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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...

Suddenly, the new U.S. union movement

In a result that could reverberate across the U.S., the independent Amazon Labor Union – first formed in 2020 by Chris Smalls, an

Amazon scraps 4-star stores, leaving gap at Providence Place mall

PROVIDENCE – Inc. apparently isn’t going to deliver on plans announced last year for a retail location at the Providence Place mall. The online...
ORDER CONFIRMATION: Matthew Tortora, left, co-founder of WhatsGood, a Warwick-based online food delivery service company that sources local farmers, fishermen and artisans, checks the orders with Nickala Colglazier, aggregation specialist. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. online food platform tries adding a real-life store

When Matthew Tortora was searching for fresh, local ingredients as a chef at the now-defunct Fish restaurant in Jamestown, he became frustrated by the...

Cellphone bans in the workplace reexamined

Cellphones in the workplace can be a distraction – but they could also save your life. In the aftermath of a devastating tornado ripping through an

Most-read stories on, Nov. 2021

1. 5-story apartment building planned for site of 2020 Providence murder POSTED ONLINE: NOV. 15. A vacant, run-down restaurant property at 663 Admiral St....
SNAPPED UP: Warehouse space is hard to come by lately, and that was illustrated by this recently completed flex building at the Quonset Business Park in North Kingstown. The space has already been leased by two businesses that will use the building for warehousing and other purposes. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Companies on desperate search for warehouses

Businesses looking for a warehouse in Rhode Island might be searching for a long time because the exploding growth of online retail has spurred...
COLLABORATIVE MEETING: Staff and members at Direct Action for Rights and Equality collaborate at the office. Clockwise from left, Jordan Jace, Behind The Walls member; Debra Harris, outreach coordinator; Christopher V. Samih-­Rotondo, interim director; and Anusha Alles, staff organizer for Behind The Walls. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

More focus on racial justice causes

It’s been a trying year-plus for Rhode Island-based nonprofits whose missions center around diversity, equity and racial inclusion. The murders of George Floyd and other...

Tips to overcome hiring struggle

There is a battle going on across America. It’s a battle to attract workers amid nationwide staff shortages. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has termed...

UNFI extends distribution deal with Whole Foods

PROVIDENCE – United Natural Foods Inc. has extended its wholesale distribution relationship with Whole Foods Market until September 2027, the company announced Thursday. A significant...
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