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.   Scroll down to read about what 1199 members in Rhode Island have been doing.

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.