Labor Day http://ripr.org en Dozens of Cranston Residents Left Stranded After Labor Day Flood http://ripr.org/post/dozens-cranston-residents-left-stranded-after-labor-day-flood <p>The American Red Cross is scrambling to find housing for residents of two Cranston apartment buildings that were overwhelmed by flash floods Monday.&nbsp;&nbsp; Some of the 60 affected residents lost everything.</p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 17:52:08 +0000 Flo Jonic 21071 at http://ripr.org Dozens of Cranston Residents Left Stranded After Labor Day Flood Some sobering thoughts for union members on Labor Day http://ripr.org/post/some-sobering-thoughts-union-members-labor-day <p>Today we celebrate the glorious history of the American labor movement. While unions have a storied past RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders what the future holds.</p><p>Labor Day in Rhode Island has long been more than a summer’s end holiday. For decades, union leaders and their members have celebrated a movement that assimilated immigrants, fought vigorously for better pay and working conditions and was a fulcrum in the creation of a strong middle class.</p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 20:26:59 +0000 Scott MacKay 20930 at http://ripr.org Travelers Should Prepare For Heavy Traffic This Holiday Weekend http://ripr.org/post/travelers-should-prepare-heavy-traffic-holiday-weekend <p>Travelers should prepare for heavy traffic during the final holiday of the summer.&nbsp; It’s expected to be the highest number of Labor Day travelers since the recession began.</p><p></p><p>AAA is projecting some 34 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home over Labor Day weekend. That’s an increase of 4.2 percent compared with last year.</p><p>About 85% percent of travelers will be taking the family car.</p><p>AAA believes gas prices won’t be a major impediment; they’ve been trending down this month compared to August of last year.</p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 15:36:01 +0000 John Bender 20910 at http://ripr.org Travelers Should Prepare For Heavy Traffic This Holiday Weekend