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 […]
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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.
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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.
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By Steve Ahlquist on October 9, 2014
Business and government conspired to keep working mothers poor. Yet the hotel workers keep fighting and marching the picket line every Wednesday, demonstrating more character and humanity in two hours a week than the General Assembly musters all year.
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By Steve Ahlquist on September 5, 2014
“With that, the Fight for a $15 minimum wage officially entered it’s civil disobedience phase.”
By Steve Ahlquist on August 27, 2014
Every Wednesday women hotel workers and their supporters gather outside the Providence Renaissance and Providence Hilton hotels to demand fair wages and decent working conditions. So far, hotel management has refused to deal fairly.
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By Steve Ahlquist on August 21, 2014
One of the few bright spots on the Rhode Island economic landscape is tourism, but should our economic successes be built on the backs of women scraping by on minimum wage? Some hotels downtown pay fair wages and are willing to negotiate with their employees about working conditions. The Providence Renaissance Hotel next to the […]
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By Jonathan Jacobs on July 7, 2014
The Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America (RIPDA) expresses strong opposition to the recent ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States with regard to the case of Harris vs. Quinn. RIPDA firmly believes in the right of workers to organize and views organized labor unions as a crucial means by which to promote […]
By Steve Ahlquist on June 26, 2014
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is having their annual General assembly in Providence this weekend, and today around noon they held a rally outside the Renaissance Hotel near the State House to support worker’s rights to a fair and just living wage, and to demonstrate against the draconian and anti-democratic tactics used by state officials […]
By Steve Ahlquist on June 25, 2014
An all day picket was held at Women & Infants Hospital yesterday to call attention to the problem of temporary, out-of-state “travel nurses” filling scheduling holes than hiring in-state nurses graduating from one of the many fine colleges offering nursing degrees in Rhode Island. “There are many qualified graduates from our numerous nursing programs looking […]
By Steve Ahlquist on June 22, 2014
Though the first round of the Fight for a $15 minimum wage appears to be over, due to the anti-democratic efforts of a right-wing General Assembly more concerned with feathering the beds of the rich and entitled than easing the burden of the poor and disenfranchised, the hotel workers targeted by the Mattiello budget are […]
By Steve Ahlquist on June 20, 2014
With a stroke of his pen Governor Chafee signed into law the 2015 budget, marking what House Speaker Nick Mattiello endlessly referred to as a new era in regional “competitiveness” for Rhode Island. Simultaneously the Governor dashed the hopes of Providence hotel workers who were cavalierly targeted by a measure inserted into the bill that […]