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 the developmentally disabled. Check out some of the highlights below: Karen Baldwin’s testimony: Amanda Hitchener’s
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 overwhelmingly – by a count of 140 to 7 – to reject management’s plan, and
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 last year – cuts that are now causing to program closures, layoffs, wage and benefit
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 as on our own families. The forum was attended by four area State Representatives —
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 drives and strikes by NYC hospital workers. The movement to end the Vietnam War brought
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 the General Assembly to restore over $24 million in funds that were cut last year
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 accept a health care plan that exposes them to unlimited costs for major medical expenses
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.