By Steve Ahlquist on July 27, 2015
Sister Ann Keefe “was not a saint, she was better than that. She was human,” said her sister Kathy Keefe to an impressive crowd of 200 people at the newly christened Sister Ann Keefe Post Office at 820 Elmwood in Providence.
Posted in Activism, Arts & Culture, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Education, Events, Featured, International News, Labor, Music, National News, News, People, Photos, Providence, Religion, Rhode Island, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged David Cicilline, Elijah Matthews, Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence, James Langevin, Kathy Keefe, Mary Blanchet, Pamela Matthews, Sister Ann, Sister Ann Keefe Post Office, Victoria Matthews, ¡City Arts!, ¡City Arts! Bucket Drummers | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 25, 2015
Solidarity, like a chain, is only as strong as it’s weakest link.
Posted in corporate greed, Economy, Labor, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged george nee, Michael Sabitoni, Providence City Hall, Providence Hilton Hotel, Providence Renaissance Hotel, RI AFL-CIO, RI Laborers' District Council, The Procaccianti Group, TPG, Unite Here Local 217 | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 24, 2015
Most of the speakers wondered how the Governor could justify a pay increase given that she has made big moves in the course of her political career to cut both public sector employee pensions and Medicaid. As for the idea that such pay increases are necessary to attract the talent the job positions require, Todd Sandahl pointed out that these jobs are already filled.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Democrats, Economy, Featured, International News, Labor, National News, News, Pensions, Rhode Island, State House, Taxes, Video | Tagged Gina Raimondo, Jon Duffy, Jonathan Wormer, Kevin Loontjens, Office of Management and Budget, Suzanne Reilly, Todd Sandahl | 7 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on July 22, 2015
The two party system is the problem, said James Patin of Worcester Socialist Alternative, and no one candidate, not Sawant, not Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, and not even socialist-independent turned Democrat Bernie Sanders is going to be able to challenge the system in a meaningful way by themselves.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Democrats, Elections, Events, International News, Labor, National News, News, Politics, Republicans, Rhode Island | Tagged Alex Rothfelder, Bernie Sanders, columbus day, Democratic Party, green party, Indigenous Peoples’ Day, James Patin, jill stein, Kshama Sawant, Socialist Alternative, Worcester Socialist Alternative | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 14, 2015
The RI House of Representatives floor debate on the tipped minimum wage featuring Representatives Joseph Shekarchi, Doreen Costa, Patricia Morgan, Aaron Regunberg, Michael Chippendale, Antonio Giarrusso, Teresa Tanzi and John DeSimone.
Posted in Class Warfare, corporate greed, Democrats, Featured, Labor, National News, News, Politics, Republicans, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Antonio Giarrusso, Doreen Costa, John DeSimone, Joseph Shekarchi, Michael Chippendale, patricia morgan, Teresa Tanzi, tipped minimum wage | 2 Responses
By Elisha Aldrich on July 10, 2015
The corners of Eddy and Dudley streets were lost in a blur of purple as more than 400 nurses and other professionals working at Rhode Island Hospital picketed for higher wages, retirement benefits, and more staff. The United Nurses and Allied Professionals (UNAP) Local 5098, shared its concerns about the unwillingness to effectively staff the […]
Posted in Featured, Health Care, Labor, Rhode Island | Tagged Bernadette Means-Tavares, contract, Debra Page, healthcare, Helene Macedo, Lee Meyers, Lifespan, nurses, picket, Protest, retirement, rhode island hospital, staff, UNAP | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on July 9, 2015
Last year Providence City Councillor John Igliozzi proposed that future tax breaks for large corporations should include $15 minimum wage guarantees, but this year, as Chair of the Finance Committee, Igliozzi has failed to deliver on this proposal.
Posted in Class Warfare, corporate greed, Economy, Featured, Labor, Providence, Taxes | Tagged activism, Brown University Warren Alpert Medical School Prison Health Interest Group, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Democrats, Direct Action for Rights and Equality (DARE), District 1199 SEIU New England, Economic Development, Economy, Environmental Justice League of RI, Featured, fossil free ri, Fred Ordonez, Fuerza Laboral / Power of Workers, greg gerritt, I-195 Commission, IUPAT Local 195 DC 11, jesse strecker, jorge elorza, Labor, Le Meridien, life-science park, Mount Hope Neighborhood Association, National News, news, Occupy, Occupy Providence, Olneyville Neighborhood Association (ONA), Politics, Poverty, Prosperity for RI, Providence, Providence City Council, Providence Youth Student Movement (PrYSM), Restaurant Opportunities Center RI (ROC United), Rhode Island, RI Building and Construction Trades Council, RI Carpenters Local 94, RI Progressive Democrats of America, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, state house, tax stabilization agreements, Taxes, Teamsters Local 251, Unite Here Local 217, Video | Tagged American Friends Service Committee | Leave a response
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