JOHNSON BROTHERS WORKERS

Please visit the picket line and show Johnson Brothers that workers stick together and will not be treated like second-class citizens.

Picket lines are at:

Johnson Brothers of Rhode Island

120 Moscrip Ave

North Kingstown RI 02852

Key times are 7:30-8:30 a.m.

Let Johnson Brothers know about your concerns at:

651-649-5800 (Corporate) or 401-583-0050 (Rhode Island)

Donations can be made to: Teamsters Local 251 Strike Fund, 121 Brightridge Ave. East Providence RI 02914

More information here.



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On this episode, show host Autumn Guillotte sits down with David Molina-herandez from Fuerza Laboral to talk about their work with the labor and cooperative movement.

Event Information: RI POWER Network – Cooperatives Fair

WHERE: Rhode Island State House

WHEN: May 3, 2022

Press Conference – 3pm

Resolutions at the Senate – 4pm

Resolutions at the House – 4:30pm

The Day of the Cooperative was established to celebrate and promote the proliferation and growth of Worker-Owned Cooperatives in our State—businesses which have demonstrated the ability to bring “the economic benefits of a fulfilling life with a good job” along with dignity and self-determination, to individuals and communities around the State. The community has worked to create Worker-Owned Cooperatives that maintain a proud history of building wealth, security, equality, resiliency, solidarity, and hope for individuals and families, especially in historically disadvantaged communities.

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E-NEWS: APRIL 14, 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

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



State of Rhode Island: Attorney General Neronha and state labor leaders seek to strengthen penalties for wage theft and worker misclassification

Testimony in support of wage theft and worker misclassification legislation before the Rhode Island House Committee on Judiciary scheduled for Wednesday at the rise of the House

PROVIDENCE, RI –Attorney General Peter F. Neronha will testify in support of legislation currently before the General Assembly that will increase penalties for wage theft and misclassification, joining state labor leaders in a push to protect Rhode Island workers, taxpayers, and business owners.

“Employers who fail to pay workers their hard-earned wages or misclassify them as independent contractors not only cheat their workers, but also cheat Rhode Island taxpayers,” said Attorney General Neronha. “Currently, our state does not treat this type of criminal conduct as seriously as it should. A person can steal a television worth over $1,500 and it’s a felony, but if a person steals a worker’s wages in any amount, it’s a misdemeanor. That is why this bill is important – the punishment should fit the crime and ultimately deter this conduct.”

The bill, H 7677, introduced by Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Robert E. Craven, Sr. (D-Dist. 32, North Kingstown) at the request of the Attorney General, proposes to reclassify knowing or willful instances of wage theft over $1,500 from a misdemeanor to a felony. The bill also proposes to reclassify knowing or willful instances of worker misclassification from a misdemeanor to a felony. The Senate companion bill is S 2775, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Michael J. McCaffrey (D-Dist. 29, Warwick).

“Misclassifying workers as independent contractors harms workers, taxpayers, and businesses,” said Michael F. Sabitoni, President of the Rhode Island Building and Construction Trades Council. “Unscrupulous employers engage in this practice to avoid paying benefits, overtime, taxes, Social Security, Medicare, and workers’ compensation insurance. When this happens, employees are shortchanged, the State is deprived of tax revenue, and the employer gains an unfair advantage over competing businesses that follow the law.”

Read more here.


Excited for the $220M development of the iconic Superman Building in #Providence under a PLA creating 1500 local union construction jobs!

Thank you @GovDanMcKee @RISpeaker @SenatorRuggerio @LGSabinaMatos @CommerceRI

@RIFoundation @Jorge_Elorza @ri_trades @build_ri


Laborers Local 271 Twitter:

Proud to partner and support exciting $220M development of the iconic “Superman Building” in #Providence under a PLA creating 1500 local union construction jobs @GovDanMcKee @RISpeaker @SenatorRuggerio @LGSabinaMatos @CommerceRI@RIFoundation @Jorge_Elorza @ri_trades @build_ri


The Patch: Providence and City Workers Union Agree To New Contract

PROVIDENCE, RI — Providence city officials and the union representing city employees in several departments agreed to a new three-year contract, officials said.

The contract between The City of Providence and Laborers’ Local 1033 begins July 1. It covers public employees at City Hall, the Department of Public Works, the Parks Department and more.

“I thank the leaders of Laborers’ Local 1033 for their commitment and partnership throughout this process,” Mayor Jorge Elorza said in a statement. “By working together, we found important ways to better reflect our values and serve our city workforce while identifying savings and efficiencies that taxpayers deserve. I thank our negotiation teams for their hard work in coming to this agreement.”

City officials said the agreement provides over $2 million dollars in savings in healthcare costs, expanding the city’s workplace wellness program and maintaining provisions from the city’s previous contract with the union to reduce the cost of new employees.  Read more here.


Laborers Local 271 Twitter:

Productive week in DC, meeting with our elected officials to discuss construction jobs and the great work happening in #RhodeIsland Thank you @SenWhitehouse @SenJackReed @davidcicilline @JimLangevin for meeting with the @ri_trades and @build_ri


Matt Taibi for Eastern Region VP Facebook:

New Eastern Region International Vice President Matt Taibi is at work to help lead a new member-led union with the energy of new organizing and member-led contract campaigns.

Watch video here


Coventry Firefighters, Local 3372 Facebook:

Crews will be training over the next few weeks in a house made available to us. Here is a video of what firefighters see when searching a room.

Watch video here.


GoLocalProv: RI Political Diary: Magaziner Stands With Starbucks Union Effort

Magaziner’s Starbucks Union Solidarity

Rhode Island General Treasurer Seth Magaziner – running in the Democratic primary in the second Congressional district for the seat being vacated by Rep. Jim Langevin – turned up to show his union support.

Last week, the first Starbucks in Rhode Island joined the “Starbucks Workers United” unionization effort at the Warwick location on Pace Boulevard.

On Tuesday, Magaziner Tweeted his appearance at the location — and his solidarity.

“Proud to stand with the Starbucks workers preparing to form a union at the Pace Blvd location in Warwick,” he Tweeted.

“Unions build the American middle class, and the right to organize must be protected,” he added.


RICOSH Advisory:

COVID Chronicles: CONTINUE COVID Vigilance

We have been humbled by this virus before and no one can predict confidently what will happen in the future.’ Nick Loman Professor of Microbial Genomics, Birmingham University (UK)

Nationwide, COVID-19 hospitalization, and fatalities have decreased. But as the more contagious omicron subvariant BA.2 continues its spread; cases are ticking upward in nine states as of March 24. The latest variant proportion estimates from the CDC show the omicron subvariant BA.2 accounts for more than one-third of COVID-19 cases nationwide and more than half of cases in the Northeast. Rhode Island had the highest proportion of BA.2 cases of all states, according to the NYTimes.Researchers have detected a rise in viral particles recovered from nearly 150 wastewater-surveillance sites. And we are still traveling internationally from places where the BA.2 infection rates are very high.

If cases rise again, as many experts expect, we must prepare to lower the chance that we will pass the virus to someone, and their family, for whom the consequence can be catastrophic. COVID has killed one out of every 75 older Americans; residences of long-tern care facilities make up only 3 % of the population but account for 1 in 5 COVID deaths.

According to Dr Michael Fine, former director of RI Department of Health, ‘In Rhode Island, at least 2300 are walking around with Covid-19 according to colleagues who are good at these numbers. But I think that’s an underestimate, and the real number is closer to 5000.’

Read more here.


Job Opening:

Administrative Secretary/Administrative Office Staff Supervisor

40 hours/week – Salary Range: $52,487 – $58,713

For more information on job description and benefits, click here.

RI Council 94 is a Labor Union representing approximately 7,200 state, municipal and private employees.


United Way of RI Celebrating Health Event

More information.



AFL-CIO:



UPCOMING EVENTS:

R.I. Labor History Society: 2022 Spring Speaker Series

Lessons on African American Labor History

Dates:

Monday, April 18, 2022

Monday, June 6, 2022

Speakers:

Keith Stokes, Director of Business and Development for the City of Providence

Patrick Crowley, Organizer and Government Affairs Specialist with the NEARI and Secretary-Treasurer of RI AFL-CIOFor more information and topics see here.

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Calling All Union Members! Don’t miss your chance to enter the “Future is Union: Climate Urgency through the Eyes of Workers” photo contest! Submit a photo that shows what climate work means to you and win up to $500!

The contest is open to any union member who sees their work as a “climate job” – whether you’re driving or fixing electric buses, working on wind turbines, teaching students about the climate crisis, cleaning up after climate-related disasters, working on green buildings, installing solar, operating water systems, or anything that relates to climate change.

Learn more and submit your photos before April 22 here: https://www.climatejobsphotocontest.org/

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Rhode lsland P.O.W.E.R. Network

Request the pleasure of your company ,as we commemorate the
Fourth Anniversary of the State Day of the Cooperative in Rhode Island

RI State House, 2nd floor

On Tuesday, May 3rd, 2022
3:00p.m. – 5:00p.m.
Press Conference: 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Resolution at the Senate: 4 p.m. – 4:30 p.m

Cooperative Fair: 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Hall, 2nd Floor

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TEAMSTERS, Local 251

SOLIDARITY WITH JOHNSON BROTHERS WORKERS

Please visit the picket line and show Johnson Brothers that workers stick together and will not be treated like second-class citizens.

Picket lines are at:

Johnson Brothers of Rhode Island

120 Moscrip Ave

North Kingstown RI 02852

Key times are 7:30-8:30 a.m.

Let Johnson Brothers know about your concerns at:

651-649-5800 (Corporate) or 401-583-0050 (Rhode Island)

Donations can be made to: Teamsters Local 251 Strike Fund, 121 Brightridge Ave. East Providence RI 02914

More information here.



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LABOR VISION

Coming up on Labor Vision

Show host Autumn Guillotte sits down with Majority Whip Katherine Kazarian, House sponsor of the Let RI Vote Act and Marcela Betancur, Director of the Latino Policy Institute and spokesperson for the Let RI Vote Campaign.

Continuing with the conversation on this year’s legislative priorities for working people, we discuss the Let RI Vote Act and how  improving voter access helps working people.

Voting rights and unions put power behind our voices!

You can learn more about everything discussed here at https://letrivote.org/

And, click here to send a message to key House and Senate leaders, asking them to support the bill!  

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E-News: March 24, 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

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



WJAR Channel 10: NBC10 I-Team: Wage theft victim spends 10 years fighting for paycheck

(WJAR) — Nick Brissette had been working under the same boss as a painter for five years, when his paychecks suddenly stopped.

“Emotional stress, grief, I mean I was almost homeless,” he said.

Brissette’s boss owed him $15,000 in earned wages.

“He stopped returning my phone calls. He told me to call a lawyer instead of calling him for my money,” Brissette said.

He was a victim of wage theft, a crime committed by employers that targets hundreds of Rhode Islanders every year, mainly in the construction industry.

Brissette took matters into his own hands, creating a blog to find other workers victimized by the same employer, then filed cases against his former boss in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

The case in Rhode Island was eventually dropped after his former employer failed to show up for court.

Since wage theft is a misdemeanor, the defendant couldn’t be forced to return from Massachusetts.

The case did move forward in Massachusetts, but since it’s also a misdemeanor in the Bay State, the defendant walked away with three years’ probation. Meanwhile, it took Brissette a decade to get his money. Read more here.


Hey Rhody:The State of the School Bus Driving Industry in RI

Union representative weighs in on the shortage made worse by the pandemic

As Rhode Island schools began to reopen after initial COVID shutdowns, among the health and safety concerns and protocols that came with it was another crucial problem: there weren’t enough bus drivers to bring kids back to the classroom. Still in the midst of the pandemic and several union negotiations later, the shortage persists.

“People are leaving,” shares Secretary Treasurer and Principal Officer Matthew Taibi of Teamsters Local 251. “People aren’t going [into the industry] because of the typically low-pay work and fairly high qualifications.”

Teamsters 251 represents over 1,000 school bus workers within the state of Rhode Island, from cities and towns throughout the state and from three different companies. Taibi explains that the issue was already present before the pandemic, but COVID exacerbated the problem faced by many underpaid yet essential industries, and presented unique challenges, too. “Actually, the beginning of [2021 was when] we saw the issues that COVID laid bare. The issue of virtual days, like individual day layoffs, became more so than usual,” says Taibi.

“School bus drivers have sort of planned-in layoffs – holiday weeks and summers and things of that nature – so they work 36 or so weeks a year typically. That’s always a challenge, knowing that you’re laid off a chunk of the year and you have to split shifts,” Taibi adds. “It’s also part time and especially with all of the requirements that are involved, the critical nature of the job – taking care of our kids – it’s a lot of responsibility and typically not a lot in the way of pay.”

Read more here.


RI Building & Construction Trades Twitter:

Pres. Sabitoni commends state leaders for expansion of 600 MW of offshore wind. RI to be North American Hub Green Industry . Clean Energy=thousands family sustaining jobs for Trade Unionists.


UFCW Local 328: Cannabis Workers at Solar Therapeutics in Somerset, MA Vote Unanimously to Ratify First Contract

Somerset, MA– Today, United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local Union 328, which represents 11,000 workers in a variety of industries in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, announced that the hardworking team of budtenders employed at Solar Therapeutics in Somerset, Massachusetts, voted unanimously to approve their first union contract. The workers joined UFCW Local 328 in October, 2021, with a focus on gaining full-time opportunities, improving benefits, raising wages and securing important workplace protections. Their newly ratified 3-year agreement includes:

  • Guaranteed wage increases
  • Higher starting rates
  • Improvements in paid sick leave and paid vacations
  • Pathway to Full-Time employment
  • Robust grievance procedure and workplace protections
  • Improvement in paid breaks
  • Improvement in paid holidays
  • Protected time and a half on Sundays and Holidays
  • Clothing allowance
  • Newly established 401k plan
  • Improvement in employee discounts

Read more here.


Providence Business News: Providence City Council approves proposed firefighters contract

PROVIDENCE – City firefighters would get 4% annual raises in exchange for doubling their contributions toward the city pension fund under a proposed five-year contract approved by the City Council Thursday.

The tentative agreement between the city and the Providence chapter of the International Association of Firefighters also needs the sign-off of Mayor Jorge O. Elorza and the firefighters union to take effect.

The new contract would save the city more than $20 million – based in present day savings – from fiscal 2023 through fiscal 2040 by upping employee contributions to the city pension fund and, in turn, reducing the amount the city has to pay as the employer, according to a fiscal analysis report from Chief Financial Officer Lawrence Mancini. In nominal savings as of fiscal 2040, the city will see its annual pension contribution cut by $36 million, according to the city report.

Providence firefighters currently pay either 8% or 9% of their salaries to the city pension fund, depending on which year they were hired. The five-year contract calls for incrementally increasing their contributions over the next five years, reaching 16% of salaries as of fiscal 2028. Read more here.


SEIU Local 1199 Facebook:

UNION POWER  … Luck ain’t got nothin to do with it!

Great day marching with the healthcare heroes and friends of 1199 in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade!!!

See everyone next year !!!

See more pictures here.


Building Futures Facebook:

View pictures here.

Drum roll please! Congratulations to the newest pre-apprenticeship graduates ready to enter Registered Apprenticeships in Building & Construction.

Our 200-hour training is a rigorous, challenging undertaking- we couldn’t be prouder of this new class of future tradeswomen & men. Thank you Scott Duhamel for joining the celebration!

The next class is around the corner!

Orientation is:

Tuesday, April 12, 2:00 pm

Wednesday, April 13, 4:30 pm

Thursday, April 14, 10:00 am

At 1 Acorn Street, Providence RI 02903.

Visit https://www.bfri.org/orientation-dates/ for more info.


Building Futures / Apprenticeship RI: Tradeswomen are organizing together in the Women’s Council

Rhode Island Trades Women are organizing for the future! The RI Building & Construction Trades Women’s Council celebrated Women’s History Month with an event at Twin Oaks.

More than 30 women joined from multiple trades including LIUNA Laborers’ Local Union 271, Painters & Tapers IUPAT DC 11, Bricklayers Local 3, Heat & Frost Insulators Local 6, Iron Workers Local 37, and the Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 51. A current pre-apprentice at Building Futures (and prospective electrician, although she’s still considering multiple career options) also joined the event.

The event featured guest speaker Rochelle Sabatos of Arden Engineering who spoke about her experience and the role of Health and Safety in advocating for all workers’ rights and for gender equity on the job.

The newly-organized Women’s Council is focusing on:

·         culture change— creating more opportunities for women to explore careers in the trades and to support both recruitment and retention of new women into the trades,

·         advocating for women’s rights on the job— from ensuring rules on adequate sanitation facilities are met to supporting each other through apprenticeship and beyond, and

·         community advocacy— working together to advocate on issues that impact tradeswomen and their communities, for example, to support expanded hours for childcare that would enable tradeswomen and men to access childcare at the early hours they need.

Read more here.


TODAY!

UNAP INFORMATIONAL PICKET

WHERE: LANDMARK MEDICAL CENTER, 115 CASS AVE, WOONSOCKET RI.

WHEN: THURSDAY, MARCH 24th FROM 4:00 P.M UNTIL 8:00 P.M.

Come join your brothers and sisters on the picket line as they fight for a fair contract.

Landmark Medical Center has forgotten the hard work and sacrifices given by the Landmark Healthcare Workers during the Pandemic and is refusing to provide a fair contract.

The Parties’ have bargain for a new contract since October of last year and Landmark is refusing to provide the needed wage and benefit package necessary to attract and retain the excellent healthcare workers working at Landmark.  

Landmark Medical Center’s refusal to provide a fair contract will not enable the Hospital to retain its experienced workforce which will jeopardize patient care.


JOB OPENING:

Assistant Executive Director (UniServ) opening at the National Education Association Rhode Island (NEARI).

NEARI represents public school teachers, education support professional, higher education faculty and staff in both public and private sector, as well as state and municipal employees. Given Rhode Island’s small size and our proximity to and interactions with NEARI’s 12,000 plus members, as well as the coordinated work of our staff and governance (we are all in one building), we are looking for candidates with more than just competency in skills such as grievance handling, arbitration, collective bargaining, membership advocacy, and organizing. Those skills are our minimum requirements.


We want an Assistant Executive Director/UniServ who will enhance our established team, and we expect them to be an active and integrated part of NEARI. The successful candidate must excel at communications; be self-motivated; be a strong advocate in bargaining, in our organizing efforts, and in training our members; represent our members in hearings; and support our legislative agenda. Where there are obstacles, we expect our staff to figure the way around them and organize the members they represent to do the same.

View Job Description and requirements here.





UPCOMING EVENTS:

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R.I. Labor History Society: 2022 Spring Speaker Series

Lessons on African American Labor History

Dates:

Monday, April 18, 2022

Monday, June 6, 2022

Speakers:

Keith Stokes, Director of Business and Development for the City of Providence

Patrick Crowley, Organizer and Government Affairs Specialist with the NEARI and Secretary-Treasurer of RI AFL-CIO

For more information and topics see here.

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Calling All Union Members! Don’t miss your chance to enter the “Future is Union: Climate Urgency through the Eyes of Workers” photo contest! Submit a photo that shows what climate work means to you and win up to $500!

The contest is open to any union member who sees their work as a “climate job” – whether you’re driving or fixing electric buses, working on wind turbines, teaching students about the climate crisis, cleaning up after climate-related disasters, working on green buildings, installing solar, operating water systems, or anything that relates to climate change.

Learn more and submit your photos before April 22 here: https://www.climatejobsphotocontest.org/

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Rhode lsland P.O.W.E.R. Network

Request the pleasure of your company ,as we commemorate the
Fourth Anniversary of the State Day of the Cooperative in Rhode Island

RI State House, 2nd floor

On Tuesday, May 3rd, 2022
3:00p.m. – 5:00p.m.
Press Conference: 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Resolution at the Senate: 4 p.m. – 4:30 p.m

Cooperative Fair: 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Hall, 2nd Floor

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TEAMSTERS, Local 251

SOLIDARITY WITH JOHNSON BROTHERS WORKERS

Please visit the picket line and show Johnson Brothers that workers stick together and will not be treated like second-class citizens.

Picket lines are at:

Johnson Brothers of Rhode Island

120 Moscrip Ave

North Kingstown RI 02852

Key times are 7:30-8:30 a.m.

Let Johnson Brothers know about your concerns at:

651-649-5800 (Corporate) or 401-583-0050 (Rhode Island)

Donations can be made to: Teamsters Local 251 Strike Fund, 121 Brightridge Ave. East Providence RI 02914

More information here.

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United Way of RI:

For more information, visit website here.



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LABOR VISION

Coming up on Labor Vision

🎴 NEW @LaborVisionRI EPISODE! 🎴

Show host Autumn Guillotte sits down with Majority Whip Katherine Kazerian, House sponsor of the Let RI Vote Act and Marcela Betancur, Director of the Latino Policy Institute & spokesperson for the @letrivote Campaign. Continuing with the conversation on this year’s legislative priorities for working people, we discuss the Let RI Vote Act and how improving voter access helps working people. Voting rights and unions put power behind our voices! You can learn more about everything discussed here at https://buff.ly/3FIxICc and send a message to your State Rep & Senator asking them to support the bill!

Watch here: https://youtu.be/yvST1_lA0gs

Like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and Twitter (@LaborVisionRI), and subscribe to our YouTube channel (LaborVisionTV1). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYjDqDCHe_I&t=205s

E-NEWS

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.



We at the RI AFL-CIO were honored to meet U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh last week at the Greater Rhode Island LERA breakfast meeting.


UFCW Local 328 Facebook:

It was a pleasure to join Secretary Marty Walsh at today’s Greater Rhode Island LERA meeting! We thank the Secretary for his continued service and commitment to working families.


The Providence Journal: Bill would require RI to get all electricity from renewable sources by 2030

PROVIDENCE — Experts say that when it comes to reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, as required by a landmark climate change measure enacted into law last year, the conversion of Rhode Island’s electric system to a reliance on renewable sources is the logical first step.

For one, it will be easier to green the electric grid by ramping up the development of offshore wind and solar than it will be to slash emissions caused by heating homes and businesses or by car and truck travel. But it also makes sense, because any solution that covers heating and road vehicle emissions will ultimately rely on a steady supply of clean electricity.

That’s why environmental advocates, public health groups and progressives are lining up behind legislation proposed in the General Assembly that would require Rhode Island to get all of its electricity from renewables by 2030.  

Just as it did last year with the Act on Climate, which for the first time made emissions reductions mandatory and enforceable in the Ocean State, the Environment Council of Rhode Island, the umbrella group that represents 60 of the state’s environmental groups, has made passage of the update to the Renewable Energy Standard its top priority in this legislative session. Read more here.


Johnston Firefighters Local 1950 Facebook:

Local 1950 leadership with RISAFF President Andriole at the RISAFF Legislative Dinner. Special thanks to Senators Reed and Whitehouse, Representatives Langevin and Cicilline, IAFF President Ed (Edzo) Kelly, GST Frank Lima and DVP Jay Colbert for attending.


North Providence Firefighters Local 2334 Facebook:

North Providence Fire Fighters Local 2334 braving the elements, proudly representing NP in the Newport Parade.


RI Building & Construction Trades Twitter:

Pres. Michael Sabitoni commends RIBCTC WOMEN’S COUNCIL who will advance and strengthen the demand for HIGHLY SKILLED CRAFTS WOMEN in our trade.

View pictures here.


TODAY!

Building A Better America: Rhode Island

Thursday 3/17 at3pm ET

You are invited to join the White House and Rhode Island community partners for a special Building a Better America event on President Biden’s priorities for Rhode Island families and communities.

This post-State of the Union virtual gathering will take place at 3pm ET on Thursday, 3/17. It will feature a discussion of the concrete ways President Biden’s agenda will impact individuals and families in Rhode Island, while also providing attendees a chance to share with the White House the issues most important to their communities.

You can RSVP here, and all are welcome!


R.I. Labor History Society: 2022 Spring Speaker Series

Lessons on African American Labor History

Dates:

Monday, March 21, 2022

Monday, April 18, 2022

Monday, June 6, 2022

Speakers:

Keith Stokes, Director of Business and Development for the City of Providence

Patrick Crowley, Organizer and Government Affairs Specialist with the NEARI and Secretary-Treasurer of RI AFL-CIO

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AFL-CIO Press Release:

Biden Rule Will Raise Construction Workers’ Wages

Statement from AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler in support of the Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) proposed rule-making updates to Davis–Bacon prevailing wage regulations:

The Biden–Harris administration and Labor Secretary Marty Walsh continue to deliver wins for working people. Today’s proposed regulations under the Davis–Bacon and Related Acts will modernize and strengthen prevailing wage laws to protect thousands of workers on federal construction projects from rampant wage theft.

It has been 40 years since the DOL last updated these regulations and wage theft continues to cheat thousands of construction workers every year on projects funded by American taxpayer dollars. With more than $1 trillion of construction activity anticipated across the country in the next five years, effective enforcement is required to ensure fairness in the prevailing wage determination process.

The Davis–Bacon Act was first signed into law in 1931 to ensure fair wages for those who build our nation. Nearly a century later, President Biden continues to fulfill his campaign promise to be the most pro-union president in our nation’s history. Today’s expansion guarantees America’s infrastructure will continue to be built by the best-trained, highest-skilled workers in the world.

Contact: Kalina Newman, 202-637-5018


IUPAT Twitter:

Today is our union’s 135th birthday! Throughout our history, we’ve provided security for millions of working families & organize every day to ensure the opportunities of our skilled trades benefit as many people as possible. Join our fight & come build the future with us!

Watch video here.


Labor 411: May the (Ethical) Luck of the Irish be Yours

St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday about togetherness, a time to celebrate Irish pride and all things green, often with plenty of libations flowing. As we emerge from the pandemic, many of us will be heading out to the bars on St. Pat’s. Whether you’re celebrating out or at home, Labor 411 reminds you to use caution and be safe. We also recommend the beers and whiskeys listed below, all of which are made by ethical companies that treat their workers fairly and give them a voice on the job.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day and let’s all work together to build a stronger America.

See list here.





UPCOMING EVENTS:

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Calling All Union Members! Don’t miss your chance to enter the “Future is Union: Climate Urgency through the Eyes of Workers” photo contest! Submit a photo that shows what climate work means to you and win up to $500!

The contest is open to any union member who sees their work as a “climate job” – whether you’re driving or fixing electric buses, working on wind turbines, teaching students about the climate crisis, cleaning up after climate-related disasters, working on green buildings, installing solar, operating water systems, or anything that relates to climate change.

Learn more and submit your photos before April 22 here: https://www.climatejobsphotocontest.org/

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TEAMSTERS, Local 251

SOLIDARITY WITH JOHNSON BROTHERS WORKERS

Please visit the picket line and show Johnson Brothers that workers stick together and will not be treated like second-class citizens.

Picket lines are at:

Johnson Brothers of Rhode Island

120 Moscrip Ave

North Kingstown RI 02852

Key times are 7:30-8:30 a.m.

Let Johnson Brothers know about your concerns at:

651-649-5800 (Corporate) or 401-583-0050 (Rhode Island)

Donations can be made to: Teamsters Local 251 Strike Fund, 121 Brightridge Ave. East Providence RI 02914

More information here.

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United Way of RI:

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Labor Vision – From The Vault:

We are bringing back featured episodes from the past that are still relevant today! This week, in honor of Women’s History Month, we are revisiting an episode dedicated to Marcia B. Reback, a tough negotiator and former president of the Rhode Island Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals.

Watch here: https://youtu.be/BHWLg8UlwLo

Like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and Twitter (@LaborVisionRI), and subscribe to our YouTube channel (LaborVisionTV1). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYjDqDCHe_I&t=205s

E-NEWS: MARCH 10, 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

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



Secretary-Treasurer Patrick Crowley Twitter: Postal Service Reform Act Press Conference

President George Nee of R.I. AFL-CIO, local labor leaders from APWU and R.I. Congressional Delegates at last week’s Postal Service Reform Act press conference.


AFL-CIO Press Release:

AFL-CIO Applauds Passage of Long-Overdue Postal Service Reform

March 8, 2022

Statement from AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler on passage of the Postal Service Reform Act:

Today’s final passage of the Postal Service Reform Act is a culmination of 15 years of efforts to fund and strengthen our U.S. Postal Service (USPS). The overwhelming bipartisan support is a recognition of how critical the USPS is to our everyday lives. During this pandemic, we relied heavily on postal workers to deliver everything, from medication to election ballots to Social Security and pandemic relief checks, and as usual, the USPS did not disappoint.

This legislation ensures the USPS is financially stable, ends the destructive pre-funding retiree health care benefits mandate and guarantees six-day delivery reforms that are desperately needed to keep this beloved institution running with the same efficiency we have all come to depend on. As the bill moves forward to President Biden’s desk, we know that the future of postal workers and our USPS is bright.

Contact: Liz Vlock, 202-637-5018


Providence Journal: Opinion/Phinney, Crowley and Toner: Workers have a climate plan for region

Cynthia Phinney is the president of the Maine AFL-CIO and a leader of the Maine Labor Climate Council. Patrick Crowley is the secretary-treasurer of the Rhode Island AFL-CIO and co-chair of the Climate Jobs RI coalition. Joe Toner is executive director of the Connecticut State Building Trades Council.

Amidst omicron, political discord and extreme weather disasters, 2022 hasn’t brought much good news. But flying under the radar is a game-changing story about state budget surpluses that could set New England on a path to tackling some of the biggest issues of our time: climate collapse and deep inequality.

Our states are flush with extra cash, thanks in part to relief money, federal infrastructure funding, and tax revenue that held steady during the pandemic. And it’s not chump change. Rhode Island is looking at a $618-million surplus. The state of Maine is carrying an extra $800 million, Massachusetts has a windfall of almost $6 billion and Connecticut has a whopping $2.2 billion extra in the public purse.

What to do with this money is the question. As labor leaders and advocates who represent the millions of working New Englanders who keep our region running, our answer is simple: invest in a pro-worker, climate-safe future.

Studies show that New England is warming faster than the global average. We got a glimpse of the impacts of climate breakdown during storm-fueled power outages from Hurricane Ida and this winter’s nor’easter – but intensifying weather is just the beginning. Rising seas could wipe out entire communities along our region’s coastline. Read more here.


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Climate Jobs RI Panel Discussion with some of Cornell Experts:

On February 2nd, Climate Jobs RI released a new report by the Worker Institute at Cornell University. The report, titled “Building a Just Transition for a Resilient Future: A Climate Jobs Program for Rhode Island”, outlines a comprehensive action plan to put RI on the path to building an equitable, pro-worker, clean energy economy.

For the first time ever, Rhode Island has a report that provides a glimpse into the economic and job growth potential of its clean energy future. Climate Jobs RI will be hosting this virtual panel discussion with some of the Cornell experts who researched and authored this report. The group will cover the wide-ranging policy recommendations highlighted in the report along with the broader climate plan of the coalition to transition the Ocean State’s building, energy, and transportation sectors to renewable energy with the strongest labor and equity standards.

Watch the panel discussion here.


Providence Business News: Environmental, labor leaders lay out plans for advancing R.I. green economy

PROVIDENCE – Tackling ambitious climate change goals and an economy still being dragged down by the aftermath of a pandemic might seem overly ambitious.

But economic and environmental progress can – and must – work together and the current moment offers a critical juncture to make that happen, according to local activists who spoke during a virtual panel event on Friday.

The discussion organized by Climate Jobs Rhode Island comes on the heels of a new report commissioned by the coalition and authored by The Research Institute at Cornell University. The February 2022 report offers specific recommendations for how Rhode Island can advance economic and environmental goals, building on the work begun since the coalition launched in January 2021.

“This is a clear and concise plan…that’s not just about making our economy more environmentally sensitive but making sure our economy is more centered in justice,” said Patrick Crowley, co-chair of Climate Jobs RI and secretary and treasurer of the Rhode Island AFL-CIO.

Transportation, renewable energy projects, public buildings and infrastructure are among the areas where Rhode Island can maximize environmental and economic benefits, according the outlined recommendations. Taken together, the policies and projects could create more than 17,000 direct jobs per year, with some of the largest job-creators coming from offshore wind development, affordable housing projects and expanded public transit.
Read more here.


West Warwick Firefighters Facebook:

On Thursday February 10, 2022 West Warwick Firefighters Local 1104 held our long overdue promotional /swearing in ceremony at the West Warwick High School.

It was a great night for our members and their families to recognize the time and dedication that has been put into becoming a West Warwick Firefighter and the commitment to advance through the leadership ranks in their careers.

26 Members were sworn in and pinned with their new badges by proud family members and friends. We also recognized 6 recent retirees for their years of dedicated service. It was a very special night for all involved!

Special Thank you to Chief Varone for ensuring that this ceremony took place, Town Manager Mark Knott for his kind words of encouragement, Master of Ceremonies BC Eric Norberg , the R.I. Professional Firefighters Pipes & Drums, Local 1104 Honor Guard , Father Paul Lemoi , Kyleigh Arenas, WWHS.

Thank you as well to State Rep Patricia Serpa and Thomas Noret who presented our members individual citations upon their swearing in.

Congratulations to all!  

View pictures here.


Building A Better America

State of the Union for Union Members

Friday, March 11th 3/11 at 1pm ET

Please join the White House, the Department of Labor, and the AFL-CIO for a special Building A Better America event on President Biden’s priorities for American workers. We are honored to be joined by special guests Secretary of Labor, Marty J. Walsh and President of the AFL-CIO, Liz Shuler.

This post-State of the Union event will take place at 1:00 PM ET on Friday, March 11th. It will feature a discussion of the concrete ways President Biden’s agenda will impact union members across the nation.

Please RSVP here, and all are welcome!


Labor 411: Bill Makes It Illegal For Employers To Revoke Workers’ Health Insurance During Strike

From U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown’s website:

Today, U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Bob Casey (D-PA) introduced the Striking Workers Healthcare Protection Act which would require employers to continue providing health insurance to workers exercising their right to strike, so working families aren’t forced off the health coverage they’ve earned and negotiated, and aren’t forced to pay out-of-pocket for potentially lifesaving health care.

“Too many times in Ohio and around the country, we’ve seen corporations kick their workers off their health coverage in an attempt to break a strike. Employers shouldn’t be able to cut off health insurance for workers and their families or threaten to as a way to silence workers,” said Sen. Brown. “Threatening the wellbeing of employees, their families and their communities because they’re exercising their right to strike for fair pay, good working conditions, and a voice in their workplace is unacceptable and shouldn’t be a tool employers can use to break a strike and force workers back into subpar conditions.”

The bill would create a separate unfair labor practice category, punishable by fines, for when employers cut or alter workers’ health insurance while the workers are on strike. The fines would vary based on their history of violations, size, the scope of the harm, and the public interest.

“When workers strike, they do so because they’re fighting for a level playing field for themselves, their coworkers and their families,” said Sen. Casey. “Employers should be coming to the table and negotiating with workers, not forcing them to choose between health care and their voice in the workplace. I’m proud to join my friend Senator Brown to introduce legislation to ensure employers can’t kick workers off their health care while they’re exercising their fundamental right to organize.”  Read more here.



AFL-CIO:



UPCOMING EVENTS:

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Calling All Union Members! Don’t miss your chance to enter the “Future is Union: Climate Urgency through the Eyes of Workers” photo contest! Submit a photo that shows what climate work means to you and win up to $500!

The contest is open to any union member who sees their work as a “climate job” – whether you’re driving or fixing electric buses, working on wind turbines, teaching students about the climate crisis, cleaning up after climate-related disasters, working on green buildings, installing solar, operating water systems, or anything that relates to climate change.

Learn more and submit your photos before April 22 here: https://www.climatejobsphotocontest.org/

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TEAMSTERS, Local 251

SOLIDARITY WITH JOHNSON BROTHERS WORKERS

Please visit the picket line and show Johnson Brothers that workers stick together and will not be treated like second-class citizens.

Picket lines are at:

Johnson Brothers of Rhode Island

120 Moscrip Ave

North Kingstown RI 02852

Key times are 7:30-8:30 a.m.

Let Johnson Brothers know about your concerns at:

651-649-5800 (Corporate) or 401-583-0050 (Rhode Island)

Donations can be made to: Teamsters Local 251 Strike Fund, 121 Brightridge Ave. East Providence RI 02914

More information here.

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United Way of RI:

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Labor Vision – From The Vault: We are bringing back featured episodes from the past that are still relevant today! This week we are revisiting the RI AFL-CIO’s webinar on Organizing A Union In The Time Of Covid-19, With Megan Carvalho, UFCW Local 328, Justin Kelley, IUPAT, Damian Oquendo, SEIU, 32BJ, Matt Taibi, Teamsters 251, John Burns, AFSCME Council 94, Hosted by Patrick Crowley Secretary – Treasurer RI AFL-CIO.

Watch here: https://youtu.be/iOY5-I1Xvm8

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E-NEWS: MARCH 3, 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

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



Rhode Island AFL-CIO Press Release:

Endorsements for Congressional District 1 and 2

February 28, 2022

For Immediate Distribution

For more information: Patrick Crowley 401-330-6870 or Patrick@RIaflcio.com  

Providence, RI – Earlier today the Rhode Island AFL-CIO voted to endorse Congressman David Cicilline for re-election to Congressional District One (1) and Rhode Island General Treasurer Seth Magaziner for election to Congressional District Two (2).

“Treasurer Magaziner is the type of leader Rhode Island needs in Congress,” said George Nee, President of the Rhode Island AFL-CIO. “Seth’s efforts as chair of the state’s school building task force helped launch a transformation of Rhode Island’s school infrastructure, ensuring that all students have safe, warm, and dry places to learn all while creating 28,000 construction related jobs.”  The Rhode Island AFL-CIO also supports the proposal by Treasurer Magaziner to continue the transformation of Rhode Island’s school infrastructure through his new proposed $300 million bond question which will help to decarbonize our schools and meet the goals of the Act on Climate.

“Congressman Cicilline continues to be a strong voice for union members in Congress, advocating for crucial pieces of legislation like the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, the Raise the Wage Act, and the Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act,” said Patrick Crowley, Secretary-Treasurer of the Rhode Island AFL-CIO. “Working people across the state are proud to have David as our champion in Congress.”  The Rhode Island AFL-CIO represents 80,000 working women and men across the ocean state in all sectors of the workforce.


UFCW Local 328 Press Release:

UFCW Stop & Shop Workers Secure Strong Pay and Benefits in New Four-Year Contract

February 28th, 2022

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Today, the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) announced that the members of UFCW Locals 328, 371, 1445, 1459, and 919 voted to ratify a new four-year contract with their employer, Stop & Shop, by an overwhelming majority.

The five UFCW Local Unions released the following statement in response to the deal:

“It is a testament to the hard work of our members and the support of customers that we were able to secure this strong contract that will deliver higher wages, protect and expand benefits, and provide members with what they have earned and deserved while working through the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This contract will put more money in the pockets of the workers who have made Stop & Shop the successful company it is today, ensure members have high quality and affordable health care, and help retain the talented, dedicated employees who have made Stop & Shop’s success synonymous with their own.

“This contract will provide our members with the tools they need to succeed as they continue to serve their loyal customers and deliver the outstanding customer service and shopping experience they pride themselves on.”              


UFCW Local 328 Twitter:

Congratulations to our union family at Stop & Shop on ratifying a new 4 year agreement with wage increases across the board, protected time + a half pay on Sundays + holidays, and affordable/quality healthcare with ZERO increase in members’ weekly contributions for all 4 years!

View pictures here.


Excellent Op-Ed by George Nee is the President of the Rhode Island AFL-CIO and Sheila Dormody is the RI Director of Climate and Cities Programs for The Nature Conservancy, and Chair of the RI Executive Climate Change Coordinating Council (EC4) Advisory Board.

The Boston Globe: Rhode Island’s route to an equitable, worker-centered, green economy

The president of the AFL-CIO and the RI Director of Climate and Cities Programs for The Nature Conservancy say a new report by experts at Cornell University shows how our state leaders can seize the moment and get it done.

Rhode Islanders don’t have to look far to find evidence of our crumbling infrastructure, deeply unequal economy, or the climate crisis. Luckily, we don’t have to look far for solutions anymore, either.

With a state budget surplus of $618 million and more than $2.5 billion in federal infrastructure money in our public coffers, Rhode Island is in a strong position to tackle the climate crisis, rebuild our infrastructure, and invest in an equitable economy that works for all. A new report, authored by experts at Cornell University, shows how our state leaders can seize the moment and get it done.

This timely climate jobs report, developed in consultation with the Climate Jobs Rhode Island coalition, shows how Rhode Island could become the first fully decarbonized state in the nation by outlining a suite of science-backed policy recommendations to create good union jobs, advance racial equity, and build a vibrant and inclusive renewable economy.

Core provisions of the plan include decarbonizing the state’s K-12 public school buildings, installing 900 MW of solar energy and 1,300 MW of offshore wind energy, and modernizing the state’s electrical grid by 2030. The report also includes recommendations aimed at slashing emissions from households and municipal buildings, expanding public transportation, and facilitating a just transition for workers and communities that rely on the fossil fuel sector.

Read more here.


The Boston Globe: Nurses at Roger Williams Medical Center vote to join union

The 2-1 margin of victory indicates deep dissatisfaction with Prospect CharterCare’s management,’ said Lynn Blais, president of the United Nurses and Allied Professionals union.

PROVIDENCE — The nurses at Roger Williams Medical Center voted Tuesday to join the United Nurses and Allied Professionals, the state’s largest health care union.

The nurses voted by a 2-1 margin in favor of joining the union. Polls closed at 4 p.m. The vote adds about 220 new union members, according to spokesman Brad Dufault.

“The 2-1 margin of victory indicates deep dissatisfaction with Prospect CharterCare’s management,” said Lynn Blais, UNAP’s president. “This victory comes on the heels of hundreds of other CharterCare employees who have voted to join the UNAP over the last few years.”

CharterCARE, which operates Roger Williams Medical Center in Providence and Our Lady of Fatima Hospital in North Providence, is owned and managed by Los Angeles-based Prospect Medical Holdings.

Brown said the hospital pledges to “negotiate a fair and equitable contract for employees and our hospital.”

“As we seek to finalize a contract agreement with our nurses, our mutual commitment to make quality care for our patients a daily priority will be maintained and strengthened. We look forward to positive collaboration with the nurses’ new union,” said Brown.

But Blais said the union will fight to ensure that “no sale is approved without collective bargaining agreements in effect for all CharterCare employees.” Read more here.


Congratulations to Matt Taibi being named IBT Passenger Transit Director

General Teamsters Local 251 Facebook:

Local 251 Principal Officer Matthew Taibi named next IBT Passenger Transit Director

First announced Sunday, February 27th, on a Teamsters Transition Update call, Eastern Region Vice President-elect Matthew Taibi has been asked to serve as Director of the IBT Passenger Transit Division by General President-elect Sean O’Brien and General Secretary-elect Fred Zuckerman.

“We’re going to bring the same energy in the school bus and transit industry to the rest of the country as we do in 251,” said Matt Taibi. “We’ve been organizing new workers here in Rhode Island along with pushing for strong legislative protections. With the history of Local 251 members in the school bus industry fighting for strong contracts, we have an opportunity to lead the way in school bus and transit for the International.”

The O’Brien-Zuckerman administration, as well as their appointees, will take over the International Brotherhood of Teamsters when they are sworn in on March 22nd.


Join Climate Jobs RI on Friday, March 4th at 1pm (EST) for a panel discussion with experts from Cornell University to talk about a new report outlining a climate jobs plan for Rhode Island.

Last month, Climate Jobs RI released a new report by the Worker Institute at Cornell University. The report, titled “Building a Just Transition for a Resilient Future: A Climate Jobs Program for Rhode Island“, outlines a comprehensive action plan to put RI on the path to building an equitable, pro-worker, clean energy economy.  

For the first time ever, Rhode Island has a report that provides a glimpse into the economic and job growth potential of its clean energy future. This discussion will cover the wide-ranging policy recommendations highlighted in the report along with the broader climate plan of the coalition to transition the RI’s building, energy, and transportation sectors to renewable energy with the strongest labor and equity standards.

Registration Link: https://aflcio.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8QUnWBBXQGu63pTRyAxLYg

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Calling All Union Members! Don’t miss your chance to enter the “Future is Union: Climate Urgency through the Eyes of Workers” photo contest! Submit a photo that shows what climate work means to you and win up to $500!

The contest is open to any union member who sees their work as a “climate job” – whether you’re driving or fixing electric buses, working on wind turbines, teaching students about the climate crisis, cleaning up after climate-related disasters, working on green buildings, installing solar, operating water systems, or anything that relates to climate change.

Learn more and submit your photos before April 22 here: https://www.climatejobsphotocontest.org/


RICOSH COVID Action Memo: Community-level prevention strategies

Rhode Island is listed by CDC in the Medium risk category under new CDC Guidelines.

Community-Level CDC recommendations:

· Protect people at high risk for severe illness or death by ensuring equitable access to vaccination, testing, treatment, support services, and information

· Consider implementing screening testing or other testing strategies for people who are exposed to COVID-19 in workplaces, schools, or other community settings as appropriate

·  Implement enhanced prevention measures in high-risk congregate settings (see guidance for correctional facilities and homeless shelters

·  Distribute and administer vaccines to achieve high community vaccination coverage and ensure health equity

·  Maintain improved ventilation in public indoor spaces

· Ensure access to testing, including through point-of-care and at-home tests for all people

·  Communicate with organizations and places that serve people who are immunocompromised or at high risk for severe disease to ensure they know how to get rapid testing ·  Ensure access and equity in vaccination, testing, treatment, community outreach, support services for disproportionately affected populations


United way of RI:

For more information, visit website here.


Labor 411: The Facts About Snacks

Snacks, those things we eat when it’s not quite mealtime. We all love them. We all crave them. Sugary, salty, light or filling, they are a part of our life. The calendar tells us that February is Natural Snack Food month, but let’s face it…is there ever a time when a little pre-meal pick-me-up isn’t in order? Still, in honor of National Snack Food Month, we’ve highlighted some of our favorite nosh-ables. Not only are these items listed below seriously tasty, but they’re made by companies that treat their workers fairly and give them a voice on the job.

Enjoy your snacks and let’s all help build a stronger America.

See list here.





UPCOMING EVENTS:

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TEAMSTERS, Local 251

SOLIDARITY WITH JOHNSON BROTHERS WORKERS

Please visit the picket line and show Johnson Brothers that workers stick together and will not be treated like second-class citizens.

Picket lines are at:

Johnson Brothers of Rhode Island

120 Moscrip Ave

North Kingstown RI 02852

Key times are 7:30-8:30 a.m.

Let Johnson Brothers know about your concerns at:

651-649-5800 (Corporate) or 401-583-0050 (Rhode Island)

Donations can be made to: Teamsters Local 251 Strike Fund, 121 Brightridge Ave. East Providence RI 02914

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.


LABOR VISION

Coming up on Labor Vision

Labor Vision – From The Vault: We are bringing back featured episodes from the past that are still relevant today! This week we are revisiting the RI AFL-CIO’s webinar on Organizing A Union In The Time Of Covid-19, With Megan Carvalho, UFCW Local 328, Justin Kelley, IUPAT, Damian Oquendo, SEIU, 32BJ, Matt Taibi, Teamsters 251, John Burns, AFSCME Council 94, Hosted by Patrick Crowley Secretary – Treasurer RI AFL-CIO.

Watch here: https://youtu.be/iOY5-I1Xvm8

Like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and Twitter (@LaborVisionRI), and subscribe to our YouTube channel (LaborVisionTV1). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYjDqDCHe_I&t=205s

E-News: February 24, 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

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



Excellent Op-Ed by George Nee is the President of the Rhode Island AFL-CIO and Sheila Dormody is the RI Director of Climate and Cities Programs for The Nature Conservancy, and Chair of the RI Executive Climate Change Coordinating Council (EC4) Advisory Board.

The Patch: Opinion: RI’s Map To Equitable, Worker-Centered, Green Economy

By George Nee and Sheila Dormody

Rhode Islanders don’t have to look far to find evidence of our crumbling infrastructure, deeply unequal economy, or the climate crisis. Luckily, we don’t have to look far for solutions anymore, either.

With a state budget surplus of $618 million and more than $2.5 billion in federal infrastructure money in our public coffers, Rhode Island is in a strong position to tackle the climate crisis, rebuild our infrastructure, and invest in an equitable economy that works for all. A new report, authored by experts at Cornell University, shows how our state leaders can seize the moment and get it done.

This timely climate jobs report, developed in consultation with the Climate Jobs Rhode Island coalition, shows how Rhode Island could become the first fully decarbonized state in the nation by outlining a suite of science-backed policy recommendations to create good union jobs, advance racial equity, and build a vibrant and inclusive renewable economy.

Core provisions of the plan include decarbonizing the state’s K-12 public school buildings, installing 900 MW of solar energy and 1,300 MW of offshore wind energy, and modernizing the state’s electrical grid by 2030. The report also includes recommendations aimed at slashing emissions from households and municipal buildings, expanding public transportation, and facilitating a just transition for workers and communities that rely on the fossil fuel sector. Read more here.


The Boston Globe: R.I. AFL-CIO makes the case for making wage theft a felony

Report cites ‘clear evidence that payroll fraud is rampant in Rhode Island,’ with many employees misclassified as independent contractors.

PROVIDENCE — A study commissioned by the Rhode Island AFL-CIO calls for making wage theft a felony, saying the state is becoming a “hot house” for worker misclassification and off-the-books employment.

“This report provides clear evidence that payroll fraud is rampant in Rhode Island,” the report states. “Data provided by the Department of Labor and Training are unequivocal in identifying that worker misclassification exists in every corner of the state economy.”

Professors from the University of Massachusetts Amherst Labor Center and Allegheny College analyzed state employee misclassification investigations and unemployment insurance audits from 2016 to 2021. They found that 9.3 percent of Rhode Island employers are illegally misclassifying workers as independent contractors — rather than direct employees — reflecting a “substantial increase” from a similar review in 2008.

While misclassification happens in every industry, the construction industry and janitorial companies are among the worst offenders, the report said. Read more here.


Teamsters: Rhode Island School of Design Workers Vote Teamster Yes!

Vote 52 to 4 to Join Local 251

Press Contact: Matthew Taibi Phone: (401) 434-0454

(PROVIDENCE, R.I.) – Congratulations to the custodians, lead custodians, groundskeepers, caretakers, movers and President’s House facilities coordinators employed by Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) that recently voted to join Teamsters Local 251. The vote was 52-4 in favor of the Teamsters. The employees worked very hard for this victory and had to fight off an intense anti-union campaign from RISD management.

“We work hard and we feel nobody appreciates what we do. New management came in and didn’t treat us with any respect,” said Regina Santos, who helped lead the organizing effort. “We are demanding dignity and respect on the job, along with fair compensation for helping to keep the school running every day.”

“I wanted to join the Teamsters for better wages, job security and to be treated fair and equal,” said David Oberlander, a custodian at RISD.

“Workers approached us because of unfair treatment. The school takes advantage of them because of them because of the language barrier among them, assigning tasks usually performed by multiple workers,” said Mike Simone, Organizer for Teamsters Local 251. “Workers, regardless of whether they speak English, Spanish or Portuguese, deserve dignity, respect and a union contract.”

“We are seeing an increase in worker demands for fair treatment that only a union contract can deliver,” said Matthew Taibi, Principal Officer for Teamsters Local 251. “We are excited to empower these workers to demand a fair contract from RISD.”


Providence Journal: 315 Providence teachers learn they may have to apply for new jobs. Here’s what we know

PROVIDENCE — The School Department sent “displacement” notices to 315 teachers Friday.

They will have to apply for new jobs within the district unless they resolve certification issues.

A spokesman for the Providence schools said the displacement letters are not termination notices and said the number of displacements will drop as educators resolve any issues.

March 14 is the deadline for teachers to sort out any problems.

Of the 315, the district said 139 are related to certifications of some kind. Many of these are educators hold an emergency or expert residency certificate for the current year and need to make progress toward advancing their licensure.

“PPSD has and will continue to support educators with certification requirements by providing office hours throughout the fall and winter, a dedicated email address for questions, and additional outreach from Human Resources,” the district said.

Last year, 270 employees, mostly teachers, were notified that they had to apply for different jobs this spring. Read more here.


Experts from Cornell University sit down with Climate Jobs RI to discuss their recommendations to transition the Ocean State to an equitable, green economy.

On February 2nd, Climate Jobs RI released a new report from the Worker Institute at Cornell University. The report, Building a Just Transition for a Resilient Future: A Climate Jobs Program for Rhode Island, outlines a comprehensive action plan to put RI on the path to building an equitable, pro-worker, green economy.

For the first time ever, this report provides a glimpse into the economic potential of Rhode Island’s clean energy future. It highlights the types and potential number of jobs, along with the skills necessary to do them, created by taking tangible climate action. The report also outlines the types of return on upfront investments that would propel RI forward as a leader in the world’s transition to a pro-climate 21st century economy. We are excited about the statewide opportunities this report presents and the conversation it begins about how Rhode Island can get there.

Climate Jobs RI will be hosting a virtual panel discussion on Friday, March 4th from 1-2:30pm with the experts from Cornell University who researched and authored this report. The group will cover the wide-ranging policy recommendations highlighted in the report along with the broader climate plan of the coalition to transition the Ocean State’s building, energy, and transportation sectors to renewable energy with the strongest labor and equity standards.

Please register here: https://aflcio.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8QUnWBBXQGu63pTRyAxLYg

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


AFL-CIO:

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) awarded the $6 billion contract for the next generation of postal vehicles to Oshkosh Defense, a company with a reputation for tough military trucks built with union labor with just a small number of electric vehicles on order.

But instead of using this opportunity to expand quality jobs under a decades-old union contract, the company plans to refurbish a vacant warehouse in another state and build these vehicles without a commitment to union wages or representation. Sign the petition today!

https://go.aflcio.org/builditunion





UPCOMING EVENTS:

TEAMSTERS, Local 251

SOLIDARITY WITH JOHNSON BROTHERS WORKERS

Please visit the picket line and show Johnson Brothers that workers stick together and will not be treated like second-class citizens.

Picket lines are at:

Johnson Brothers of Rhode Island

120 Moscrip Ave

North Kingstown RI 02852

Key times are 7:30-8:30 a.m.

Let Johnson Brothers know about your concerns at:

651-649-5800 (Corporate) or 401-583-0050 (Rhode Island)

Donations can be made to: Teamsters Local 251 Strike Fund, 121 Brightridge Ave. East Providence RI 02914

More information here.



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