By Steve Ahlquist on August 30, 2017
“Rhode Island was founded on the principles of tolerance and diversity. Those values mean nothing if we abandon them in times of difficulty. Dreamers are in our schools in every community. They are Rhode Islanders. As long as I am Governor, Rhode Island will stand with Dreamers and DACA recipients.”
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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 June 17, 2017
“An attack on immigrants is an attack on all working people,” said Kelley, a business manager with IUPAT. “Whether you live on the west coast, or the east coast, or in the center of our country, if you attack one working person, regardless of immigration status, you attack all of us.”
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By Steve Ahlquist on May 1, 2017
“Women should run because they need to hear our voices at the the table,” replied A’shanti Gholer of Emerge America, “There are 520,000 elected offices in this country, women constitute less than a third of them. We want to make sure all voices are heard so women can see what we can do when we’re elected in a community to fix it.”
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By Steve Ahlquist on March 23, 2017
“I made $13 per hour in 1992 making jewelry, which is more than I earn today. When the jewelry factories shut down, I became a CNA. I love taking care of the elderly but the pay is not enough,” said home care professional Karen Baldwin.
Posted in California, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Featured, Inequality, Labor, Massachusetts, Minimum Wage, New York, Photos, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women | Tagged ARC of Blackstone Valley, Bannister House Nursing Home, Brookings Institute, Burger King, Charles Jones, Economic Progress Institute, EPI, Erica Hammond, Fight for $15 and a Union, Gina Raimondo, Jeanine Calkin, Jerry Tolbert, Jerry’s Beauty Salon, jobs with justice, jorge elorza, Karen Baldwin, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, Nicholas Mattiello, RI Working Families, SEIU 1199 New England, Shirley Lomba, Top of the Bay, wendys | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 3, 2017
TCI provides up to four weeks of partial (about 60 percent) wage replacement for workers who need to take time from their jobs to care for a seriously ill family member or to bond with a newborn, adopted, or foster child.
Posted in California, Economics, Featured, Health Care, New York, Rhode Island, Social Services | Tagged Columbia Business School, Economic Progress Institute, gayle goldin, Rachel Flum, Shelby Maldonado, TCI, TDI, Temporary Caregiver Insurance Program, Temporary Disability Insurance, university of rhode island | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 23, 2017
RIPEC’s executive director John Simmons pulls out every bad economic argument he can in opposition to raising the minimum wage in Rhode Island despite acknowledging that the proposed increase is ‘relatively modest.’
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By Steve Ahlquist on February 17, 2017
The undersigned members of the Rhode Island Business Coalition wish to express our opposition to Article 20 (Relating to Minimum Wages) of the Governor’s FY 2018 budget proposal.
Posted in California, Class Warfare, Connecticut, Corporate Greed, Economics, Featured, Inequality, Maine, Massachusetts, Minimum Wage, New Hampshire, Poverty, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington | Tagged Ashley E Ranslow, Bill Vernon, Dale Venturini, East Providence Area Chamber of Commerce, Erin Donovan-Boyle, Grafton Wiley, Laura A McNamara, Marvin Abney, minimum wage, National Federation of Independent Business, New England, Newport County Chamber of Commerce, Ralph Coppola, Rhode Island Business Coalition, Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training, Rhode Island Hospitality Association, Rhode Island Lumber and Building Materials Dealers Association, Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council, Rhode Island Small Business Economic Summit, Rhode Island Society of Certified Public Accountants, RI DLT, RI House Finance Committee, RIPEC, Robert A. Mancini, Robert Shea, SBANE, Smaller Business Association of New England | 1 Response