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.
Negotiations continue between Rhode Island Hospital and employees with the Teamsters union. The latest round of talks ended in another stalemate.
The Teamsters represent about 2500 nursing assistants, food service, and other workers at Rhode Island Hospital. They’ve threatened to strike if negotiators can’t agree on job protections and wage hikes, as well as improvements to their retirement plan.
Unions representing nearly all state workers have tentatively agreed to a new contract.
The unions representing every state worker except correctional officers and state police have agreed to a contract that increases wages by six percent over four years and increases health care deductibles and co-pays.
State employees have gone nearly three years without a raise.
When will Rhode Islanders stop debating public employee pensions? RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says that won’t happen anytime soon.
As if the 2014 Rhode Island election campaigns won’t provide enough grist for everyone’s political mill, here comes the vote on the proposed public employee pension settlement crafted by their union leaders, Gov. Lincoln Chafee and State General Treasurer Gina Raimondo.
Organizers said the vast majority of workers in a state-subsidized child care program have indicated their support for joining a union.
Chas Walker of Service Employees Union, Local 1199, said more than 500 of about 600 workers have signed cards to become union members. “We’ve filed those cards with the state Labor Board and it’s the process in the law,” said Walker, “and we’re looking forward to having an election as soon as possible.”
The General Assembly passed a law this year allowing the child care workers to unionize.