By Steve Ahlquist on June 19, 2015
“We want someone not to get fired without just cause, without a hearing, without a meeting with a steward, without a meeting with a business agent. We have a problem with managers intimidating [and] harassing our members on the shop floor for standing up for their rights.”
By Steve Ahlquist on June 18, 2015
“We have been in contract negations for almost three years now,” said Donnelly, ” and we have not had contact negotiations since last December.” Donnelly need that these meetings are known for their repeated delays and stalling tactics on the part of URI negotiators.
Posted in Education, Featured, Labor, Photos, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged David Dooley, Dorothy Donnelly, Jim Purcell, Kenneth Jolicouer, Patricia Maguire, Peter Nightingale, RI Jobs with Justice, URI, URI PTFU | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 16, 2015
Cho has denied all charges, said the organizers of the press conference, despite being found guilty in Connecticut of 43 charges of employment law violations, and being ordered to pay roughly $150,000 in a settlement with workers at stores in New Haven, CT, now closed.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, Labor, Providence, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Chung Cho, Donna Nesselbush, fuerza laboral, Gourmet Heaven, jesse strecker, Mike Araujo, Restaurant Opportunities Center of RI, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, Roberto Quinilla | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 15, 2015
It is the height of absurdity to believe that the same organization that feels it is proper to hold meetings in restaurants that have been found to have engaged in wage theft can be counted on to deal fairly with employees claiming wage theft or other forms of worker abuse.
Posted in corporate greed, Criminal Justice, Featured, Labor, Rhode Island | Tagged Bob Bacon, Not Your Average Joe's, Rhode Island Hospitality Association, RIHA, ROC United RI, U.S. Department of Labor, wage theft | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 14, 2015
The police, once they determined that this was a peaceful labor protest, did not interfere, much to the consternation of some of Cho’s neighbors. Since Cho decided against meeting with his former workers, the protesters took a walk through Cho’s neighborhood, chanting and distributing flyers.
By Bob Plain on June 7, 2015
How did we get to where firefighters are treated like scoundrels trying to abscond with the public’s money? Corporate-controlled media spewing out garbage like this to the masses, that’s how. Of course, such a breach of journalistic ethic comes via a Providence Journal editorial about legislation that would prevent cities and towns from reducing the […]
By Kate Conroy & Moira Walsh on June 7, 2015
11. Accepted Crumpled up money thrown over the bar onto the floor as a tip.
12.Customer says he’s a “producer”. Asks me to turn around and see my “rear” in not so polite terms before he orders. I neither do nor say anything.
13. Manager brags about running a “brothel / escort service” in college. I do nothing.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Economy, Featured, Labor, People, Poverty, Providence, Rhode Island, State House, Women | Tagged minimum wage, Poverty, tipped minimum wage, work | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 3, 2015
The tipped minimum wage in Rhode Island is $2.89, as opposed to the regular minimum wage of $9. It is expected that the General Assembly will raise the regular minimum wage to $9.60 in this session, though even $9.60 is a far cry from a living wage, estimated to be about $12 per hour.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Economy, Featured, Labor, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, gayle goldin, Restaurant Opportunities Center of RI, tipped minimum wage | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 1, 2015
The Gnomes, a global folk-fusion band, opened the event with about a half an hour of live music before being joined on stage by emcee Bill Harley. Harley gave a short talk about Richard Walton, and read one of his emails to give a flavor of the man, quoting Walton as saying, “I’d like life to be a hot hodge-podge of people of all sorts. All ages, all cultures, all colors, all everything.”
Posted in Activism, Events, Featured, Homelessness, Labor, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged eric hirsch, Extraordinary Rendition Band, Institute for the Study & Practice of Nonviolence, Mirjaam Parada, providence college, Providence Renaissance Hotel, Red Bandana Awards, richard walton, Sister Ann, The Procaccianti Group, Zero: 2016 | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on May 29, 2015
Hotel workers and supporters protested for fair pay, fair treatment and fair union negotiations outside the Providence Hilton Hotel until almost midnight on May 15. A short video provides a flavor of the evening.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Featured, Labor, Providence, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Chris Hasslinger, Evan McLaughlin, Providence Hilton Hotel, The Procaccianti Group, unite here 217 | Leave a response
By Stephen R. Graham on May 28, 2015
This Sunday, the Red Bandana Fund will award Eric Hirsch and the workers at the Renaissance Hotel Red Bandana Awards for 2015. The Award honors individuals and groups whose work embodies the spirit and work of Richard Walton, a longtime activist in the Rhode Island area who died in 2012. This is the third year […]
By Jonathan Jacobs on May 19, 2015
Recently the Providence Journal published a piece panning the proposed legislation to raise the minimum wage for tipped employees, over time, to reflect the standard minimum wage for non gratuity-based wage earners. Perhaps informing the public is no longer the point? These days, readers and residents can easily see through the truth-bending, mean-spirited talking points […]
By Steve Ahlquist on May 14, 2015
SEIU 1199, representing about 4,000 health care workers in RI, held a press conference to announce a series of initiatives “to improve the way the state invests in Medicaid-funded programs in long-term care and create a pathway to living wages for caregivers.” The press conference was part of a “Day of Action” at the State […]
Posted in Economy, Featured, Health Care, Labor, Rhode Island, State House, Women | Tagged Dawn Auclair, Jenn Steinfeld, Manoucheka Robert, Medicaid, Nichole Ward, Patrick Quinn, Reinventing Medicaid, Sarah Nolan, SEIU District 1199NE, Women's Fund of Rhode Island | 1 Response
By 1199 SEIU RI on May 13, 2015
Health care workers and allies will host a press conference and policy brief at the State House on Wednesay to advocate for Medicaid changes to improve the system of long term care and support a living wage for caregivers. SEIU District 1199NE, which represents approximately 4,000 health care workers in RI, will be issuing a new […]
By Bob Plain on May 7, 2015
Nicole Ward, a certified nurse assistant at Greenville Skilled Nursing & Rehab in Smithfield, gets paid $13 an hour. It’s not enough, she says, to support her two daughters, ages 9 and 7. “Trying to provide for them on $13 an hour is not easy,” she says in the latest Caregivers Rising video from the […]
By Steve Ahlquist on May 4, 2015
The Providence College Coalition Against Racism held a press conference, followed by a march through the Providence College (PC) campus, “to protest the ongoing racial profiling on campus and the failure of the college administration to stop doing business with the Renaissance Hotel.” Dr. Julia Jordan-Zachary has been a professor at Providence College for seven […]
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, Labor, Providence, Race & Racism, Religion | Tagged Bini Tsegaye, Cedric de Leon, Jonah Zinn, Julia Jordan-Zachary, pc, providence college, Providence Hilton Hotel, Providence Renaissance Hotel, Racial Profiling, santa brito, The Procaccianti Group, TPG | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on May 4, 2015
Hotel workers carried signs, beat drums and chanted outside the Providence Renaissance Hotel at 7am Saturday morning. The Renaissance Providence Hotel has been resisting efforts by its staff to form a union to negotiate for better wages and humane working conditions.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Featured, Labor, Providence | Tagged Providence Hilton, Providence Renaissance Hotel, The Procaccianti Group, TPG, TPG Fails, unite here 217 | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on May 2, 2015
May 1 is International Workers Day so Comité en Acción and other community organizations celebrated with a march from the Armory on Cranston St. to Dexter Field, followed by a celebration of “our victories from this past year.” The victories from the past year include passage of the Just Cause eviction bill, the elimination of […]
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Events, Featured, Immigration, Labor | Tagged Comité en Acción, DARE, direct action for rights and equality, English for Action, international workers day, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, RI Jobs with Justice, Todos Somos Arizona, We Are all Arizona | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on April 30, 2015
Subtitled, “an independent investor information website posted by Unite Here,” the website TPG Fails is a compendium of The Procaccianti Group’s bad investments, environmental disasters and “wasted opportunities.”
Posted in cities and towns, corporate greed, Featured, Labor | Tagged EPA, FDS Industries, Fogarty Building, hilton providence, PBH Realty, Providence Renaissance Hotel, Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council, The Procaccianti Group, TPG, TPG Fails, Unite Here Local 217 | 2 Responses
By Bob Plain on April 29, 2015
Sue Sulham has been caring for developmentally disabled people in the Blackstone Valley for more than 20 years. She makes just $11.20 an hour. “I don’t want to live beyond my means,” Sulham said. “I just want to be able to make a payment on time, to go grocery shopping and maybe luncheon meat would […]