Rhode Island Hospital Contract Negotiations Update – Wednesday, Oct. 29

DSC_0358-fbToday, your Union Negotiating Committee met with management and presented 86 proposals to address members’ contract language concerns.

The Union Negotiating Committee proposed contract improvements.

Management came to the table with a proposal to eliminate the No Layoffs clause from the contract.

Local 251 members want good jobs and quality patient care. They don’t want to see our Job Security attacked.

Epic Update

Negotiations around Epic were more productive.

Last week, the Union Committee gave management proposals to address job security, retraining and other issues related to Epic.

The Hospital responded today with their first proposals about Epic.

Management moved in our direction and put forward proposals to protect jobs through retraining, filling vacant positions and respecting bumping rights.

Management estimates that 75 to 100 positions may be eliminated over the 18 months that Epic is implemented. This includes positions that are vacant right now.

The Union will fight for a fair severance package for any employee that is displaced by Epic.

We will also work to get a voluntary severance or buyout offer put on the table for employees who are considering moving on or retiring.

That could help protect job security for employees who want to stay.

Our number one goal is protecting members’ job security through retraining, filling vacant positions and respecting bumping rights. We will continue to negotiate over these important details.

What’s Next

Our proposals today focused on changes in contract language. Economic issues like fair wages, healthcare and retirement will be addressed later in contract negotiations.

Contract negotiations will resume on November 19.

The Contract Action Team will distribute more information soon.

It’s your Contract.  Stay informed. Stay involved. Stay United.

Text CONTRACT to 313131 to sign up for contract updates straight to your phone.

Video: Contract Kickoff at RI Hospital

Teamsters from Rhode Island Hospital and supporters from other unions and the community flooded the Union Hall to launch our Campaign for a Fair Contract. Here’s a video of some of the highlights. If you missed the action, don’t worry. There’s more coming. Contract negotiations won’t be a closed-door affair this time. The issues at Rhode Island Hospital affect thousands of workers, their families and the community. We’re putting the issues on the table and out in the open so together we can win Good Jobs and Quality Care.


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.

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