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Labor's love lost

Steve Lynch is winning back much of the union support that left him in 2009.
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By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 08, 2013
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As May Day approaches, a local labor movement at a crossroads

May Day, the international workers day, is just around the corner. But organized labor, here in Rhode Island, is not in a particularly celebratory mood.
Protest Dept.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 27, 2012

Joey Takes Serbia


Regular readers of the Phoenix will recall the story I wrote last month on Joey DeFrancesco, who quit his crappy room service job at Marriot's...
By David Scharfenberg  |  January 11, 2012

Parsing Winners and Losers in the Pension Battle


We've got a pretty good sense, now, for what the pension bill will look like when it comes up for a vote. And most observers...
By David Scharfenberg  |  November 10, 2011

The Politics of Pension Reform, Part 2


Yesterday, I wrote about the various political forces bearing down on members of the General Assembly as they decide how to vote on Treasurer Gina...
By David Scharfenberg  |  October 20, 2011

The Politics of Pension Reform, Part 1


There is much at stake in the looming battle over pension reform: the state's fiscal future and quality of life for tens of thousands of...
By David Scharfenberg  |  October 19, 2011


Quitting With Style


Move over, Steven Slater
By David Scharfenberg  |  October 18, 2011
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Photos: Occupy Boston protesters rally with unions, veterans, and more

Occupy  Boston protesters march alongside Veterans for Peace, as well as other activist groups such as Jobs with Justice and the AFL-CIO, at Downtown Crossing on October 13, 2011.
Downtown Crossing | October 13, 2011
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 14, 2011

Maine sneaker-maker could provide military footwear

As the only remaining manufacturer of athletic shoes in the United States — with three factories in Maine and two in Massachusetts — New Balance wants government assurance that military servicemembers wear American-made sneakers, not ones that are made
Born in the USA
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 23, 2011
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Organized labor's big moment

The public discussion around organized labor's influence on Rhode Island politics is a crude business.
How much clout do Rhode Island's unions wield, circa 2011? We're about to find out
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 16, 2011

A Thoughtful Gag


Bob Walsh, executive director of the National Education Association-Rhode Island, called for a "thoughtful pause" on pension reform in the wake of a judge's decision...
By David Scharfenberg  |  September 14, 2011


ProJo sister paper lays off 38


 Providence Journal sister paper, the Dallas Morning News, has laid off 38 employees in the face of declining advertising revenue. Both papers are owned by...
By David Scharfenberg  |  September 08, 2011

Indentured servitude and other keys to the Rhode Island recovery

Despite the continual awarding of tax breaks to various upper-income types, we Rhode Islanders are told our business climate is still near bottom. So I make these seven modest suggestions for addressing the problem.
Dollars and Sense
By BARRY SCHILLER  |  September 02, 2011
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The quiet man

Governor Paul LePage has, perhaps unexpectedly, refrained from loudly saying stupid things over the past month or so, since GOP legislators confronted him and told him he was a problem child.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  June 03, 2011
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GOP lawmakers want to do DeCoster 'a favor'

Jack DeCoster is possibly the most infamous Maine businessman of all time.
How Soon We Forget Dept.
By COLIN WOODARD  |  April 29, 2011
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Not tough enough?

Amid massive deficits and escalating pension problems, a certain tough guy chic has taken hold in State Houses across the country.
While governors nationwide slash their way out of crisis, Chafee plays Mr. Nice Guy
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 15, 2011


Build on each other

Why is that when one Maine news outlet breaks a big story, the others spend more energy trying to copy it, rather than extend it? Take the most recent example, the labor mural dispute.
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By JEFF INGLIS  |  April 08, 2011

Build on each other

Why is that when one Maine news outlet breaks a big story, the others spend more energy trying to copy it, rather than extend it? Take the most recent example, the labor mural dispute.
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By JEFF INGLIS  |  April 08, 2011

Build on each other

Why is that when one Maine news outlet breaks a big story, the others spend more energy trying to copy it, rather than extend it? Take the most recent example, the labor mural dispute.
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By JEFF INGLIS  |  April 08, 2011

Labor, Layoffs and Education Reform


Steve Smith, president of the Providence Teachers Union, has been a pivotal figure in Rhode Island's education reform movement. He has joined with Providence Superintendent...
By David Scharfenberg  |  March 02, 2011

ProJo Labor Talks Kick Off


Contract negotiations kick off later today between management at the Providence Journal and the Providence Newspaper Guild, which represents news and advertising staff at the...
By David Scharfenberg  |  October 20, 2010


RI AFL-CIO Teams with Princeton Review


An interesting partnership between the Rhode Island AFL-CIO and the Princeton Review. From the release:The Princeton Review, Inc. (Nasdaq: REVU) and The Rhode Island AFL-CIO...
By David Scharfenberg  |  August 27, 2010

Segal Launches Westin Campaign


State Representative David Segal, expected to announce a run for Congress in the near future, has posted a piece on the left-leaning national blog Daily...
By David Scharfenberg  |  May 06, 2010
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Mirror, Mirror on the wall

(Oh, boy ... )
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By DAVID KISH  |  April 09, 2010
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What a prick!

Saint Valentine, it is said, would pick the violets that grew outside his prison cell window. The third-century martyr would write little notes of love on the violets' leaves with ink that he made from the flowers' petals.
The not-so-pretty secrets of the pretty-flower business.
By VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  February 12, 2010

MacKay on the "Myth" of Union Clout


WRNI political analyst Scott MacKay has an interesting essay on the "myth" of union control of Rhode Island politics. He catalogues a series of defeats...
By David Scharfenberg  |  September 14, 2009


Ric McIntyre on workers' rights

Ric McIntyre on workers' rights


  In the aftermath of 9-11, a boom in demand for American flag lapel pins was easy to anticipa...
By Ian Donnis  |  December 13, 2008
Grocery workers pushing union drive in Providence

Grocery workers pushing union drive in Providence


  From the United Food and Commercial Workers, regarding an event tomorrow: Providence, R.I.—Members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW), grocery workers...
By Ian Donnis  |  November 06, 2008

More on the picket for today's Cicilline fundraiser


Yesterday, I reported on how all six city unions plan to picket this evening's young professionals' fundraiser for Providence Mayor David Cicilline. Today, Matt, a...
By Ian Donnis  |  October 29, 2008

Unions plan to picket Cicilline fundraiser


UPDATE: The city responds. Here's a comment from Rich Kerbel, Cicilline's director of administration, responding to the union concerns: "While the administrator of the City’s...
By Ian Donnis  |  October 28, 2008