By Steve Ahlquist on September 29, 2017
“Sometimes hotel housekeepers feel we are invisible even though we do hard, important work,” said housekeeper Raquel Cruz. “We’re so proud of our accomplishments both at work and with our new union agreement.”
Posted in Class Warfare, Featured, Labor, News, Providence, Rhode Island, Women | Tagged Jenna Karlin, Procaccianti Group, Providence Renaissance, Raquel Cruz, Renaissance Providence Hotel, Unite Here Local 26 | Leave a response
By RI Future on November 13, 2015
Hotel workers at the Providence Renaissance have voted in favor of joining UNITE HERE Local 217 today. Workers rallied after the votes were counted, demanding that The Procaccianti Group, the hotel’s owner, begin bargaining a contract in good faith.
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 March 2, 2015
“The fact is that the people who work for tips in Rhode Island use public assistance at a rate twice that of any other employee,” says Mike Araujo of ROC United RI, “Of the 20,000 people who work for tips in Rhode Island we’re talking about 10,000 who are on assistance. Clearly, every penny counts to these people.
Posted in Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Featured, State House | Tagged aaron regunberg, Bill Kitsilis, Bob Bacon, Chris Blazejewski, Chris Tarro, Gregg’s Restaurants, Joey DeFrancesco, K Joseph Shekarchi, Mike Araujo, Providence Renaissance, Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training, Rhode Island Hospitality Association, RIHA, ROC United RI, Thomas Palangio, tip theft | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on December 18, 2014
As Mayor Angel Taveras and Mayor-elect Jorge Elorza enjoyed a celebration of “the great city of Providence and what it has to offer” at the the neighboring Veterans Memorial Auditorium with entertainment by Ravi Shavi and The ‘Mericans and catered by hip food trucks last night, more than 50 protesters marched and chanted outside the […]
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Featured, Labor, Providence | Tagged Adrienne Jones, Carmen Castillo, jorge elorza, Marino Cruz, Providence Renaissance, The Procaccianti Group, unite here | 2 Responses
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.
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 Steve Ahlquist on October 9, 2014
Business and government conspired to keep working mothers poor. Yet the hotel workers keep fighting and marching the picket line every Wednesday, demonstrating more character and humanity in two hours a week than the General Assembly musters all year.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Featured, Labor, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island, Women | Tagged fight for 15, hotel worker, Procaccianti Group, Providence Renaissance | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on August 27, 2014
Every Wednesday women hotel workers and their supporters gather outside the Providence Renaissance and Providence Hilton hotels to demand fair wages and decent working conditions. So far, hotel management has refused to deal fairly.
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By Steve Ahlquist on August 21, 2014
One of the few bright spots on the Rhode Island economic landscape is tourism, but should our economic successes be built on the backs of women scraping by on minimum wage? Some hotels downtown pay fair wages and are willing to negotiate with their employees about working conditions. The Providence Renaissance Hotel next to the […]
By Steve Ahlquist on March 15, 2014
The first thing I noticed as I approached the Hilton Providence on Friday evening was the rented U-Haul truck parked conspicuously between the sidewalk where unionizing workers were staging their protest and the main entrance to the hotel. The truck, placed so as to spare hotel management and guests the sight of underpaid and overworked […]
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Featured, Labor, Video | Tagged Adrienne Jones, first amendment, hilton, hilton providence, hotel, Procaccianti Group, Providence Renaissance, Rhode Island, Union, unite here, unite here 217 | 2 Responses
By Bob Plain on March 11, 2014
Adrienne Jones isn’t the only one. According to a press release from Unite Here Local 217 two people have been fired from the Hilton Hotel in Providence for supporting an effort to form a union and several others disciplined. Nick Spino, who delivered room service, was the other. “Since workers presenting management with their petition […]
By Steve Ahlquist on March 10, 2014
Adrienne Jones says she was fired from her job at the Providence Hilton for supporting the effort of her colleagues to form a union. She’s a lifelong Providence native and a graduate of Hope High School, CCRI and the Boston Bartending School. A divorced mom with a seven year old son, she has that easy […]
By Steve Ahlquist on January 6, 2014
Regional Director Jonathan B. Kreisberg of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) out of Boston “issued a Government complaint and notice of hearing against the Renaissance Providence Downtown Hotel and TPG Hospitality, Inc., The Procaccianti Group’s hotel management affiliate. The NLRB Complaint charges the Hotel with multiple unfair labor practices deterring workers from organizing to […]
By Bob Plain on August 30, 2013
Working Rhode Islanders from across the economic spectrum (well the lower 99% of that spectrum, anyways) will unite this Labor Day as Jobs for Justice and the the Coalition to Defend Public Education will be marching together through downtown Providence Monday. Jobs for Justice will be calling attention to the struggles of the staff at […]
By David Segal on November 12, 2011
That’s right, RIFuture knew Joey before he was famous. (You can check out the viral YouTube video here.) Everybody should go see him and the What Cheer Brigade next Saturday, November 19, 2011 at Firehouse 13 (fh13.com) 8:00pm. More details at bottom. DS: From what I’ve seen of the press you’ve gotten, people are really psyched about your quitting […]