By Steve Ahlquist on January 22, 2015
Having protesters arrive outside your home at 6am to accuse you of theft with a bullhorn is embarrassing and may be even a little frightening for your family. The very possibility that this might happen should serve as a deterrent to any business owner in Providence who might be considering cheating employees out of the money owed to them.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Featured, Labor | Tagged Cafe Atlantic, Economic Policy institute, fuerza laboral, Gourmet Heaven, Juan Noboa, Phoebe Gardener, Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training, wage theft | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 19, 2015
Dawn Oliveri, the attorney for Juan Noboa, one of the owners of Café Atlantic accused of non-payment of wages by former employees, contacted me late Friday afternoon to say that her client, “denies that he hasn’t paid people proper wages.”
By Steve Ahlquist on January 16, 2015
“These folks think that [Women & Infants] is their personal piggy bank,” says Patrick Quinn, “management has embarked on a whole scheme of things to basically cut costs, reduce staffing, increase workloads and frankly, we’re sick of it.”
By Steve Ahlquist on January 15, 2015
“It makes me so angry that I am doing everything I can to provide for my family and do my job the best I can and Noboa doesn’t care about anything but making money for himself,” said Flor Salazar, former employee of Café Atlantic, “Some of us are single mothers and are barely getting by.”
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Economy, Featured, Labor, National News, News, Photos, Video | Tagged buddy cianci, Cafe Atlantic, economic justice, Flor Salazar, fuerza laboral, Gourmet Heaven, Jose bren, Juan Noboa, olneyville, Phoebe Gardener, Scott Slater, social justice, wage theft | 9 Responses
By 1199 SEIU RI on January 15, 2015
Health care workers, 1199 SEIU Rhode Island members and allies will hold an informational picket at Women & Infants Hospital, a Care New England hospital, to protest Care New England’s failure to invest its resources toward quality patient care and staffing. Corporate management decisions by Care New England are hurting quality care, patient satisfaction, and the Rhode […]
By Steve Ahlquist on January 5, 2015
As Jorge Elorza stepped up to the podium Monday to address a crowd for the first time as Mayor of Providence, almost a dozen signs were held in the air in an effort to remind him of commitments made during his campaign to enact “The People’s Agenda.”
Posted in Activism, Campaign 2014, Civil Rights / Liberties, Criminal Justice, Economic Development, Economy, Featured, Labor, Providence, Race & Racism, Video | Tagged American Friends Service Committee, Community Safety Act, Community Solutions to Violence, DARE, jobs with justice, jorge elorza, mt. hope neighborhood association, Olneyville Neighborhood Association, PrYSM, Public Money for Public Good, The People's Agenda, The People's Forum | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on January 2, 2015
The senior employee has been with CVS for a few years and makes just under $9 an hour. The junior employee has been with the company for nearly a year and makes just over $8. Both are due, they say, for a year end review and a slight bump in pay, which usually amounts to a 10 cent increase. But this year they were told that there will be no review and no raise because, “the minimum wage increase took care of it.”
By Steve Ahlquist on December 31, 2014
The most poignant and politically instructive story I covered in 2014 was the shameful treatment of the Providence hotel workers who, having successfully petitioned the Providence City Council for the right to place a $15 minimum wage measure on the ballot, were frustrated in their effort by the General Assembly, under the leadership of newly elected Speaker of the House, Nicholas Mattiello.
Posted in Class Warfare, corporate greed, Featured, Labor, Providence | Tagged Adrienne Jones, Angel Taveras, Dan McKiernan, Krystle Martin, Lincoln Chafee, maria cimini, Marino Cruz, Michael Solomon, Mirjaam Parada, Nicholas Mattiello, Ray Gallison, santa brito, seth yurdin, Shelby Maldonado, Yilenny Ferreras | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on December 20, 2014
“I worked grueling 84 hour weeks, 7 days a week, 12 hours a day on the night shift, from 7pm to 7am,” said Pedro Us in a written statement, “For all that work, and on the night shift, I was paid only $360 a week, way below minimum wage and with no overtime.”
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Criminal Justice, Featured, Labor, Video | Tagged Carmen Castillo, fuerza laboral, george nee, Gourmet Heaven, James Riley, jesse strecker, jobs with justice, Marino Cruz, Phoebe Gardener, wage theft | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on December 18, 2014
As Mayor Angel Taveras and Mayor-elect Jorge Elorza enjoyed a celebration of “the great city of Providence and what it has to offer” at the the neighboring Veterans Memorial Auditorium with entertainment by Ravi Shavi and The ‘Mericans and catered by hip food trucks last night, more than 50 protesters marched and chanted outside the […]
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Featured, Labor, Providence | Tagged Adrienne Jones, Carmen Castillo, jorge elorza, Marino Cruz, Providence Renaissance, The Procaccianti Group, unite here | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on December 17, 2014
Privatizing the bus monitors will mean the loss of nearly 200 good paying jobs in Providence. In the event of privatization, professional jobs currently being performed by experienced, trained personal will be instead executed by minimum wage employees.
By Steve Ahlquist on December 15, 2014
The unhealthy work environment at the Renaissance, combined with the shock of losing his job and the combative atmosphere in the manager’s office drove Cruz to the breaking point. Cruz suffered a heart attack, and Renaissance management called a rescue to take him to the hospital.
By Steve Ahlquist on December 9, 2014
Just under thirty people marched and chanted Tuesday afternoon in the pouring rain outside the Renaissance Providence Hotel to protest the suspension, pending termination, of Marino Cruz and Veronica Arias, two employees who have helped to lead the campaign to improve working conditions at the hotel.
By Mark Baumer on December 9, 2014
At 3:40 p.m. on December 8, 30 students from Brown University locked arms, entered the library administration offices in the Rockefeller Library, and said, “We’re students in solidarity with library workers.” They were delivering a message to Harriette Hemmasi, the head librarian at Brown, as well as other upper library administrators. Hemmasi was not available. […]
By Mike Araujo on December 5, 2014
I have devoted much of my life to the labor movement, I believe that poor and working people have all the capacity and intelligence to run their own lives. I also believe that democracy needs everybody and should extend into economic life. I believe that anti-racism, anti-sexism, anti-gender bias, are core values of labor. I […]
By Steve Ahlquist on November 28, 2014
This year’s Black Friday Walmart protests were organized nationally by OUR Walmart (Organization United for Respect at Walmart), a group fighting for a $15 minimum wage and fair scheduling practices of the kind recently enacted into law as the Retail Workers Bill of Rights in San Francisco. The organization of Walmart workers in Rhode Island has been lagging as compared to efforts in some states.
By Steve Ahlquist on November 25, 2014
Paxon’s words of thanks, says Brown student and activist Stoni Tomson, “is an attempt to co-opt our movement and our struggle… this is the tactic of some of the most insidious and abusive elements on this earth.”
By Steve Ahlquist on November 10, 2014
Mayor Elorza needs to be reminded that campaign promises are obligations to make a good faith effort towards delivering on his rhetoric. In large part, Elorza won his campaign because a majority of Providence citizens saw him as “better than Cianci.” That’s a low bar, and one would hope that Elorza aims a lot higher than than.
Posted in Campaign 2014, cities and towns, Class Warfare, Economy, Featured, Labor, News, Poverty, Providence, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged bill rappleye, fight for 15, jorge elorza, minimum wage, nbc 10 news conference | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on November 6, 2014
Skilled workers are being replaced with minimum wage temps as a way of saving money at Brown University. As workers, students and the community suffers, Brown pockets the profits.
By Steve Ahlquist on October 9, 2014
As I listened to Grover Norquist address the crowd of about eighty people at the swanky and exclusive Squantum Association in East Providence on Thursday afternoon, I couldn’t help but wonder if the slick conservative operative knew what he was talking about.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Constitutional Convention, Events, Featured, Gun Control, Labor, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island | Tagged constitutional convention, grover norquist, mike stenhouse, Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity | 2 Responses