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E-NEWS: OCTOBER 27, 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

This mailer was sent to every union household in Cranston, we won’t forget former mayor

@AllanFungRI’s empty promises.

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The Providence Journal: Labor Secretary Walsh stumps for Magaziner

In a homestretch effort to rally votes for State Treasurer Seth Magaziner, who is wrestling Republican Allan Fung in a scrappy match for Rhode Island’s 2nd Congressional District seat, U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh appeared in Providence on Saturday.

Speaking near the Roger Williams Park carousel, Walsh warned that there is ‘a lot at stake in November’ and ‘a lot at stake for the future of our country.’

Walsh’s message was light on Magaziner and heavy on President Joe Biden, touting the administration’s agenda and its accomplishments despite the president receiving a lackluster approval rating that mirrors that of his predecessor.

Walsh reflected on the administration’s work on the American Rescue Plan Act and the Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors and Science Act — known as the CHIPS Act — a move to invigorate American semiconductor manufacturing and reduce reliance on China.

The secretary also focused, unsurprisingly, on labor, surrounded by union members, including Michael Sabitoni, the powerful head of the Rhode Island Building & Construction Trades Council.

Walsh recalled growing up in Dorchester with an Irish father who was a union member, and participating in kitchen table discussions on work.

‘Everything that I have in my life, all the different positions I’ve had … has come out of the labor movement,’ Walsh said. ‘It’s been about the labor movement. It’s about what the Democratic Party stands for.’ Read more here.



  • McKee/Magaziner Phone Bank & Canvass, Painters Hall, 269 Macklin Street, Cranston 430pm-630pm

Saturday, October 29th

  • Providence: Saturday Labor Walk – Español, SEIU 1199, 319 Broadway, Providence, 10am
  • Cranston: Magaziner/McKee Canvass, Painters Hall, 269 Macklin Street, Cranston, 9:00am
  • Westerly: Victoria Gu/Magaziner Canvass, Craig Field Recreation Complex, Mountain Ave, Westerly, 12:30pm

Tuesday, November 1st

  • Magaziner Phone Bank, Painters Hall, 269 Macklin Street, Cranston 430pm-630pm

Wednesday, November 2nd

  • Providence: Wednesday Labor Walk, 300 W Exchange St, Providence, 🎂 Birthday Cake Served at 3pm, Walk at 4pm

Thursday, November 3rd

  • McKee/Magaziner Phone Bank & Canvass, Painters Hall, 269 Macklin Street, Cranston 430pm-630pm

Saturday, November 5th

***Please contact Autumn Guillotte, Organizer for Rhode Island AFL-CIO with any questions at (401) 316-1359 or E-Mail Autumn@riaflcio.com.

The Providence Journal: Bus drivers authorize strike in Lincoln, West Warwick and statewide yard in Cranston if demands aren’t meant. Here’s why

PROVIDENCE — First Student bus drivers at three bus yards said they plan to strike Nov. 2 unless management gives them a raise and a guarantee of 30 hours a week.

During a news conference Tuesday at the Service Employees International Union, New England, Local 1199 Executive Vice President Jesse Martin said more than 275 drivers and monitors authorized a strike vote last week. The employees work in the Lincoln, West Warwick and Cranston bus yards.  

How many students would be affected by a bus driver strike?

If a strike goes forward, hundreds of students would be affected because the drivers in Local 1199 provide transportation to students with special needs who are bused all over the state.

hose drivers also haul students to a number of private schools. The Journal could not obtain a list of the schools that would be affected.  

Why are the First Student bus drivers planning to strike?

Martin said drivers are not making enough money to support their families, adding that they make an average of $450 a week. He did not disclose how much more money they are seeking.

“First Student is a global company making billions of dollars in profit a year,” Martin said. “We need to make sure our employees are respected and treated with dignity.” Read more here.

1199 SEIU Rhode Island Facebook:

BREAKING: 275 1199NE bus drivers, monitors and aides who work for First Student, a multi-billion dollar company, will begin an open-ended strike starting November 2. Since June, 1199 workers from the Lincoln, West Warwick and Cranston bus yards have been trying to reach a fair settlement but First Student has refused to provide fair hours to end poverty wages. “We do not take the decision to go on strike lightly, but our children deserve consistent schedules and the best possible experience getting to and from school and as First Student has a responsibility to make that a reality,” said Lorene Hamel, a First Student school bus driver in Lincoln. Stay tuned for more details.

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General Teamsters Local 251 Facebook:


The Teamsters Local 251 Contract Action Team (CAT) at UPS met to put together contract proposals gathered from members. The CAT was elected by the UPS membership and had distributed and collected proposal forms to members ahead of this meeting. Local Business Agents Matt Maini and Tom Salvatore will take the L251 proposals to the New England committee. The CAT will work to unite and mobilize the membership throughout the contract negotiations and contract campaign.

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Local 37 Ironworkers Facebook:

A few of our members training to put another skill in their repertoire.

(Pictures from Cash Pina Facebook)

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RICOSH ADVISORY: Healthy Indoor Air: essential to manage COVID-19 this fall and winter.

On October 11th  Dr Ashish  JA the White House Covid coordinator  hosted a White House Summit on Improving Indoor Air Quality bringing together public health and ventilation experts, private sector and education leaders, and other stakeholders to highlight the benefits of improved indoor air quality in mitigating the spread of COVID-19,  In addition to new, updated COVID-19 vaccines and lifesaving treatments, improving indoor air quality within buildings is an essential part of the Biden Administration’s plan to manageCOVID-19 this fall and winter.

Earlier this year, the Administration launched the Clean Air in Buildings Challenge with recommendations building owners and operations can follow to improve indoor air quality.  {WhiteHouse.Gov/CleanIndoorAir}

Some common Ways to Increase Ventilation and Filteration

·         Increase outside air (OA) into the system as much as possible (most systems supply from 10-20% currently]this increases the effective dilution ventilation.

·         One way to measure ventilation is to figure out how often the air in a space is completely replaced. This is called Air Changes per Hour (ACH). In a 30-foot by 30-foot room that has 25 people in it, if the air is replaced at least every 10 minutes, there is an ACH of 6, There is not a standard for ACH, but a higher ACH lowers the risk of disease spreading through the air. We recommend a qualified HVAC technician or industrial hygienist be consulted throughout the whole process. Aim for at least 6 Air Changes per Hour [ACH ]in occupied spaces- more if possible. Read more here.

Machinists Union Facebook:

Did you know that we’re the largest union at NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration?

Our members build and launch the rockets and space shuttles that explore the universe. We even make spacesuits!

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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


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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Coming up on Labor Vision …

This special segment of Labor Vision covers the 2022 Rhode Island Institute For Labor Studies and Research 40th Annual Awards Evening featuring Marty Walsh, U.S. Secretary of Labor, introduced by Armand Sabitoni, LIUNA. Future segments will feature student guest speakers and prestigious Eagle Award recipients.

For more photos from the evening: https://www.riilsr.org/annual-award-dinner

Find our latest episodes on our website: www.LaborVisionRI.org

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9 Things You Need to Know About the Role of Unions in 2017

Union Advantage

via AFL-CIO Now Blog

A new report from the Economic Policy Institute takes a deep look at the role and importance of unions as the key avenue for working people to come together and negotiate for an expansion of their rights and freedoms. Here are nine things you need to know about the state of the labor movement in 2017.

Continue reading 9 Things You Need to Know About the Role of Unions in 2017


Bill preserves benefits and protections mandated by the Affordable Care Act

Providence, RI— On Monday, June 19th, the Executive Board of the Rhode Island AFL-CIO unanimously voted to support passage of “The Health Insurance Market Stability and Consumer Protection Act.”
Sponsored by Senator Josh Miller (S831 SubA) and Representative Brian Patrick Kennedy (H6156) the bill, ensures that Rhode Islanders are covered and protected at the state level if any changes are made to the Affordable Care Act at the federal level.
Key provisions of the ACA that the bill would maintain in state law include:
  • No pre-existing condition exclusions
  • Allow dependents up to age 26 to remain on their parents plan
  • Preserves coverage for preventative services with no cost sharing
  • Prohibition on annual limits/ lifetime dollar caps on coverage for essential benefits
Congressional Republican health care plans, including the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA), would repeal taxes on the wealthy, including the Net Investment Income Tax (NIIT)—a tax on combined capital gain, dividend, and interest income applicable to individuals making more than $200,000 or couples filing jointly making more than $250,000 in adjusted gross income.
 This tax cut is paid for by eliminating health insurance coverage for millions low- and middle-income Americans. According to a new report from the Center for American Progress, an estimated 51,500 Rhode Islanders would lose health insurance coverage, in order to give 920 of the wealthiest Rhode Island families a more than $42,000 tax break.



The Governor’s proposal to make college more affordable and accessible is a priority for Rhode Island’s working families

PROVIDENCE, RI The Rhode Island AFL-CIO enthusiastically supports the Rhode Island Promise proposal introduced by Governor Gina Raimondo. The proposal, which provides every Rhode Island student with an opportunity to attend two years of public college tuition-free, will provide working families with much-needed relief and will ensure that Rhode Islanders are prepared to compete for both the jobs of the present and the future.

Rhode Island AFL-CIO President George Nee released the following statement endorsing the Rhode Island Promise proposal:

The Rhode Island Promise scholarship proposal is a priority for working families because it will make Rhode Island workers more competitive. The jobs being created today require more education and training than a high school degree. The labor movement from its beginning has supported free public education for young people in the elementary and secondary schools. Due to the changing nature of employment in our economy, the time has come to extend this concept to our students engaged in post- secondary education. The Governor’s proposal builds on the success of the rest of her jobs agenda, which includes Real Jobs RI, expanded apprenticeship programs and support for career and technical education. The Rhode Island AFL-CIO and working families across Rhode Island strongly support the Rhode Island Promise scholarship proposal and respectfully requests on the General Assembly to pass it.”


Fix Our Schools Now Forum


Please Join Us!

We cannot claim to care about academic performance if we force students, teachers, and staff into unhealthy buildings every day. Our kids deserve better. Today, not tomorrow.

Fix Our Schools Now

A Coalition for Healthy School Environments

We cordially invite you to attend a FORUM to discuss the condition of our public school buildings: how they impact health, academic performance, and nances in our communities, as well as potential solutions for these concerns.

Our panel of speakers includes:

■ Seth Magaziner General Treasurer, State of Rhode Island

■ JerryDrummond,CEM,CEP Lead Energy Ef ciency Representative, National Grid

■ Julian Rodriguez-Drix Asthma Program Manager, Department of Health

■ Rep. Gregg Amore Rhode Island House District 65,

Chair, Finance Sub-Committee on Education

■ Dr.Daphne Koinis-Mitchell Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Hasbro Children’s Hospital

■ ChinLin,AIA,LEEDAP Architect for Pell Elementary School, HMFH Architects

■ Erika Eitland PhD candidate, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Monday, February 27, 2017

4:00 p.m. — 6:00 p.m. Providence Career & Technical Academy

AUDITORIUM – 41 Fricker St., Providence, RI 02903

For more information contact Lisa Nelson at LNelson@oehcri.org or 401-621-2228


Package of bills aims to modernize Rhode Island’s probation system
Providence, RI— The Executive Board of the Rhode Island AFL-CIO, representing nearly 80,000 union members and retirees across Rhode Island, met on Monday, January 23rd and unanimously voted to support the 2017 Justice Reinvestment Act which aims to fix Rhode Island’s broken and outdated probation system. Rhode Island’s antiquated probation policies contribute significantly to the number of people incarcerated in the state. Most laws governing probation sentencing and supervision in Rhode Island have not been updated in decades and do not support evidence-based practices, such as the use of risk and needs assessments to determine appropriate levels of supervision. As a result of these outdated policies, the number of probation revocations is high. One-third of pretrial admissions to the Adult Correctional Institutions (ACI) are for alleged violations of probation, and an estimated 60 percent of sentenced admissions are probation violators.
In announcing the Executive Board’s decision, Rhode Island AFL-CIO President George Nee said “this act allows individuals who have made mistakes in the past, but have paid their debt to society, to get on with their lives and become more productive, engaged citizens to move Rhode Island forward.”


Rhode Island Congngressmen Stand with Workers and Oppose Fast Track Trade Bill

Thank you Congressman David Cicilline and Congressman Jim Langevin for voting against a trade proposal that would hurt Rhode Island workers and businesses. Let’s discard the old ways of arranging corporate trade entitlements, and open a path to revitalizing our economy on the basis of real growth, worker rights, higher wages, and shared prosperity!

“Any agreement that promotes fast track trade to advance the TPP without through review and congressional input is a bad deal for Rhode Island  workers. The fast-track model undercuts oversight of trade agreements and makes it more difficult to protect that interest of working families,’’ Cicilline said in a statement.

Congressman Langevin added:

“important that any free trade agreement places American workers and companies on an enforceable level playing field with foreign trading partners when it comes to labor rights, environmental regulation, intellectual property protection and other critical issues. For that reason I am opposed to passing’’ fast-track

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