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Today's news - Rhode Island

Owner of Providence Journal attempts to avoid overtime pay laws, says Teamsters 2019-05-11 [Uprise RI]

 VIDEO Workers’ Memorial Day: remembering those who have suffered and died while earning a living 2019-04-29 [Uprise RI]

Customers shop elsewhere for Easter, Passover during Stop & Shop strike 2019-04-20 [WPRI 12 ]

Mandated OT pay for RI firefighters advances in House 2019-04-06 [WPRI]

Stop & Shop, union to resume talks 2019-03-26 [Providence Journal]

Health center, union reach a deal, avert strike 2019-02-20 [Providence Jrnl]

Coast Guard spouses to hold dinner for federal workers 2019-01-21 [Navy Times]

Raises delayed for R.I. home-care workers 2018-08-31 [Providence Jrnl]

UNAP OKs 5-year deal with Rhode Island Hospital 2018-08-23 [Providence Jrnl]

Center for Freedom & Prosperity pushes employees to leave their unions 2018-08-21 [Newport RI]

Eastland Food workers ratify first union contract and join UFCW Local 328 2018-08-19 [Uprise RI]

Union Election Invigorates Rhode Island Nurse Strike 2018-08-04 [Labor Notes]

Union Election Invigorates Rhode Island Nurse Strike 2018-08-03 [Labour Notes]

As Lifespan union members return to work, some talk of a second strike 2018-07-28 [The Journal]

Hospital strike is over, but unionized workers remain locked out 2018-07-27 [The Journal]

Nurse strike causing influx of patients to other area hospitals 2018-07-26 [Health Finance]

Service changes ahead of strike at RI Hospital, Hasbro 2018-07-23 [WPRI]

Hotel workers picket Omni Providence for fair wages, reasonable workloads and affordable health care 2018-07-22 [Uprise RI]

 VIDEO Hasbro patient's mom supports nurses as they prepare to strike 2018-07-22 [WPRI]

Other hospitals preparing for possible patient surge during RI Hospital nursing strike 2018-07-21 [WPRI]

Nurses authorize strike starting Monday 2018-07-20 [The Times-Union]

Talks between Lifespan, nurses union stall as strike looms 2018-07-19 [WPRI]

Hospitals Hire Temp Workers In Anticipation of Strike 2018-07-18 [RIPR]

Nurses Union Rejects Lifespan Contract, Issues Strike Notice 2018-07-14 [RI NPR]

Unions Picket Rhode Island Tax Credit Project 2018-07-05 [Go Local Prov]

Brown University graduate employees sign landmark union agreement with administration 2018-06-22 [Uprise RI]

Brown and Grad Student Union Agree On Representation Election 2018-06-22 [RIPR]

Union Can Arbitrate Workers Rights to Reinstatement 2018-05-16 [Work Comp Cntrl]

Museum of Work and Culture celebrates textile workers 2018-04-28 [The Chronicle]

Labor organizations rally against wage theft and employee misclassification Station Row project in Providence 2018-04-23 [Uprise RI]

East Greenwich firefighters union files third lawsuit against the town 2018-04-01 [RICentral]

Firefighters sue East Greenwich in federal court alleging fair labor violations in overtime 2018-03-27 [Providence Jrnl]

Governor, unions reach tentative agreement on pay raises 2018-03-09 [Providence Jrnl]

Having won paid sick leave fight, Rhode Island progressives look to $15 minimum wage law 2018-02-10 [In These Times ]

Stand Up for Graduate Student Employees fears University stalling talks on grad student unionization 2018-02-02 [Brown Daily Herald]

3-day strike by Providence hospice workers is over 2017-12-09 [The Herald]

Warwick teachers OK contracts by ‘wide margin,’ ending 2-year labor dispute 2017-11-23 [Providence Jrnl]

Fired East Greenwich firefighter testifies he is victim of retaliation 2017-09-21 [Providence Jrnl]

Teachers union ads seek public support amid veto-override effort 2017-09-12 [Providence Jrnl]

Prostitution decriminalized: Rhode Island’s experiment 2017-08-04 [Newsworks]

Training School Union Says, My Fear is that Someone Will Die 2017-07-29 [Go Local]

Food service workers at Rhode Island's Twin River Casino have reached a tentative deal with management on a new contract 2017-06-10 [USNews]

Westerly Laborers Union petition seeks local say on new contract 2017-06-04 [Westerly Sun]

UNITE HERE Casino Union Threatens Strike Over Healthcare Benefits 2017-06-01 [Casino]

Casino workers warn of potential strike 2017-05-31 [WPRI]

Casino workers protest health-care hikes 2017-05-31 [Providence Jrnl]

Graduate student unionization affiliation vote closes 2017-03-22 [Brown Daily Herald]

Cranston school food service workers vote to unionize 2017-02-22 [Providence Jrnl]

Unions Gained Representation of 6,000 new Workers in 2016 2017-01-31 [RI NPR]

Hospital nurses, staff vote to issue strike threat 2016-12-14 [timesunion]

This month in labour history

1-05-1896 Between 300,000 to half a million workers went on strike and rallies were held throughout the United States, with the cry, "Eight-hour day with no cut in pay". [more]

2-05-1843 "Mill girls" – overwhelmingly female textile workers – walked out on strike in Massachusetts for better conditions. [more]

2-05-1968 4,000 workers in the Hamtramck auto plant in Detroit walked out against speed up. Several black strikers met in a bar opposite and founded the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement to organise black workers. [more]

4-05-1886 A bomb is thrown during a demonstration against police violence in Haymarket Square, Chicago. The ensuing police riot and trials of anarchists, known as the Haymarket affair, eventually give birth to May Day as international workers' day. [more]

5-05-1886 Nine striking workers are shot dead by the National Guard at the Rolling Mills Steel Factory in Bay View, Milwaukee [more]

6-05-1935 The Works Progress Administration is established by executive order - it will provide work for millions of Americans. [more]

6-05-1937 Four hundred tobacco workers, earning just $3 per week, stage a walkout in Richmond, Virginia [more]

7-05-1912 New York City waiters and waitresses walked out on strike [more]

8-05-1926 A. Philip Randolph founds the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. [more]

9-05-1913 The garment workers strike at Cohoes could become an international incident after it emerges that Italian migrant workers are being forced to break the strike. [more]

11-05-1894 Three thousands Pullman railroad workers in Chicago begin a wildcat strike. [more]

12-05-1902 John Mitchell of the UMWA cals for a national strike, beginning the Anthracite Coal Strike which will last five months. [more]

13-05-1893 Western Federation of Miners formed in Butte, Montana. [more]

13-05-1980 Douglas Fraser of the UAW becomes the first union representative on the board a major US corporation after Chystler's stockholders vote him on. [more]

15-05-1946 489 city workers in Rochester, NY were sacked for organising a union. They protested the next day, and sympathy strikes began, growing to a general strike, when bosses caved and reinstated the sacked workers. [more]

15-05-1935 Folk singer, labor organiser and IWW member Utah Phillips is born. [more]

16-05-1934 Minneapolis Teamsters went on strike, shutting down almost all commercial transport in the city. The dispute lasted over three months, ending with most of the workers’ demands being met in a landmark win. [more]

17-05-1946 The US govt seized the nation's railroads to stop a nationwide strike. Workers walked out anyway and only the President's threat to draft the strikers and call up the army to run the railroads forced them back to work. [more]

18-05-1928 "Big Bill" Haywood, former mineworker and founding member of the Industrial Workers of the World revolutionary union, dies in Moscow. [more]

19-05-1920 A gun battle between the people of Matewan and Baldwin Felts detectives leaves ten people dead. [more]

21-05-1945 The US government took over the bituminous coal mines to try to break a six-week miners' strike. The miners held out, forcing the govt to grant workers' demands which had been unacceptable to the operators. [more]

22-05-1942 In Cleveland the Steelworkers Organizing Committee voted to become a union: the United Steelworkers of America [more]

25-05-1946 President Truman comes within three minutes of drafting the nation's railroad workers into the army to suppress a proposed strike, but the union leaders and employers settle just before the presiden't ultimatum comes into effect. [more]

26-05-1937 UAW organisers are attacked and beaten by Ford security men in Dearborn, Michigan, in an incident which greatly increases support for the union. [more]

28-05-1946 Workers in Rochester, New York, stage a successful one day general strike for the right to form unions. [more]

29-05-1990 The Justice for Janitors strike of ISS cleaners in Los Angeles begins. [more]

29-05-1941 Disney Studios animators in LA strike for union recognition. 16 were fired. [more]

29-05-1946 The Rochester general strike ended after just one day with victory for the workers. They won reinstatement for hundreds of city workers who had been sacked for forming a union, dropping of all charges, and recognition of the union. [more]

30-05-1937 Ten workers are shot dead by Chicago police during a strike at the Republic Steel Mill. [more]

31-05-1921 The Sacco and Vanzetti trial begins in Dedham, Massachusetts. [more]