Unite Here Local 217
By Steve Ahlquist on January 7, 2016
At the same time the protesters arrived, people were arriving for the Bike the Night with Mayor Elorza event. The STEP protesters were eager to engage with the Mayor about the proposed tax breaks, but Mayor Elorza did not make it to the bike event that bore his name, citing a conflict.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Events, Featured, Labor, News, Photos, Providence, Taxes, Video | Tagged Extraordinary Rendition Band, Jenna Karlin, Luis Aponte, RI Progressive Democrats of America, RIPDA, Sam Bell, STEP, Stop Tax Evasion in Providence, Unite Here Local 217 | 2 Responses
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 RI Future on October 21, 2015
“We’ve been demanding for years that The Procaccianti Group give us a fair process to decide upon unionization, said Hipolito Rivera, a houseman at the hotel. “We call on the hotel to do the right thing. Treat us like equals, not adversaries. Respect us, respect the results of our election and negotiate a fair contract.”
By Steve Ahlquist on September 18, 2015
Hotel workers at the Providence Hilton and Renaissance hotels in downtown Providence are still working without a contract, and are still experiencing work-related injury and illness at rates 69% higher at the Hilton and 85% higher at the Renaissance Hotel than the national average. Last night workers rallied at the Providence City Hall entrance used by Providence City Council members to let them know that The Procaccianti Group (TPG), the company that runs both hotels, is literally grinding profits out of the long term health of their employees.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Photos, Rhode Island | Tagged Mike Araujo, Providence City Council, Providence City Hall, Providence Hilton Hotel, Providence Renaissance Hotel, Rhode Island General Assembly, The Procaccianti Group, TPG, Unite Here Local 217 | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 4, 2015
Hotel workers gathered outside Providence City Hall Thursday evening to call attention to a new report, “Providence’s Pain Problem,” that details higher rates of injury at The Procaccianti Group Providence hotels Renaissance and Hilton than at other hotels nationally.
By Steve Ahlquist on July 31, 2015
The rally was also just two miles from the Massachusetts border, where home care workers recently won a minimum wage of $15 to be phased in over the next few years. Rhode Island does not pay nearly as much.
Posted in Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Economics, Featured, Health Care, Labor, National News, Photos, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged david bennett, Mary Duffy Messier, Medicaid, Medicare, NEARI, Progressive Democrats of Rhode Island, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, RI AFL-CIO, Scott Slater, SEIU 1199 New England, Teamsters Local 251, UFCW, UNAP, Unite Here Local 217 | 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 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.
Posted in Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Economics, Featured, Labor, Providence, Taxes | Tagged activism, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Democrats, Economic Development, Economy, Environmental Justice League of RI, fossil free ri, Fred Ordonez, Fuerza Laboral / Power of Workers, greg gerritt, I-195 Commission, IUPAT Local 195 DC 11, jesse strecker, jorge elorza, Labor, Le Meridien, news, Occupy, Occupy Providence, Politics, Poverty, Prosperity for RI, Providence, Providence City Council, Rhode Island, Rhode Island State House, RI Progressive Democrats of America, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, tax stabilization agreements, Taxes, Teamsters Local 251, Unite Here Local 217 | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on April 30, 2015
Subtitled, “an independent investor information website posted by Unite Here,” the website TPG Fails is a compendium of The Procaccianti Group’s bad investments, environmental disasters and “wasted opportunities.”
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 23, 2015
“This issue speaks to how we believe society should be shaped. Do we believe that our citizens deserve equal treatment and deserve full equality, or do we believe that there is a second tier that women, increasingly, belong to?”
Posted in Economics, Labor, News, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Antonio Giarusso, bell street chapel, Bill Kitsilis, Chris Tarro, Economic Progress Institute, fuerza laboral, gayle goldin, Jenn Steinfeld, Mike Araujo, NAACP, NEARI, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Rhode Island AFL-CIO, Rhode Island Hospitality Association, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, Rhode Island Progressive Democrats, RI NOW, ROC United RI, Sam Bell, Teresa Tanzi, tipped minimum wage, Unite Here Local 217, Women's Fund of Rhode Island | 1 Response