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UNIONIZED STOP & Shop workers went on strike Thursday. / COURTESY RK CENTERS

Stop & Shop workers strike

PROVIDENCE – Unionized Stop & Shop workers went on strike Thursday.United Food & Commercial Workers Locals 328, 371, 919, 1445 and 1459 members cited...
LARRY J. MERLO, CEO and president of CVS Health, saw his pay nearly double in 2018 over his 2017 total, even as the company posted a loss last year. / COURTESY CVS HEALTH

CVS’ Merlo earns $21.9M in 2018 as company absorbs Aetna

WOONSOCKET – CVS Health Corp. President and CEO Larry J. Merlo earned $21.9 million in 2018, nearly double what his total compensation was in...
In 1994, Joyce Fastino began working as a recruiter for The Personnel People, a staffing and recruiting firm in Providence. In 2001 Fastino purchased the company to continue its mission of helping businesses with legal, accounting and administrative staffing needs. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY


Success is all about the people

Joyce Fastino | The Personnel People presidentWhen I took over The Personnel People, the business climate was challenging due to the economic uncertainty caused...
JOB KILLER? Rhode Island lawmakers are considering a call by Gov. Gina M. Raimondo to raise the state's minimum wage in 2020 to $11.10 per hour. Many businesses feel that it will lead to less hiring if it is put in place. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/JEFF KOWALSKY

Should the General Assembly follow Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s lead and...

After going up for a second consecutive year to $10.50 per hour at the beginning of 2019, there is talk about adding another 60...
THE HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN Foundation Corporate Equality Index gave Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island the only perfect score on its list for a company headquartered in the Ocean State.

BCBSRI earns perfect score on Corporate Equality Index

PROVIDENCE – Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island earned a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation Corporate Equality Index, measuring...
CITIZENS FINANCIAL GROUP CEO Bruce Van Saun earned $9.4 million in compensation in 2018. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Citizens’ Van Saun earned $9.4M in 2018

PROVIDENCE – Citizens Financial Group Chairman and CEO Bruce Van Saun earned $9.4 million in 2018, according to a company filing with the U.S....
THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE in Rhode Island declined 0.4 percentage points year over year to 3.9 percent, just higher than the national unemployment rate of 3.8 percent. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND TRAINING

R.I. joblessness falls to 3.9% in Feb.

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in February fell to 3.9 percent, a 0.4 percentage-point decline year over year, according to the...
COMPENSATION COSTS for private industry employers in New England were $40.80 per hour in December 2018 a 42-cent-per-hour increase year over year. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/LUKE SHARRETT

N.E. employer compensation costs highest in nation at end of 2018

PROVIDENCE – Compensation costs per hour worked for private employers in New England was $40.80 in December, compared with $40.38 one year prior, according...
After a short time away, in 2017 Brett Green became president and CEO of Mahr, an American division of Carl Mahr Holding GmbH in Germany. While he is involved in an international enterprise, Green takes one of his most important business lessons from his father. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Persistence, determination pave the road to success

Brett Green | Mahr Inc. CEO and presidentMore than 20 years ago, my father came across a quotation.A framed copy sits proudly in my...
IN DEMAND: In order to keep up with construction-worker demand, Gilbane Building Co. has raised the wage for new hires and hourly pay for summer interns. Pictured on a job site are Danielle Crafford, general superintendent, and Mitchell Sinnott, pipe fitter.
 / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Growing projects, added industries seeking workers leave construction pool thin

Four months after the state’s voting public approved two statewide and eight local bond measures investing hundreds of millions of dollars into Rhode Island...
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