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

Coming up on Labor Vision …

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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Labor Day Events 2017

Labor Day is devoted to no man, living or dead, to no sect, race or nation.

Samuel Gompers

As we celebrate and relax with our family and friends this Labor Day, please take a few minutes to reflect and remember the struggles working people have endured to achieve gains in the workplace and society we enjoy today.

Read about the Saylesville Strike at the Rhode Island Labor History Society http://rilaborhistory.org/The_Great_Textile_Strike_1934.html


Labor Day Events

Rhode Island Labor History Society Remembrance of the Saylesville Massacre
When: Labor Day September 4th @ 10am
Where: Moshassuck Cemetery- 978 Lonsdale Ave, Central Falls
Details: The Rhode Island Labor History Society remembers the 1934 Textile Strike, when thousands of factory workers across the country went on strike to protest poor conditions and labor practices. In Central Falls, a major textile producer at the time, demonstrators were met with police and military. Four Rhode Island workers lost their lives- Charles Gorcynski, William Blackwood, Jude Courtemanche, and Leo Rouette. This year’s speech is being given by Marti Rosenberg Health Care Advocate Labor Day Memorial Speech: “Reflecting on the Past – Organizing for the Future”


Labor Day Anti-Racist March and Rally
When: Labor Day September 4th @ 12:30pm
Where: Burnside Park Providence
Details: In light of recent events in Charlottesville, Boston, and throughout the country, local Rhode Island labor unions, political organizations, and citizens will be joining together this Labor Day for an anti-racist march and rally in Providence. In addition to highlighting the role of the labor movement in developing a freer and more equitable society, this event will focus specifically on the important role that organized labor, workers, and concerned citizens have to play in the ongoing struggle against racism in our society.

Rhode Island CLUW Participates in Providence Women’s March

Providence, RI- On Saturday, January 21st dozens of members and supporters of the Rhode Island Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) gathered at the Rhode Island AFL-CIO Headquarters  before marching to the Rhode Island State House to join in with the Rhode Island Women’s March.

The Rhode Island Women’s March was organized to coincide with the Women’s March on Washington and was one of hundreds of sister marches across the world. Nearly 5 million people participated in marches, over 7,000 in Providence alone.

The Women’s March was part of a worldwide protest in support of women’s rights and other causes including immigration reform, health care reform, protection of the natural environment, LGBTQ rights, racial justice, freedom of religion, and workers’ rights. The rallies were aimed at Donald Trump, the recently inaugurated President of the United States, and especially at his statements and positions some regarded as anti-women or in other ways reprehensible. It is the largest one-day protest in U.S. history.

IBEW 2323 Verizon Picket Locations


IBEW Verizon Picket


Verizon Providence Head Quarters 234 Washington Street Providence, RI 6:00am to 7:00pm
Wireless Store Picket


Location Address Hours of Picketing
Smithfield Wireless 371 Putnam Pike Smithfield, RI 7:00am to 4:00pm
Seekonk Wireless 191 Highland Ave Seekonk, MA 7:00am to 8:00pm
Warwick Wireless 399 Bald Hill Road Warwick, RI 7:00am to 8:00pm
North Attelboro Wireless 237 Emerald Square North Attelboro, MA 7:00am to 8:00pm
North Kingstown Wireless 1310 Ten Rod Road North Kingstown, RI 7:00am to 4:00pm
Garage Picket


Location Address Hours of Picketing
Warwick Garage 100 New England Way Warwick, RI 6:00am to 7:00pm
Tower Hill Garage 2979 Tower Hill Road South Kingstown, RI 6:00am to 7:00pm
East Providence Garage 175 Amaral Street East Providence, RI 6:00am to 7:00pm
Smithfeield Garage 21 Business Park Drive Smithfield, RI 6:00am to 7:00pm


• Picket in an orderly fashion, in a safe area, with your fellow union members
• Park in a safe area near the picket line
• Follow the instructions of police and public safety personnel, including firefighters and
emergency personnel. Introduce yourself to the police officer on duty. You can ask police to
confirm CDL license for management or replacement drivers, or to control traffic.
• Wear safe, bright, weather-appropriate clothing and footwear, especially Union apparel.
• Ask customers to shop elsewhere; ask delivery drivers to not make deliveries. You can talk to
people when they arrive and, if they enter, when they leave. Don’t interfere with pharmacy-
only customers. Encourage replacement workers not to scab.
• Follow your assigned picket schedule.
• Ask your friends, family and other workers to join you on the picket line; make sure they see
these do’s and don’ts
• Anyone disrupting the picket line, or refusing to follow these rules, should be told to leave
• Making a record of any unusual incidents, of injuries, accidents or arrests, with the date,
time, place, description and people involved,
Call the Union office with any issues or questions.
Direct media questions to Steve Murphy.

• Obviously, no violence or lawbreaking
• Don’t speak with company security or management about Union issues
• Don’t wear your picket sign away from the picket line
• Don’t engage hecklers or troublemakers. Ask police to get involved if you don’t feel safe
• Don’t use alcohol or drugs, or carry weapons, at or near the picket line.
• Don’t use profanity, threats or abusive language.
• Don’t block the sidewalk or street

Stand with UFCW 328 for Better Jobs at Stop & Shop

UFCW Rally 4-6-16

The hard-working men and women of Stop & Shop are fighting for a better life—better wages, better benefits, and respect for the work that they do. By coming together, we can tell Stop & Shop to give these great members of our community a fair deal.

Join us at Stop & Shop
on Wednesday, April 6 at 4pm
333 W River St, Providence, RI
The hard-working men and women of Stop & Shop are fighting for a better life—better wages, better benefits, and respect for the work that they do. By coming together, we can tell Stop & Shop to give these great members of our community a fair deal.


Labor Events This Week


Teamsters 251 Informational Picket

Where: Elmwood Medical Adult Day Health Care Center & Medical Transportation 20 Miner St, Providence, RI
When:Monday, November 23, 2015 3:45 – 5:15pm
Why: Since the 54 employees of Elmwood Medical Adult Day Health Care & Medical Transportation were certified by the NLRB as being represented by Teamsters Local 251, the Company has refused to recognize the Union. Additionally, the Company has ignored Federal Law by changing the terms of employment of workers directly, without bargaining with the Teamsters. We are calling on the Company to stop delaying and bargain with the negotiating committee empowered to speak for the workers.


UNAP Informational Picket

When:  November 24th at 2:00 – 5:00pm

Where: In Front of Fatima Hospital 200 High Service Avenue North Providence, RI

Why: Let’s tell the public the truth about Prospect CharterCARE! Prospect CharterCARE can buy billboards, slick television ads and newspaper ads claiming that they treat employees well. The truth is that they don’t. Their record:

  • Charged with violating federal labor law, settled rather than face trial.
  • Unavailable to negotiate, stalling.
  • Dismissing a contract reflecting over 20 years of good labor relations with registered nurses.
  • Arrogantly refusing to agree to the most basic of employee contract rights.
  • Unfair pay rates. Newly hired employees paid far more than longer term employees.

Bannister Nursing Home Worker to Picket

New York company comes to Rhode Island looking to lower standards at historic nursing home
Earlier this year, 1199 members at Bannister House united to save our historic nursing home, and with the help of the community allies and political leaders we were able to keep Bannister in operation! 
But now, a for profit out-of-state operator with no track record in RI is trying to drive down standards for workers.  Workers and allies will picket to keep staff turnover low, make quality resident care high, and win a fair contract!
WHAT: Picketers will call on out-of-state operator to be fair to dedicated nursing home workers 
WHEN:  Tuesday, November 17th 2-4 pm  
WHERE Bannister House 135 Dodge St., Providence 
 More Background on Bannister’s History:
 In 1890, a group of concerned citizens led by Christiana Bannister opened the “Home for Aged Colored Women” in Fox Point to provide long-term care to African-American women in Providence, many of whom were retired domestic servants with no resources or family to care for them.  The facility was later renamed in her honor, and in 1974, Bannister House relocated to the West End on land donated by Ebenezer Baptist Church, in a building constructed around the church’s original chapel.  Over 125 years, Bannister House has served our community – and we want to continue for 125 more!

Price Rite Workers Rally for Respect, Fair Wages and Better Working Conditions at Providence Store

National AFL-CIO Secretary Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler Rallies with Workers and Supporters

PROVIDENCE — Price Rite employees trying to secure better wages and benefits for their fellow workers will be joined by UFCW Local 328, Rhode Island Jobs for Justice and other national and Rhode Island labor organizations Friday for a rally in support of changing Price Rite for the better.

Price Rite runs 58 stores across eight states, including seven in Rhode Island, and employs thousands of hard-working men and women. Among the issues affecting many of the workers in Southern New England are low wages, inconsistent scheduling, unpaid sick leave, and other poor employment practices proliferated by stores like Price Rite.

“Price Rite not only hurts employees, families and their communities, but its low wage model hurts everybody in the retail industry,” said UFCW Local 328 President Tim Melia.
The campaign to “Change Price Rite for the Better” is part of regional and national efforts to highlight the need for retail companies, like Price Rite, to pay the hard-working men and women better wages, provide better benefits, offer consistent scheduling, and respect on the job.

National AFL-CIO Secretary Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler will join the workers and their supporters tomorrow and is expected to offer brief remarks. Shuler is the first woman to be elected secretary treasurer, and is among the top three elected leaders of the AFL-CIO.

Labor Rallies

There are two rallies coming up in the next week………..

UNAP Rhode Island Hospital Vigil

When: Thursday, August 27th at 7:15

Where: Rhode Island Hospital corner of Eddy & Dudley Street

For more info and to RSVP please Click HERE

Picket for Living Wages & Safe Staffing at the Groden Center

The Groden Center is a non-profit organization that operates schools for children with autism and developmental disabilities. Groden’s students need consistent, well-trained staff to help them grow, develop, and succeed in a safe and supportive learning environment. But starting wages for Groden Center Behavioral Specialists are less than $23,000/year, and two-thirds of current staff earn less than $12.00/hour — causing high turnover and harming the quality of care and education that we can deliver. We love working with our students — and we deserve a living wage. JOIN US:

WHAT: Workers and allies hold INFORMATIONAL PICKET

WHEN: 4:45-5:45 on Thursday, September 3rd

WHERE: The Groden Center (Groden North – 86 Mt. Hope Ave)

TO RSVP or for more info contact feden@seiu1199ne.org or call (401) 457-5099


RI Caregivers Fight for $15 in Pawtucket

Front line caregivers who serve the elderly and disabled shouldn’t have to live in poverty. Caregivers in Rhode Island who provide compassionate quality care and in many instances replace the role of family when caring for the elderly and disabled deserve a living wage.

In Rhode Island front line caregivers are making significantly less than workers in Massachusetts. Recently Massachusetts announced it will be phasing in a minimum wage of $15 per hour for home care workers. If Rhode Island does not begin to bring up wages for direct care workers, long term care programs in Rhode Island will not be able to retain and attract trained and experienced front line care staff.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (May 2014) the median wage in Rhode Island for Personal Care Aides is only $10.78 an hour and for C.N.A.’s in nursing facilities it is $13.14.

Caregivers do special work and deserve to at earn enough money to also provide for their families.

WHEN: 3:30pm Thursday, July 30th

WHERE: Pawtucket – Corner of Slater Park at Parkview Dr. and Newport Ave (across the street from 293 Newport Ave.)

RSVP: By clicking here or emailing Emmanuel@RISEIU.org