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Friday, October 31, 2014

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

Council 94 Steward Training

Posted by Lou on September 18, 2014

Council 94 is offering AFSCME Certified Local Steward Training to its members for FREE in October. The classes will be held 5-8:30pm on October 21, 23, 28 and 30. See the flyer here

I have taken this class and enjoyed it. Being a steward is an important aspect of union membership, not just in handling grievances, but in being a liaison between leadership and your workplace.

If you are interested, call Council 94 (724-5900) to register, or contact an executive board member, and they will get you in touch with the organizer.

September General Membership Meeting

Posted by Lou on September 17, 2014

Just a reminder that our September General Membership meeting is tomorrow, September 18 at 4:20pm in the 3rd Floor Cafeteria of 235 Promenade Street. The following items will be discussed:

1) Meeting scheduling
2) Creating a member e-mail list (personal emails only!)
3) Local 2881 nominations/elections
4) Holiday party
5) Committee recruitment (stewards, social, and elections)
6) Upcoming budget
7) General election candidate endorsement
8) Pension lawsuit update
9) Other

Please bring your issues to the meeting for discussion as well. General membership meetings are also opportunities for your questions and concerns to be discussed, and we welcome input from our membership!

If you would like to subscribe to our e-mil announcement list, please enter your (non-state provided, preferably personal) e-mail address:



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Hope to see you there!

Working Families for Angel

Posted by Lou on September 1, 2014

Council 94 has joined with other unions in supporting Angel Tavares for Governor in the upcoming primary on September 9. The group formed by the unions is called “Working Families of Angel”, and has a Facebook group with more information.

Please do your best to inquire what you can do to help. There is phone banks and door-knocking going on just about every day. Call Council offices at 724-5900 to get in touch with the political action group.

“Rhode Island Has Lost $372 Million As State Shifted Pension Cash to Wall Street”

Posted by Lou on August 29, 2014

An article in the International Business Times take Raimondo to task for her hedge fund investment strategy of paying back her Wall Street cronies. When investing in hedge funds, not only do you have to hope the fund matches the rest of the market’s returns, but surpass them to account for the exorbitant fees the hedge fund managers charge. Since the State will not release the contract details to the public so we can learn what we are being charged for the hedge fund management, we have no idea what the true cost to our pension system is. This combination of underperformance and extra fees impacts the fund, reducing the funds available and increasing the taxpayer burden at the same time.

Please read the full article here:

2014 Local 2881 Scholarship Recipients

Posted by Lou on August 27, 2014

Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 Local 2881 Scholarships!

Alexander Chatterton
Carolyn Crawford
Elizabeth Criscione
Nathaniel Eastman
Joell Johnson
Victoria Kavanagh
Muireann Lemus
Laura Maisano
Alexandria Personeus
Taylor Ryan
Heather Shen
Ashley Wood

We wish them all the luck and success in the world as they continue their educational journeys!