A Healthy Contract at Lifespan

Teamsters at Lifespan took on Rhode Island’s biggest employer by mobilizing a contract campaign that united the members.

The result? A four-year contract that delivers $19 million in improvements. In contract surveys, members identified Job Security as their number one issue. Management wanted to lay off up to 95 workers and eliminate the contract’s No Layoffs clause. Members took action on the job and in the community.

Praxair Teamsters Win a Strong Contract & Fire Their Boss!

marc-mooradian-praxairLast year, Praxair members won their “best contact ever,” says shop steward Marc Mooradian. The contract protects members’ pension and healthcare, adds two more paid sick days, protects seniority, and creates more union jobs. Members were happy with the contract improvements, but the plant manager was not.

“He was always trying to throw his weight around and with new union leadership he thought he could push us around even more,” Mooradian said. With no warning, the manager changed workers’ schedules so they were forced to work until 11 at night on Fridays—a violation of their union past practice rights. Members had enough and took action. They got together and every member signed a group grievance to oppose the change and protest the non-stop harassment.

Freight update: Standing Up for Safety

Imagine you’re driving down the highway behind a semi and you see the trailer detach from the truck. Now, imagine being behind the wheel of the truck waiting for that accident to happen. Local 251 members at YRC and New Penn don’t have to imagine. A faulty release valve used on many Volvo trucks at YRC and New Penn has caused trailers to drop in yards.

UPS Driver Saves Customer’s Life

riannaMike Rianna, a UPS package driver, has seen a lot in his 17 years on the job. But nothing compares to the day last December when his actions saved a customer’s life. Rianna stopped at a house where he usually leaves packages at the front door. But it was freezing cold, so when he saw the garage door was open he looked inside to deliver the package directly to the customer.

Instead, Mike Rianna found a woman lying motionless on the ground. While his helper called 911, Rianna was able to get her to come to, enough to help her inside the house and out of the cold. Inside, the woman began to convulse with a seizure. Mike and his helper waited with her until the paramedics arrived.

Members Approve Contract at RI Hospital

United to the end, Teamster members have voted to approve our new contract at Rhode Island Hospital by a 97 percent margin. Members voted 562 Yes to 17 No to ratify a contract that delivers job security and $19 million in wages and benefits.

This contract victory belongs to the members who united for a fair contract. We did more than win a better contract. We’ve built a stronger union and forged new alliances with community groups, other unions and public allies. We have found our voice and we will keep using it to speak out for good jobs and quality care.

RI Hospital Contract Summary


Rhode Island Hospital Teamsters united for a fair contract and our unity has paid off. Now we have a contract to vote on.

Read a summary of the highlights of the new contract. Then come out this Saturday to get answers to your question and to cast your vote on the new agreement.

We will have materials at the contract briefing so you can review all of the contract changes before you vote.

Contract voting will be held on Saturday, March 28 at 8 a.m., noon, 4:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.  Stay informed. Stay involved! Stay united! Come out and vote!


RIH Contract Vote, Saturday, March 28


The Union Bargaining Committee has reached a tentative agreement on a 4-year contract that delivers $19 million in improvements for Teamster members at Rhode Island Hospital.

The latest contract bulletin summarizes some of the highlights of the proposed agreement. Members won all of these improvements and more because they stayed informed, involved and united.

Every Teamster at Rhode Island Hospital has the right to vote on the contract and to review all of the contract changes before they vote.

Local 251 will hold four contract briefings and contract votes on Saturday, March 28 at 8 a.m., noon, 4:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Voting will be held at the Union Hall on 121 Brightridge Avenue in East Providence. 

During the contract briefings we will review all of the contract changes and answer your questions. Voting will be held at the conclusion of each contract briefing. Members must attend a contract briefing to vote.

We urge you and every member at the Hospital to attend the important contract briefings, to get answers to your questions, and to vote.

Contract highlights include:

  • Wage Increases: The contract delivers $1.80 in wage increases and an increase in the shift differential. Full-time employees will get a $225 bonus upon contract ratification; part-time employees will get a $110 bonus.
  • Retirement Security: For the first time, your retirement will be guaranteed in the contract and protected from any cuts or changes. Lifespan will increase the money it puts into your Core Retirement Plan as your wages increase.
  • Job Security: All employees who have three years of seniority cannot be laid off. Going forward, every employee will be protected from layoffs when they reach five years of seniority.
  • Subcontracting Protection: If you have to bump into a new position because of subcontracting, your pay rate will be protected.
  • Seniority Rights Under Epic: Members will retain all of their contract rights during the Epic implementation, including bumping rights and No Layoff protections.
  • No Givebacks. In a sharp break with the past, the proposed contract makes no givebacks. We protected healthcare, longevity pay, double overtime, our rights under Epic and more.