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Sunday, March 1, 2015

February general membership meeting

Posted by Lou on February 10, 2015

We will be having a general membership meeting on Tuesday, February 24, at 4:20pm in the 3rd Floor cafeteria of 235 Promenade Street, Providence. You won’t want to miss this meeting. We will be getting a pension lawsuit update from Council 94 Executive Director Gerry O’Neill, in response to the e-mail one of our members sent which you may have seen. The message asked the following specific questions, and we’re hoping we get solid, specific answers.

1) ​When is the next court date in front of the judge or with the judge behind closed doors?
2) Is the Discovery Period still open?
3) When did/does the Discovery Period end?
4) Who are the Unions’ experts that have been presented during Discovery?
5) Who are the State’s experts that have been presented during Discovery?
6) Have the unions’ experts supplied any reports to be submitted during Discovery?
7) How much have the unions paid for their experts to date (please provide invoices)? How much has Council 94 specifically spent?
8) Have the unions hired Ted Siedle as an expert witness on behalf of the Unions?
9) If the unions have not hired Siedle, why not?
10) Have the unions hired an actuary firm; and has the UNIONS’ actuary firm provided any reports or opinions that have been submitted to the court during Discovery?

Please come with YOUR questions about the pension lawsuit, and make sure Council 94 knows that are concerns shouldn’t be dismissed by keeping strategy and proceedings under a veil of secrecy from its own members.


January 2015 Steward Training

Posted by Lou on January 15, 2015

Brothers and Sisters,

One of the Executive Board’s initiatives in 2015 is to get more people involved in our union. One of the ways we would like to do that is to get more people to be stewards. Stewards are mostly known for handling grievances, but we would like to have them be liasions to the offices in which they work. Ideally, we’d have one steward per office or location. If you would like to get involved and become a steward, let us know.

There is an upcoming steward training that would be greatly beneficial for you to attend. It will be held on January 24 and 25, 8:30am-5pm at Council 94 headquarters. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. I attended this training, and it really opened my eyes to the need for more stewards in our organization!

In solidarity,

Briefs from Economic Policy Institute

Posted by Lou on December 2, 2014

Hello brothers and sisters,

I think I previously circulated these documents, but Gary Jablonski recently recirculated them with the note below. Please take a second to read the following documents from the Economic Policy Institute and educate yourself so that we are ready to fight the attack on our pensions.

I know to some people, the facts just get in the way, however sometimes it is necessary to review the actual facts once in a while. This is an earlier article that needs to be resurfaced. Especially since the pension fight is going to start moving forward in the court system very soon. It is not only State Employees at risk of losing, it is also the RI Tax payer that loses! Even if you just read the conclusions and principle findings. 23-40% cuts to your benefits is a good reason to fight this lawsuit, don’t ya think! Please forward.

Truth in Numbers? A Brief History of Cuts to the Employees’ Retirement System of Rhode Island

Rhode Island’s New Hybrid Pension Plan


Holiday Party reminder

Posted by Lou on November 20, 2014

Hello all,

Just a reminder that our holiday party will be Friday, December 5, at the Kelley-Gazzerro VFW Post, 1418 Plainfield Street in Cranston. See the flyer here. The only item of business is to vote on the budget that was presented last week. If you have any questions, feel fee to contact a member of the Executive Board.


November News

Posted by Lou on November 10, 2014

Hello brothers and sisters,

1) As you are aware, nominations for Local 2881 officers and executive board were held last Thursday. As a result, there will be no elections due to nominees running unopposed. So our 2014-2017 Executive Board is as follows:

President: Carmino Paliotta
Vice President: Joe Antonio
Recording Secretary: Gina Friedman
Secretary-Treasurer: Lou Maccarone
Executive Board: Greg Baribault, Anthony Esposito, Brian Harrington, Paul Kulpa
Trustee: Ryan Moore

We’re looking forward to serving our membership to the best of our ability over the next three years. And, as always, if you ever have a question or concern, don’t hesitate to contact us. And don’t forget, we’re still looking for volunteers for the social committees and to be stewards.

2) Our next general membership meeting will be held on Friday, November 14, at noon in Room 300 of 235 Promenade Street, Providence. We are trying a different tack to get better attendance at our meetings. The main item on the agenda is presenting the 2015 Local 2881 budget and a presentation by Colonial Life. There will be miscellaneous news and updates also.

3) Our holiday party will be Friday, December 5, at the Kelley-Gazzerro VFW Post, 1418 Plainfield Street in Cranston. See the flyer here.

Volunteers Wanted

Posted by Lou on October 29, 2014

Please see the following message from Council 94:

Dear Sisters & Brothers:

Election Day is fast approaching! Council 94 has several activities planned, but we need your help.

Door Knocking:
Saturday, November 1st, Rep. Dist. 28/Scott Guthrie, 10:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. / Assembly Point: 3 Hazel St. Coventry, RI

Phone Banks:
Thursday, October 30, 4:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. / Assembly Point: 1179 Charles Street, North Providence, RI
Monday, November 3, 4:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. / Assembly Point: 1179 Charles Street, North Providence, RI

To sign up, please contact Jim Cenerini at or 401-724-5900.

Thanks so much for all your activism and support.

In Solidarity,

J. Michael Downey

RI Council 94, AFSCME
1179 Charles Street
North Providence, RI 02904
Telephone – (401) 724-5900
Fax – (401) 724-2060

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Council 94 general election endorsements

Posted by Lou on October 28, 2014

Brothers and sisters,

Please see the flyer here for the list of endorsements by the Council 94 Political Action Committee.

If you are not sure about where your polling place is, refer to the Secretary of State website Voter Information Center.

And don’t forget that nominations for Local 2881 officers are Thursday, November 6, at 4:30pm at the Council 94 headquarters (1179 Charles St., North Providence).


Reject Question 3

Posted by Lou on October 16, 2014

If you are subscribe to the Council 94 e-mail list, you may have received the message below. If not, please take a second to review the message about our opposition to ballot question 3 regarding a Constitutional Convention.

Dear Sisters & Brothers:

On Tuesday, November 4th, I urge you to Reject Question 3, which would require a constitutional convention.

Council 94 is a proud member of Citizens for a Responsible Government (CFRG.) CFRG is broad coalition of women, minority, civil rights and labor organizations urging voters to Reject Question 3. To learn more about CFRG, watch an informational video and/or sign the petition, please click here.

CFRG opposes a constitutional convention because:

  • We must protect our civil rights from wealthy out of state special interests.
  • Our constitution is not for sale.
  • A constitutional convention could cost taxpayers well over $2 million.
  • Our constitution can be changed without a convention.

Since 1986 no other state, in 26 statewide votes, has approved a constitutional convention. Whatever you personally care about, a constitutional convention would put your rights at risk.

I hope that you will take the time, make your voice heard, and vote on Tuesday, November 4th.

In solidarity,
J. Michael Downey