1. SUPPORT PROVIDENCE HOTEL WORKERS ON HUNGER STRIKE
Rally today at 5PM at the Rhode Island state house. 
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.
More on the situation here.

    SUPPORT PROVIDENCE HOTEL WORKERS ON HUNGER STRIKE

    Rally today at 5PM at the Rhode Island state house.

    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.

    More on the situation here.

  2. Rhode Island House to Outlaw Minimum Wage Increases—Rally Tonight!

    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

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  3. RHODE ISLAND ON STRIKE!
Beautiful stuff happening all over the world today, and Warwick, RI is on the front lines.  
Photo from Steve Ahlquist.

    RHODE ISLAND ON STRIKE!

    Beautiful stuff happening all over the world today, and Warwick, RI is on the front lines. 

    Photo from Steve Ahlquist.

  4. 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. 
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    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.

    RSVP

  5. 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. 

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  6. The Hilton Providence Hotel just fired another worker for her union support. 

    Support Adrienne and her co-workers by signing the petition. 

    And come out to the picket line at the Hilton Providence this Friday, March 14 at 4:30. 

  7. 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.

    Sign the petition to support Krystle and her co-workers. 

  8. LAST NIGHT HILTON PROVIDENCE HOTEL WORKERS ANNOUNCED TO MANAGEMENT THAT THEY’RE FIGHTING BACK!

    See some footage of their announcement picket and hear four workers tell their stories of why they’re taking a stand. 

  9. CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE + PICKET TOMORROW AT THE RENAISSANCE PROVIDENCE HOTEL. COME OUT TO SUPPORT WORKERS.
Tuesday February 18 at 5:00PM at the Renaissance Providence Hotel
5 Avenue of the Arts, Providence, RI
Info:
After months of picketings, numerous federal government citations against Renaissance management for mistreatment of its workers, and refusal from The Procaccianti Group to address the workers demands, workers have planned an escalation of their struggle with a civil disobedience in front of the Renaissance Hotel. For more than 10 months, the workers at the Renaissance Hotel have organized and demanded justice at the Renaissance: an end to backbreaking workloads, an end to the mistreatment of pregnant workers, an end to constant disrespect from hotel management, an end to sub-living wages, and a fair process to choose whether or not to unionize. Come support the workers in their struggle for justice! Come join the picket to support those partaking in the civil disobedience! Come tell the community at-large to honor the workers’ boycott of the Renaissance Hotel until justice is won! Come tell The Procaccianti Group to respect its workers demands! 

    CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE + PICKET TOMORROW AT THE RENAISSANCE PROVIDENCE HOTEL. COME OUT TO SUPPORT WORKERS.

    Tuesday February 18 at 5:00PM at the Renaissance Providence Hotel

    5 Avenue of the Arts, Providence, RI

    Info:

    After months of picketings, numerous federal government citations against Renaissance management for mistreatment of its workers, and refusal from The Procaccianti Group to address the workers demands, workers have planned an escalation of their struggle with a civil disobedience in front of the Renaissance Hotel. 

    For more than 10 months, the workers at the Renaissance Hotel have organized and demanded justice at the Renaissance: an end to backbreaking workloads, an end to the mistreatment of pregnant workers, an end to constant disrespect from hotel management, an end to sub-living wages, and a fair process to choose whether or not to unionize. 

    Come support the workers in their struggle for justice! Come join the picket to support those partaking in the civil disobedience! Come tell the community at-large to honor the workers’ boycott of the Renaissance Hotel until justice is won! Come tell The Procaccianti Group to respect its workers demands! 

  10. Federal Government Cites Renaissance Providence Hotel for Unfair Labor Practices


    This is the second government citation against the hotel in three months. The complaint charges the hotel with multiple unfair labor practices related to deterring workers from organizing for better working conditions. Full press release after the jump. 

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