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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.
PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS


Rank and file revival: New kind of 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...
TRAINING DAYS: Brown University medical students Anthony Formicola, left, and Thi My Linh Tran talk while on duty on the labor and delivery floor at Care New England Health System’s Women & Infants Hospital in Providence.  / COURTESY CARE NEW ENGLAND HEALTH SYSTEM/RYAN PICKERING

Brown’s prescription: Will latest failed merger end the university’s bid for...

The dream, as Brown University leaders described it, included Providence’s Jewelry District filled with biotech companies spun off from discoveries made by an “integrated...
MEMBERS OF the United Food and Commercial Workers Local Union 328 hold a one-day strike outside the Greenleaf Compassionate Care Center in Portsmouth last June to protest what union members said was an unfair labor practice. Federal labor data indicates union membership among Rhode Island's workforce declined in 2021. / PBN FILE PHOTO/CASSIUS SHUMAN

Pandemic causing shifts in R.I. union membership

Rhode Island remains one of the most unionized states in the country, but the percentage of union members among its workforce dropped from 17.8%...
PROGRAM PARKED: Brian Palmer is the director of training for the Teamsters Local 251 Driving School, which offers commercial driver’s license certification training through a partnership with Real Jobs RI. The program has been temporarily shuttered due to the COVID-19 pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Is union influence waning in Rhode Island?

Rhode Island remains the most unionized state in New England, but the percentage of union members among its workforce dropped from 17.8% to 15.7%...
TEAMSTERS LOCAL 251 announced that the proposed acquisition of McLaughlin & Moran Inc. by West Greenwich-based Mancini Beverage is no longer taking place.

Union claims victory as sale of McLaughlin & Moran falls through

PROVIDENCE – Teamsters Local 251 is claiming a victory after the planned acquisition of Cranston-based McLaughlin & Moran Inc. by Mancini Beverage fell through. Bill...

Brewing battle over distribution of beer, wine and liquor

The wholesale distribution of beer, wine and liquor in Rhode Island long has been managed by multiple businesses. Now, a proposed acquisition of one...

Unions still powerful in R.I.

Labor unions may be losing power nationally, but they remain a strong presence locally, as a brewing dispute over beer delivery in the Ocean...

R.I. Hospital, Teamsters union agree to 5-year contract agreement

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island Hospital and Teamsters Local 251 have reached a five-year contract agreement that became effective April 1, the hospital announced. According to...

Providence to give $600K savings to First Student as part of...

PROVIDENCE – Mayor Jorge O. Elorza’s administration helped resolve the strike between First Student Inc., the city’s school bus provider, and its drivers by...
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