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Interesting links

Posted by Lou on February 9, 2016

Brothers and sisters,

Today, Local 2881 pledged $1950 to Ted Siedle’s latest crowd-funding effort to raise funds to investigate the real estate investment portion of our pension fund. See the Kickstarter page for more information.

Another interesting article that was published today is an article on The author lays out an argument for using the RICO Act as the basis for investigating potential misconduct with our pension funds. It’s fascinating and you can find it here:

Lastly, Governor Raimondo revealed her budget for Fiscal Year 2017, which can be found and dissected at the Governor’s web page at the following links:

As always, feel free to contact us via e-mail or the comments below if you have any questions.


End of 2015…

Posted by Lou on December 30, 2015

Brothers and Sisters,

2015 has certainly been a tough year for union members allover the country, not the least of which being here in Rhode Island. But I urge you to remain strong, remain cohesive, and remain unified against those who look to weaken our collective power. Whether it be nationally, as a result of whatever decision is rendered in Friedrichs v. California Teachers’ Association or big corporations gorging on profits while the wages of their lower and middle-class workers remain stagnant; or in our state, where we have made major concessions in our benefits in the last several years. We cannot thrive without a concerted effort from every member in our fight against those who seek to weaken us. We need you now more than ever. We hope that you will be more involved in 2016 and be willing to continue to work with us to create a better condition for all of us in Local 2881.

In other news, we left our December meeting without an approved budget. Our next meeting will be announced shortly, but the main item on the agenda will be to approve a 2016 budget. The draft budget has been distributed twice, but if you have not seen it, please see Lou Maccarone for a copy. And please bring your ideas and potential amendments to the next meeting so that we can solidify our budget for 2016.

Also, as of December 31, Local 2881 has pledged $3000 to Ted Siedle’s crowdfunding effort for investigating the RI Pension system’s real estate investment underperformance. Please consider making a contribution to ensure that the pension managers are held accountable for the fund’s underperformance.

We hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and have a safe, healthy and happy new year!

Local 2881 Executive Board

General Membership Meeting

Posted by Lou on April 22, 2015

Hello all,

Apologies for the short notice, but we will be having a General Membership meeting on Monday, April 27 at 4:20pm in the 3rd floor cafeteria of 235 Promenade Street in Providence. Please make every effort to attend. The agenda includes a legislative update from Jim Cenerini, a discussion of Ted Siedle’s pension investigation crowdfunding effort, and an update about the pension settlement.


Pension settlement update

Posted by Lou on April 21, 2015

Brothers and Sisters,

It looks like Judge Taft-Carter has given the preliminary OK to moving towards resolution with the pension settlement.

Notices will be going out offering those participating in the class-action suit the opportunity to speak at the Fairness Hearing scheduled to begin on May 20. However, you must notify the court by May 15 if you would like to speak at the hearing.


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.

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!

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.

Nominations and links

Posted by Lou on October 31, 2013

Just a reminder: nominations for a trustee will be held tomorrow (November 1) at 5pm at Council 94 headquarters (1179 Charles St., North Providence). Please be there a few minutes early, because nominations begin PROMPTLY at 5pm, and usually do not last for more than a few minutes. The election will be held on December 3 at 5pm at the same location.

Also, here are two links that were passed along regarding issues you might be interested in:

All Eyes on Gina

Lawyers brief judge for 9th time on pension talks