The Rhode Island school of Design in Providence has reached a contract agreement with the Technicians’ Union. The union’s 44 members began a public strike last Thursday.
By Friday dozens of students had joined the 44 workers in picket lines around the campus. RISD’s technicians operate ceramics, metal working, and glass studios, among others. The Technicians’ union alleged that they get fewer benefits than other faculty, and that RISD walked away from negotiations. School officials say the union rejected the contract they offered.
Picket lines will be visible outside the Rhode Island School of Design Thursday because of a labor dispute with some workers. The Technicians Union represents 44 employees, responsible for many of RISD’s famous studios.
From glass to ceramics and metalworking, Union President Tucker Houlihan said they’re crucial to a RISD education.
As many take a day off for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, some are spending the day doing service projects. A group of students in Providence celebrates with art.
In the gym at Martin Luther King elementary school, dozens of elementary school students are screen printing t-shirts, painting murals, and jewelry painting. It’s part of the nationwide “day of service” program. More than 100 Rhode Island School of Design students are working with the kids on their projects.