Rhode Island: Striking Alcohol Distributor Drivers Picket at Restaurants and Liquor Stores

By Vincent Cross Delivery truck drivers for Johnson Brothers, an alcohol distributor based out of North Kingstown, Rhode Island have been on strike since May of this year to fight for higher pay, better working conditions and recognition of their vote to unionize from last year. The workers have tenaciously enforced and defended their strike, and in recent weeks have increased the strike’s visibility by … Continue reading Rhode Island: Striking Alcohol Distributor Drivers Picket at Restaurants and Liquor Stores

Rhode Island: Johnson Brothers Truck Drivers Strike amid Repression, Police Harassment

By Arthur Boukman In the longest such union action occurring in Rhode Island this year, truck drivers at Johnson Brothers of Rhode Island, an alcohol distributor based in North Kingston, have been on strike for over 16 weeks. The workers have continued their strike in the face of repression from the company, which is backed by the capitalist State’s police forces, as well as harassment … Continue reading Rhode Island: Johnson Brothers Truck Drivers Strike amid Repression, Police Harassment

Worker Correspondents: Rhode Island Management Imposes Mandatory Overtime During Peak Season

By Rekia Amoni  In Rhode Island, Amazon management of the DRI1 facility has announced mandatory overtime shifts for Mega cycle workers for the peak season, from November 29 to December 29. According to Amazon managers, the Mandatory Overtime (MET) shifts, which can be announced within 24 hours of workers’ shift, is based around market demand, tied to when there is a huge increase in volume … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: Rhode Island Management Imposes Mandatory Overtime During Peak Season

Worker Correspondents: Amazon Managers Enforce Labor Tracking System

By Mike Talavera Since October, the Rhode Island Amazon Warehouse management has implemented a new labor tracking system, claiming that this new system stops workers from “stealing” company time.  Instead of workers clocking out for lunch or for break, there is now a manager waiting to scan their badges before and after the break. This strict monitoring measure effectively shortens breaks and keeps workers from … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: Amazon Managers Enforce Labor Tracking System

Providence: City Council to Increase Police, Protesters Target Home of Councilmember

By Rekia Amoni and Nélida Tello On November 5, Providence City Council Majority Leader Jo-Ann Ryan introduced the “City-Wide Public Safety Plan,” which will increase the size of the city’s police department by 80 officers. In response, a small group of protesters lit fireworks outside of Ryan’s house during a City Council Committee on Finance Zoom call, demanding the resolution be dropped. The plan expands … Continue reading Providence: City Council to Increase Police, Protesters Target Home of Councilmember