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Tentative Agreement Reached on Rhode Island Hospital Contract

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Contract Delivers Job Security, Wage Increases, & No Givebacks

March 20, 2015: Teamster members at Rhode Island Hospital have mobilized and united for a fair contract. Now, our unity has paid off.

Tonight, the Union Bargaining Committee reached a tentative agreement with Lifespan on a four-year contract that will deliver $19 million in improved wages and benefits to Teamsters at Lifespan.

In a sharp break with the past, the proposed contract includes no concessions or givebacks.

The tentative agreement was reached late Friday night after Lifespan negotiators gave in and agreed to major changes on pay increases, job security, and pay protection.

The contract includes $1.80 in wage increases over the life of the contract 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.

The new contract includes strong No Layoffs protections. All employees who have three years of seniority cannot be laid off. Going forward, all employees will be covered by the No Layoffs clause when they reach five years of seniority.

We also won groundbreaking language that protects your pay if your job is subcontracted and you have to bump to a new position.

Members at Rhode Island Hospital have won these gains and more by mobilizing and sticking together in a grassroots campaign for a fair contract.

Together, we have built a stronger, more democratic, more transparent and more united union. We have forged new alliances with the community. We have found our voice and we will continue to speak out for good jobs and quality care. 

The proposed contract will be put to a vote of all Teamsters at Rhode Island Hospital. The date and times of the contract ratification vote will be announced soon. Stay tuned.

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.

Wage Hikes at First Student

The wage increases covers First Student drivers in three yards where the company had a driver shortage. Next up, First Student drivers in Providence are headed to the bargaining table. And next year, the national First Student contract will be negotiated.