By Steve Ahlquist on July 12, 2016
Business and labor concerns are collaborating in an astroturfing campaign meant to call into question the viability of renewable energy sources, promote the continued use of fossil fuels, especially LNG, and to specifically oppose carbon tax legislation.
Posted in Climate Change, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Featured, Infrastructure, Labor, National News, News, Rhode Island | Tagged AFPM, American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, astroturfing, Citgo, Energy4US, ExxonMobil, Koch Industries, Michael Sabitoni, Paul Hartman, Rhode Island Building & Construction Trades Council, RI Carbon Tax, Sheldon Whitehouse | 1 Response
By Mike Araujo on June 23, 2016
“While more work needs to be done to address the growing problem of wage theft, this bill provides an important tool for Rhode Island workers,” says Robert McCreanor, executive director of the Rhode Island Center for Justice.
Posted in Activism, Featured, Labor, News, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Donna Nesslebush, Economic Progress Institute, Flor Salazar, fuerza laboral, General Assembly, Jeremy Rix, Joe Shekarchi, Lidia Jimenez, Rhode Island Center for Justice, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, RI Department of Labor and Training, RIAFL-CIO, Robert McCreanor, Scott Jensen, wage theft | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 23, 2016
The RI State Investment Commission voted to invest $20 million with GEM Realty Capital, despite the company’s claim that the health and safety of employees at the Sofitel Los Angeles Hotel in Los Angeles, one of the many properties owned by the company, is not something they can have any affect on.
Posted in Class Warfare, Featured, Labor, News, Pensions, Rhode Island | Tagged GEM Realty Capital, Gina Raimondo, Jim Baker, Marcia Reback, National Labor Relations Board, nlrb, Rhode Island Progressive Democrats, RI State Investment Commission, RIPDA, Sam Bell, seth magaziner, Sofitel Los Angeles Hotel, unite here | 1 Response
By Jeremy Rix on June 20, 2016
Wage theft in Rhode Island may be a much bigger problem than robbery. And, as Steve Ahlquist previously reported, even high profile violators may be getting away with a slap on the wrist with workers left with little recourse.
Posted in Business & Tech, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Economy, Featured, Labor, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Donna Nesselbush, Joseph Shekarchi, Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training, RI Progressive Democrats of America, RIPDA, wage theft | Leave a response
By Adam Miner on June 16, 2016
“The Catholic Church believes in social justice, racial justice & economic justice, as do I,” said Bill Deware, “Jesus healed the sick, helped the poor and didn’t judge. These are areas I would like to focus on in my career and in my life.”
Posted in Campaign 2016, Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, Health Care, Labor, News, Religion, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Bernie Sanders, Bill Deware, catholic church, knights of columbus, Lancellotta’s Banquet Restaurant, William O'Brien | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 10, 2016
Speaker Nicholas Mattiello said that though he “is very supportive of raising the minimum wage,” and that Rhode Island “needs to be competitive” with our neighboring states, he has, “heard from the business community” that they need time to absorb the current wage before increasing it again.
By Steve Ahlquist on June 9, 2016
“Make no mistake, a veto by the governor would be a betrayal of everyone who cares about our planet, and of future generations of Rhode Islanders. It would represent a suicidal double-down on the dangerous fossil fuel economy that has taken our climate to the brink and that promises so much more destruction in coming years.”
Posted in Activism, Climate Change, Energy, Environment, Featured, Infrastructure, Labor, News, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged aaron regunberg, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, sierra club | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 7, 2016
Bell alleges that when O’Brien ran for office in 2009 and 2011, he failed to file his first two required financial disclosure statements. Candidates are required to file financial disclosure statement for the preceding year.
Posted in Activism, Campaign 2016, Democrats, Elections, Featured, Labor, Politics, Rhode Island, State House, Voting | Tagged Bill Deware, Raymond Gallison, RI Progressive Democrats of America, RIPDA, Sam Bell, William O'Brien | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on May 28, 2016
The testimony on Cale Keable’s bill, H8240 pitted town residents and environmental activists against business and labor concerns. In all 56 people testified on the bill during the five hours of testimony, 43 in favor and 13 in opposition.
Posted in cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, corporate greed, Economic Development, Energy, Environment, Featured, Infrastructure, Labor, News, Rhode Island, State House, Taxes, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Audubon Society, cale keable, Conservation Law Foundation, Elizabeth Suever, Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, Invenergy, Jeremy Bailey, Jerry Elmer, John Lombardi, John Niland, Kirkbrae Country Club, Lenette Boisselle, Meg Kerr, michael marcello, Mike Ryan, national grid, Northern RI Chamber of Commerce | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on May 27, 2016
Rep Cale Keable’s bill, H8240, which would give the voters in Burrillville the ability to approve or reject any tax treaty the town council negotiates with Invenergy concerning the proposed fracked gas and diesel oil burning power plant, is due for a vote Tuesday at the rise of the House.
Posted in cities and towns, Climate Change, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Featured, Infrastructure, Labor, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged burrillville, cale keable, Invenergy, Paul Fogarty | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on May 27, 2016
The State House rally against Invenergy’s proposed fracked gas and diesel oil burning power plant became confrontational as counter-protesters, identifying themselves as Building Trades union members, disrupted the proceedings by holding signs in front of speaker’s faces and attempting to grab the microphone.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Featured, Labor, News, Photos, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged cale keable, Donna Woods, Invenergy, Jason Olkowski, Jeremy Bailey, Keep Burrillville Beautifu, Michael Sabitoni, Nick Katkevich, Paul Fogarty, Paul Roselli | Leave a response
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.
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Events, Featured, Health Care, Infrastructure, Labor, News, Video | Tagged Andrew Hessler, Anita Bevans, Barry Craig, Brian Sclofield, cale keable, Christopher Aubin, Cynthia Crook-Pick, David Esten, Debbie Krieg, Deborah Yablonski, Don Allen, Donald Champiany, Earl McWilliams, EFSB, Energy Facilities Siting Board, Erin Olkowski, Ewa Roselli, Frances DiPoiceglia, Gina Raimondo, goldman sachs, Greg Mancini, Invenergy, Jaimie Tessier, James Libby, janet coit, Jennifer Bailey, John Niland, John Scott, Judy Aubin, Justin Kelley, Ken Putnam Jr, Kevin Frenette, Leigh Gilbert, Lisa Petrie, Lynn Clark, Margaret Curran, Mike Lamoureux, MTBE, Norman Desjarlais, Parag Agrawal, Paul A. Roselli, Paul Fogarty, Paul Lander, Ron Lizotte, Roy Colombe, Stacy Slekis, Stephanie Sloman, Terri Lacey, Thomas Trimble | 1 Response
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 | 5 Responses
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?