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READY MODE: Kolby Gomes went through pipefitter training through the partnership program operated by General Dynamics Electric Boat and the Community College of Rhode Island as he prepares to start a career with the submarine builder. 
PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Class of their own: More employers partnering with local colleges

Although he had some experience working in construction, Kolby Gomes says learning the ins and outs of pipefitting was like studying a foreign language. But...

Brown commits to all union labor, Building Futures for big projects

PROVIDENCE – Brown University announced an agreement Monday with both the Rhode Island Building and Construction Trades Council and Building Futures that commits the...
THE "SUPERMAN" BUILDING, at left, is one of two high-profile downtown Providence projects that are inking a tax stabilization agreement with city officials. / PBN FILE PHOTO/PAMELA BHATIA

2 high-profile projects sidestep new rules for tax deals in Providence

After strengthening wage protections and increasing minority-business participation requirements for developers looking to get tax deals with the city, the Providence City Council appears...
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.
PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS


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...
AT A SECOND public comment meeting on the proposed Lifespan Corp. and Care New England Health System merger, many participants voiced concerns that the integrated health system, which would include Brown University, would monopolize the state's health care.

Monopoly concerns dominate second Lifespan-CNE public comment meeting

PROVIDENCE – Throughout a two-hour meeting held on Wednesday on the proposed Lifespan Corp. and Care New England Health System merger, many attendees raised...
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CONSTRUCTION HAS BEEN PROMINENT over the last few years in Providence, and local officials had been giving developers tax breaks to spur further building...

Orsted, Eversource plan wind farm manufacturing facility at ProvPort

PROVIDENCE – The Port of Providence will soon be ground zero for assembling and building the foundations for a slew of major wind farm...
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...
CHANGING INDUSTRY: Cheryl Burrell, right, associate director of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Opportunity in the R.I. Department of Administration, is heading the state’s efforts to further diversify the construction industry. At left are Dorinda Keene, assistant administrator of MBE, or minority business enterprise, and Elvys Ruiz, chief supplier to diversity officer.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Diversity elusive in construction

White men still dominate construction, though some companies are committed to changing that Born to immigrant families struggling to get by in Providence, Edwin A....

R.I. Building Trades Council seeks another review of Fane tower project

PROVIDENCE – The president of the Rhode Island Building and Construction Trades Council has asked the Providence City Council president for another hearing by...
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