Organized Labor

Brown Pledges to Fight Sweatshops

This has been a 3-year fight by the Brown Student Labor Alliance and other activists: Brown just agreed to sign onto the Designated Suppliers Program, which needs to be in place in order to effectively fight sweatshops and provide a decent labor standard for those who make university apparel. Brown was actually an early leader […]

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This Week in the Multiverse, #19: Giant-Sized Will vs. Newbury Comics Employees Throwdown Special

I’m going to do something different this week so, this column won’t take its standard gush-about-stuff-from-this-week format, because I’m responding to something Newbury Comics has done in their weekly comic book and graphic novel e-mail newsletter, which you can subscribe to here. For my thoughts on this week, you can check my blog. Okay, so

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Justice for Janitors Comedy Show @ PC

Like comedy? Like justice? As our own Davey Dave Segal has written, “PC janitors have been subject to harassment and intimidation as they fight for a fair contract.” With things looking as they do, a whole bunch of comedy groups at PC have decided to put together a benefit show to help build the contracted

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“I Am the UAW” tv spots & website rock the nation

First the striking writers brought us the glory of labor struggle-themed youtube videos and now the United Autoworkers (UAW) have picked up where they left off, launching a new folksy tv ad campaign and ancillary website telling members’ stories to educate the public that unions aren’t all about strikes and laziness. The campaign, with the

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Providence v Providence

For those who missed it during the big game, this was a nice commercial with a hometown flavor: [youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xiMf5cCDy1I] But, us being whiny liberals and all, it provides us with the opportunity to highlight Coke’s record of facilitating human rights violations, and complicity in the murders of several union activists: Listed below are union leaders

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One easy thing to do about a bad bad bill…

From Jobs with Justice.  Send an email by clicking here. The Employment Insecurity Act: Everyone’s Vulnerable Have you ever made a typo or a spelling mistake? Of course you have. But did ever lose your job because of it? The Rhode Island General Assembly is considering a misguided piece of legislation that would force employers

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PC Janitors Ready to Strike

PC janitors have been subject to harassment and intimidation as they fight for a fair contract. They need our support: Contracted Janitors at Providence College READY TO STRIKE Against Unfair Labor Practices! This weekend Providence College will celebrate Parents Weekend. The contracted janitors who keep the campus clean have announced their intention to hold a

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Kicking ass for the working class

Now this is some great news: For the first time in the past quarter of a century, in 2007 U.S. unions increased their share of membership among workers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) annual union membership report released today. Unions added about 310,000 members last year, raising the unionized share of the

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Today at 3 — Rally for Providence College janitors

Come out and support the PC janitors’ fight for a fair contract — and their fundamental right to organize, as they’ve been subject to harassment and intimidation by their bosses. 3PM at 549 River Avenue (outside of main entrance to PC). This nonviolent rally will take place in remembrance of Martin Luther King, Jr., whose

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Good News!!!

RIFuture covers two unusually positive political developments today. National Grid, our electrical utility, has expressed a new willingness to enter long-term agreements with suppliers of renewable energy. The Providence City Council’s finance committee will be taking up the Living Wage Ordinance on Thursday. (Yours truly was recently informed that he’ll be giving the presentation on

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A bit of pleasant news as the session begins

As everybody knows, the state budget is a mess. But one glimmer of hope as the session gets underway: A ton of Reps and Senators (Dems and Repubs) have been approaching me about various posts on this blog and rifuture encouraging the vigorous development of renewable energy in Rhode Island, and suggesting that we position

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More No-Show Shenanigans

Another instance of no-show jobbing rears its ugly head yet again in Rhode Island, this time the accusations are against Providence Fire Union president Paul Doughty, who has allegedly not come to work a whole lot in the last three years. Doughty claims the allegations are retaliation from all the bad blood between the union

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