Labor unions http://ripr.org en As Expected, Pell Gets National Education Association Rhode Island endorsement http://ripr.org/post/expected-pell-gets-national-education-association-rhode-island-endorsement <p>Democratic gubernatorial candidate Clay Pell has won the endorsement of the political action committee of the National Education Association Rhode Island, whose leadership has enthusiastically supported Pell's campaign.</p><p>In a statement, NEARI president Larry Purtill says, “This race for governor is critical to the state of Rhode Island and public education. We need a candidate who will listen to educators, stop the testing craze and make sure that every Rhode Island student has the opportunity for a great public school education."</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 20:30:20 +0000 Ian Donnis 30773 at http://ripr.org RI State Association of Fire Fighters Endorses Taveras for Governor http://ripr.org/post/ri-state-association-fire-fighters-endorses-taveras-governor <p></p><p>Two days after <a href="http://ripr.org/post/taveras-announces-his-run-governor-says-he-answers-working-families">he announced his gubernatorial campaign</a>, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras collected the endorsement on Wednesday of<a href="http://risaff.org/index.cfm?section=1"> the Rhode Island State Association of Fire Fighters</a> outside a Cranston fire house.</p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 17:48:32 +0000 Ian Donnis 24013 at http://ripr.org RI State Association of Fire Fighters Endorses Taveras for Governor Why RI Labor Board made correct decision on child care workers http://ripr.org/post/why-ri-labor-board-made-correct-decision-child-care-workers <p>While the Rhode Island Center for Freedom &amp; Prosperity is blasting the RI Labor Relations Board decision to move ahead with a vote on unionizing state-subsidized child care workers, it is difficult to question the labor panel&rsquo;s reasoning.</p><p>Some history here: &nbsp;Mike Stenhouse, ceo of the conservative Freedom &amp; Prosperity group, asked the labor board to delay a vote until the U.S. Supreme Court decides a challenge to a somewhat similar union quest&nbsp;&nbsp; in Illinois.</p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 20:02:25 +0000 Scott MacKay 22957 at http://ripr.org Unions and the Future of America's Middle Class http://ripr.org/post/unions-and-future-americas-middle-class <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></p><p></p><p></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> Mon, 02 Sep 2013 12:58:00 +0000 Scott MacKay 21011 at http://ripr.org Unions and the Future of America's Middle Class 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