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‘Public health councils’ empower workers

In this bleak season of COVID-19, the protections we have are all the familiar ones: masks, social distancing and the avoidance of large indoor...
Patrick Crowley / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Five Questions With: Patrick Crowley, National Education Association of Rhode Island...

1. Before COVID-19, what was the most pressing labor issue for teachers? It was the state takeover of Providence public schools and what that...
UNION MEMBERSHIP in Rhode Island in 2019 reflected 17.4% of all workers, the highest rate in New England. / COURTESY U.S. BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS

R.I. had 4th highest share of workers represented by unions in...

PROVIDENCE – The share of workers represented by unions in Rhode Island was 19% in 2019, a 0.5 percentage point increase year over year,...

Want to save the middle class? Rework unions

If the U.S. is going to make a big dent in income inequality and raise living standards for the middle class, it’s going to...

This looks like the start of a great time for labor...

The tight labor market in the U.S. is leading to a shift in the balance of power between labor and capital, giving more leverage...

Not all economists are corporate shills

The economics profession gets a lot of the blame for the increasing inequality in American society. Yet the career of Harvard University economist Martin...

Get workers in the boardroom

When legendary physicist Richard Feynman was called in to help solve the mystery of the Challenger space shuttle explosion in 1986, he didn’t use...

Is GA tipping scales toward labor?

Republican Rep. Brian C. Newberry thinks unions wield too much power in Rhode Island and worries the General Assembly, controlled by Democrats, will tip...
STOP & SHOP and its local unions have reached a tentative agreement. / COURTESY RK CENTERS

Unions, Stop & Shop reach tentative agreement Sunday

PROVIDENCE – A tentative agreement between union workers and Stop & Shop LLC was reached over the weekend, both parties announced Sunday. Union members of...
UNIONIZED WORKERS picket outside of East Side Market, a Stop & Shop-owned grocery store closed down due to the strike. More than 31,000 workers are striking in New England following an impasse in contract negotiations. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MARY MACDONALD

Have you crossed the Stop & Shop picket lines?

When more than 31,000 United Food and Commercial Workers went out on strike against Stop & Shop LLC on April 12, it was more...

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