Hospital Teamsters Unite at Contract Kickoff

DSC_6570-553wTeamsters from Rhode Island Hospital packed the Union Hall to kick off our Campaign for a Fair Contract on Oct. 18.

Employees spoke out about job security, fair wages, safe staffing, harassment, retirement security, and other issues.

Members voted to unanimously approve our Bargaining Platform and the Negotiating Committee that will bring our issues to Hospital management starting on Oct. 21.

To win a good contract, management needs to see we are all concerned about these issues and united for a fair contract.

Here’s how you can stay informed:

* Text CONTRACT to 313131 so sign up to receive Contract Updates by text message.

* Call the Teamster Contract Hotline at 888-837-4536. It will be updated whenever there is contract news to report.

* Read Contract Bulletins. If you can help pass out updates in your work area, talk to a Liaison to get copies or just download them from the website. Click here to download a report on the Contract Kickoff. Click here to download the Bargaining Platform approved by the members.

Together, we’ll keep everyone informed & united for a fair contract.

Building Power by Involving Members

matt-taibi-200-225Our union is on the move. I want to thank Local 251 members for stepping up and making it happen.

We began the year by cutting officer pay by $300,000 and investing your dues money in the real source of our union’s power: the membership.

We asked members to step up and get more involved in our union and you have answered the call.

We’re building new alliances with unions and community groups like Jobs with Justice to help Teamsters and all workers win a better future.

The Fall 2014 Teamsters Local 251 Report shares the news about what we’ve accomplished together so far this year.

Some of our biggest work is ahead of us, including contract negotiations for close to 2,500 Teamsters at Rhode Island Hospital.

As the issue is being mailed out to members, members at the Hospital are launching a contract campaign.

We’re uniting Teamsters, other unions and the community to win good jobs, a fair contract and quality care for patients and their families.

Local 251 members are showing the power Teamsters can have when we get involved and work together. United, we win!

Matt Taibi
Local 251 Secretary-Treasurer

NEW Local 251 Report is in the Mail!

The Fall 2014 issue of the Local 251 report is in the mail to members.

Check out the report to read updates on the Rhode Island Hospital contract campaign and organizing victories at Woonsocket Housing Authority, Airgas, Petro, First Student, Fall River DPW, Cardi Ready Mix, PJ Keating, Twin River Casino, UPS and more. The Report includes reports on Local 251 events and info on applying for a Local 251 Scholarship award.

Click here to download the full 16-page report.

RIH Contract Kickoff Meeting: Saturday, Oct. 18


Negotiations on our new Union contract with the Hospital are around the corner.

Come to the Contract Kickoff Meeting at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 18 at Local 251.

  • Discuss our contract goals and Bargaining Platform.
  • Talk about what it will take to win higher wages and better retirement benefits—and address problems like job security, EPIC, understaffing, workplace fairness and more.
  • This is your contract and your future. Have your say and show your support!

The Contract Action Team includes more than 50 stewards and volunteers from different departments and shifts. Every member will have a voice and vote on the Bargaining Platform at the Contract Kickoff Meeting at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 18 at Local 251.

Click here to download a flyer for the Contract Kickoff Meeting.

RIH Contract Bulletin

Pages from contract bulletin #1Contract negotiations will begin on October 21, but members are already getting involved.

You have filled out contract surveys, spoken out on the issues and made your voices heard.

Members identified higher wages, better retirement benefits, and protecting our healthcare as the top economic priorities.

You also named job security, understaffing, and harassment among top issues that need to be addressed.

Instead of dealing with these problems, management said the current contract should be extended for another year, with no changes in contract language. Management called for a one-time bonus and no wage increases.

The Contract Action Team (CAT) voted unanimously against this approach. It’s time to deal with members’ concerns and negotiate a new contract.

The Contract Action Team includes more than 50 stewards and volunteers from different departments and shifts. Their job is to keep members informed and united throughout negotiations.

Local 251 members elected a Contract Negotiating Committee as part of the voting for shop stewards in February.

The Negotiating Committee and the CAT are going through the surveys and putting together contract proposals. This includes proposals to protect members’ job security and rights as the Hospital prepares to implement EPIC.

The Bargaining Platform will be presented to the members at an important Contract Meeting on Saturday, October 18.

Stay informed. Stay united!

Click here to download the 2-page Contract Update.

Read more here on what Rhode Island Hospital members have to say.

Rhode Island AFL-CIO Convention Delegates Vote to Oppose Fung and McKee Bids for Statewide Office

Providence, RI – The Rhode Island AFL-CIO’s Committee on Political Education (COPE) Convention was held Friday, September 12, 2014 at the Rhode Island Convention Center. Nearly 300 delegates and alternates representing 25 international unions gathered to make endorsements for statewide general officers and to set the political agenda of the statewide labor federation for the coming year.

Read more here.

RIH Members Speak Out On Contract Issues

marcy_wilson-150Job Security

“Job security is everyone’s issue. As a clerical worker, I want to know that as EPIC moves forward, the Hospital is not leaving me behind. I’m glad the Union is putting proposals on the table to protect our jobs and our rights.”
Marcy, Wilson, ER Secretary, Hasbro


Pedro-Basilio-150Higher Wages

“We all have bills to pay and families to take care of. We deserve fair wage increases for the hard work we do.”
Pedro Basilio, X-Ray Transporter



ed_faria-150Retirement Security

“After you put your life into working for the Hospital, you should have something to show for it. Management cut the contribution to our 403(b) plan. That’s moving in the wrong direction.”
Ed Faria, Locksmith/Carpenter


armando_brasil-150Understaffing, Harassment & Workplace Fairness

“We need to put problems like understaffing, harassment and fairness on the table. We all know there are issues that are affecting workers, patients and their families in a negative way. It’s time to sit down and do something positive about it.”
Armando Brasil, CNA


chloe-sousa-150It’s All About Unity and Standing Together

“Together, we make the hospital run and together we can get management to listen and negotiate positive changes. It’s all about unity and standing together. Come to the Contract Meeting on Oct. 18. Have your say.”
Chloe Sousa, Transporter

Sign Up for Local 251 Golf Tournament

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Golf Tournament – Monday, October 13
Crestwood Country Club, Rehoboth, MA

$120 for members, includes 18 holes of golf and Continental breakfast and dinner.

Click here to download a form to sign up for the Golf Tournament. [link to form]

Call Eddie Carreiro (401-419-8273) or see your Business Agent for more information.

Use this form to collect sponsorship donations from friends, family, businesses and organizations. Sponsorship levels and benefits for the Softball and Golf Tournaments are explained here.