By Steve Ahlquist on December 30, 2015
The film focuses on Moira Walsh and her son Malcolm, and she frankly discusses a life lived on low wages and about the sexual harassment she faces on her job. In the film we see Walsh embrace the life of an activist, fighting for workers’ rights and fair pay.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Featured, Labor, News, People, Poverty, Providence, Rhode Island, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged Adrienne Jones, Evan McLaughlin, jesse strecker, Keally Cieslik, Michael Araujo, Moira Walsh, Restaurant Opportunities Center, RI Jobs with Justice, Sub-minimum wage | Leave a response
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 […]
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Elections, Featured, Labor, National News, Photos, Video | Tagged 1199 SEIU Rhode Island, Brown Student Labor Alliance, Cafe Atlantic, fight for 15, Flor Salazar, fuerza laboral, jesse strecker, jo-ann gesterling, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, Teriyaki House, wage theft, wendys | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 2, 2015
In a statement, the RI AFL-CIO wrote, “Big News and a very important step forward with a clear and strong message from Governor Gina Raimondo and DLT Director Scott Jensen that employers perpetuating fraud and deception will not be tolerated in the State of Rhode Island any longer.”
By Steve Ahlquist on July 9, 2015
Last year Providence City Councillor John Igliozzi proposed that future tax breaks for large corporations should include $15 minimum wage guarantees, but this year, as Chair of the Finance Committee, Igliozzi has failed to deliver on this proposal.
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By Steve Ahlquist on June 16, 2015
Cho has denied all charges, said the organizers of the press conference, despite being found guilty in Connecticut of 43 charges of employment law violations, and being ordered to pay roughly $150,000 in a settlement with workers at stores in New Haven, CT, now closed.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, Labor, Providence, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Chung Cho, Donna Nesselbush, fuerza laboral, Gourmet Heaven, jesse strecker, Mike Araujo, Restaurant Opportunities Center of RI, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice | Leave a response
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.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Events, Featured, Labor, National News, Photos, Rhode Island | Tagged Carmen Castillo, DARE, Direct Actions for Rights & Equality, fight for 15, fuerza laboral, Gourmet Heaven, jesse strecker, jorge elorza, Malcus Mills, Michael Araujo, Phoebe Gardener, procaccanti group, Providence Hilton Hotel, Providence Renaissance, Restaurant Opportunities Center of RI, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, santa brito, tax stabilization, Unite Here Local 217, wage theft | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on February 18, 2015
A protest outside the upscale downtown Providence deli Gourmet Heaven was scheduled for the same day that three workers filed a case in district court for non-payment of wages. Six more workers are expected to join the case later this week, alleging a total of $140,000 in unpaid wages over two years.
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Featured, Labor, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged Chung Cho, Donna Nesselbush, fuerza laboral, Gourmet Heaven, jesse strecker, jobs with justice, US Department of Labor | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on January 30, 2015
Hospital management has rejected a union proposal that states, “providing quality care to patients and their families is the top objective of the Hospital and that poor working conditions, inadequate staffing levels, inadequate supplies and improper equipment undermine patient care.”
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Featured, Health Care, Labor, National News, News | Tagged General Teamsters Local 251, jesse strecker, jobs with justice, Lifespan, rhode island hospital, Teamsters, unions | 1 Response
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 March 20, 2014
The fight for a fair and equitable minimum wage shifted gears yesterday as protests were executed across the country against “wage theft.” Though it’s difficult to get an exact number, it is estimated that wage theft protests occurred at some thirty McDonald’s locations in cities across the country, including Providence, where about thirty protesters rallied […]