By Steve Ahlquist on April 3, 2017
“You pass this law [increasing the minimum wage], there are going to be dirtier restaurants,” said restaurant broker Scott Sogard, “I hope you increase the budget for the health department.”
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By Steve Ahlquist on February 22, 2017
The extreme, misleading histrionics of the anti-choice right are attempts to obfuscate the issue, and if they truly want to conduct “a respectful public debate” then perhaps they should start by being respectful.
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By Steve Ahlquist on February 20, 2017
Wild statements from the Providence Catholic Diocese, RI Right to Life and Republican leaders in the RI General Assembly have forced three state reps to issue a statement calling out the misinformation.
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By Steve Ahlquist on January 25, 2017
The endorsements include State Representatives Edith Ajello, Anastasia Williams, Jeremiah O’Grady and Deborah Ruggiero and State Senators James Sheehan and Jim Seveney.
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By Bob Plain on January 12, 2017
The agenda includes a $15 minimum wage, school building repairs, earned paid sick days and a more progressive car tax.
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By Steve Ahlquist on December 16, 2016
“We are now in the era of Trump,” said Representative Keith Ellison in his video message, “That means it is go-time for all of us. Anybody who believes in a fair economy and social justice, anyone who believes politics should serve people, and that people should be in control of their own lives and their own destinies, you got to step up, and we really need your help.”
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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 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 Steve Ahlquist on July 31, 2015
The rally was also just two miles from the Massachusetts border, where home care workers recently won a minimum wage of $15 to be phased in over the next few years. Rhode Island does not pay nearly as much.
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By Steve Ahlquist on March 9, 2015
Governor Gina Raimondo came out in support of bills in the General Assembly that would raise the minimum wage in Rhode Island to $10.10 an hour. “Nobody who works full time should have to live in poverty,” said Raimondo, even as she acknowledge that raising the wage to $10.10 won’t be enough.
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By Steve Ahlquist on February 9, 2015
“There’s already massive movement towards technology that will eliminate the need for labor,” said Bob Bacon of Gregg’s Restaurants, “In many restaurants now you have touch pads. Guess what’s next? Pretty soon you’re placing your order on that thing and it’s going to take ten less people to serve you your dinner.”
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By Bob Plain on June 11, 2012
The House passed a bill today that would raise the minimum wage in Rhode Island by $.35 to $7.75 an hour. Because the proposal was already approved by the Senate, the bill now goes to the Gov. Chafee’s desk before it can take effect. If the governor signs it into law, it would be the […]
By Bob Plain on February 29, 2012
You’ll often hear the mantra that Rhode Island has one of the highest tax rates in New England. Well, on the other side of economic spectrum, we also have the second lowest minimum wage in New England. But Rep. David Bennett, D-Warwick, sponsored a bill that would raise Rhode Island’s minimum wage from $7.40 to […]