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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.”
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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 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 November 28, 2016
Raimondo’s “Reinventing Medicaid” paid off today with the announcement of nearly $130 million in federal funds that will help facilitate health care professional training and alternative payment models. But questions remain: Are we training students for good paying jobs or poverty? Will Medicaid survive Trump?
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By Unite Here Local 26 on November 7, 2016
Marcia Ranglin-Vassell has made the $15 minimum wage a priority in her campaign. In sharp contrast her write-in opponent blocked Providence hotel workers from earning a minimum of $15.
By Bob Plain on September 26, 2016
Some 500 Rhode Island janitors – who work at TF Green Airport, CVS, Fidelity and other places in the Ocean State – could go on strike if their labor union can’t come to an agreement with their employer this week on a new contract.
By Aaron Regunberg on July 6, 2016
Today I declined a cost of living adjustment increase to my legislative salary, and committed that I will not take a raise until Rhode Island raises the minimum wage for all low-income workers.
By Bob Plain on May 23, 2016
Shirley Lomba is a caregiver at Bannister House, a nursing home in Providence. She’s paid $10.90 an hour and takes home about $220 a week. Her mortgage alone, $900 a month, costs more than that. “Who am I paying this week?” Lomba said, explaining her economic plight in a new video produced by SEIU 1199, […]
By Bob Plain on April 27, 2016
More than three of every four Rhode Islanders “favor” a $15 minimum wage for nursing home workers, according to a Fleming & Associates poll done for local labor groups. The poll question, shared by the SEIU 1199NE, found that 76 percent of those polled support a $15 basement wage for those who “care for Rhode […]
By Bob Plain on April 12, 2016
A Providence Journal editorial lamented the loss of billionaires and millionaires who would abandon the Ocean State for lower taxes in the South. But Aggie Clark, a certified nurses assistant who doesn’t make enough money to pay her bills, better represents what ails Rhode Island’s economy. Rhode Island doesn’t have too few rich people, we […]
By Steve Ahlquist on February 19, 2016
Frances Fox Piven is a legend. Her work was instrumental in the creation of the welfare rights movement and the war on poverty. Last night, Piven gave a talk entitled “Strategic Voter Disenfranchisement: How Political Party Competition Shrinks the Electorate” at the RI Center for Justice
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By Steve Ahlquist on November 10, 2015
Fast food employees, restaurant workers and labor allies rallied outside the Wendy’s restaurant at 771 Warwick Ave in Warwick around noon as part of a national effort to kick off a year-long $15 minimum wage campaign ahead of next year’s presidential elections. Nearly 100 people gathered in the parking lot of Wendy’s, where the management […]
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By Raffi Jansezian on September 5, 2015
More than 50 staff, union reps, and concerned families chanted and picketed Thursday afternoon at The Groden Center in Providence. The gathered participants were making their concerns public in their struggle for fair wages and safe staffing practices. “At one time the Groden Center was considered an excellent school for autism,” said Cory Lafleur a […]
By Raffi Jansezian on September 3, 2015
Congressman David Cicilline met Wednesday with local child care workers to discuss the need for high quality care that pays a living wage. “It’s time for Congress to take action to ensure that high quality, affordable child care is accessible for every American family,” said Cicilline. “And that the childcare workforce can access the training […]
By Bob Plain on April 29, 2015
Sue Sulham has been caring for developmentally disabled people in the Blackstone Valley for more than 20 years. She makes just $11.20 an hour. “I don’t want to live beyond my means,” Sulham said. “I just want to be able to make a payment on time, to go grocery shopping and maybe luncheon meat would […]
By Steve Ahlquist on April 16, 2015
Providence became one of over 200 cities to participate in a “National Day of Action to Fight for $15.” In a two hour march through downtown Providence, nearly 100 workers and activists visited businesses engaged in wage theft, low pay and anti-unionization efforts.
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By Bob Plain on April 15, 2015
Fast food workers, restaurant servers, victims of wage theft, victims of police abuse, labor unions and elected officials will march together in Providence today in a national day of action in the Fight for $15, a nationwide effort to improve working conditions for fast food workers, and others. The local march starts at 4pm, at […]
By Bob Plain on March 11, 2015
In February Blackstone Valley Community Health Care employees organized a picket in hopes of winning a better wage and working conditions in contract negotiations. One month later the SEIU1199 nurses, assistants, hygienists and others are celebrating their new contract which they accepted today by a unanimous vote today, winning their largest pay increase since organizing […]
By Steve Ahlquist on January 2, 2015
The senior employee has been with CVS for a few years and makes just under $9 an hour. The junior employee has been with the company for nearly a year and makes just over $8. Both are due, they say, for a year end review and a slight bump in pay, which usually amounts to a 10 cent increase. But this year they were told that there will be no review and no raise because, “the minimum wage increase took care of it.”
By Steve Ahlquist on December 15, 2014
The unhealthy work environment at the Renaissance, combined with the shock of losing his job and the combative atmosphere in the manager’s office drove Cruz to the breaking point. Cruz suffered a heart attack, and Renaissance management called a rescue to take him to the hospital.