AFL-CIO: Working Families at Verizon Strike for a Better Workplace
No one wants to go on strike, but Verizon—this immensely profitable company—is putting the squeeze on hardworking men and women who just want to come to work, do their jobs and be treated fairly.
-IBEW President Lonnie Stephenson
Working people at Verizon are on strike. After months of negotiations with the telecommunications giant, they’ve decided to take a stand to create a better workplace. They want to make sure the needs of working families are met, instead of standing by as a handful of individuals get richer and richer. They’re fighting to stop the company from sending jobs overseas and to get Verizon to end its continued intimidation of working people at Verizon Wireless who are trying to create a better future for themselves and their families.
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UFCW 328: UFCW and Stop & Shop Reach Tentative Agreement
The hardworking men and women of Stop & Shop reached a tentative agreement for a new contract with their employer. The tentative agreement is subject to ratification by the 35,000 members of the five local union covered by the agreement, United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Union Local 328, Local 371, Local 919, Local 1445 and Local 1459. Each local union will hold ratification votes in the coming weeks.
“Today’s agreement is the result of unity and solidarity from all of our members who work for Ahold and its banner grocery stores. Our goal was to work together, beat back the company’s concessionary demands and negotiate a better life for our incredible Stop & Shop members. Working together, we have reached a tentative agreement that all sides can agree is fair and equitable.
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Rhode Island AFL-CIO: Executive Board Votes to Endorse Congressional Candidates
The Executive Board of the Rhode Island AFL-CIO, representing nearly 80,000 union members across Rhode Island, met on Monday, April 11th at the Rhode Island Convention Center and unanimously voted to endorse the re-election bids of Congressmen James Langevin and David Cicilline in the November 2016 elections.
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Providence Journal: Nursing Home Workers Call for Minimum Wage Hike
Dozens of sign-wielding nursing home workers, in purple uniforms, beseeched Rhode Island lawmakers arriving at the State House on Wednesday for a $15-an-hour minimum wage. One of them was Shirley Lomba, 47, of Providence, a 32-hour-a-week certified-nursing assistant at the Bannister House with a $12-an-hour paycheck that nets “just over $200” a week, a $900-a-month mortgage and a husband who works part-time. “I’m squeezing. You know what I mean?” she said Wednesday, just before the SEIU-led rally got under way. “Squeezing, trying to figure out — am I putting $100 away this week so that by the end of the month … I have my mortgage?” “I think we are in a day and age where $15 an hour is not a lot to ask for,” she said. “If New York can do it, California can do it, why can’t Rhode Island?”
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Upcoming Labor Events
-Occupational and Environmental Health Center of Rhode Island – Hearing Screening
When: Thursday, April 21st from 10am-6pm
Where: ILSR 1540 Pontiac Ave, Cranston
What: The labor community, friends, and family are invited to have a baseline hearing screening, performed at NO COST. This free evaluation will help determine whether attendees have any hearing loss. Those working in industries where loud and consistent noise is common are especially urged to attend.
Of note, there will be Spanish speakers present, should interpretation services be necessary. Questions may be directed to the OEHCRI (401.621.2228), or the ILSR(401.463.9900; ask for Andrea James-Gomez).
If you are interested in a hearing screening, but cannot attend this event, please email Lisa Nelson (LNelson@oehcri.org). Additional evaluations may be scheduled depending on interest.
-The Lifeline Project Film Screening
When: Thursday, April 21st at 6:00pm
Where: The Cable Car Cinema- 204 South Main Street, Providence
What: Join the George Wiley Center & the Center for Justice at the Cable Car Cinema (204 S. Main Street in Providence) on Thursday April 21st at 6 pm for a documentary short film screening about families organizing to prevent gas and electric shut offs for households with illness and disability. Afterwards, please join us for a discussion with grassroots advocates, filmmakers from Brown University, and Dr. Michael Fine, former health director for the RI Department of Health.
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-RI COMMITTEE ON OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH Workers Memorial Day Event
When: Wednesday, April 27th at 3:00pm
Where: Occupational and Environmental Health Center 410 South Main Street, (3rdfl) Providence What: Workers’ Memorial Day is a time to remember those who died on the job or suffered workplace injuries, while raising awareness to prevent future illnesses, injuries and deaths.
As part of Worker Memorial Week program it is appropriate that we explore the new OSHA rule for confined spaces in construction so that nearly 800 construction workers a year could be protected from serious injuries and life-threatening hazards,according to OSHA.
All are welcome. Pre-registration is requested. To register contact RICOSH 401-751-2015 or firstname.lastname@example.org
1947 – Jackie Robinson, first Black ballplayer hired by a major league team, plays his first game with the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbetts Field.
This Week On LaborVision
This week on LaborVision we have Legislative Issues with Jim Parisi and Emmanuel Falck of the Service Employees International Union discussing up coming legislation at the Rhode Island General Assembly impacting nursing home workers.
Also this week…. we are continuing our new segment on financial literacy with special guest Dan Murphy from Home Loan Bank to help views learn about common financial pitfalls, how to avoid them, and where to get help if needed.LaborVision can be seen on Cox Ch. 14 and FiOS Ch. 33
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