Unity Overflows at Speakout

Next Up: 10-Day Notice of Informational Picket


More than 450 Hospital employees rallied with elected officials, clergy, labor leaders and community members at the Worker & Community Speakout for Good Jobs & Quality Care.

We ran out of seats but there was no shortage of unity or solidarity! Click here to see photos from the Speakout. 

Hundreds of Hospital workers signed up to participate in upcoming actions to show management that their proposals are a slap in the face and we are united for fair contract.

We are issuing a 10-day notice to Rhode Island Hospital that we will hold a rally and informational picket on Thursday.

We will raise our voices at negotiating table, right in front of the Hospital and wherever necessary until management reaches a common sense agreement on a new contract that includes job security, fair wages, more retirement security, and safe staffing and quality care.

Hospital workers and community members spoke in one voice on Saturday.

Thanks to all Local 251 members for attending and showing their support.

And thank you to all the elected officials, clergy, labor leaders and community members who turned out to show their concern, including Congressman Jim Langevin, Congressman David Cicilline, State Treasurer Seth Magaziner, State Representative Aaron Regunberg, City Councilwoman Carmen Castillo.

Text CONTRACT to 313131 to get updates on negotiations and the next steps in our campaign for a fair contract.


Contract Update — Thurs. Jan. 15

contract bulletin -- jan 15With their insulting contract proposals on Monday, management told every Teamster at the Hospital that they are not interested in hearing our concerns.

But workers at Rhode Island Hospital are speaking up and sending a message that cannot be ignored.

Everywhere in the Hospital, members are reading contract bulletins and wearing Union bracelets and buttons to show support for a Fair Contract, Good Jobs & Quality Care.

After spending the day in negotiations on Wednesday, we can tell you this: management is hearing your voices loud and clear.

It was a different tone in negotiations on Wednesday. That being said, the Hospital is still not addressing the issues at the heart of a fair contract.

They have not changed any of their insulting proposals on wages, health benefits, or retirement security.

They are not addressing our job security concerns, including limiting temps and subcontracting. And they are not responding to any of our concerns about staffing and patient care.

We need to keep speaking in a clear voice until management responds on our priority issues and agrees to a fair contract.

Come to the Speak-out for Good Jobs & Quality Care on Saturday at Our Lady of the Rosary Church at 4 p.m.

Come to the Speakout on Saturday afternoon and make your voice heard.

The church is located at 463 Benefit Street in Providence. There is free parking

We are speaking up for a job security, fair wages, better retirement, and safe staffing. We can win a fair contract if we make our voices heard.

Call the Contract Hotline at 888-837-4536 and let us know that you’re coming or click here to RSVP on Facebook.


Hospital Proposals Are a Slap in the Face

slap-in-the-face-300x222No jobs security. No wage increases for nine months. No retirement security. No more Teamster medical benefits. No language changes to address unsafe staffing and improve patient care.

Management’s contract proposals are a slap in the face to every Rhode Island Hospital employee and every person in the community that is concerned about good jobs and quality patient care.

Click the picture to get instantly slapped and read the Hospital’s proposals for yourself.


Worker & Community Speakout for Good Jobs and Quality Care

fb-RIH-worker-community-speakout-Jan17Come to the Worker and Community Speakout on Saturday, January 17 at 4 p.m.

Rhode Island needs good jobs and quality healthcare in our community.

That’s why Teamster members and the community are uniting to win a Fair Contract, Good Jobs & Quality Care at Rhode Island Hospital.

Get an update on contract negotiations and share information with concerned Lifespan employees, religious leaders, community groups and the public.

Come to the Worker and Community Speakout on Saturday, January 17 at Our Lady of the Rosary Church at 463 Benefit Street in Providence at 4 p.m.

Download event information for the Worker and Community Speakout.


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.

College Scholarships for RIH Teamsters

Apply by Sept. 15

Local 251 is awarding seven $5,000 college scholarships to children of Rhode Island Hospital Teamster employees. This benefit was negotiated in our union contract with Lifespan.

Applicants must be the son or daughter of a Teamster member in good standing at Rhode Island Hospital to be eligible to apply.

Click here to download an application.

Mail your completed application to Teamsters Local 251, 121 Brightridge Avenue, East Providence, RI 02914 or turn in the completed application to a Union Representative or Liason.

All applications must be received by the Union Hall by September 15. A drawing will be held to determine the scholarship winners.