The State Labor Relations Board has dismissed a request by the Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity to delay a child-care unionization vote until the early 2014 return of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on a related Illinois case.
Rhode Island’s longtime efforts to boost the quality of K-12 public education have hit turbulence with teachers unions pushing to replace state Commissioner of Education Deborah Gist as her June 7 contract renewal date approaches.
By Rhonda Miller PBN Staff Writer
Three-hundred and ninety-nine nurses and union members picketed outside the Dudley Street entrance of Women & Infants Hospital on April 11, calling on the Providence hospital to lift its hiring freeze and fill vacant positions with permanent, local workers instead of hiring temporary, subcontracted “traveler” nurses.
With his city’s fiscal position stabilized, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras has turned toward growing the local economy and redeveloping underutilized properties. That’s brought him up against some of the most difficult and expensive challenges in Rhode Island. They include saving its tallest building, the Industrial Trust Tower, and its most spectacular historic-redevelopment failure, the South Street Power Station (Dynamo House). They also include bringing long-sought streetcar service to the capital city and replacing abundant surface parking lots with productive, activity-generating buildings. more
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