Friday, March 24, 2023



Some school districts are building affordable housing to retain teachers

SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA HIGH SCHOOL teacher Lisa Raskin moved out of a cramped apartment she was sharing with a roommate and into her...
STRONG SUPPORTERS: Autumn Guillotte, left, organizer at the Rhode Island AFL-CIO; David Molina-Hernandez, organizer at Fueza El Laboral; and Kristy Eiland, volunteer, show their support for Starbucks Corp. employees at a Warwick store off Route 2 to form a union prior to the employees’ vote in early June.

A rank and file revival: New labor movement hits R.I.

Starbucks customers swinging through the drive-thru on a June morning in Warwick were greeted by something many weren’t expecting: a group of baristas and...
LAWRENCE E. PURTILL will retire as president of the National Education Association of Rhode Island on Dec. 30. / COURTESY NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION OF RHODE ISLAND

NEA R.I. President Purtill to retire in December

CRANSTON – A longtime leader within Rhode Island’s largest labor union will call it a career at the end of the year. The National Education...

Teaching the trades that preserve history

The request sounded simple enough: repair a heating and ventilation system stymied by a broken fan. But when The Armory Revival Co. recently fielded...

Performance reviews in post-COVID era

Few office workers seem to like performance reviews, and many seem to outright hate – or fear – them. A 2015 survey of Fortune 1000...
MUTUALLY BENEFICIAL: Certified public accountant Jonathan Ucran, left, has had his son, Joshua Ucran, working for him since he opened his business Ucran & Co. LLC in Smithfield 10 years ago. The arrangement allows Joshua to earn some money while providing his father needed assistance around the office.

Family businesses find perks to hiring their kids

As a certified public accountant, Jonathan Ucran is trained to look at every issue through a tax-minded lens. Ironically, tax benefits were not top of...
CAREER PATHFINDER: U.S. Navy veteran Camy R. Ruck credits the Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance with assisting her in finding the type of job she wanted in civilian life. 

Vets’ transition to civilian jobs aided by R.I.-based alliance

Camy R. Ruck’s experience in the U.S. Navy from 2012 to 2018 equipped her with skills to be an information system technician overseeing computer...
RELIABLE RESOURCE: Jeremy Tolleson, left, veteran program manager for the R.I. Department of Labor and Training, at a Veterans Expo event at Pierce Memorial Stadium in East Providence, with Roger Richards, veterans representative. As more employees are quitting or not showing up to work, companies are turning to veterans to fill their workforces. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

More firms tapping into ranks of ex-military

Jeremy Tolleson traded one conflict for another when he retired from the U.S. Army and started working for the R.I. Department of Labor and...
HELPING HAND: John Schreiber is one of about 50 travel nurses who have been hired temporarily to fill open positions at Kent County Memorial Hospital in Warwick. The use of travel nurses at hospitals has increased because of a labor shortage. / COURTESY CARE NEW ENGLAND HEALTH SYSTEM/RYAN PICKERING

Hospitals find good, bad in hiring travel nurses

For most hospitals, employing travel nurses isn’t new: before the COVID-19 pandemic, Kent County Memorial Hospital in Warwick typically had eight to 10 travel...

Paid family leave equals happiness

The U.S. remains the only advanced economy without federal paid leave, despite overwhelming support for this benefit. Employers are free to provide this benefit at...
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