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Thursday, August 21, 2014

August news

Posted by Lou on August 11, 2014

Brothers and sisters, here’s the latest news that you need to know.

- Thanks to everyone who came out to the Local 2881 outing at Goddard Park. It was a really good time, in a place we should be proud of because it is cared for by our fellow union members.

- Don’t forget that Friday, August 15 is the last day submit applications for the Local 2881 Scholarship. You can submit it by mail, in person or via email to Lou Maccarone.

- Finally, primary season is raging ahead, and Council 94 is getting ready to play a big role in it. I received the following message from Council recently:

Dear Sisters and Brothers:
The September 9th Democratic Primary Election for Governor has high stakes for our members and our union. The last few years AFSCME employees and their families have taken many hits. Now it’s time to fight back.

Council 94 has endorsed Angel Taveras for Governor and is in the process of launching our most advanced and aggressive political action program to date. We have one goal: elect Angel Taveras Governor of Rhode Island. Like us, Angel knows what it’s like to work for a living. We know he’ll be on our side when it counts. We’re almost there, but to elect Angel Governor we need YOUR help.

Click here to help elect Angel Taveras Governor of Rhode Island.

Tomorrow Wednesday, August 6th, Council 94 will begin direct door-to-door contact with our members, making sure they know just how high the stakes are in September’s primary elections. From Wednesday through Election Day, Council 94 will be in full political mobilization mode conducting member-to-member canvasses, phone banks, or both on a daily basis.

Click here to sign up for a volunteer shift.

With your solidarity and support, Council 94 will elect Angel Taveras!
In Solidarity,
J. Michael Downey
President AFSCME Council 94

Raimondo protects her Wall Street associates

Posted by Lou on July 30, 2014

In news that should surprise exactly nobody, Treasurer Raimondo will not release the details of the management contracts for those who invest our pension money. Her reason? If the public learns precisely how much Rhode Island’s Wall Street managers are earning, that might make those executives feel uncomfortable. Boo-freakin’-hoo!

Read the full article from the International Business Times here.

2014 Summer outing

Posted by Lou on July 18, 2014

Brothers and Sisters,

You should have received a flyer in today’s paycheck regarding our Summer Outing this year. Based on the feedback we received from our members, we have decided to hold our outing at the carousel at Goddard Park, in Warwick. More details will be forthcoming, but for now:

1) Members and guest – $10, children 16 and under are free.
2) Bring a dessert to share for the dessert bake-off. Winner will get a prize to be determined.
3) There will a be open space for outdoor activities. So bring your volleyball/horseshoes/bean bag toss game equipment for some fun in the sun.
4) Please note that alcoholic beverages are not being provided as part of this outing.
5) Bob Schmidt has graciously volunteered to allow us to use his stereo equipment to play music. If you would like to make a (family-friendly!) playlist, we will have the capability to play it via CD or digital music device (iPod, smartphone, etc.).
6) Golf and horseback riding will be available for a fee

Please see Carmino, Joe Antonio, Greg Baribault or Lou Maccarone for tickets.


2014 Local 2881 Scholarship

Posted by Lou on July 2, 2014

Local 2881 is once again giving scholarships this year. Please see the flyer for details. A copy of the flyer will also be included in upcoming paychecks.

Summer social

Posted by Lou on May 29, 2014


If you would like to share your idea for a Local 2881 summer social outing, please do it by Monday, June 2. Please include cost estimates with your suggestions, so that we may compare costs among suggestions. All suggestions will be considered by the executive board, prior to scheduling.

Recent news

Posted by Lou on May 21, 2014

A flurry of activity has come into my e-mail inbox lately, and I thought that you all would like to see it as well. See the links below.

1) Heather Shen, daughter of sister Yan Li, has won one of ten AFSCME Family Scholarships. See the announcement. That is the second year in a row that a Local 2881 member’s daughter has won the exclusive national scholarship. Last year Alyssa Friedman, daughter of current trustee Gina Friedman, won the prize.

Update: Read Heather’s superb essay

2) Former RI governor Philip Noel had some interesting things to say about pensions, and why he’s supporting the treasurer in her pursuit of the Governor’s Office. President of SEIU Local 580, Phil Keefe, fired back with an op-ed call Mr. Noel a hypocrite in regards to his own pension benefit. See that commentary here:

3) Our old friend Ted Siedle has written a new article on mentioning Rhode Island’s pension system, and the widespread misinvestment of pension funds.

4) Council 94 has appointed Gerry O’Neill to be the new Executive Director.

5) And finally, more news about SEIU Local 580. It is being reported that they have voted down the tentative contract negotiated with the State. See for the full story.

General Membership meeting

Posted by Lou on May 8, 2014

Brothers and sisters,

We will be having a general membership meeting on Thursday, May 15 at 4:20pm in the third floor cafeteria of 235 Promenade Street, Providence. We plan to discuss the Master Contract passage, a pension lawsuit update, and the potential for a summer social. We look forward to seeing you there.


Contract results

Posted by Lou on May 5, 2014

Brothers and Sisters,

You may have received the following release from Council 94 regarding the contract voting:


For Immediate Release: Contact: Lynn Loveday
May 2, 2014 (401) 724-5900 – work
(401) 378-8491 – cell

RI Council 94, AFSCME Announces New Contract Approval & Ratification

North Providence – Today, Rhode Island Council 94, American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees announced that the master contract was approved by Council 94’s state employee membership. The final vote was 1514 to 759.

Lynn Loveday, State Vice-President, added, “Our membership approved a new contract with the state. This new contract provides modest wage increases and the implementation of a deductible for our health insurance benefits. This four year contract will provide security and stability to the services we provide to the public.”

Council 94, Rhode Island’s largest state employee union, represents over 3,800 members.

Our local, Local 2881, ratified the vote by a tally of 137-91.