By Steve Ahlquist on May 24, 2016
The residents of Burrillville, conscripted as actors in this this production, are changing the script even as the play is being performed. The production is going awry, and getting it back on course may prove to be impossible.
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By Bob Plain on May 23, 2016
Shirley Lomba is a caregiver at Bannister House, a nursing home in Providence. She’s paid $10.90 an hour and takes home about $220 a week. Her mortgage alone, $900 a month, costs more than that. “Who am I paying this week?” Lomba said, explaining her economic plight in a new video produced by SEIU 1199, […]
By Andrew Stewart on May 23, 2016
Sunday was a somewhat rainy day but the spirit of solidarity was not dampened as family members and supporters, including General Assembly member Aaron Regunberg and local candidate Jeremy Rix. Noisemakers and even a few costumes were to be found as there was a great deal of spirit within the crowd.
By Steve Ahlquist on May 21, 2016
“Despite its imperfections,” says CLF Senior Attorney Jerry Elmer, “the Keable Bill is an excellent bill that ought to be supported by enviros, because… it makes it much less likely that the Invenergy plant will be built.”
Posted in cities and towns, Climate Change, Energy, Environment, Featured, Infrastructure, Labor, News, Opinion, Rhode Island, State House, Taxes | Tagged Burrillville Town Council, cale keable, Capacity Supply Obligation, CLF, commerce corporation, Conservation Law Foundation, CSO, EFSB, Energy Facilities Siting Board, FCA, Forward Capacity Auction, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, ISO, Jerry Elmer | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on May 19, 2016
Rep. Cale Keable and Sen. Paul Fogarty introduced legislation that would give residents in Burrillville the ability to vote on “any tax agreement negotiated between the Burrillville Town Council and the developers of a proposed power plant in town be subject to voter approval.”
Posted in cities and towns, Climate Change, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Events, Featured, Infrastructure, Labor, News, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Burrillville Town Council, cale keable, commerce corporation, EFSB, Energy Facilities Siting Board, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, Ocean State Power, Paul Fogarty, Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns, Water Resources Board | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on May 19, 2016
Workers at Eastland Food Products Inc voted overwhelmingly to unionize with UFCW Local 328. The vote Thursday was 74-37 in favor of the union.
By Steve Ahlquist on May 15, 2016
For good jobs and a just transition, Sierra Club stands in solidarity with Verizon workers.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Featured, Infrastructure, Labor | Tagged Communications Workers of America, CWA, ibew, IBEW 2323, sierra club, verizon | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on May 13, 2016
There are employees at Eastland who have worked there for twenty years, and they’re still making minimum wage. Workers claim to have never been paid time and a half to work on Sundays. There are allegations of sexual harassment, wage theft, and 60 to 80 hour work weeks. No one working there has ever had a vacation or paid sick days.
By Jessica Stensrud on May 9, 2016
I wish there were no need to convince anyone that we should all have the chance to work in Healthy Workplaces. It sounds like a no brainer. Of course there should be healthy workplaces. Why do I think there is a need to talk about having them? Don’t we already have them?
By Steve Ahlquist on May 9, 2016
The Economic Progress Institute’s Director of Economic and Fiscal Policy, Douglas Hall, PhD, talks about what a workers’ agenda for Rhode Island’s economy might look like.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Economic Development, Economy, Featured, Labor, Poverty, Rhode Island, State Budget, Taxes, Video | Tagged 8th Annual Policy and Budget Conference, Douglas Hall, Economic Progress Institute, The State of Working Rhode Island: Workers of Color | Leave a response
By Bob Plain on May 5, 2016
Providence Journal employees publicly rebuked their out-of-state bosses with a noontime demonstration outside of the once-venerable institution’s now increasingly vacant offices and newsroom on Fountain Street. “Now that they own us there is no effort to invest in us,” said Journal reporter John Hill, who is the president of the Providence Newspaper Guild, said of […]
By Bob Plain on April 27, 2016
More than three of every four Rhode Islanders “favor” a $15 minimum wage for nursing home workers, according to a Fleming & Associates poll done for local labor groups. The poll question, shared by the SEIU 1199NE, found that 76 percent of those polled support a $15 basement wage for those who “care for Rhode […]
By Steve Ahlquist on April 13, 2016
“I shouldn’t have to rely on food stamps if I’m working 40 hours a week taking care of people. But I do! Honestly, I could be making more at Dunkin’ Donts and that’s ridiculous,” said Nichole Ward, a CNA at Greenville Skilled Nursing and Rehab in a statement.
By Bob Plain on April 13, 2016
Almost 40,000 Verizon workers went on strike today, more than 1,000 of them work in Rhode Island. Four of them set up a picket line outside of the Verizon store on Ten Rod Road in North Kingstown. These Verizon employees told me one of their demands is for more high-speed FIOS to be installed in […]
By Steve Ahlquist on April 13, 2016
As reported earlier today by Andrew Stewart, Verizon went on strike this morning, and picketers were out in front of the downtown Providence offices starting at 6am. Here are some pictures.
By Andrew Stewart on April 13, 2016
After several months of fruitless negotiations, unionized workers at Verizon have decided to go on strike. Sources indicate that, due to the training of non-union labor over the period of negotiations, this could be a long strike. The Verizon, union stand-off and the future of labor The Verizon, union standoff and the future of customer […]
By Bob Plain on April 12, 2016
A Providence Journal editorial lamented the loss of billionaires and millionaires who would abandon the Ocean State for lower taxes in the South. But Aggie Clark, a certified nurses assistant who doesn’t make enough money to pay her bills, better represents what ails Rhode Island’s economy. Rhode Island doesn’t have too few rich people, we […]
By Steve Ahlquist on April 7, 2016
As negotiations between Stop and Shop workers and the company owners drag on, members of United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) 328 rallied in the parking lot of the Branch Avenue location to send a strong message to management
By Greg Gerritt on April 1, 2016
“If we stop this power plant, it will be a shot heard round the world… If we stop this plant it will be a beacon for people around the world that the empire can be stopped. That we can have a green future.”
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By Steve Ahlquist on April 1, 2016
Here’s the full video from the Energy Facility Siting Board (EFSB) public comment hearing held in the Burrillville High School auditorium last night.
Posted in Campaign 2016, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Events, Featured, Health Care, Labor, News, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged CREC, Department of Environmental Management, EFSB, Energy Facility Siting Board, Invenergy, janet coit, Margaret Curran, Michael Sabitoni, Ocean State Power Plant, Parag Agrawal, Rhode Island Building and Construction Trades Council, Rhode Island Division of Planning, RI Public Utilities Commission | 3 Responses