Local 528 – Council 94 – AFSCME

Roosevelt Hall Kingston, R.I. 02881

mmcdonalduri@gmail.com – Phone: 401-874-2100 Fax: 874-2538

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Brothers and Sisters,
Please be advised representatives from Colonial Life will be on campus May 17th 10-3PM, June 2nd 10-3PM, June 6th 10-3PM Room 313 Memorial Union Kingston Campus. More info provided in the attachment.
Also open enrollment period May 16th through June10th additional info at http://www.employeebenefits.ri.gov/
As of this morning our Brothers and Sister IBEW/CWA Verizon workers continue to be on strike. Please take an hour to walk with these men and women on the line or stop in to let them know you support them! If you don’t have a lot of time to give consider stopping in with water, coffee, food, etc…… Let them know Local 528 supports their efforts! Please  see attached picket location list for locations.
Special thank you to everyone who came out to the May membership meeting on Tuesday. Special guest speaker Scott Malloy did a fantastic job! Looking forward to working with him throughout the summer on our efforts to educate each other about our union, how we continue to protect our jobs, and continue to grow our union!
As you know Tuesday was the last scheduled membership meeting until September. If the need arises a special meeting will be called.
We continue our efforts to bargain a wage increase as spelled out in article 6.1 I will report back to the membership when further info is available on the progress of our efforts.
Also as discussed at the May membership meeting we continue to oppose the Governor’s proposal to eliminate nearly 60 positions from Eleanor Slater Hospital. Most of these positions are RI Council 94 jobs. I am asking everyone to politely contact their elected officialsand let them know you are opposed to cuts at Eleanor Slater and would like them to oppose these cuts as well. A sample email is provided below a list of contact info for State Senate/ House of Rep is also provided
Representative XXXX
I am writing to ask that you oppose the Governor’s proposal to cut approximately 60 positions at Eleanor Slater Hospital. As you are aware these positions are good union jobs with decent pay, benefits, etc….. The loss of these positions coupled with further reliance on vendors to provide the service currently being performed by Council 94 members is not a wise decision, and would result in increased patient risk, lower quality care, and lastly eliminate nearly 60 good middle class jobs in our state. I am asking you to oppose these cuts, also ask your colleagues to do so as well. I welcome further discussion at your convenience
Lastly a thank you to everyone working so hard to prepare the campus for commencement! As I have said many times we make URI happen at no time is this statement more true than commencement! THANK YOU!
In Solidarity,
Mike McDonald
President Local 528
Rhode Island Council 94
Roosevelt Hall
University of Rhode Island
Kingston, RI 02881


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