By Steve Ahlquist on February 22, 2017
“Rhode Island is one of only a handful of states that has no public policy regarding at-will employment,” said Senator Ana Quezada.
Posted in Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Featured, Labor, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged elizabeth crowley, employment at-will, frank lombardi, george nee, Harold Metts, Jeanine Calkin, Senate Judiciary Committee | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 3, 2017
Two unions, IBT Local 251 and UNAP, picketed, marched and got loud on Thursday to drag Lifespan to the bargaining table in order to put a stop to the policy.
Posted in Featured, Health Care, Labor, News, Photos, Video | Tagged AFL-CIO, george nee, Helene Macedo, IBT Local 251, Lifespan, Matt Taibi, rhode island hospital, UNAP, United Nurses Allied Professionals | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on November 19, 2015
Providence City Hall was electric with meetings being conducted behind closed doors. What happened in the Finance Committee room was theater, the real deals were all made out of sight. The Finance Committee meeting seemed meticulously planned so that when it started, it would fall like a string of dominoes in favor of moneyed interests and to the detriment of hotel workers.
Posted in Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Featured, Labor, News, Providence, Rhode Island, Taxes | Tagged Brett Smiley, Carmen Castillo, Fogarty Building, george nee, Gina Raimondo, John Igliozzi, josh miller, Kevin Jackson, Luis Aponte, Michael Sabitoni, renaissance hotel, Sabina Matos, Tax Stabilization Agreement, The Procaccianti Group, TPG, TSA | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on July 25, 2015
Solidarity, like a chain, is only as strong as it’s weakest link.
Posted in Corporate Greed, Economics, Labor, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged george nee, Michael Sabitoni, Providence City Hall, Providence Hilton Hotel, Providence Renaissance Hotel, RI AFL-CIO, The Procaccianti Group, TPG, Unite Here Local 217 | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on April 25, 2015
“Paid leave is good for business and employees,” said Cicilline, “Supporting programs like paid leave promotes [employee] retention, recruitment of employees and improves productivity.”
Posted in Economics, Featured, National News, Rhode Island, Video, Women | Tagged Barrack Obama, David Cicilline, gayle goldin, george nee, Gold International Machinery, jack reed, James Langevin, Patrick Quinn, Rhode Island AFL-CIO, RI Department of Labor and Training, Scott Jensen, Tom Perez | 6 Responses
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.
Posted in Featured, Labor, State House | Tagged david bennett, Deborah Norman, erin lynch, george nee, Gina Raimondo, Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training, Rhode Island Hospitality Association, ROC United RI, Scott Jensen, UFCW | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 14, 2015
“No matter how many jobs we have, no matter how strong our economy is, there are always going to be people who need help. There are always going to be people, whether it’s a disability, mental or physical, or it’s just bad luck, who are going to need help and going to need support.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Featured, Homelessness, Housing, National News, News, Politics, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House, Unemployment, Video | Tagged Daniel McKee, george nee, Gina Raimondo, harrington hall, Homelessness, House of Hope, Jim Ryczek, Nellie Gorbea, Rhode Island AFL-CIO, Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless, seth magaziner | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on December 20, 2014
“I worked grueling 84 hour weeks, 7 days a week, 12 hours a day on the night shift, from 7pm to 7am,” said Pedro Us in a written statement, “For all that work, and on the night shift, I was paid only $360 a week, way below minimum wage and with no overtime.”
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Criminal Justice, Featured, Labor, Video | Tagged Carmen Castillo, fuerza laboral, george nee, Gourmet Heaven, James Riley, jesse strecker, jobs with justice, Marino Cruz, Phoebe Gardener, wage theft | 6 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on May 1, 2014
A large and growing number of groups interested in civil rights and the democratic process started a campaign yesterday at the Old state House on Benefit St in Providence to defeat a Constitutional Convention. Speaking at the event and providing reasons to oppose a Constitutional Convention were representatives from six of the thirty groups that […]
By Bob Plain on April 4, 2013
The most important news story Rhode Islanders can read this week is the front page of today’s Providence Journal. “The Face of Food Stamps Nearly 1 out of 5 in R.I. Depends on the Program,” reads the headline. It’s a sort of follow-up to the Washington Post’s recent stunning Sunday front-page examination of Woonsocket, where […]
By Bob Plain on March 7, 2013
I was curious how the game of EDC board membership chicken between Gov. Chafee and George Nee was going to play out. Was Chafee going to raise the stakes by demanding, rather than simply asking for, Nee’s resignation (a win for the media and loss for all other parties involved: labor, the governor, the people […]
By Mike Levesque on February 25, 2013
When most Rhode Islanders think of George Nee, president of the 80,000 member Rhode Island AFL-CIO, they probably have images of his speaking at a State House rally to support labor causes or testifying at a legislative hearing to protect worker pensions. Probably there are some politicians, on both sides of the aisle, who have […]
By Bob Plain on December 5, 2012
I don’t doubt Gina Raimondo’s actuarial acumen. But oftentimes I think her political instincts leave much to be desired. The general treasurer/gubernatorial candidate-in-waiting might be the Democratic darling to the budget-cutting crowd for shepherding pension cuts through the legislature, but there’s a political side to the court challenge too and she has chosen not to […]
By Bob Plain on May 7, 2012
If you’re still looking for the evidence that likely 2014 gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo is a progressive Democrat, as she told many a union member during her push for pension reform last year, you won’t find it in local tax policy. Instead of advocating for more revenue, Treasurer Raimondo decided to again side with business […]
By Bob Plain on March 21, 2012
Rhode Islanders for Tax Equity release a powerful new video today that explains why un-flattening the income tax code and increasing the rate that the richest residents pay would help to solve many of the issues that are currently plaguing the state. The group, made up of many unions and economic activist groups from around […]