Category Archives: Unions

E-NEWS: NOVEMBER 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


TODAY! Informational Picket

UNAP:

as they picket for their patients, their community, safe working conditions, adequate wages and benefits.

Where: Our lady of Fatima Hospital

200 High Service Ave

North Providence, RI

When: Thursday, November 3rd, 2p.m till 6p.m

The UNAP and Prospect Medical Holding management have been bargaining for months for contracts with Fatima Service Workers, Roger Williams RN’s and employees at Prospect Home Health and Hospice, but Prospect CharterCare refuses to negotiate contracts that provide sufficient wages, benefits and working conditions for these health care workers.

Please come out and show your support, because an injury to one is an injury to all.


The Providence Journal: Union puts Prospect CharterCARE ‘on notice’ about possible hospitals sale

ROVIDENCE – Concerned that Roger Williams Medical Center, Our Lady of Fatima Hospital and Prospect Home Health and Hospice are up for sale, the union representing workers at all three facilities has put the owner “on notice” that it will take strong action if patients’ and employees’ interests are not protected.

The three entities are owned by CharterCARE Health Partners, a member of Los Angeles-based Prospect Medical Holdings.

In a full-page Journal advertisement this week, the United Nurses and Allied Professionals union wrote that “after the for-profit Prospect Medical Holdings came into Rhode Island, they used their hospitals, including Fatima Hospital, Roger Williams Medical Center and Prospect Home Health and Hospice as collateral to borrow $1.5 billion. They then turned around and paid half a billion dollars in dividends to top shareholders, all while failing to properly invest in Rhode Island’s health care workers and hospitals.

“Now, Prospect is looking to sell our community hospitals to another for-profit company, and they’re trying to leave Rhode Island just as they came in, refusing to negotiate fair contracts with the nurses and health care workers who care for our most vulnerable. We’re putting Prospect Medical Holdings on notice. We won’t let them use our community hospitals as piggy banks to line their pockets and then skip town, leaving these hospitals saddled with debt and our health care heroes without a fair contract. Our health care workers, our patients, and all Rhode Islanders deserve better.” Read more here.


1199 SEIU RI Facebook:

Today, frontline caregivers from Women and Infants Hospital marched the picket line demanding Care New England sit down with them and negotiate ways to end the staffing crisis. RI hospitals were awarded $45M in COVID relief funding and workers want a plan in place, now, to stabilize the workforce.

“We have risked our own safety and that of our families, pulled extra shifts and held up our end of the bargain; now we are calling on management to sit down with us and tell us what their plan is to get our system back on track. Enough is enough,” said Kelli Price, Registered Nurse in the Medical, Surgical, Oncology, Critical Care unit for over 20 years.

View pictures here.


The Providence Journal: Bus driver strike averted as tentative agreement reached with First Student

PROVIDENCE – Bus drivers have reached a tentative settlement with their employer, First Student, avoiding a strike that was scheduled to begin Wednesday.

The bus drivers, monitors and aides are members of Local 1199 of the Service Employees International Union. The strike would have affected bus drivers in Lincoln, West Warwick and the state bus yard in Cranston, who transport students with special needs, among others.

What is in the new bus driver contract?

The settlement includes a four-year contract that provides a fair wage increase and a boost in guaranteed hours, the union said. The 275 members of the union are expected to ratify the contract, at which time more details will be made public.

“I’ve been a school bus driver for 13 years, and many of the kids I transport have special physical and behavioral needs that require special accommodations and increased attention,” said Mike McDermott, a bus driver at the metro yard in Cranston. “We are happy that First Student was finally willing to come to the table with proposals that will help us better take care of our families and do our jobs. Even before the pandemic, First Student could not recruit bus drivers, monitors to do this work and we are hopeful that better hours and pay will go a long way in attracting more workers to the field. At the end of the day, it’s our students who benefit most.” Read more here.


Climate Jobs RI Twitter:

Today we celebrated the $82.5 million investment awarded to the RI Turnpike and Bridge Authority to conduct necessary repairs and upgrades for the Newport Pell Bridge!

View pictures here.


The Providence Journal: In texts, Kalus called a contractor slurs, ‘a loser.’ She says it shows she is a fighter.

PROVIDENCE − Ashley Kalus, the GOP candidate for governor, is defending a string of profane texts she sent a contractor with whom she was engaged in a construction billing dispute in Chicago several years ago.

In her texts, received by more than one media outlet in recent days, she called the male contractor several female gendered slurs, “a loser,” a “bottom” (which is sometimes used as a slur against gays) and a “low-life” who wears “Costco pants your mom picked out for you.”

“Just get the job done. That’s all,” Kalus’ husband, plastic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Weinzweig, also texted the contractor.

“And remember your social status here Mike,” wrote Kalus, who has now pumped $4.7 million of her own family’s money into her campaign.

“You like being my little b—h,” she texted at another point. “Always adjusting your pants … Loser … What is the amount to get rid of you? … I can’t wait to pay to keep f—ing you for the next year.”

“I’ll make my money back in making you lose money in the future,” she wrote. Read more here.


Labor 411: A Union-Made World Series Party

The World Series is here! And it’s shaping up to be a good one. It features two awesome baseball towns who are passionate about their teams: the Houston Astros and the Philadelphia Phillies. It’s a union game, with union players and union empires. And what better way to celebrate it than with union-made snacks and drinks. We’ve put together the shopping list below so that you can support good union brands that treat employers fairly. It’s easier than ever to vote with your wallet.

See list here.

***Remember to do your shopping at Stop & Shop, Shaws and Eastside Marketplace where our union brothers and sister work.



AFL-CIO:



UPCOMING EVENTS:

Saturday Labor Walks

When: Every Saturday, 9am – 12pm

Where: Locations vary, please check here for events and sign up

Join us to canvass for endorsed democratic candidates Seth Magaziner and Governor Dan McKee! This is a tight election year and the most valuable thing you have to give to get our candidates elected is your time!

Call/ email RI AFL-CIO Organizer, Autumn Guillotte with any questions: 401-316-1359 // autumn@riaflcio.com

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United Way of Rhode Island: Indigenous Peoples Equity Challenge

November is Native American Heritage Month, and United Way of Rhode Island is excited to be partnering with the Tomaquag Museum to launch an Indigenous Peoples Equity Challenge.

The free, five-day challenge will kick off on Nov. 14, but you can sign up anytime and take it at your own pace. After registering, you’ll receive a series of five emails with resources, reflection questions, or actions you can take to help create a more equitable Rhode Island.

Register here


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This special segment covers the 2022 Halloween Big Walk for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island, featuring special guests Marty Walsh, U.S. Secretary of Labor, Jack Reed, U.S. Senator, upcoming Rhode Island state election candidates, and Mentor Pair Sandra, Big, and Shania, Little.

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E-NEWS: SEPTEMBER 15, 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


Teamsters Joint Council 10 Facebook:

NEW ENGLAND TEAMSTERS SUPPORT LOCAL 251 STRIKING NORTHEAST TRANSPORTATION SERVICES WORKERS

Teamsters across New England were in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, Friday to join Governor Dan McKeeRhode Island AFL-CIO, and local leaders to support General Teamsters Local 251 workers on strike at Northeast Transportation Services.

Teamsters Local 251 members have been on strike at Northeast Transportation Services, a contracted DHL service provider, since June 22. In response to worker demands for a fair contract, the Company said that while it has the ability, they feel it is “not in the Company’s best interest” to meet our workers’ demands to pay livable wages, offer affordable healthcare, and pay a share towards retirement. The South Carolina-based company apparently does not believe that employees have rights and deserve fair treatment. This at a location that has more than doubled in number of employees in the last two years. The Union believes the Company has committed unfair labor practices.

View pictures here.


Teamsters Local 251 rally at Northeast Transportation Services in Pawtucket.
Teamsters Local 251@IBT251members have been on strike at Northeast Transportation Services, a contracted DHL service provider since June 22. In response to worker demands for a fair contract, the Company said that while it has the ability, they feel it is “not in the Company’s best interest” to meet our workers’ demands to pay livable wages, offer affordable healthcare, and pay a share towards retirement.

The public support from the community, other unions and local leaders has been unwavering but the fight continues for these couriers and dockworkers. It is crucial that we stand together and send a message to the Company that all Teamsters deserve fair wages and benefits.

Watch video here.


Laborers Local 271 Twitter:

$100M South Quay Wind terminal in East Providence means family-supporting jobs and #RI continues as #offshorewind leader @GovDanMcKee @mayorbobdasilva


IBEW Providence Facebook:

Ground breaking at the new $100 million south Quay marine terminal.. a deep water terminal with 33 acres for staging for offshore wind.. more jobs with family sustaining wages and benefits.

See more pictures here.


Pictures and video from LIUNA Get Out the Vote Rally last week:

Laborers Local 271 Twitter:

Secretary-Treasurer Patrick Crowley Twitter:

Governor Dan McKee Twitter:
You’ve had my back and I’ll always have yours. Together let’s continue to bring J-O-B-S to Rhode Island. Our campaign is #UnionStrong and I’m proud to have the support of

@riaflcio@ri_trades, and the families they represent.

Watch video here.


AFL-CIO: Once ‘Essential,’ Then Expendable, American Workers are Transforming the Economy

In just one second, Amazon’s executive chairman Jeff Bezos makes nearly $2500. That’s four times the weekly pay of an Amazon delivery or warehouse worker toiling in the sweltering summer heat.

Last year alone $6.5 trillion flowed from the bottom 90% of wage earners to the top 1%. That means the janitor who cleans our child’s school, the nurse who cares for our sick father and the grocery clerk who always greets us with a smile are struggling, while the wealthiest among us literally skyrocket into space with bottomless bank accounts.

Upward mobility seems out of reach for most Americans. Young people are backsliding with low wages, out-of-control housing prices and crushing health care costs.

But our story—the American worker’s story—will not be written by billionaires. This Labor Day, working people are writing a new chapter infused with hope for a brighter future. We’re no longer tolerating being called “essential” one minute and treated as expendable the next. Whether on a manufacturing shop floor, in a high-rise office, in a corner cafe or Amazon warehouse, workers are transforming our economy.

Recent data shows that workers won 639 union elections already this year, the highest win total in nearly 20 years. What’s notable is that those victories occurred in many different industries. The heroic organizing efforts at Starbucks and Amazon have captured our imagination. Read more here.


CNN Business: It’s not just money. Unions are fighting for better schedules, safety and work conditions

New York (CNN Business)It’s not just about the money.

There has been a surge in union activism — including strikes and organizing efforts — in the last year that is being driven by factors far beyond pay rates and benefits packages.

If pay was the only issue, the nation probably wouldn’t be facing the risk of its first national rail strike in 30 years this coming week, a walkout that could knock the legs out from under the still struggling supply chain and be another body blow to the US economy.

A presidential panel looking at that labor dispute recommended the two sides agree to a five-year contract that includes an immediate 14% raise, backpay from 2020, and a 24% pay increase over the course of the contract. That’s less than the 31% in raises over five years the union is seeking, but more than the 17% previously offered by railroad management.

That was enough to get some of the unions to agree to tentative deals, but not the unions that represent more than 90,000 workers, including those who make up the two-person crews on freight trains. They appear poised to strike unless Congress acts to keep them on the job.

Those unions say they’re not rejecting the wage offer. Rather, it’s the work rules, staffing and scheduling proposals they object to, which require them to be on call, and ready to report to work, seven days a week for much of the year. If it were just a question of wages, a deal between the two sides would likely already be in place. Read more here.


Labor 411: Union-Made Snacks And Drinks Shopping List

It’s time for one of favorite union sports: NFL football! Will the Rams win it all again? Can the Bengals find a way to secure the trophy this year? Or will super-human Tom Brady add yet another ring? Regardless of what happens, one thing is for sure: snacks and drinks go great with some football. With that in mind, we’ve created a shopping list so that you can support good union jobs while you watch your favorite team. Browse the list below and cheer on your team while enjoying union-made products.

See list here.

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


UPCOMING EVENTS:

NEARI

Please join the National Education Association RI to celebrate the retirement of President Larry Purtill and Executive Director Bob Walsh.

About this event

We are honoring Larry and Bob’s 66 years of combined service and dedication to NEA Rhode Island with an evening of merriment, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres – and a good dose of reminiscing!

A short speaking program will commence at 6:30 p.m.

In lieu of a ticket, please consider a donation in their names to the NEARI Children’s Fund.

Donations may be made online here, or checks made payable to NEARI Children’s Fund.

RSVP here.

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RIILSR 40th Annual Awards Evening: RSVP by September 21st

Union affiliates have all received mailed invitations to the ILSR 40th Annual Awards Evening on September 29th featuring guest speaker US Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh. If you have not received the invitation, please contact the Institute. Purchase of seats, tables, and ads must be completed no later than September 21st. For more information, call the Institute at (401) 463-9900 or email ads@riilsr.org


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Check out the Rhode Island Labor History Society’s 34th Annual Awards Dinner which brings together activists from organized labor and community groups to honor Rhode Island labor leaders, hosted by James Parisi, President of RI Labor History Society, and Jim Riley, Board Member RI Labor History Society.

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E-NEWS: AUGUST 25, 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


For immediate release: August 22, 2022                                                                              

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

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RI AFL-CIO endorses Joseph Shekarchi for State Representative in District 23

Providence, RI – The Executive Board of the Rhode Island AFL-CIO voted to endorse Joseph Shekarchi for State Representative in District 23 in the Democratic Primary election to be held on September 13, 2022.

George Nee, president of the state’s largest labor federation, said “As Speaker of the House, Representative Shekarchi has made a positive impact for the working people of Rhode Island. He has provided targeted tax relief for Rhode Islanders by eliminating the car tax, delivering $250 tax credits to working families with children, and eliminating the state income tax on military pensions. He has also passed a bill that increases the minimum wage to $15 per hour and has strongly supported efforts to protect current law that provides for mandatory time and a half pay for all workers who work on Sunday and holidays. We’re supporting Speaker Shekarchi because he has a record of standing with our members.”

Patrick Crowley, Secretary Treasurer of the RI AFL-CIO, highlighted Speaker Shekarchi’s role in creating more jobs in the green economy as a key factor in earning the RI AFL-CIO’s endorsement. “Speaker Shekarchi helped push through the two most consequential climate bills in Rhode Island history – the Act on Climate and the 100% Renewable Energy Standard. These bills are difference makers in protecting our environment and reducing carbon emissions, but they also create good, well-paying green jobs and transition us to a green economy. Speaker Shekarchi has had the foresight to put us on a path to a cleaner environment and ensure we are creating the jobs of the future.”  

The Rhode Island AFL-CIO represents over 250 affiliated unions and 80,000 working men and women across the Ocean State.  


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Contact: Alana O’Hare ▪ Alana@GovernorDanMcKee.com ▪ 401-486-3582

United Auto Workers Endorses Governor Dan McKee

UAW 9A represents nearly 1,000 workers in Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE – Today, the United Auto Workers (UAW) announced its endorsement of Governor Dan McKee for a full term. UAW Region 9A represents nearly 1,000 workers in diverse sectors of the economy including the automotive, childcare, gaming, and human service industries.

“Working Rhode Islanders need steady leadership that will invest in good-paying jobs with good benefits to support them and their families. Together, we have created jobs and put Rhode Islanders back to work, earning Rhode Island the lowest unemployment rate on record. With investments to expand key sectors of our economy, and send direct tax relief to Rhode Island families, Veterans, seniors, and businesses, we are making Rhode Island a better place to live, work, and raise a family. I’m grateful to have the UAW’s support and look forward to keeping Rhode Island’s momentum going,” said Governor Dan McKee.

“Governor McKee has made clear that he has the backs of working people and their families,” said Beverley Brakeman, UAW Region 9A Director. “He supports the issues that are important to our members, including better and more fair working conditions, a strong economy, and tax relief for Rhode Islanders. In his first 18 months in office, he has proven that he has the leadership skills to turn Rhode Island’s economy around, and we look forward to supporting him at the polls on September 13.”

UAW Region 9A joins labor organizations Rhode Island AFL-CIO, NEA Rhode Island, Rhode Island Building and Construction Trades Council, Laborers’ District Council, AFSCME Council 94, IBEW Locals 99 and 2323, Teamsters Local 251, ATU Local 618, NAGE/IBPO Rhode Island, Painters District Council 11, Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 51, Iron Workers Local 37, United Nurses and Allied Professionals, Rhode Island State Association of Fire Fighters, IFPTE Local 400, Boilermakers Local 29, Bricklayers Local 3, Eastern Millwright Local 1121, Elevator Constructors Local 39, Heat & Frost Insulators Local 6, Plasterers & Cement Masons Local 40, Roofers Local 33, Sheet Metal Workers Local 17, Sprinkler Fitters Local 669, as well as the Rhode Island Democratic Party, the Democratic Governors Association, and the Cumberland, East Providence, Johnston, North Providence, Pawtucket, Providence, and Westerly Democratic committees in endorsing Governor Dan McKee’s campaign for a full term.


An excellent Op-Ed in today’s ProJo by Priscilla De La Cruz, senior director of government affairs for Audubon Society Rhode Island, president of the Environment Council of Rhode Island, and co-chair of Climate Jobs Rhode Island. Patrick Crowley is the secretary-treasurer of the RI AFL-CIO and co-chair of Climate Jobs Rhode Island.

The Providence Journal: Opinion/De La Cruz and Crowley: Federal climate jobs act a boon to RI workers

Federal climate jobs act a boon to workers in RI

The $379-billion Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), the biggest climate bill to pass Congress, will give us a fighting chance to slash harmful pollution and secure a better future for our kids.

But the IRA isn’t just a climate win. It’s a climate jobs win. And that’s what makes it such a big deal for Rhode Island, where we’ve already led the nation with ambitious climate goals and strong investments in a pro-worker renewable energy transition.

Last year, we passed a landmark climate law, the Act On Climate, that laid Rhode Island’s climate action foundation with an ironclad commitment to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. This year, climate and labor advocates upped the ante by winning the country’s strongest 100% renewable electricity standard and securing up to an additional 1,000 megawatts of offshore wind power to help us get there.

The IRA is about to turbocharge our efforts to meet these climate goals with aggressive tax incentives that will unleash clean energy development across the country. Importantly, the IRA’s tax credits are tied directly to strong labor standards. Under the IRA, if a developer builds a new utility-scale wind or solar farm, they’ll get a 30 percent tax credit by paying workers the federal prevailing rate for wages and benefits, and for employing a certain number of apprentices. Renewable energy developers will also be eligible for additional benefits by building projects in low-income or fossil fuel dependent communities, or if they build with U.S.-made materials, which will create manufacturing jobs in solar, wind, and electric vehicles across the country.

Rhode Island towns and school districts will be eligible to receive these credits directly as cash through the IRA’s ‘direct pay’ option, which will give a major boost to statewide decarbonization initiatives, like the Green and Healthy Schools campaign. This is our opportunity to maximize the state’s investments in school infrastructure, create tons of good-paying local jobs, and build safe, healthy, and resilient buildings. Read more here.


UFCW Local 328: Greenleaf Compassionate Care Center Workers in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, Unanimously Ratify First Contract

The newly ratified agreement marks the first collective bargaining agreement for compassion center workers in Rhode Island

PORTSMOUTH, RI – Today, United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 328, the union for 11,000 Rhode Island and Massachusetts workers, announced that the budtenders, keyholders, online orderers and delivery drivers employed at Greenleaf Compassionate Care Center in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, voted unanimously to approve a first contract. The two-agreement includes:

  • Immediate wage increases for all employees, including up to 22% for employees with 1 year or more of service
  • Additional wage increases in the second year
  • Immediate improvement in starting rates for all classifications by over $2.00 an hour with an additional increase in the second year
  • Paid vacations and improved paid sick time
  • Protection of bargaining unit work
  • Clothing allowance
  • Additional paid holidays
  • Protected time and a half on Sunday
  • Robust grievance procedure and workplace protections
  • Newly secured opportunity to earn tips
  • Ratification bonus of $1,000

Nicholas Ventetuolo, a delivery driver at Greenleaf Compassionate Care Center and a member of the negotiating committee, stated after the vote, “This contract sets a tremendous precedent for cannabis workers in Rhode Island, at a time where the industry is undergoing massive changes in preparation for the introduction of recreational sales. Our contract is a powerful statement on the collective power of a united workforce. The workers at Greenleaf would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to UFCW Local 328 for their unwavering support throughout this entire process.” Read more here.


The Boston Globe: Back in R.I., Raimondo said new federal legislation offers ‘once-in-a-lifetime opportunity’

The federal government plans to incentivize up to 10 ‘football field-sized’ semiconductor chip plants, and union leaders and local officials would like to see one in Rhode Island.

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. — “Tell me what you need from me.”

Gina M. Raimondo, the current US commerce secretary and former Rhode Island governor, posed that challenge to a group of union members and elected officials on Monday. The response was immediate.

Michael F. Sabitoni, president of the Rhode Island Building and Construction Trades Council, said, “We want a (semiconductor) chip plant in Rhode Island.”

Raimondo said every state will get a shot at the $52 billion in grants and other incentives included ina newly passed $280 billion federal legislation package aimed at boosting the semiconductor industry, and she encouraged Rhode Island officials to make a pitch for one of 10 potential new plants.

Lieutenant Governor Sabina Matos, sitting in the front row, said she would call Governor Daniel J. McKee about taking advantage of the opportunity.

East Providence Mayor Bob DaSilva, who was also in the audience, suggested putting one of those plants in East Providence. Read more here.


Laborers Local 271 Twitter:

Honored to have @SecRaimondo address the @ri_trades Women’s Council on issues facing women in construction @LGSabinaMatos @mayorbobdasilva


1199 SEIU New England Facebook:

This week, caregivers at Women and Infants and Butler Hospitals delivered thousands of petitions that a supermajority had signed to Administrators at both buildings. Delegates made it clear that we know that 80% of recent budget funding must be used on frontline staff and we fully intend to have a say in how the funding is used. NOW is the time to address our ongoing workforce crisis by investing in recruitment, retention and training. We won’t settle for anything less!


Local 37 Ironworkers Facebook:

MEMBER HIGHLIGHT

My name is Cash Pina, and I am a member of Local 37 Ironworkers out of Providence, Rhode Island. A friend of mine told me about being an ironworker, so I gave it a shot and haven’t looked back ever since. What drew me in honestly was how thrilling the work looked and also seeing so many successful individuals earning a living through honest work.

What keeps me motivated every day? For me right now there’s a deep sense of brotherhood and camaraderie between the guys I’m working with. We’re building our union together every day and we get to see the work we do that will outlive all of us. Our brotherhood is unmatched and unrivaled. Every ironworker should be welcomed in to see what our union can offer. The union has changed my life. I have a sense of security knowing that every hour I work has my retirement in mind.

One of the coolest jobs I ever got to work on was in the Port of Providence. There’s a new manufacturing facility that will be producing the steel bases for the offshore wind project Revolution Wind, in Rhode Island’s coastal waters. I was there for the steel erection, and I connected near the end. Straight shot 100-foot drop – it was a GREAT view. When it’s up and running there will be union ironworkers fabbing and welding the structures. And I just think that is so cool. I want Ironworkers to have a slice of the pie when it comes to the maintenance of wind turbines. It’s my goal to get as qualified as I can in order to move up in this new offshore wind industry. There are something like 64 wind turbines planned to be installed off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard. We’ve done the training. It’s a whole new industry, and I know we have our place in it.

To all my non-union brothers and sisters: the time is now to organize or join up through an apprenticeship program. I can tell you one thing, the union has been wonderful to me. I show up and put in an honest day’s work and I get peace of mind. I’ve had opportunities to make a killing, and I’ll keep getting those opportunities as long as we keep growing our union. And with our focus on education through apprenticeship, our journeyman upgrade programs, and organizing unrepresented ironworkers, I think that our success will be assured.

It feels good to be an ironworker. One week I’m connecting in Boston, the next week I’m in Providence at Brown University’s amazing new performing arts center. I truly get to see it all!





UPCOMING EVENTS:

Climate Jobs RI Is Hosting A Zap50 Cleanup – JOIN OUR TEAM

WHEN: Saturday, August 27, 2022, 8-11AM

WHERE: Stop & Shop, 70 Mendon Rd., Cumberland, RI 02864

WHO: Climate Jobs RI, friends and family

ZAP50 represents the 50th Anniversary of the largest one-day regional environmental cleanup in American History – Blackstone Valley’s Operation ZAP! Climate Jobs RI has signed up as an “Organization in Action”, which means we’ve identified a location that needs a team to clean it up and we’re calling on our coalition members, friends in labor and environment, to turn out and show up in strong support.

In 1972, 10,000 volunteers lined the banks of the Blackstone River to remove tons of trash, appliances, cars, and other debris from its banks. This year, the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council and the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, among other organizations, plan to recreate this historic day and hundreds of community members and volunteers throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts, are already committed to taking part in this day of action.

All are welcome and encouraged to join us. Bring your friends, family, and anyone willing to help. We will provide all cleanup gear (gloves, bags, etc.), along with breakfast snacks and refreshments. RSVP HERE

Questions? Email Erica Hammond at erica@climatejobsri.org

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General Teamsters Local 251

***NORTHEAST TRANSPORTATION SERVICES WORKERS ARE ON STRIKE***

Northeast Transportation Services members, who wear DHL-branded uniforms, drive DHL-branded vehicles, and service DHL Express packages and customers; are on strike as of Wednesday evening.

In response to worker demands for a fair contract, the Company stated it is “unreasonable” to meet the workers’ demands to pay livable wages, offer affordable healthcare and pay a share towards retirement. The South Carolina-based company apparently doesn’t believe that employees have rights and deserve fair treatment. This at a location that has more than doubled in number of employees in the last two years. The Union believes the Company has committed unfair labor practices. Workers are picketing 24 hours a day at 101 Concord St, Pawtucket RI. Please tell Northeast Transportation and DHL Express that unfair treatment of workers is unacceptable. Call 843-906-9655 and 1-800-225-5345. If you’re a customer serviced by Northeast Transportation Services, please refuse deliveries and ship by a union-represented shipper that treats its employees better.



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E-NEWS: AUGUST 18, 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


For immediate release: August 15, 2022                                                                              

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

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RI AFL-CIO Endorses Dominick Ruggerio for Senate in District 4

Providence, RI – The Executive Board of the Rhode Island AFL-CIO voted to endorse Dominick Ruggerio for State Senate in District 4 in the Democratic Primary election to be held on September 13, 2022.

George Nee, president of the state’s largest labor federation, said “Dominick Ruggerio has a long history of being a champion for working people. As Senate President, he has taken the lead on a number of issues that are important to working families, like raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour and making wage theft and employee misclassification felonies. He also strongly supports efforts to protect current law that provides for mandatory time and a half pay for all workers who work on Sunday and holidays. Senator Ruggerio doesn’t just talk about helping working people – he acts on it. That’s why we’ve endorsed him for State Senate in District 4.”

Patrick Crowley, Secretary Treasurer of the RI AFL-CIO, highlighted Senator Ruggerio’s role in creating more jobs in the green economy as a key factor in earning the AFL-CIO’s endorsement. “Senator Ruggerio sponsored the 100% Renewable Energy Standard bill and was integral in pushing it across the finish line. This legislation will not only help our environment by reducing carbon emissions, but it will create hundreds of new jobs in the green economy. We need forward thinking leaders who will promote policies that protect our environment for future generations and put the current generation of Rhode Islanders to work in these important jobs.”  

The Rhode Island AFL-CIO represents over 250 affiliated unions and 80,000 working men and women across the Ocean State.  


General Teamsters Local 251 Facebook:

We are people that make this country MOVE. And we won’t accept less than what we’re worth in the 2023 UPS contract. Local 251 UPS Teamsters are uniting for a strong contract.



Little Compton Fire Department Facebook:

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Yesterday we conducted training with the lifeguards at South Shore Beach. We took time to watch them conduct a couple of different rescues, and then discussed what to expect from us when we arrive on scene.

On top of that we handled several calls thought the day. In a twelve hour period we handled 11 calls for service including several medical emergencies, a fire alarm activation and a mutual aid auto accident in Tiverton. We’d like to thank our mutual aid partners Tiverton FD and Westport FD for assistance. Also we’d like to thank Jim Farrell and the lifeguards at South Shore for their participation and enthusiasm yesterday.


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Climate Jobs RI Is Hosting A Zap50 Cleanup – JOIN OUR TEAM

WHEN: Saturday, August 27, 2022, 8-11AM

WHERE: Stop & Shop, 70 Mendon Rd., Cumberland, RI 02864

WHO: Climate Jobs RI, friends and family

ZAP50 represents the 50th Anniversary of the largest one-day regional environmental cleanup in American History – Blackstone Valley’s Operation ZAP! Climate Jobs RI has signed up as an “Organization in Action”, which means we’ve identified a location that needs a team to clean it up and we’re calling on our coalition members, friends in labor and environment, to turn out and show up in strong support.

In 1972, 10,000 volunteers lined the banks of the Blackstone River to remove tons of trash, appliances, cars, and other debris from its banks. This year, the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council and the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, among other organizations, plan to recreate this historic day and hundreds of community members and volunteers throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts, are already committed to taking part in this day of action.

All are welcome and encouraged to join us. Bring your friends, family, and anyone willing to help. We will provide all cleanup gear (gloves, bags, etc.), along with breakfast snacks and refreshments. RSVP HERE

Questions? Email Erica Hammond at erica@climatejobsri.org


RICOSH Advisory: New Covid Guidance released by CDC

CDC has made adjustments in current Covid guidelines shifting away from many behavioral mitigations-including quarantines and social distancing and using vaccine status as a criteria for interventions. But the guidelines still reinforce key mitigations like ventilation for indoor spaces and wearing masks for public indoor spaces when Covid community levels are high or for people at high risk for severe disease if the community risk is medium. It also repeats its special emphases on addressing people at high risk from severe disease.  

At High Risk: A significant study involving129 research centers, illustrates the impact of the pandemic on those at risk from severe disease.  The study found even vaccinated cancer patients who had breakthrough COVID-19 infections remained at high risk for hospitalization and death. The study showed that vaccinated cancer patients (but not yet boosted) who experienced breakthrough COVID-19 infections had a hospitalization rate of 65%, an ICU or mechanical ventilation rate of 19% and a 13% death rate. [The Lifespan Cancer Institute and Brown University were among the participating research centers.]

“These findings come at a time of concerns that immune escape mutants such as the omicron strain may emerge from chronically infected patients with weakened immune systems,’ said Dr. Dimitrios Farmakiotis, at Brown’s Warren Alpert Medical School and a coauthor of the study. “Thus, the immunosuppressed and their close contacts should be target groups for therapeutic and preventive interventions, including community-level outreach and educational efforts.” Read more here.


CNBC: Unions are forming at Starbuck, Apple and Google. Here’s why workers are organizing now.

For decades, union membership has been on the decline. Yet in the last few months, workers have been organizing at a pace this country hasn’t seen since the Great Depression.

Amazon has captured headlines for union drives at its warehouses, including a successful effort on New York’s Staten Island. But activity is picking up elsewhere in retail and tech at big companies that are generally viewed as progressive, with no history of labor unions.

As of Wednesday, 209 Starbucks stores have officially voted to unionize according to the National Labor Relations Board. First-ever unions have also formed at an Apple store in Maryland, a Google Fiber contractor, REI, Trader Joe’sKickstarter and Activision Blizzard.

“There’s really no rational world in which the Amazon Labor Union or Starbucks Workers United should win,” said John Logan, a labor and employment studies professor at San Francisco State University. “And yet they did, and in the case of Starbucks Workers United, they won over and over and over again.”

The wave at Starbucks started in December with a store in Buffalo, New York, where workers voted 19 to eight to join the large, established Workers United union. In one example of the benefits a big union can bring, Workers United has created a $1 million fund to support Starbucks workers who lose wages as a result of organizing activities like striking.

The movement spread fast. Within six weeks, about 20 other stores filed for elections. Eight months later, about 45 elections have failed, and more than 200 of Starbucks’ 9,000 U.S. stores have unionized. Read more here.


Labor 411: Union-Made, American-Made Boots

A good pair of boots is a thing of beauty. Quality, craftsmanship, and durability set them apart from the many mediocre ones out there.

A great way to ensure that you are buying quality boots is to simply choose union-made.

Below are 15 boots that are 100% union-made in Red Wing, Minnesota. The 272 union members who make these boots belong to UFCW Local 527.

Of the 2.5 million Red Wing Shoes sells each year, over 700,000 are union-made in Red Wing.

To help you know which Red Wing boots are union-made, we’ve put together this list below, with a picture and link to each one so that you can buy union the next time you go boot shopping. For the entire list of union-made shoes, including boots from brands like Thorogood and Carolina, visit our union boots guide here.





UPCOMING EVENTS:

General Teamsters Local 251

***NORTHEAST TRANSPORTATION SERVICES WORKERS ARE ON STRIKE***

Northeast Transportation Services members, who wear DHL-branded uniforms, drive DHL-branded vehicles, and service DHL Express packages and customers; are on strike as of Wednesday evening.

In response to worker demands for a fair contract, the Company stated it is “unreasonable” to meet the workers’ demands to pay livable wages, offer affordable healthcare and pay a share towards retirement. The South Carolina-based company apparently doesn’t believe that employees have rights and deserve fair treatment. This at a location that has more than doubled in number of employees in the last two years.The Union believes the Company has committed unfair labor practices. Workers are picketing 24 hours a day at 101 Concord St, Pawtucket RI. Please tell Northeast Transportation and DHL Express that unfair treatment of workers is unacceptable. Call 843-906-9655 and 1-800-225-5345. If you’re a customer serviced by Northeast Transportation Services, please refuse deliveries and ship by a union-represented shipper that treats its employees better.



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E-NEWS: AUGUST 11, 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


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Contact Alana O’Hare ▪ Alana@GovernorDanMcKee.com ▪ 401-486-3582

Teamsters Local 251 Endorses Governor Dan McKee

Local 251 represents nearly 6,000 Rhode Island Teamsters in industries including trucking, healthcare, beverage, and school bus

PROVIDENCE – Today, Teamsters Local 251 announced its endorsement of Governor Dan McKee for a full term.

“Many of the services we rely on daily are powered by hard-working Teamsters — they get our children to school safely, they work in our hospitals, they build our infrastructure, and they supply our businesses. Rhode Island workers deserve to make a livable wage with good benefits, and I am happy to support the Teamsters and all Rhode Island families to make our state a better place to live, work, and raise a family. I am honored to have earned their endorsement,” said Governor Dan McKee.

“Governor McKee has made it clear he cares about the issues that matter to working people. He demonstrated his support by showing up and supporting our members on the picket line, delivering important tax cuts that will create jobs in Rhode Island, and being an ally for organized labor. Working people in Rhode Island have a champion in Governor McKee and we can always count on him to have our backs,” said Matt Taibi, Principal Officer for Local 251.

Teamsters Local 251 joins labor organizations Rhode Island AFL-CIONEA Rhode IslandRhode Island Building and Construction Trades CouncilLaborers’ District CouncilAFSCME Council 94, IBEW Locals 99 and 2323Painters District Council 11Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 51Iron Workers Local 37United Nurses and Allied ProfessionalsRhode Island State Association of Fire Fightersas well as the Rhode Island Democratic Partythe Democratic Governors Associationand the Cumberland, East Providence, Johnston, North Providence, Pawtucket, Providence, and Westerly Democratic committees in endorsing Governor Dan McKee’s campaign for a full term.


Governor Dan McKee Twitter:

What a warm welcome by the hard-working Laborers who have helped kick RI’s economy into high gear. It was a pleasure speaking with you all tonight. Thanks for your support @LIUNALocal271!

Watch video here.


RI Painters Union Twitter:

We are taking political action for working people! The members of the Rhode Island Building Trades & RI AFL CIO are making weekly calls & canvasses for candidates who back union workers.

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The Providence Journal: Nailing a better life: Construction boot camp preps workers for union apprenticeships

CENTRAL FALLS — Johnson Weah stood on a ladder, hammering nails into a joist on what will be a small shade structure at Calcutt Middle School in Central Falls.

Weah had already helped pour the concrete footings for two benches, cut the wood for the shade structure and put it together. The benches would be added later.

At 28, Weah, of Providence, is going through a career change. Until recently a residential counselor for children, he is following in his older brother’s footsteps, trying to get into the building trades.

While he enjoyed working with children, the job didn’t pay enough and he couldn’t even think about one day retiring.

“I’m trying to provide because I have a son,” Weah said. “It’s do or die.”

Weah just graduated from the Building Futures Rhode Island pre-apprenticeship program and is now working in its graduate program, performing basic construction work and waiting for an open slot in a trade-union apprenticeship program.

The program provides basic construction skills to its students over five weeks to prepare them for the rigors of an apprenticeship with a trade union, increasing the retention rate to 80%, compared with 50% for those not in the program. Read more here.


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NEARI Open Position for a Member Data Organizer

The NEARI Member Data Organizer is an office support staff position that will focus on maximizing outreach and communication to our membership through data cultivation, management, and utilization. More information at www.near.org/jobs


AFL-CIO: The Inflation Reduction Act is a Victory for Working People

On Sunday, the Senate passed the Inflation Reduction Act. There will be a House vote on this bill Friday, and it is expected to pass. Then it goes to President Biden for his signature. Once the process is completed, the legislation will represent a significant victory for working families.

About the act, AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler said:

The effects of this legislation will improve the lives of millions of Americans struggling to afford health care, seniors trying to pay for their prescriptions and future generations who will be able to see the impacts of drastically reduced carbon emissions.

Specifically, the act will:

Allow for the negotiation of lower drug prices for seniors: Medicare will begin negotiating lower drug prices for seniors and people with disabilities. Drug price negotiation will focus on the highest expenditure drugs that have been on the market for nine to 13 years. Negotiation also will save the Medicare program $99 billion, which will bolster the program financially.

Create inflation caps for Medicare prescription drugs: The bill caps increases in prescription drug prices for Medicare recipients to the rate of inflation, putting a much-needed limit on how much manufacturers can raise costs for people who rely on prescriptions to manage their health.

Read more here.


This year we can elect people committed to fighting for workers and their families! But that won’t happen if you and your family and friends aren’t registered to vote. Register or update your registration online: https://bit.ly/Reg2VoteRI





UPCOMING EVENTS:

General Teamsters Local 251

***NORTHEAST TRANSPORTATION SERVICES WORKERS ARE ON STRIKE***

Northeast Transportation Services members, who wear DHL-branded uniforms, drive DHL-branded vehicles, and service DHL Express packages and customers; are on strike as of Wednesday evening.

In response to worker demands for a fair contract, the Company stated it is “unreasonable” to meet the workers’ demands to pay livable wages, offer affordable healthcare and pay a share towards retirement. The South Carolina-based company apparently doesn’t believe that employees have rights and deserve fair treatment. This at a location that has more than doubled in number of employees in the last two years.The Union believes the Company has committed unfair labor practices. Workers are picketing 24 hours a day at 101 Concord St, Pawtucket RI. Please tell Northeast Transportation and DHL Express that unfair treatment of workers is unacceptable. Call 843-906-9655 and 1-800-225-5345. If you’re a customer serviced by Northeast Transportation Services, please refuse deliveries and ship by a union-represented shipper that treats its employees better.



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E-NEWS: DECEMBER 2, 2021

Providence Business News: South Fork Wind wins federal OK, launching union jobs at ProvPort

A wind farm planned in ocean waters about halfway between Block Island and Long Island has gained a key federal approval.

And while the 132-megawatt project will power 70,000 homes in New York, union construction work to support South Fork Wind is already taking place at Providence.

South Fork Wind has received a favorable Record of Decision from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, project partners Ørsted A/S (DNNGY: OTCMKTS) and Eversource Energy (NYSE: ES) announced on Wednesday.

A large building is now under construction at ProvPort that will host an advanced foundation fabrication facility for wind projects. Workers there will fabricate and assemble foundation platforms for South Fork and other projects planned by Ørsted/Eversource, including Revolution Wind, a project that will power homes in Rhode Island and Connecticut. Foundation fabrication is slated to start in the coming months. Read more here.


ABC Channel 6: In the Arena: Rhode Island AFL-CIO President George Nee Joins Joe Paolino Jr.

Rhode Island AFL-CIO President George Nee joined Joe Paolino Jr. to discuss how the pandemic has changed the workforce and how he thinks the state should spend some of its American Rescue Plan Act money on the show that aired November 28, 2021 on ABC6.

Watch video here.


Paul F. Cole is executive director of the American Labor Studies Center, secretary-treasurer emeritus of the New York State AFL-CIO and a former vice president of the American Federation of Teachers.

Times Union:

Commentary: Union organizing is a human right and a moral imperative

Recently, there has been a resurgence of workers to form unions and gain the right to organize a union and bargain collectively to improve wages and working conditions. According to the Economic Policy Institute, 60 million people, or nearly half of all nonunion workers, say they want a union in their workplace. Yet only 12 percent of all workers are represented by unions.

The reason is fierce employer opposition.

In her seminal study, “No holds barred: Employer Opposition to Organizing,” Kate Bronfenbrenner, Director of Labor Education Research at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, writes, “The overwhelming majority of U.S. employers are willing to use a broad arsenal of legal and illegal tactics to interfere with the rights of workers to organize, and they do so with impunity.” They threaten to shut down all or part of their facilities, fire workers for union activities, threaten to cut wages or benefits, offer bribes and special favors, require captive-audience meetings, and use one-on-one meetings to interrogate and harass workers about their support for unions, among other tactics.

Read more here.


AFT: AFT settles student debt lawsuit, wins big gains for borrowers

The AFT, AFT President Randi Weingarten and eight individual AFT member plaintiffs have reached a landmark settlement with the U.S. Department of Education in the case Weingarten v. DeVos, and as a result tens of thousands of student loan borrowers can expect imminent relief from their student debt. The suit, originally filed in July 2019, addresses the Education Department’s utter failure to deliver on its own Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.

Under the historic agreement, all PSLF applicants who were denied relief will have an opportunity for their cases to be reviewed by the department, setting public employees across the country, including teachers, nurses and firefighters, on a path to a life-changing reduction or elimination of their crushing student debt burden. Read more here.


Below is a link on the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program pertaining to student loans presented by Special Assistant Attorney General, Etie-Lee Schaub from the Consumer and Economic Justice Unit.

Learn about the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Limited Waiver Opportunity here.


East Providence Firefighters Local 850 Facebook:

Great work by our members today, supporting local families with a little extra help this Thanksgiving holiday. Traditionally we have been partnering up with the East Providence Boy’s and Girl’s Club to get these dinners where they’re needed most. Thanks again to Shaw’s Supermarket East Providence with their generosity and to those members that took time out of their day to come out in support of our efforts with this cause. We’ll done everyone!

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General Teamsters Local 251 Facebook:TEAMSTERS LOCAL 251 DELIVERSTeamsters Local 251 Ray King delivered more than 1,000 meals to the Attleboro YMCA in the lead-up to the Thanksgiving holiday.Thanks to Ray and everyone who participated in the drive.

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More Perfect Union Facebook:

Kellogg’s workers are still on strike for fair pay, benefits, and hours. They’re asking people to boycott all Kellogg’s products until they negotiate a fair deal.


Labor 411: The 2021 Labor 411 Holiday Gift Guide

The old saying goes that “it is better to give than receive.” But really, who are we kidding? We all like to receive. Be it a small but heartfelt knick-knack from a coworker, something sparkling and dazzling from a partner, or a really cool toy from the Jolly Ol’ Elf himself, receiving an expression of gratitude topped with the perfect bow brings as much warmth as that cup of cocoa or glass of spiked eggnog.

Gift giving is a key tenant of the Holiday Season, but we could all do a little better job with the buying. Oh, we have no trouble spending money – just look at the crowded malls and bloated credit card bills. But it’s how and where we spend our dollars that could use some work.

See Gift Guide here.



IBEW Facebook:

130 years ago today, the dream of a small group of labor pioneers – to form the first ever union of electrical workers – became a reality.



UPCOMING EVENTS:

TEAMSTERS, Local 251SOLIDARITY 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 up 24 hours a day at:Johnson Brothers of Rhode Island
120 Moscrip Ave.
North Kingstown RI 02852
Key times are 6:30-8:30 a.m. and 4-6 p.m.
Customer banners are typically on Wednesdays from 4-6pm. Contact us to participate.
Johnson Brothers of RIDonations can be made to: Teamsters Local 251 Strike Fund, 121 Brightridge Ave. East Providence RI 02914

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E-NEWS: NOVEMBER 18, 2021

An updated Union Directory listing union goods and services in R.I. can be found on our website at www.RhodeIslandAFLCIO.org under the “Resources” tab.

Here is the direct link—-> Union Directory

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


The Rhode Island AFL-CIO brought together labor leaders from across the state to discuss how RI could best deploy The American Rescue Plan Act funds to help working class Rhode Islanders, check them out here.

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The Providence Journal: School bus drivers in three Rhode Island communities vote to authorize a strike

School bus drivers for the Scituate, Bristol Warren and Pawtucket school districts have voted to authorize a strike, according to Teamsters Local 251.

“These essential workers haven’t received a raise during the height of the pandemic, as the industry has seen a shortage of workers,” Matthew Taibi, secretary treasurer for Local 251, said in a statement.

Bus drivers in Scituate voted to unionize last year “and have patiently been waiting for a first contract” ever since, Taibi said. Other districts are in the midst of negotiations.

First Student, which employs the drivers, has “stalled in bargaining with Local 251 and has frustrated everyone involved,” Taibi said. “This frustration certainly doesn’t help with the worker shortage in the industry, as qualified workers have sought other opportunities.”

“First Student is negotiating with Local 251, and we are hopeful that a fair and equitable agreement can be reached soon,” Frank McMahon, a spokesman for the company, said in an email. “In the meantime, we remain committed to providing the best transportation service possible to the families we serve.” Read more here.


Secretary-Treasurer Patrick Crowley Facebook:

I’m excited to announce that the next issue of Rhode Island History published by the Rhode Island Historical Society will feature my article about “African-American Led Worker Solidarity in World War II Providence: The Story of Boilermakers Local 308”. The blissfully analog publication is only available in print to members of Rhode Island Historical Society so you should think about joining today! https://www.rihs.org/support/

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Bloomberg Businessweek: Highly Paid Union Workers Give UPS a Surprise Win in Delivery Wars

Dave Helminski will drop off his last package for United Parcel Service Inc. on Christmas Eve 2022 and retire after four decades as a driver in Chicago. He joined UPS after four years in the Marine Corps and a yearlong stint installing carpet. He put in a few years loading trucks, then became a driver and was set for life. After Helminski drops off that last package, he’ll have pensions that provide almost the same $100,000 a year he makes now. “I came out of the lower middle class, and I’m living the dream,” Helminski says, wearing a face covering with the Marines emblem as he heads home from his shift at a large UPS facility in the northern suburb of Palatine.

Helminski’s dream industry has lately become more of a nightmare scenario at rival FedEx Corp. The massive labor shortage that’s rocked the U.S. since the pandemic and disrupted long-established employment relationships hasn’t had much impact on UPS, which pays its unionized drivers the highest wages in the industry. That’s helped it maintain a stable workforce and rising profits throughout the current disruptions. Meanwhile, lower-paying, nonunionized FedEx racked up $450 million in extra costs because of labor shortages. And while UPS easily beat earnings expectations and predicted a rising profit margin in the U.S. for the fourth quarter, FedEx signaled that its profit margin will fall further. Read more here.


National COSH:

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Economic Policy Institute:

Test Your Knowledge on Labor Unions

Most people know that unions improve wages and benefits for workers, but do you know just how beneficial they really are? Take our Quiz of the Week to test your knowledge on the state of unionization in the United States.


Labor 411: Fall Warmers for the Season

Feel that chill in the air? That’s the truest sign that fall has fallen, and while most of us are not yet experiencing the chill of winter, it’s still a great time to grab a favorite blanket, a hot drink or a comforting bowl of soup to embrace the season. The fall warmers listed below are made by ethical companies that treat their workers fairly and give them a voice on the job.

Stay toasty and let’s all help build a stronger America.

See list here.



UPCOMING EVENTS:TEAMSTERS, Local 251SOLIDARITY WITH JOHNSON BROTHERS WORKERSPlease visit the picket line and show Johnson Brothers that workers stick together and will not be treated like second-class citizens. Picket lines are up 24 hours a day at: Johnson Brothers of Rhode Island
120 Moscrip Ave.
North Kingstown RI 02852
Key times are 6:30-8:30 a.m. and 4-6 p.m.
Customer banners are typically on Wednesdays from 4-6pm. Contact us to participate.
Johnson Brothers of RI Donations can be made to: Teamsters Local 251 Strike Fund, 121 Brightridge Ave. East Providence RI 02914

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E-NEWS: OCTOBER 28, 2021

An updated Union Directory listing union goods and services in R.I. can be found on our website at www.RhodeIslandAFLCIO.org under the “Resources” tab.

Here is the direct link—-> Union Directory

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


The Rhode Island AFL-CIO is proud to release organized labor’s recommendations for spending Rhode Island’s allotment of American Rescue Plan funds.


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United Way of RI: George Nee: Annual Celebration Honoree

A lifetime dedicated to labor and community

It’s been quite the ride for George Nee since he felt inspired to leave Boston College in 1969 to help organize the grape boycott for the United Farm Workers of America in Dorchester, Massachusetts. The decision would kick off a more than 50-year commitment to labor and the rights of workers.

Now the president of the Rhode Island AFL-CIO, a position he’s held since 2009 after joining the organization in 1983, George Nee is the recipient of this year’s Dante F. Mollo Labor United Award.

“When I think of what the Dante Mollo award represents — an individual who tirelessly fights for equal opportunity for all — there is no question it is George who embodies those traits,” says Cortney Nicolato, United Way of Rhode Island’s president and CEO. “His efforts throughout the years have made a difference for literally tens of thousands of Rhode Islanders and their families.”

George’s leadership of the Rhode Island labor community dates back to 1971. After the grape boycott proved successful, resulting in union contracts and improved conditions for farm workers, he came here to coordinate a lettuce boycott. Working alongside farm workers who spoke little English, George solidified the right to organize and the power of collective action as keys to allow hard-working people to take control of their economic futures. Read more here.


RI Painters Union Twitter:

The @ri_trades 13th annual Halloween Hike fundraiser 4 @BBBSA RI. We all need someone to have our back, as a youth or on the job the RI labor movement is there for you.


General Teamsters Local 251 Facebook:RI HOSPITAL TEAMSTERS APPROVE CONTRACT EXTENSION BY OVER 86%

RI Hospital members have ratified a contract extension that offers more raises, improved shift and weekend differentials, improved pay on job transfers, lump sum bonuses, improved tuition assistance and a student loan repayment plan. The agreement extends the current contract two years, until March 31, 2026.
Current protections against layoff and subcontracting are extended, and annual raises for the extra two years are included. All other terms remain unchanged.


General Teamsters Local 251 Facebook:

TEAMSTERS AT NORTHEAST TRANSPORTATION/DHL WIN BIG WITH $120,000 GRIEVANCE SETTLEMENT Local 251 members at DHL/Northeast Transportation services in Pawtucket, R.I., are excited to share the news of their recent grievance settlement amount of $120,000.00, after several grievances that were filed claiming a violation of the collective bargaining agreement, when bargaining unit work was being threatened by the use of outside contractors. The Couriers, truck drivers, and dockworkers all shared in the victory and received grievance checks. The workers stood together and made it resoundingly clear that they will protect their work. Steward Tiffany Thompson said, “We weren’t just going to stand by and allow the company to subcontract our work.” Business Agent Tommy Salvatore stated, “Only through a Collective Bargaining Agreement with strong grievance and arbitration language were we able to achieve this victory.” The members stuck together and documented the violations every step of the way. Many of the employees are using their grievance settlement award to buy groceries, pay bills and provide for their families.


United Way of RI: Holiday Volunteer Engagement Projects:

Labor members have a long history of commitment and their willingness to help families going through tough times. We are partnering with United Way as we have a common goal, to improve lives of people in need. If you’re interested in volunteering as a team or individually for the holidays, United Way’s Volunteer Engagement can assist. Whether you’d like to donate to a holiday drive for children or isolated seniors, or volunteer in person helping with gift sorting, packaging and distribution, give them a call at 401-519-0380 or email volunteer@unitedwayri.org to get the details.


AFL-CIO:

Working people, rise up! Thousands of workers are going on strike, so October is now known as Striketober. We made a map of all the strikes happening across the country—support one near you:

View Strike Map Here.

Working people keep our country running through this pandemic. Many corporations are even making record profits!

But as union members negotiate new contracts, we’re being told we have to give things up: lower wages, losing benefits and fewer days off.

And working people are saying NO.

As AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler said, “The strikes are sending a signal, no doubt about it, that employers ignore workers at their peril. I think this wave of strikes is actually going to inspire more workers to stand up and speak [out].”

So across the country, across industries…we’re speaking out and saying that we’re ready to go on strike to get the fair treatment we deserve.

So if you support working people, find a strike near you.


Did you know that when you do your Halloween shopping, you can use the power of your paycheck to support good jobs that pay well and respect the rights of working people? Here is a handy guide to the union-made treats that will make your holiday not only fun, but will help working people, too.

See list here.

***Remember to purchase your candy where our union brothers and sisters work: Stop & Shop, Shaws and Eastside Marketplace.





UPCOMING EVENTS:TEAMSTERS, Local 251SOLIDARITY WITH JOHNSON BROTHERS WORKERSPlease visit the picket line and show Johnson Brothers that workers stick together and will not be treated like second-class citizens. Picket lines are up 24 hours a day at: Johnson Brothers of Rhode Island
120 Moscrip Ave.
North Kingstown RI 02852
Key times are 6:30-8:30 a.m. and 4-6 p.m.
Customer banners are typically on Wednesdays from 4-6pm. Contact us to participate.
Johnson Brothers of RI Donations can be made to: Teamsters Local 251 Strike Fund, 121 Brightridge Ave. East Providence RI 02914

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E-NEWS: OCTOBER 21, 2021

An updated Union Directory listing union goods and services in R.I. can be found on our website at www.RhodeIslandAFLCIO.org under the “Resources” tab.

Here is the direct link—-> Union Directory

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


This weekend!


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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Instead, he voted to go on strike.

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


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

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

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

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



Axios: Kamala Harris announces new guidelines to encourage union membership

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

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

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

Read more here.





UPCOMING EVENTS:

RICOSH: Health & Safety Training Series in October 2021

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

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

HAZCOM – Hazard Communication: Register here.

Stress on the Job: Prevention Strategies: Register here.

Disaster Preparedness: Register here.



United Way of Rhode Island’s 95th Annual Celebration

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

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

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


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

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e-news: july 22, 2021

An updated Union Directory listing union goods and services in R.I. can be found on our website at www.RhodeIslandAFLCIO.org under the “Resources” tab.

Here is the direct link—-> Union Directory

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


AFSCME: AFSCME Rhode Island fights privatization of services to the elderly and disabled

After a prolonged budget battle with Rhode Island state leaders, AFSCME members were able to protect key community services for the state’s elderly, disabled and vulnerable people against attempts to privatize and reduce them.

Such fights – and victories – are nothing new for AFSCME Rhode Island Council 94 members, who have been fighting attempts to close several of Rhode Island’s state-run facilities that serve vulnerable residents.

Shoestring budgets that fail to invest in critical services and instead pad the pockets of private companies have only made matters worse for workers and the people they serve in these facilities.

“The real thanks go to the workers who, during the pandemic, kept going to work while management spent millions on private vendors,” said J. Michael Downey, president of Council 94. “This outsourcing trend is troubling: hiring outside vendors to do the work our members – some who have been with these facilities for years and built relationships there – were hired to do. Thankfully, the governor has put the brakes on all of that.” Read more here.


Providence Journal: Governor McKee announces agreement in Providence teachers’ contract

PROVIDENCE — Ten weeks after Gov. Dan McKee intervened in the acrimonious Providence teacher negotiations, he announced Tuesday that the state has reached a tentative agreement with the Providence Teachers Union.

At his afternoon news conference, the governor opened by saying, “I am glad to say we reached an agreement last night.”

No details will be released until teachers vote on ratifying the contract. It has been almost two years since the previous contract expired.

McKee said he looks forward to working with teachers, parents and students to “move Providence to that spot where it becomes the school of choice for the families that live in Providence.” Read more here.


General Teamsters, Local 251 Facebook:

Valets, shuttle drivers eager to get back to work at Twin River Casino. “Nearly 40 valets and shuttle drivers who worked at Twin River Casino in Lincoln are still hoping to be recalled to their positions after they were laid off in September 2020. But so far, they say they haven’t been given an exact date when they can expect to return. The Teamsters contract with Twin River calls for members who were laid off to be recalled if their jobs return within 24 months, according to Thomas Salvatore, Business Agent for Local 251.” Read more here.


Message from Providence Federation of Musicians

The Providence Federation of Musicians and the American Federation of Musicians would like to ask all union members and their friends and families to boycott the Kingston Chamber Music Festival, which is being held on the campus of the University of Rhode Island from July 24 through August 1.

The Festival management has refused to bargain or negotiate with the Providence Local, and has engaged in deceptive and misleading discussions with both the Philadelphia Local and the AFM.

In this year’s event, they have replaced all the union musicians with non-union players.

We are not in any way looking to disrupt the Festival, but we would appreciate it if our brothers and sisters in the labor movement would not patronize this festival, in view of the management’s bad faith attitudes.

Thank you,

Ed Plunkett, President


A great big thank you to Senator Reed and Senator Whitehouse for their ongoing commitment to not only Rhode Island working families but working families throughout the nation by co-sponsoring the PRO Act.

Senator Jack Reed Twitter:
Labor Unions helped to create and sustain the middle-class & working people deserve a voice, fair wages, and benefits – pass it on. I support the #PROAct along with @RIAFLCIO and all those who are #UnionStrong.

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse Twitter: For decades, billionaires have been getting richer and richer at the expense of the middle class. I stand with @RIAFLCIO in support of the #PROAct because expanding workers’ rights to unionize is a sure way to create good, family-supporting jobs.


RIFTHP Twitter: Working together to celebrate Summer and Literacy!@AFTunion @rifthp @beaup3 @AFTEVPDeJesus @rweingarten @RIFTFrankFlynn @PSD_Sup @DonGrebien @GovDanMcKee @Riftcol @StephanieLy1

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Local 37 Ironworkers Facebook:

Local 37 sponsored Alexander in a wish come true! Alex is very happy with his wish! Dreams do come true!!

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Labor Law Lite: A Great Week For The NLRB

It’s been a good eight days or so for those who wish to see the National Labor Relations Board enforce federal labor law as written:

  • On July 12, the House appropriations committee reported a budget bill that contained a proposed $317 million in funding for the Labor Board in FY22. That is $15 million more than the Biden administration requested for the agency and would represent a $43 million increase from its current budget, allowing the Board to potentially hire even more help than the 136 new full-time employees it projected using the administration’s number. The Senate may whittle down that number, but the added boost from the House’s efforts almost certainly improved upon whatever the final figure would have been.
  • On July 14, key Senate Democrats announced that they were including the Protecting the Right to Organize Act in the FY22 budget bill. Later developments made clear that Democrats would only include portions of the PRO Act that would likely pass the budgetary reconciliation process, namely the monetary fines for employer unfair labor practices, but this was arguably the most important part of the bill in terms of strengthening the NLRB from an agency that begs for voluntary compliance into one that can credibly demand observance of the National Labor Relations Act. Read more here.


UPCOMING EVENTS:

RICOSH Zoom Webinar: Controlling the Hazards of Heat

There were 194 fatalities the recent heat wave in the Pacific Northwest. Climate change results in more frequent days of extreme heat and record-breaking summers become the norm; 37% of heat related deaths from 1991 to 2018 are attributed to climate change. (Nature Climate Change)

Workers are at risk because their livelihoods often depend on their exposure to hot weather and hot environs. In addition to outdoor occupations, such as farm, utility, landscaping, delivery, and construction, others who work in hot indoor environments include kitchens, laundries, warehouses are at risk.  According to US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) 2,830 workers suffered from heat-related illness and 37 died from heat stroke and related causes in 2015.

Date: Thursday, July 29th      Time: 3 – 4:30 p.m.

Join online here.Password: 929419

Or Telephone: (888) 844-9904 – Conference code: 688346


20th Annual London/Riley Memorial Golf Tournament

Date: Monday, August 2, 2021 Where: Cranston Country Club

More information: LondonRiley.org


ILSR 26th Annual Edward J. McElroy Golf Tournament

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

More information:Call ILSR at 401-463-9900


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

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Teamsters, Local 251 sit down with LaborVision to discuss their on ongoing strike at Johnson Brothers of RI. Through their discussion we learn about the company’s mistreatment of employees and it’s zero intention of bargaining in good faith. Johnson Brothers employees are being paid wages significantly lower than the industry average while being forced to pay outrageous out of pocket heath care costs. The company offers no retirement or 401k benefits and has cut back on truck staffing while truck loads and deliveries have increased.

Johnson Brothers employees have been on strike for over two months and the company continues to ignore their requests and concerns. There are several liquor stores still accepting Scab truck deliveries. Tune into this segment to learn how you can support these drivers. Find out which liquor stores near you are accepting scab deliveries and make sure you are shopping at the stores who are supporting these workers and REFUSING SCAB DELIVERIES. Check out the LaborVision social media pages to learn about which products you should be boycotted. Join your brothers and sisters on the picket lines and tune in to this segment to learn more about how you can support them.

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