By Rodrigo Pimentel on October 9, 2015
“If you follow the economic discussion in Rhode Island,” continued Nightingale, “all you hear people say is ‘all we need is more jobs, more jobs’ – but when you scrape away the rhetoric, a lot of people of color and poor minorities are being divided among themselves… the elites never mention that it’s all about their profits, about busting unions, about exploiting people – and this is one of the problems we have to deal with.”
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By Steve Ahlquist on October 4, 2015
A Wendy’s Restaurant in Providence was the site of a protest Saturday evening as members of Brown Student Labor Alliance and Fuerza Laboral protested the chain’s refusal to sign onto the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ Fair Food Program (FFP). After holding signs and marching outside the location, the thirteen Brown University students entered the restaurant until the manager on duty ordered them to leave.
Posted in Activism, corporate greed, Featured, Labor, Photos, Video | Tagged Brown Student Labor Alliance, Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Fair Food Program, FFP, fuerza laboral, Student/Farmworker Alliance, wendys | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 2, 2015
Even as Verizon demands cuts in job security, health care and retirement security, and even seeks to eliminate benefits for workers injured on the job or caring for a sick family member, the company “made over $18 billion in profits over the last 18 months–$1 billion per month–and paid its top executives $249 million over the last five years.”
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By Steve Ahlquist on September 28, 2015
“In this history of the United States, a moral critique has been always been at the center of any challenge to the structural sins of society—slavery, the denial of women’s rights, the denial of labor rights, the denial of equal protection under the law, the denial of voting rights, and the promulgation of unchecked militarism. We have never overcome any of these evils without a moral critique that challenged their grip on the heart and imagination of our society.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, Congress, corporate greed, Criminal Justice, Economy, Energy, Environment, Events, Featured, History, Immigration, International News, Labor, National News, News, Photos, Poverty, Race & Racism, Religion, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged Hip Hop Caucus, Moby, Moral Mondays, pope francis, Rally for Moral Action on Climate Change, Washington DC, William J. Barber II | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 25, 2015
Two women not allowed to speak at the United Nations held a forum on global women labor rights while Pope Francis addressed the General Assembly in New York City. Why are their voices marginalized?
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By Andrew Stewart on September 17, 2015
It is no secret that this country has a miserable record in terms of labor unions. After the passage of the Taft-Harley Act in 1947, a bill that both exiled the Communist Party members that had been the backbone of organization drives in the 1930’s and ’40’s and put multiple prohibitions on labor union actions, […]
By Steve Ahlquist on September 15, 2015
The Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America (RIPDA) are holding their annual fundraiser Thursday, September 17 from 5:30-8:30pm at Ogie’s Trailer Park, 1155 Westminster St in Providence. This year, they’re honoring Mike Araujo of the Restaurant Opportunities Center and the One Fair Wage Coalition with the Progressive Hero award.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, Democrats, Economy, Education, Elections, Environment, Events, Featured, Gun Control, Health Care, Labor, National News, News, Politics, Poverty, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island, State House, Taxes, Voter ID, Women, Youth | Tagged Mike Araujo, One Fair Wage Coalition, Restaurant Opportunities Center, Rhode Island Progressive Democrats, RIPDA | Leave a response
By Andrew Stewart on September 10, 2015
Within the past few years, the issue of privacy in telecommunications has become a major controversy. Following the revelations by Edward Snowden and the WikiLeaks organization, the role of the providers in collaboration with the National Security Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and other law enforcement agencies has become a subject of debate. On August […]
By Erik Loomis on September 10, 2015
For the last several years, I have written in various forums about how the United States has entered a New Gilded Age. That is, through decimating workers’ rights and empowering corporations to dominate the political system, we are recreating the Gilded Age of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. That period was noted by […]
By Steve Ahlquist on September 9, 2015
“This is an issue that starts here and ends here,” said Paul Doughty, the president of the Providence Fire Fighter IAFF Local 799 from the fourth floor of the Providence City Hall to the over three hundred people, firefighters and their families, who had come out in a peaceful show of force against Mayor Jorge Elorza’s recent shift changes that have resulted in firefighters working more hours for no additional pay.
By Bob Plain on September 9, 2015
Cedric de Leon is a local activist, a former union organizer and a sociology professor at Providence College. He’s also the author of an important new book for anyone who cares about worker rights, living wages and even gender and racial equality. His book “The Origins of Right to Work” details their sordid racist history […]
By Steve Ahlquist on September 8, 2015
The Rhode Island Labor History Society held their Annual Labor Day Address in Moshassuck Cemetery in Central Falls yesterday. Ryan McIntyre, the society board member who lead the effort to erect a monument in the cemetery to commemorate the Saylesville Massacre, where workers were killed by the National Guard during the General Textile Strike in September of 1934, […]
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By Andrew Stewart on September 8, 2015
Previously I posted a story regarding the current standoff between the IBEW and CWA with Verizon in regards to its impact on the labor movement. This post will discuss how a strong unionized workforce impacts the customer service of subscribers. The issue of customer service is fundamentally an issue of unionized labor. If the call […]
By Andrew Stewart on September 7, 2015
This is the first of a three-part series. Part two deals with customer service and part three deals with privacy issues. On August 1, 2015, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the Communications Workers of America contract with Verizon expired. However, unlike previous years, they decided to not strike – a move meant to […]
By Bob Plain on September 7, 2015
President Grover Cleveland pushed through the legislation to make Labor Day a national holiday in 1894, just days after the violent break up of the Pullman Rail Strike – a walk-out led by Eugene Debs that started with 3,000 workers in Pullman, Illinois and grew to almost 250,000 by the time the president deployed some […]
By Bob Plain on September 5, 2015
Progressive Providence College professor Cedric de Leon discusses his new book: “Origins of Right To Work: Antilabor Democracy in Nineteenth Century Chicago”
AS220, Saturday, September 12 from 5 to 7 pm.
de Leon’s book contends Right To Work-style laws first came in to fashion after the Civil War when anti-labor forces said unionization was akin to employment slavery. He’ll be discussing his research as well as what Rhode Islanders can do to prevent RTW laws from coming here, and how we may not be able to stop them from becoming the law of the land through an impending Supreme Court case.
By Raffi Jansezian on September 5, 2015
More than 50 staff, union reps, and concerned families chanted and picketed Thursday afternoon at The Groden Center in Providence. The gathered participants were making their concerns public in their struggle for fair wages and safe staffing practices. “At one time the Groden Center was considered an excellent school for autism,” said Cory Lafleur a […]
By Steve Ahlquist on September 4, 2015
Hotel workers gathered outside Providence City Hall Thursday evening to call attention to a new report, “Providence’s Pain Problem,” that details higher rates of injury at The Procaccianti Group Providence hotels Renaissance and Hilton than at other hotels nationally.
Posted in Class Warfare, corporate greed, Labor, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Carmen Castillo, Jim Celenza, RI Committee on Occupational Safety and Health, RICOSH, Stephen Dennis, Susana Ramirez, The Procaccianti Group, Unite Here Local 217 | 1 Response
By Raffi Jansezian on September 3, 2015
Congressman David Cicilline met Wednesday with local child care workers to discuss the need for high quality care that pays a living wage. “It’s time for Congress to take action to ensure that high quality, affordable child care is accessible for every American family,” said Cicilline. “And that the childcare workforce can access the training […]
By Steve Ahlquist on September 2, 2015
In a statement, the RI AFL-CIO wrote, “Big News and a very important step forward with a clear and strong message from Governor Gina Raimondo and DLT Director Scott Jensen that employers perpetuating fraud and deception will not be tolerated in the State of Rhode Island any longer.”
Posted in corporate greed, Criminal Justice, Labor, News, Rhode Island | Tagged Cardoso Construction LLC, Department of Labor and Training, dlt, Gina Raimondo, jesse strecker, RI AFL-CIO, RI Jobs with Justice, Scott Jensen, Workplace Fraud Unit | 1 Response