By Steve Ahlquist on November 22, 2015
The Brown Student Labor Alliance, with members of Fuerza Laboral, visited another Wendy’s in Providence Saturday, to deliver a letter and picket the restaurant to demand “Wendy’s to commit to signing onto the Fair Food Program, a program that ensures that farmworkers are provided a living wage and good working conditions.”
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Featured, Labor, National News, Photos, Video | Tagged Brown Student Labor Alliance, CIW, Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Fair Food Program, fuerza laboral, wendys | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on November 20, 2015
Workers say owners of the restaurant failed to pay minimum wage or overtime for over 70 hours of work a week. In addition, say organizers, “workers have been verbally harassed and physically abused. They’ve been called lazy and have been repeatedly intimidated by management.”
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Featured, Labor, Photos, Video | Tagged Food Chain Workers RIsing, Fuerza Laboral / Power of Workers, Phoebe Gardner, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, Teriyaki House | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on November 19, 2015
Providence City Hall was electric with meetings being conducted behind closed doors. What happened in the Finance Committee room was theater, the real deals were all made out of sight. The Finance Committee meeting seemed meticulously planned so that when it started, it would fall like a string of dominoes in favor of moneyed interests and to the detriment of hotel workers.
Posted in Class Warfare, corporate greed, Featured, Labor, News, Providence, Rhode Island, Taxes | Tagged Brett Smiley, Carmen Castillo, Fogarty Building, george nee, Gina Raimondo, John Igliozzi, josh miller, Kevin Jackson, Luis Aponte, Michael Sabitoni, Providence City Council Finance Committee, renaissance hotel, Sabina Matos, Tax Stabilization Agreement, Terrance Hassett, The Procaccianti Group, TPG, TSA | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on November 17, 2015
Bannister House workers and labor allies picketed outside the historic nursing home Tuesday afternoon to fight for fair wages and higher quality resident care.
By RI Future on November 13, 2015
Hotel workers at the Providence Renaissance have voted in favor of joining UNITE HERE Local 217 today. Workers rallied after the votes were counted, demanding that The Procaccianti Group, the hotel’s owner, begin bargaining a contract in good faith.
By RI Future on November 12, 2015
At the meeting, Perreault, another female EMT/firefighter, and several male firefighters expressed concerns about women not getting fair treatment in the fire department. Three months later, she was summoned to a meeting with Fire District Chief Stuart Pearson where she was terminated. The only explanation that Pearson gave was that he believed she was unhappy working there.
Posted in cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, Labor, News, Rhode Island, Women | Tagged American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Harmony Fire District, Kimberly Perreault, Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights, Sonja Deyoe, Steven Brown, Stuart Pearson | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on November 10, 2015
Fast food employees, restaurant workers and labor allies rallied outside the Wendy’s restaurant at 771 Warwick Ave in Warwick around noon as part of a national effort to kick off a year-long $15 minimum wage campaign ahead of next year’s presidential elections. Nearly 100 people gathered in the parking lot of Wendy’s, where the management […]
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Elections, Featured, Labor, National News, Photos, Video | Tagged 1199 SEIU Rhode Island, Brown Student Labor Alliance, Cafe Atlantic, Coalition of Immokalee Workers' Fair Food Program, Emelio Garcia, fight for 15, Flor Salazar, fuerza laboral, jesse strecker, jo-ann gesterling, Magdalene Smith, Restaurant Opportunities Center of Rhode Island, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, Teriyaki House, wage theft, wendys | Leave a response
By Harry Rix on November 10, 2015
“The worker deserves his [or her] wages.” – Apostle Paul (1 Tim 5:18) Let’s get real. Any adult working for $7.25 an hour is being exploited, and the $9.60 Rhode Island minimum beginning January 1, 2016 also falls far short of being just. Ask any Haitian garment worker: Survival requires servitude—-even if paid a scandalous […]
By Andrew Stewart on November 3, 2015
It is called the oldest line of work in the world and yet it is consistently denied legitimacy. But here in Rhode Island, where prostitution was legal from 1980 until 2009, some local sex workers are re-asserting their agency by organizing a labor union. “You see women get raped, you see women get murdered,” said […]
By Steve Ahlquist on October 31, 2015
In our early morning wage theft action today, former Café Atlantic restaurant owner Juan Noboa physically assaulted one of the worker leaders, Flor Salazar, with a bat, hitting her three times in the arm and shoulder but aiming for her head…
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Featured, Labor, News, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged Cafe Atlantic, Flor Salazar, fuerza laboral, Jose bren, Juan Noboa, Phoebe Gardener, Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training | 10 Responses
By RI Future on October 21, 2015
“We’ve been demanding for years that The Procaccianti Group give us a fair process to decide upon unionization, said Hipolito Rivera, a houseman at the hotel. “We call on the hotel to do the right thing. Treat us like equals, not adversaries. Respect us, respect the results of our election and negotiate a fair contract.”
Posted in corporate greed, Featured, Labor, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged Hipolito Rivera, Omni Providence, Providence Renaissance Hotel, Raquel Cruz, The Procaccianti Group, Unite Here Local 217 | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 20, 2015
“When we entered their trailer, they told us that they would talk with us if we just stepped outside,” said Fuerza Laboral organizer Phoebe Gardner, “As soon as we did so, they ran behind us and shut and locked the trailer door. When I tried to put my foot out to block them from closing the door, one Mill Creek rep pushed me out of the way. The police came almost immediately and kicked us off the property but agreed to deliver the letter we had for Mill Creek.”
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Criminal Justice, Featured, Labor | Tagged Allstate Interiors, An Act to Prevent Wage Theft and Promote Employer Accountability, Community Labor United, Dellbrook Construction, fuerza laboral, Immigrant Worker Center Collaborative, Metrowest Worker Center, Mill Creek Residential, Modera Natick Central, Olympic Painting and Roofing, Phoebe Gardner, The Parc at Medfield, wage theft, Willie Cerna | 1 Response
By Bob Plain on October 17, 2015
Employees of Price Rite, a regional grocery store chain, took to the streets in front of the Providence store on Friday to, in their words, “Change Price Rite for the Better.” That was the name given to the protest held outside the Valley Street grocery store on Friday that brought national AFL-CIO Secretary Elizabeth Shuler […]
By Andrew Stewart on October 11, 2015
Verizon worker negotiations with the company have come to a major impasse and a strike now seems imminent, says a source close to the situation who asked not to be identified. In an email to members, the IBEW said: “The Business Managers informed us that the company has started the process toward a unilateral imposition […]
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.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Economic Development, Education, Energy, Environment, Featured, International News, Labor, National News, News, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Environmental Protection Agency, fang, fossil free rhode island, Gina Raimondo, national grid, Peter Nightingale, pope francis, Robert Bullard, Sheldon Whitehouse, university of rhode island | 1 Response
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 | 2 Responses
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.”
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Featured, Labor, Photos, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Bill Dunn, Chris Buffery, CWA, Dan Musard, David Fontaine, Frank Flynn, IBEW 2323, IBEW 99, James Riley, Kenneth Marshall, Matt Taibi, Maureen Martin, Michael Daley, Michael Sabitoni, Mike Araujo, Paul MacDonald, Providence Central Labor Council, Rhode Island Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals, RI Jobs with Justice, verizon | 1 Response
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?
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Education, Events, Featured, Health Care, Immigration, International News, Labor, National News, News, Poverty, Race & Racism, reproductive freedom, Women | Tagged amnesty international, Asia Pacific Forum on Women, AWAJ, Chaumtoli Huq, Eni Lestari, IMA, International Migrants Alliance, Kate Lappin, Law and Development, Law@theMargins, Nazma Akter, pivot to Asia, pope francis, united nations, walmart | 1 Response
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, […]