By Bob Plain on October 1, 2016
The 13,000 New England janitors represented by 32BJ SEIU tentatively agreed to a new four year contract. Rhode Island janitors now earning $13.15 will see their pay increase to $14.20 over the course of the new contract.
By Bob Plain on September 29, 2016
“If this situation does lead to a strike by workers, I will not cross their picket line,” Mayor Jorge Elorza said in a statement to RI Future. “As Mayor, I am aware of the important role the workers of Local 32 BJ SEIU play for many businesses in Providence.”
Posted in Featured, Labor, Providence | Tagged Eugenio Villasante, Gina Raimondo, Joe Paolino, jorge elorza, Local 32 BJ SEIU, Maintenance Contractors Association New England, Marty Walsh | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 26, 2016
A march of over 50 people from Jenks Park in Central Falls to the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church near the Rhode Island Mall was held Sunday to demand driver’s licenses for all, regardless of immigration status.
Posted in Activism, Central Falls, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Events, Featured, Immigration, Inequality, Labor, News, Pawtucket, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Ana Quezada, Claire Pimental, Comité en Acción, Donna Nesselbush, frank ciccone, Gina Raimondo, james diossa, Nicholas Mattiello, Safer Rhodes Coalition, Shelby Maldonado, Yaruska Ordinola | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 22, 2016
The Pawtucket School Lunch Workers reached an agreement Thursday afternoon in an effort to prevent a one day strike the school lunch workers had planned for Friday.
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, Featured, Labor, News, Pawtucket, Women | Tagged Aramark Educational Services LLC, Carolyn DeOliveira, Jenks Junior High, Melanie Plante, Nathaniel Greene Elementary, Pawtucket School Lunch Workers, Unite Here Local 26 | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 19, 2016
The Pawtucket School Lunch workers will hold a one day strike on Friday September 23 to highlight the importance equal pay for women if no Agreement is reached.
Posted in Featured, Labor, Women | Tagged Aramark Educational Services LLC, Carolyn DeOliveira, Charlie Baker, Ethan Shorey, Jayne Rainville, Jenks Junior High, Jenna Karlin, Kate Massey, Nathaniel Greene Elementary School, Pawtucket School Lunch, Shea High School, unite here, valley breeze | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 16, 2016
During a second protest, Civetti agreed by phone to meet with the workers at the Fuerza Laboral offices again. According to Fuerza organizer Raoul Figueroa and Mike Araujo of RI Jobs with Justice, Civetti agreed that he did owe the workers their unpaid wages at this meeting. He has agreed to pay the workers on Friday.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Events, Featured, Inequality, Labor, News, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged David Civetti, Dependable and Affordable Cleaning Inc, fuerza laboral, Heiny Maldonado, Mike Araujo, providence college, Raoul Figueroa, RI Jobs with Justice | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 12, 2016
“In January [Nabisco] made the announcement. They said, ‘we’re laying off 600 people, we’re sending the production down to Mexico, you can basically deal with it,’” explained Nate Zeff, of the BCTGM International Union.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Featured, International News, Labor, National News, News, Poverty, Unemployment | Tagged Animal Crackers, Anthony Jackson, BCTGM International Union, Fig Newtons, Honey Grams, Irene Rosenfeld, Mike Araujo, Mondelez International, Nabisco, Nabisco 600, Nate Zeff, Oreos, Ritz Crackers | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on September 10, 2016
A march from Kennedy Plaza to the Providence Public Safety Complex, with a brief, tense stop in front of the Providence Place Mall was held in Providence Friday evening in solidarity with a National Prison Strike, on the 45th anniversary of the Attica Uprising. After gathering in Kennedy Plaza, across from Providence City Hall, the […]
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Events, Featured, History, Homelessness, Inequality, Labor, National News, News, Photos, Poverty, Prison Reform, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Sex workers, Video | Tagged 13th Amendment, ACI, Adult Correctional Institute, Attica Uprising, Free Alabama Movement, Free Mississippi Movement, Free Ohio Movement, Free Texas Movement, Free Virginia Movement, IWOC, IWW Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee, kennedy plaza, National Prison Strike, Oscar Perez, Providence Place Mall, Providence Public Safety Complex | 1 Response
By Gina Raimondo on September 4, 2016
Each year on Labor Day we honor the hardworking women and men that drive our state’s economy forward. This has been an encouraging time of growth and momentum for workers, with Rhode Island gaining 5,000 jobs this year and a new national report showing we rank higher than every other New England state for advanced industry […]
By Bob Plain on September 2, 2016
Tony Woods is an intake coordinator in the emergency room at Butler Hospital, the state’s only psychiatric ward. It can be a dangerous job, he said. “One time I was trapped in a room with a guy who presented with a knife,” he said. “It was just me and him. It’s very tough, very tough. […]
By Bob Plain on September 1, 2016
As newly unionized Butler Hospital employees negotiate their first contract with management, they are staging a picket today in front of the state’s only full-service psychiatric and substance abuse facility. The action is scheduled for 4pm, 345 Blackstone Boulevard in Providence. “If Care New England can afford to spend $20 million on management consultants and […]
By Bob Plain on August 18, 2016
Since declaring their intention to form a union, employees of J. Goodison, a marine repair business at Quonset, say work conditions have actually improved. “At this moment they are kind of treating us right,” David Ozuna, one of the employees, said through a translator. “And that is because they know that we can do something. […]
By Steve Ahlquist on August 15, 2016
Voters should know when the people we elect to represent us also defend the monsters who oppress us. Anybody being sued deserves legal representation, but using slick legal moves to avoid paying workers their earned wages is simply gross.
Posted in Campaign 2016, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Connecticut, corporate greed, Criminal Justice, Inequality, Labor, News, Providence, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged B.C.S., B.C.S. International Corporation, Brian LaPlante, Chung Cho, Dae Hyun Yoo, David Yoo, fair labor standards act, Gourmet Heaven, GSP Corp, John DeSimone, Louis DeSimone, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, Marissa Janton, Michael J Jacobs, Providence Board of Licenses, Rhode Island Minimum Wage Act, RI Center for Justice, Robert McCreanor, Serendipity Gourmet | 1 Response
By Bob Plain on August 11, 2016
In an attempt to convince management to recognize their efforts to form a labor union, employees of J. Goodison held an early-morning rally outside of the Quonset ship repair business. “We need a union because of the respect that we need and the unity that we need and because of the good salary that we […]
Posted in Featured, Labor | Tagged International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, IUPAT, IUPAT Local 195 DC 11, J. Goodison, jobs with justice, Labor, Mike Araujo, north kingstown, Quonset, Union | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on August 4, 2016
David Civetti, CEO of Dependable and Affordable Cleaning Inc, got a wake up call early Thursday morning about the importance of paying employees for work done.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Events, Featured, Labor, News, Photos, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged David Civetti, Dependable and Affordable Cleaning Inc, fuerza laboral, Heiny Maldonado, Johnston City Council, Justin Kelley, Maria Hoyos, Marissa Janton, providence college, Raul Figueroa, Robert Civetti | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on July 28, 2016
The Nuns arrived at St. Michael’s Church in South Providence to the music of the Extraordinary Rendition Band and St. Michael’s own drummers.
Posted in Activism, Campaign 2016, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Democratic National Convention, Democrats, Education, Elections, Environment, Events, Featured, Health Care, Immigration, Inequality, Labor, News, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island, Taxes, Video, Voter ID, Women | Tagged democratic national convention, Extraordinary Rendition Band, minimum wage, Nuns on the Bus, St. Michael's Church | Leave a response
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