By Steve Ahlquist on September 22, 2017
The tour is building support for a national day of action on October 5th with protests and actions outside Ben & Jerry’s ice cream shops across the United States.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Corporate Greed, Featured, Health Care, Immigration, Justice, Labor, National News, Poverty, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Vermont, Video | Tagged Abel Luna, bell street chapel, Ben & Jerry’s, Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Fair Food Program, ice, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Migrant Justice, Milk with Dignity Program, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, Will Lambek | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 14, 2017
Under Rhodycare, “all Rhode Islanders pay into the system through a paycheck deduction and when it comes time to pay for childcare or eldercare you access your pooled contribution.”
Posted in Featured, Health Care, Infrastructure, Labor, News, Rhode Island, Social Services, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged Ai-jen Poo, Caring Across Generations, jobs with justice, Mike Araujo, National Domestic Workers Alliance, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, Rhodycare, Sarita Gupta | Leave a response
By Bob Plain on September 12, 2017
Not all news stories are created equally, and not all political interest groups get equal treatment in the Providence Journal. For example, the ProJo covered both the National Educational Association of Rhode Island and the Center for Freedom and Prosperity when the teachers’ union and the anti-tax activists each launched television advertisements. But for some […]
By Steve Ahlquist on September 5, 2017
With the events of Charlottesville and the death of Heather Hyer still smoldering in our memories, hundreds of Rhode Islanders representing dozens of labor, political and advocacy groups came together to celebrate the accomplishments of organized labor and to condemn racism, white supremacy and the rise of fascism.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Events, Featured, Inequality, Labor, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, AFL-CIO, black lives matter, Brown University, Burnside Park, Charles Jones, Charlottesville, Coalition of Labor Union Women, DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Democratic Socialists of America, donald trump, DSA, Free Hugo, fuerza laboral, Heather Hyer, Hugo Mejia, IBT Local 251, IUPAT, Javier Juarez, John Brown Gun Club, Justin Kelley, labor day, Latino Policy Institute, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, Matthew Taibi, Maureen Martin, Michael Araujo, Paul MacDonald, Paul Roselli, Providence Career & Technical Academy, Providence Central Labor Council, providence student union, Raul Figueroa, Resist Hate RI, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, Rhode Island State House, Right to Work, Sabina Matos, Scott Malloy, seth magaziner, university of rhode island, What Cheer? Band | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 1, 2017
“We make poverty wages while our executive offices pull six figures a year… While we’re qualifying for food stamps after working forty hours a week,” said Karen Baldwin, a Direct Care Provider. “I live on $11.35 an hour. We still qualify for food stamps and RIte Share.”
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Disability Services, Featured, Health Care, Inequality, Labor, Minimum Wage, News, Photos, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women | Tagged Aaron Regunburg, ARC of Blackstone Valley, Certified Nursing Assistants, Charlesgate Nursing Center, CNAs, Direct Service Providers, fight for 15, Greenville Nursing Home, Hopkins Manor, jorge elorza, Karen Baldwin, labor day, seiu 1199, Vicky Mitchell | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on August 31, 2017
We are here to let [RIH] know that they have to use the bond for what it was originally sanctioned for, and that is to help low and lower income folks have an apartment, stay in their apartment, and help them have some stability in their life.”
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Featured, Homelessness, Housing, Inequality, Infrastructure, Labor, National News, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged DARE, direct action for rights and equality, First Source, Malchus Mills, Mary Kay Harris, Michael Araujo, Property Acquisition and Revitalization Program, Rhode Island Housing, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, RIH, Tenant and Homeowner Association, THA | Leave a response
By Bob Plain on August 30, 2017
Labor Day starts early this year as SEIU members will host a picket, rally, and march on Thursday in Providence. The group will start at the Charlesgate Nursing Center, where CNAs and other employees are agitating for a new contract, and from there will march to the State House, where they will rally for a […]
By Steve Ahlquist on August 17, 2017
The choice that Providence now has in the Superior Court lawsuit is whether to side with a Delaware corporation, based in Chicago, that wants to build a dirty, carbon-emitting, diesel oil and fracked gas power plant in a rural Rhode Island community or side with local citizens and environmentalists that oppose this unneeded and dirty plant.”
Posted in Burrillville, Climate, Energy, Featured, Infrastructure, Johnston, Labor, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged CLF, Conservation Law Foundation, EFSB, Energy Facility Siting Board, Invenergy, Jerry Elmer, jorge elorza, Michael Sabatoni, national grid, New England, Providence City Council, Rhode Island Building and Construction Trades Council, Rhode Island Superior Court, RIBCTC, Sabina Matos, seth yurdin | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on August 11, 2017
Providence, though, has been named in the lawsuit, and the decision the city faces is what side of the lawsuit to be on.
Posted in Burrillville, Climate, Energy, Featured, Infrastructure, Johnston, Labor, News, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged CLF, Conservation Law Foundation, Jerry Elmer, jorge elorza, Michael Sabitoni, national grid, Providence City Council, Providence Water, Rhode Island Building and Construction Trades, RIBCTC, seth yurdin | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on August 4, 2017
“I’m sorry we’re not doing a better job,” said Representative Moira Walsh. “I’m sorry that we’re not making it as easy as is physically possible to become a citizen of this great country.”
Posted in Activism, California, Featured, Immigration, Labor, National News, Photos, Video | Tagged David Jennings, donald trump, fuerza laboral, Hugo Mejia, ice, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, IUPAT, Justin Kelley, Michael Araujo, Moira Walsh, Raul Figueroa, RI Jobs with Justice, Rodrigo Nunez, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 26, 2017
If built, Hope Point Tower would be the tallest building in the state and it would be 1/3rd of a mile away from the next tallest building, leaving a wide gap in the Providence skyline.
Posted in Business, Corporate Greed, Economics, Featured, Housing, Infrastructure, Ithica NY, Labor, New York, News, Photos, Politics, Providence, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Barrett Bready, Bonnie Nickerson, Daria Fane, Elizabeth Huidekoper, Hope Point Tower, I-195 Commission, Ithaca NY, Jason Fane, Joseph Azrack, Melissa Husband, Providence City Council, Real Estate Solutions, RES, Rhode Island General Assembly, Robert Davis, Sandra Smith, Stefan Pryor | 5 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on July 15, 2017
“The GOP has made only cosmetic changes to their Trumpcare bill that do nothing to alter the bill’s fundamental problems. Make no mistake: this bill and the bill already passed by the House will have a devastating impact on people’s lives.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Disability Services, Events, Featured, Health Care, Inequality, Labor, National News, News, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Rhode Island, Social Services, State House, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged Affordable Care Act, ARC of Blackstone Valley, Boston Center for Independent Living, Burnside Park, Cheryl Frasier, Colleen Flanagan, Donald Anderson, Foster Forward, gop, Indivisible Rhode Island, Jim Cowan, Joharlen Carvajal, Jordan Hevenor, Kamila Barzykowski, Karen Malcolm, Marjory Waters, Mass ADAPT, Medicare for All, Michael Pence, Monica Scott, National Governor Association, National Governors Association, NGA, Protect Our Healthcare Coalition, republican, Rhode Island Convention Center, Rhode Island Organizing Project, SEIU-RI Council, Service Employees International Union, single payer, The Women's Project, TrumpCare, Women and Infants Hospital | Leave a response
By Bob Plain on July 11, 2017
“You have to move the meeting,” yelled NEA organizer Pat Crowley, from the balcony of the Council Chambers. Cienki screamed back, “No, I do not have to move the meeting.”
ACLU and RI Legal Services file civil rights complaint against RIDLT over lack of language accommodations
By Nicole Cordier on July 6, 2017
The complaint, on behalf of Gracianne Noel, a Haitian Creole speaker, argues that RIDLT is in violation of a federal law known as Title VI, which requires agencies receiving federal funding to provide meaningful access to programs and services for individuals with limited English proficiency.
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, Immigration, Inequality, Infrastructure, Labor, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Social Services, Unemployment | Tagged ACLU of RI, American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, Conciliation Agreement, Gracianne Noel, Jennifer Doucleff, LEP, limited English proficiency, Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training, Rhode Island Legal Services, RIDLT, RIDLT TeleServe, RILS, Steven Brown, Title VI, ui, unemployment insurance, United States Department of Labor, USDOL, Veronika Kot | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 29, 2017
“What’s next? Mandatory paid health care?” asked Senator Raptakis sarcastically.
Posted in Class Warfare, Featured, Inequality, Labor, National News, News, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Bobbie Hunger, Carley Chambers, Daniel Da Ponte, Dominick Ruggerio, earned paid sick time, George's of Galilee, Georgia Hollister-Isman, Healthy and Safe Families and Workplaces Act, kevin durfee, Leonidas Raptakis, Maggie Kain, Maryellen Goodwin, Rhode Island Earned Sick Days Campaign, Rhode Island Working Families, Venus Pizza | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 9, 2017
Twin River Casino food and beverage workers walked out during the 4am shift change and began picketing as negotiations between management and the union stalled. About six minutes later, the strike seemed to be over.
By Bob Plain on June 5, 2017
It cost one Airgas employee who uses the company health plan more than $1,300 to get a soft cast for his son’s sprained wrist. $500 was the deductible, the other $800 is what the plan costs per month for him, his wife and son. The high cost of health insurance is one of the reasons […]
By Steve Ahlquist on June 1, 2017
RI JWJ is calling out Price Rite for its low wages & on-call scheduling practices. RI JWJ maintains that Price Rite reserves “better” produce for suburban stores and sends lower quality produce to urban locations.
Posted in Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Featured, Inequality, Labor, News, Photos, Providence, Video | Tagged collective bargaining, Good Food & Good Jobs Coalition, Joe Colalillo, Michael Araujo, minimum wage, on-call scheduling, Price Rite, RI Jobs with Justice, RIJWJ | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on May 31, 2017
“I’m a single mother. For the last 16 months, doctors have been monitoring me for breast cancer. Twin River cuts our plan on January 1.”
Posted in Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Featured, Health Care, Inequality, Labor, Lincoln, Photos, State House, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, grace diaz, Jenna Karlin, Julie Procaccini, Mike Maini, Rhode Island State House, Scott Slater, Shelby Maldonado, Teamsters Local 251, Twin River Casino, Unite Here Local 26, Val Costa, William O'Brien | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on May 17, 2017
“When working people or their family members get sick, they are forced to decide whether they can afford to lose a day’s pay to get the care they need. As the owner of a business where food is served, I don’t want my employees to have to be in that position. I also don’t want them to come in sick when they are handling food, and I know my customers don’t want that, either.”
Posted in Business, Connecticut, Domestic Violence, Economics, Featured, Health Care, Inequality, Labor, Massachusetts, Photos, Rhode Island, State House, Vermont, Women | Tagged AARP, Bryan Rinebolt, Chrissy Tek, District 1199 SEIU New England, Doug Hall, Economic Progress Institute, EPI, fuerza laboral, Healthy and Safe Families and Workplaces Act, Hudson Street Deli, Institute for Women’s Policy and Research, Interview Connections, Jason Chooporian, Jessica Rhodes, jobs with justice, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Rhode Island Center for Justice, Rhode Island Chapter of the National Organization for Women, Rhode Island Earned Sick Days Campaign, Rhode Island Working Families, RI Coalition Against Domestic Violence, RI SEIU State Council, SEIU 32BJ-District 615, Susan Council, Teamsters Local 251, Unite Here Local 26, United Nurses and Allied Professionals, Women's Fund of RI. | 1 Response