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The Rhode Island division of the Occupational Safety & Health Administration has proposed fining the Renaissance Providence Hotel $8,000 for alleged exposure to corrosive chemicals and other issues, allegations the hotel disputes. more
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. more
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
In response to an ongoing labor dispute at the Renaissance Providence Hotel, the Boston-based Unitarian Universalist Association announced at a rally Wednesday night that they would boycott the hotel. more
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. more
Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee and General Treasurer Gina M. Raimondo have reached an agreement with representatives of government workers and retirees to soften the effects of the 2011 state pension overhaul, they announced Friday. more
Local fast-food workers will rally outside the Wendy’s restaurant located at 771 Warwick Ave. at 3 p.m. on Thursday, according to an email sent out Thursday afternoon from local social justice coalition Rhode Island Jobs with Justice. more
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. more
An overwhelming majority of Rhode Island’s family child-care providers have elected to accept Service Employees International Union representation, with a final vote tally of 390-19. more
The National Labor Relations Board has issued a complaint against the owners of the Renaissance Providence Hotel based on unfair labor practice charges levied by workers seeking to form a union. more
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