RENAISSANCE PROVIDENCE HOTEL FROM 4PM-5PM.
HILTON PROVIDENCE HOTEL FROM 5PM-6PM.
BE THERE FOR HOWEVER LONG YOU CAN BE.
Just one week left to view the art and history exhibition I put together at Slater Mill Museum on the textile worker strike of 1824! We’re open 10-4 everyday this week. Exhibit closes on July 31st.
Pictured here are the works Autonomia by Ian Cozzens, The Selvage by Kristina Brown, and a detail from one of our screen-printed historical narrative panels. The exhibit features work from several local artists coupled with text panels explaining the strike and its significance. All the work is displayed right on the Slater Mill factory floor.
SUPPORT PROVIDENCE HOTEL WORKERS ON HUNGER STRIKE
Four brave working women have declared a hunger strike in response to the RI General Assembly’s outlawing of city minimum wage raises.
The strikers are demanding that Governor Lincoln Chafee veto the proposed budget that includes the extreme minimum-wage provision, and will not eat until the Governor acts on the matter. They are camped outside of the Statehouse indefinitely.
Please come to a 5pm rally to support these brave women, and to demand that outlawing minimum wage raises be stopped.
Some particularly insane stuff going down in Rhode Island right now. We’ve been working on getting a $15/hr minimum wage passed for hotel workers in the city of Providence, similar to what’s happened in Long Beach and now Seattle.
In response, the hotel lobbyists have chosen the sneakiest, more corrupt route possible and just got a bill attached to the Rhode Island state budget proposal that would ban cities from passing minimum wage laws.
That’s right—a statewide ban on cities passing minimum wage laws. This is terrifying for Rhode Island, but even more terrifying as a precedent that could spread throughout the country.
Let’s kill it here and now! Rally tonight at the RI state house at 5:15PM. This is truly a crisis please come out!
Full press release below
Really excited to announce that the labor history exhibit I put together will be opening next week at the Slater Mill Museum in Pawtucket, RI.
Opening reception is Thursday, May 22 from 6PM to 8:30PM. I’m guessing we’ll have wine and snacks and stuff.
The exhibit commemorates the 190th anniversary of the first US factory strike, which went down in Pawtucket, RI in May of 1824 and was led by female power loom weavers. We’ve got a combination of historical text panels and amazing new artwork inspired by the strike from Ian Cozzens, Chelsea Carl, Priscilla Carrion, Kristina Brown, and Christine Ashley.
There will be events held throughout the run of the exhibition, including a talk led by Aviva Chomsky.
Former housekeeping manager reveals what bosses really think of workers at the Renaissance Providence Hotel
By Tony A, former housekeeping manager at the Renaissance Providence Hotel
****This is a piece we originally posted a couple years ago when the website first went up. In light of the current boycott of the Renaissance Providence Hotel, I wanted to repost it to further publicize how disrespectfully management treats its workers at the hotel.****
I worked as a supervisor in the Housekeeping Department at the Providence Renaissance for three years from August 2008 to August 2011. As a supervisor, I saw not only how housekeepers were abused on the job, but also how upper level managers disrespected their workers behind closed doors.
One of the most disgusting trends at the hotel was the way management dealt with injured housekeepers. Injuries were very common. In the three years I worked at the hotel, not one housekeeper was trained on how to properly and safely clean rooms, so from the beginning the hotel was setting them up to be injured.
Not only that, the hotel never had enough supplies to allow the housekeepers to properly clean rooms in the given amount of time. We would constantly run out of towels, sheets, pillows, soaps, etc. The result is that workers always had to be rushing around getting what few supplies we had, and when we’d get more sheets and pillows out of the laundry in the later afternoon people would rush down to get supplies to be able to clean the rooms and still get out on time. The hotel even failed to provide housekeepers basic tools such long dusters, so workers would have to climb up on top of furniture to complete their cleaning. Again, the hotel was setting them up to be injured.
The Hilton Providence Hotel just fired another worker for her union support.
Last week the Hilton Providence targeted and suspended a key worker leader for organizing.
This was a real dumb thing for Hilton to do because as this clip makes clear Krystle is the biggest badass in the world and is going to take them down.