By Steve Ahlquist on December 17, 2014
Privatizing the bus monitors will mean the loss of nearly 200 good paying jobs in Providence. In the event of privatization, professional jobs currently being performed by experienced, trained personal will be instead executed by minimum wage employees.
By Steve Ahlquist on December 9, 2014
Just under thirty people marched and chanted Tuesday afternoon in the pouring rain outside the Renaissance Providence Hotel to protest the suspension, pending termination, of Marino Cruz and Veronica Arias, two employees who have helped to lead the campaign to improve working conditions at the hotel.
By Mark Baumer on December 9, 2014
At 3:40 p.m. on December 8, 30 students from Brown University locked arms, entered the library administration offices in the Rockefeller Library, and said, “We’re students in solidarity with library workers.” They were delivering a message to Harriette Hemmasi, the head librarian at Brown, as well as other upper library administrators. Hemmasi was not available. […]
By Mike Araujo on December 5, 2014
I have devoted much of my life to the labor movement, I believe that poor and working people have all the capacity and intelligence to run their own lives. I also believe that democracy needs everybody and should extend into economic life. I believe that anti-racism, anti-sexism, anti-gender bias, are core values of labor. I […]
By Bob Plain on October 7, 2014
Providence public sector unions have been roundly rebuked for endorsing Buddy Cianci, both from Dan Lawlor on this blog and the Providence Journal editorial page. But how much do their endorsements matter in a mayoral election? The answer: not as much as when the city had a residency requirement. While the local police, fire and […]
By Bob Plain on August 18, 2014
Angel Taveras and Clay Pell have managed to do at least one thing Gina Raimondo couldn’t: pit public sector unions against one another. While NEARI, the state’s suburban teachers’ union, is vociferously backing Pell, a diverse group of public and private sector unions launched today calling itself “Working Families for Angel.” In a press release […]
By Oswald Krell on July 13, 2014
While zipping through Netflix the other night, I came across a movie about bootleggers–that I wouldn‘t really recommend. As I watched, however, something became very clear. Demand. Supply-side economists have this totally absurd notion that supply will create its own demand. That has to be one of the stupidest things I have ever heard. Why […]
By Steve Ahlquist on June 26, 2014
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is having their annual General assembly in Providence this weekend, and today around noon they held a rally outside the Renaissance Hotel near the State House to support worker’s rights to a fair and just living wage, and to demonstrate against the draconian and anti-democratic tactics used by state officials […]
By Steve Ahlquist on June 25, 2014
An all day picket was held at Women & Infants Hospital yesterday to call attention to the problem of temporary, out-of-state “travel nurses” filling scheduling holes than hiring in-state nurses graduating from one of the many fine colleges offering nursing degrees in Rhode Island. “There are many qualified graduates from our numerous nursing programs looking […]
By Steve Ahlquist on June 22, 2014
Though the first round of the Fight for a $15 minimum wage appears to be over, due to the anti-democratic efforts of a right-wing General Assembly more concerned with feathering the beds of the rich and entitled than easing the burden of the poor and disenfranchised, the hotel workers targeted by the Mattiello budget are […]
By Steve Ahlquist on June 20, 2014
With a stroke of his pen Governor Chafee signed into law the 2015 budget, marking what House Speaker Nick Mattiello endlessly referred to as a new era in regional “competitiveness” for Rhode Island. Simultaneously the Governor dashed the hopes of Providence hotel workers who were cavalierly targeted by a measure inserted into the bill that […]
By Steve Ahlquist on June 9, 2014
Working women and men in Providence are no longer fighting for fair and just wages, they are now fighting for the ability to petition their government. In an effort to prevent Providence area hotel workers from asking the Providence City Council for a $15 an hour minimum wage, Representative Raymond Gallison under the leadership of […]
By Steve Ahlquist on June 4, 2014
Regular readers of RI Future will remember Adrienne Jones, profiled here after she was fired from the Providence Hilton Hotel, ending six years of employment, during her unionization activities. She joined the dozens of other working mothers who were abandoned by the City Council last Thursday night when the Ordinance Committee meeting, that was to […]
By Steve Ahlquist on May 23, 2014
“The Mother of All Strikes: The 1824 Textile Worker Turnout,” presents labor history and contemporary art side by side on the floor of the historic Slater Mill (67 Roosevelt Avenue, Pawtucket) from now until July 31st. The title of the exhibit refers to “one of America’s first factory strikes and the first US strike to […]
By Steve Ahlquist on May 16, 2014
The Smallest state, the smallest Wendy’s, the smallest pay, I feel like a nobody,” said one of the Wendy’s employees on strike yesterday. “Today I feel strong.” Here’s video from the second public protest from Rhode Island fast food workers yesterday. You can watch another video from yesterday’s strike here, and please check out these […]
By Steve Ahlquist on May 15, 2014
Fast food workers are fighting for $15 an hour all over the country today – and all over Rhode Island. After a 6am action at a Burger King in Providence (photos essay here, video here), the workers and activists convened again at the Wendy’s in Warwick, where the local protests began.
By Steve Ahlquist on May 15, 2014
Here’s video from this morning’s Fight for $15 protest at Burger King in Providence. There are protests today at fast food restaurants in Pawtucket, Providence at the Warwick Wendy’s at noon. Robert Paquin, the executive director of the Rhode Island Republican Party, said he will be attending the Warwick Wendy’s protest at noon.
By Bob Plain on May 2, 2014
Robert Malin has video on the May Day march in Providence yesterday. It includes people rallying against the city’s proposed plan to move the bus terminal out of Kennedy Plaza, Wendy’s workers, Hiton hotel employees, foreclosure and immigrant rights activists.
By Steve Ahlquist on April 29, 2014
Ann Albro-Mathieu, president of the Providence, RI Area American Postal Workers Union Local 387, talks about why trusting your mail to a minimum wage Staples employee is not the same as trusting your mail to a fully trained postal officer. Her union led a recent demonstration outside the Staples store on North Main St. last […]
By Steve Ahlquist on April 25, 2014
On Thursday, organized labor groups across the country protested in an effort to call attention the proposal to install US Postal counters in more than 1500 Staples stores across the country. Unless this deal is stopped, the net effect will be that personal and business correspondence and packages will soon be handled by a rotating […]