Rhode Island

In Rhode Island and nearby Southeastern Massachusetts, nearly 4,000 workers belong to District 1199.  We represent nurses, CNAs, technicians, clerical employees, service & maintenance workers, and more in a variety of settings that include hospitals, community health centers, nursing homes, community programs for the developmentally disabled, and other important social service programs.   Click here for a list of 1199 worksites in RI, or scroll down below to read about what 1199 members in Rhode Island have been doing.

Tom Foley made MILLIONS after workers went on strike for better wages

Troubling news was released this week about profits Tom Foley made while head of T.B. Wood, a Pennsylvania manufacturing company. The Day newspaper broke news about Foley’s actions as head of T.B. Wood, that led to a three year strike by workers fighting …

FIGHT FOR $15 AND A UNION HITS THE STREETS OF HARTFORD

On September 4th over two hundred community activist, union members and fast-food workers took to the streets of Hartford for a minimum wage protest. What started as a few hundred hundred fast-food workers in New York City over two years …

The Votes are In! Delegates Choose 2014 Election Board

At three Delegates Assemblies held in October 2013, 1199 Delegates voted for members of the 2014 Election Board. As specified in our By-Laws, the Election Board consists of seven regular members and seven alternates from across all divisions of the …

RI Dept. of Health Considering Mandatory Annual Flu Vaccine for Health Care Workers

Health care workers have a long history of supporting public health initiatives, and we know how important immunization is in helping prevent the spread of illness. But we also know that health care choices are intensely personal matters – which …


The U.S. Supreme Court recently upheld the Affordable Care Act as constitutional, expanding care to 32 million Americans, protecting consumers from a range of insurance company abuses, creating competitive marketplaces in states for individuals to purchase lower-cost insurance, and improving the quality of health care.

Women & Infants’ Hospital Workers Picket for Safe Staffing

Afternoon rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of picketers at Women & Infants Hospital – where over 400 nurses, CNAs, technical, clerical, and service & maintenance workers marched and chanted throughout the day to call on management to improve staffing levels …

Genesis Workers Ratify New Contracts, as Greenville RNs Win Unionization Court Case

This week, workers at two nursing homes owned by the Genesis Healthcare Corporation in Rhode Island voted to approve new collective bargaining agreements. Workers at Genesis Skilled Nursing & Rehab in Greenville and Pawtucket had been negotiating with management for more than …

RI Members Testify on the Impact of Budget Cuts to the Developmentally Disabled

At a recent hearing at the RI State House, several 1199 members from the Blackstone Valley ARC — along with a few of our consumers — testified about the devastating impact of $24 million in budget cuts to services for …

RI Genesis Nursing Home Workers Reject Owners’ Unaffordable Health Care Plan; Picket Two Facilities

Nurses, CNAs, and other workers from two Rhode Island nursing homes owned by Genesis HealthCare Corporation are outraged over a demand from management that they pay thousands of dollars more in health care costs.  On March 5 and 6, they voted …

Valentine’s Day Message to RI Elected Officials: Have a Heart!

On Valentine’s Day, 1199 members from the Blackstone Valley ARC joined with advocates, family members, and allies of the developmentally disabled to call on the RI General Assembly to “Have a Heart” and restore the $24 million in cuts passed …

Pawtucket & Central Falls 1199 Members Fight for a Fair State Budget

Nearly 50 members of 1199 who live and work in the Pawtucket and Central Falls area gathered at a forum last night to describe the harmful impact that budget cuts have had on the people that we serve, as well …

1199 Celebrates the Life and Legacy of MLK

As many of our members already know, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. often called District 1199 “my favorite union.”  The special relationship between Dr. King and our union began in the late 1950s and early ‘60s when 1199 launched large organizing …

Fighting for Fair Funding for the Developmentally Disabled

On Thursday, December 15th, dozens of 1199 members from the ARC of Blackstone Valley — along with allies from other unions and advocates for the developmentally disabled — held a press conference at the RI State House to call on …

Genesis: Be Fair to Those Who Care

Dozens of nursing home workers – from nurses to CNAs and Housekeepers – who work for Genesis HealthCare in Greenville held a spirited picket line in the rain on Wednesday, December 7th to protest Genesis’s attempt to force them to …

Passing the Torch at the 1199 Delegate Assembly

Retiring 1199 President Carmen Boudier and newly-elected President David Pickus each offered a few words to the November 2011 Delegates’ Assembly. You can watch their speeches here.