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Labor leaders laud Governor Chafee’s approach to rebuilding state’s economy By Paul V. Palange

PROVIDENCE – As the sun drenched attendees of Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s inauguration outside the Statehouse, the new chief executive of Rhode Island created a spirit of cooperation embraced by leaders of organized labor. In his inaugural address on Jan. 4, the former United States senator and first independent governor said, “I believe a second chance begins at this very moment…. not just for me, but for our wonderful state of Rhode Island and for each and every one of her citizens.” “A new era has dawned today; wouldn’t you say, Jim?” Maureen G. Martin, secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO and director of political activities for the Rhode Island Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals, said after Chafee’s speech.

“It sure has,” agreed James P. Riley, secretarytreasurer of the United Food & Commercial Workers Union Local 328. Labor, he said, is optimistic that Rhode Island’s 58th governor and his team will take a different direction then the Carcieri administration did for the past eight years. “Change is what we are looking for,” Riley said, “… I think he will listen to us. … I am already feeling that he wants to operate the governor’s office and state government with an open door policy.” Stan Israel, executive vice president of the New England Health Care Employees Union Local 1199, said unlike his predecessor Gov. Donald Carcieri, Chafee is a “compassionate politician that cares about people.” Israel called Carcieri a cut and slash governor who “gave his rich friends tax breaks.” He said labor and Chafee share many of the same values. According to Israel, development of the port of Providence, wind energy and the knowledge sector within the health care industry are some of the good opportunities the new administration has to stimulate job growth. Michael F. Sabitoni, president of Rhode Island Building Trades Local 271, said that while his union did not endorse Chafee, it will get behind

the new governor to do whatever it can to assist with initiating an economic recovery. Chafee’s emphasis on infrastructure improvements “is paramount to attracting businesses” to the Ocean State, Sabitoni said, adding that “it means lots of jobs to the people we represent.” When there is high employment in the building trades, according to the union official, that “drives a lot other industries” and job creation is necessary for a robust economy. “We will do everything we can to help him succeed,” Sabitoni said, explaining labor leaders must seize the chance the governor has given them to work with government officials for change. “There is one universal solution to turning around the economy and that’s more employment opportunities for all Rhode Islanders.” The new governor pledged to devote “every ounce of energy” he has to boosting the economy, saying “I will not rest until we reclaim the promise that lay in the heart of our founder Roger Williams some 375 years ago.” “I ask all Rhode Islanders to join me in boldly reaffirming Roger Williams’ vision of a “civil state” Chafee Continued on page 2

Providing all students quality education is Number 1 priority for Frank Flynn By Paul V. Palange PROVIDENCE – One of the first items a visitor notices on the desk of Francis “Frank” J. Flynn is an oversized ceramic pencil and eraser with “Mr. Flynn” printed across the memento. Flynn, who taught for 34 years, has a bachelor’s degree in elementary special education and a master’s degree in special education, both from Rhode Island College. He and his wife, Sharon, who is a nurse at Kent County Memorial Hospital in Warwick, are longtime West Warwick residents. They have three children: Daniel, 29; Sean, 27; and Kathryn, 24. Daniel is a nurse at Miriam Hospital, Providence; Kathryn is a first-grade teacher at the Primary

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Gladstone Street School in Cranston; and Sean works in the financial sector with Natixis Global in Boston. Students at the May Westcott School in Cranston gave Flynn the ceramic piece more than 30 years ago, and he says it still has sentimental value. Flynn, 56, graduated from Our Lady of Providence Seminary High School but decided to forgo the priesthood and pursue a career teaching special education after volunteering as a teen at the Fogarty Center in North Providence. In addition, the career choice was in keeping with the values stressed by his Irish immigrant parents. They taught their children the importance of being kind and helping their neighbors. Flynn served as chair of the Cranston Teachers Alliance’s negotiating committee for 14 years. He was vice president of the union for three years and president of the local for seven years. The belief that it

is everyone’s responsibility to make the world a better place is what motivated Flynn to be a union leader and become head of the state federation. Union work, he says, is “a great opportunity to help a lot of people in a lot of ways. Our mission is to help workers and their families and it is important work. We help people resolve personal crises, we offer support services and we assist young teachers to become better teachers through mentoring.” Flynn succeeds Marcia B. Reback as president of the federation. She retired in November after holding the position for 18 years, and earning a reputation as one of the state’s most effective labor leaders. “It is difficult to follow anyone who is legendary,” Flynn said of his predecessor. “Many of the rights that members of our federation have are directly attributable to her. She was an effective lobbyist.” Flynn Continued on page 2 R

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Chafee Continued fom page 1 … a vibrant, diverse community that is free of political, cultural and ethnic division. For if we rekindle the vision that created our heritage, there is nothing this state and her people cannot achieve,” Chafee said. The state’s budget crisis and high unemployment rate were decades in the making, Chafee said, stating the poor economy is a “shared legacy of Democrats and Republicans, business and labor, liberals and conservatives. Finger pointing and blame will

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Another front-burner matter is the upheaval at Central Falls High School, where, according to the federation, teachers’ rights were violated in an effort to improve the quality of education delivered to students. Flynn, who taught for 34 years, has a bachelor’s degree in elementary special education and a master’s degree in special education, both from Rhode Island College. He and his wife, Sharon, who is a nurse at Kent County Memorial Hospital in Warwick, are long-time West Warwick residents. SPUMONI’S They have three children: Daniel, 29; Sean, 27; and Kathryn, 24. Daniel is a nurse at Miriam Hospital, Providence;FRI. Kathryn is toa MON. first-grade at the AUGUST 27 AUGUSTteacher 30 Gladstone Street School in Cranston; and Sean works in the financial sector. Flynn promises “to do the best I can” in a demanding job that he hopes to hold for several years. One thing that is unlikely to improve while he heads up the federation, he said, is his golf game. That will have to wait.

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Flynn Continued from page 1 Flynn’s list of priorities to start his first twoyear term include “working hard” to restore respect for public employees, making top-notch education accessible to all students, implementing an evaluation system that roots out ineffective educators and providing teachers and other staff members with the support necessary to do their jobs well. Some of the federation’s most important upcoming battles are the institution of binding arbitration when negotiations hit an impasse, and a provision that maintains working conditions upon the expiration of contracts. According to Flynn, municipalities have the authority to make unilateral changes in the workplace once labor agreements end, which means HOURS: management could even11 decide EXTENDED SUN.-THURS. PM to alter pay scales.FRI.-SAT. MIDNIGHT “There is no way to provide salary BAR & LOUNGE SPECIALS continuation,” Flynn said. “We need something to protect employees should contracts expire.”

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swearing in marked a new beginning for the state. She said the governor has a good team in place and that the new administration has to find the solutions that are always out there. She said her priority will be investing the state’s retirement funds to ease the burden funding pensions places on taxpayers. Such action, she said, will stimulate Rhode Island’s economy. Chafee promised to rescind Carcieri’s E-verify executive order because of the anxiety it has created within the Latino community, and he called on the General Assembly to pass a bill to legalize gay marriage. “Rhode Island today must be as welcoming to all as Roger Williams intended it to be,” he said. “Mark my words, these two actions will do more for economic growth in our state than any economic development loan. Because good business is about treating people right, just as good government is.” Others sworn into office were newly elected Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin, incumbent Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis and incumbent Lt. Gov. Elizabeth H. Roberts.

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do nothing to alleviate our situation.” He called for a new “era of political collaboration,” and said “the only way we can move forward is to move forward together.” Former Senate President William V. Irons said Chafee’s conciliatory message is an important one that leaders in the General Assembly and throughout the state cannot ignore. If differences are put aside, he said, officials will develop “common outcomes that are beneficial to all.” Another former state senator, John C. Revens Jr., gave the governor’s inaugural speech high marks, saying Chafee “set the right tone” and “took a good approach.” Revens feels the governor will bring officials and leaders together and help them make the hard choices required to clean up a fiscal mess and pour the foundation for a robust economy. Revens thinks there will be less partisanship under Chafee, which means decision makers will make more progress on dealing with issues and resolving problems. Gina Marie Raimondo, who was sworn in on inauguration day as the state’s new general treasurer, said she is hopeful that Chafee’s

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Identifying addiction problems and the role of the EAP By Steve Miranda

Alcohol and drug abuse cost the American economy well over $180 billion annually, but the real cost is found in the human waste that it causes in our families, the workplace and society in general. While alcohol and other forms of drug addiction are the most serious health problems in our culture, when we speak about addiction today, we are referring to an array of illnesses that have similar symptoms: denial and compulsivity. Addiction is shame-driven, with the addict “using” to avoid emotional pain. Whether it is sex, food, spending or an addiction to another person that causes one to lose his or her identity, addiction is a very serious illness. Without proper evaluation, treatment and counseling and a change in behavior, the end results are always the same: institutionalization, jail or death. Here is a simple test you can take to see where you stand regarding abuse and addiction. Be rigorously honest – you only have one life. 1. Do you use to escape feelings? 2. Does your personality change when you use alcohol or other drugs? 3. Do you “regulate” your drinking or other drug usage? For example, do you plan to only have two drinks at a party, and then drink more? 4. Do you drink or use drugs after promising yourself or a loved one that you will not use again? 5. Is your social life focused around the opportunity to drink or use? 6. Have you had a blackout? 7. Has a family member, friend or employer spoken to you about your drinking? 8. Have you had an alcohol or drug related arrest?

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Simple changes will lead to healthier diet By Malcolm Tinkham

Editor’s note: The following article is the last of a two-part series on Americans’ diets. Part one addressed how society’s fast food culture has increased the prevalence of diet-related diseases that are frequently fatal. Part two looks at how simple diet changes can reverse that trend. Although exercise is important for improving fitness, it isn’t enough. A beneficial diet is the other half of the equation people must have for good health. How do you begin? Dianne Esplin, a registered dietician from California, recommends that you gradually cut the size of each of your meals, and that you eat four to six small meals throughout the day instead of three large meals. Remind yourself to eat at the right times, but don’t snack on calories in between; try crunchy celery instead. If you eat every 2 ½ to 3 hours, you’ll never be so hungry that you’ll overeat. A cool glass of water with lemon or a steaming cup of non-caffeinated tea helps to fill your stomach and hold cravings at bay. Esplin suggests keeping bottled water within reach all the time and taking a swig whenever you feel hungry. In addition, you should drink at least eight cups of water each day to stay hydrated, and remember that caffeinated drinks don’t count but juices do. Pay attention to your portion sizes, and eat three-quarters of a cup to one cup of complex carbohydrates at each meal. Complex carbohydrates are starches such as potatoes, brown rice and whole wheat breads. Esplin says, “Your portion of lean meat should be about the size of a deck of cards, not your palm since some people have big palms.” Also, eat about a fist-full each of fruits and vegetables, which is an easy method to control portion sizes and eat the right combinations of foods. Don’t deny yourself all fat. While low-fat and zero-fat substitutes are a good alternative,

a diet too low in fat will make you feel as if you are starving all the time, which leads to bingeing. Some healthy fats such as olive oil, flax oil, nuts in moderation and fish oil are necessary, too. Give your stomach that full feeling it craves. If you always have fruit, carrot sticks or another healthy snack around the house and workplace and while you are on the road, you can fend off the urge for quick, high-fat food sources. While billions are spent on gimmicky diets and food advertising, far too little money is spent on nutrition education. Protein: Get it right The benefits of a healthier diet are obvious. Yet, according to Dr. Dean Ornish, a clinical professor and founder of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute, the large number of cardiovascular diseases that kill so many people around the world is not only preventable, but often reversible by simply changing diets and lifestyles. Evidence is accumulating that diets with reduced carbohydrates and increased levels of high quality protein are effective for weight loss. Such diets appear to provide a metabolic advantage during restricted energy intake that targets increased loss of body fat while reducing loss of lean tissue and stabilizing regulations of blood glucose. Most adults would benefit from eating more than the recommended daily intake of 56 grams of protein, says Dr. Donald Layman, a professor emeritus of nutrition at the University of Illinois and a pioneer in metabolic research. The benefit goes beyond muscles, he says. Protein dulls hunger and can help prevent obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Layman’s research dispels many common myths, including the myth that all weight loss is good. In fact, some weight loss can actually be unhealthy. Another common myth is that all

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Continued from Previous Page Men who exercise five or more days a week for an hour or longer need to consume .55 grams of protein per pound of body weight, and men who work out three to five days a week for 45 minutes to an hour need .45 grams of protein per pound. So a 180-pound guy who works out regularly needs about 80 grams of protein a day. Extra protein won’t wreck your kidneys. “Taking in more than the recommended dose won’t confer more benefit. It won’t hurt you, but you’ll just burn it off as extra energy,” Dr. Tarnopolsky says. It’s not all the same Many foods, including nuts and beans, can provide a good dose of protein. But the best sources are dairy products, eggs, meat and fish, Layman says. Animal protein is complete because it contains the right proportions of the essential amino acids your body can’t synthesize on its own. It’s possible to build complete protein from plant-based foods by combining legumes, nuts and grains at one meal or over the course of a day. But you’ll need to consume 20 to 25 percent more plant-based protein to reap the benefits that animal-derived sources provide, says Dr. Tarnopolsky. Also, beans and legumes have carbohydrates that make it harder to lose weight. So if protein can help keep weight off, is a chicken wing dipped in blue-cheese dressing a diet secret? Not quite: Total calories still count. Scale down your fat and carbohydrate intake to make room for lean protein such as eggs, low-fat milk, yogurt, lean meat and fish. However, if you’re struggling with your weight, fat itself is not the culprit: carbohydrates are the likely problem. Fat will help keep you

full, while carbohydrates can put you on a bloodsugar roller coaster that produces hunger pangs after you eat. Timing is everything “At any given moment, even at rest, your body is breaking down and building protein,” says Dr. Jeffrey Volek, a registered dietician and a nutrition and exercise researcher at the University of Connecticut. “Every time you eat at least 30 grams of protein,” Layman says, “you trigger a burst of protein synthesis that lasts about three hours.” Think about it. You eat most of your protein at dinner, which means you could be fueling muscle growth for only a few hours a day and breaking down muscle the rest of the time, Layman says, pointing out that muscle is the metabolic furnace that burns fat. Instead, you should spread out your protein intake. If you are trying to lose weight, you must maintain healthy muscle. Your body can process only so much protein in a single sitting. A recent study from the University of Texas found that consuming 90 grams of protein at one meal provides the same benefit as eating 30 grams. It’s like a gas tank, says study author Dr. Douglas PaddonJones. “There’s only so much you can put in to maximize performance; the rest is spillover.” Eating protein at all three meals and snacking two or three times a day on proteins such as cheese, jerky, and milk will help you eat less overall. People who start the day with a proteinrich breakfast consume 200 fewer calories a day than those who chow down on a carbohydrate heavy breakfast such as a jam-smeared bagel. Ending the day with a steak dinner doesn’t have

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the same appetite-quenching effect, Layman says. Powders are for everyone Everyone – not just muscle heads – can benefit from the quick hit of amino acids provided by a protein supplement, bar or shake. Your best bet is a fast-absorbing, high quality whey protein powder derived from milk. “It appears in your bloodstream 15 minutes after you consume it,” Volek says. Not only is a complete meal shake good for you, it’s fast, easy and convenient. Never skip meals because it slows down your metabolism. Always have a shake available for those times when you need to eat but can’t find anything fast that’s healthy. Whey protein is also the best source of leucine, which activates protein synthesis, according to Volek. Whey contains 10 percent leucine while other animal-based proteins have as little as 5 percent. Casein, another milk protein sold in supplement form, provides a slower-absorbing but more sustained source of amino acids, making it a great choice for a snack before you hit the sack. “Casein should help you maintain a positive protein balance during the night,” says Volek. Building muscle while you sleep? Thanks to protein, anything’s possible. Malcolm Tinkham is president of The Healthy Benefits in Cumberland. Contact him at mtinkham@thehealthybenefits.com. References for the article included: Adina Steiman, Mens’ Health, A Report of the Surgeon General: Physical Activity and Healthy Adults; (n.d.) and Benefits of Being Fit (April 2003), both retrieved Oct. 13, 2004; Dianne Esplin, personal interview, Oct. 19, 2004.

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Walkway brings veterans, students and construction community together When instructors and students at the Construction Career Academy in Cranston received a request to assist with building an access ramp for the physically handicapped at a military community center, they didn’t hesitate to help. Under the direction of Joseph Vitullo Jr., field representative for the Construction and General Laborers’ Local 271, and Mike Perrotta and Ray Johnson, construction craft laborer instructors, several students assisted with building the 135-foot-long ramp at the Rhode Island Military and Family Center in West Greenwich. Military personnel and their family members participate in educational and recreational programs at the center. However, people with physical disabilities were not able to access the building from the front parking lot. For several months, seniors in the construction craft laborers program worked on various phases of the construction project, including excavation, site preparation and pouring concrete. The project came together when Christine Driscoll, the center’s behavioral liaison to the Rhode Island National Guard, reached out to Richard Eckler of Helmets to Hard Hats, which connects veterans with careers in the construction industry. Eckler then turned to Michael F. Sabitoni, president of the Rhode Island Building & Construction Trades Council and business manager of Local 271. “When Mr. Eckler told me about the dire need for a handicap ramp at the center, I brought it to the attention of our friends in the building trades who sprang into action to bring their expertise to the project,” Sabitoni said. “We couldn’t be more proud of the Construction Career Academy students and the building trade instructors who volunteered their time and talent and did an outstanding job. “This project would have never been accomplished without the support of our contractor partners, Cherokee and D’Ambra Construction, as well as the Cardi Corp., which donated the materials for the project,” he added.

The building trade affiliates that donated time and resources included Local 271, Plasterers’ & Cement Masons’ Local 40, Operating Engineers’ Local 57 and Iron Workers’ Local 37. Expressing her gratitude, Driscoll said, “Our facility is now fully accessible to all active military members and veterans. All persons can now enter the building and also participate in ceremonial marches with the accessible walkway into the main entrance. A wish shared with Mr. Eckler at a yellow ribbon event for returning service members is now a reality through the help of the Rhode Island building trades, the laborers’ Construction Career Academy and the generous companies that donated the needed construction materials. Thank you so very much.”

Proud of a ramp built at the Rhode Island Military and Family Center in West Greenwich for people with physical disabilities are, from left, Paul Volpe, instructor at the New England Laborers’ Training Academy; Mike Perrotta, construction craft laborers instructor; students; Anthony D’Antuono, business manager of the Plasterers’ & Cement Masons’ Local 40; Joseph Vitullo Jr., Local 271 field representative; and Louis Fresolone, president of Cherokee Construction.

Joseph Vitullo Jr., field representative for the Construction and General Laborers’ Local 271, looks on as material is dumped at the Rhode Island Military and Family Center in West Greenwich to level a ramp built to make the facility handicapped accessible.

Students from the Construction Career Academy in Cranston hone their skills while assisting with the building of an access ramp for the physically handicapped at the Rhode Island Military and Family Center in West Greenwich.

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“Flight of the Earls’ is a myth with no basis For the last five years, a corrosive myth put forward by special interest groups and certain political pundits is that Rhode Island is driving away its taxpaying population because of the tax and budget decisions being made in our state. This myth, which I call the “Flight of the Earls” myth, has no foundation in fact as research from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Rhode Island Division of Taxation and early Census Bureau projections predicted. With the release of the 2010 census figures, the myth should disappear like other poorly constructed political clichés. But sadly this is not to be. In his regular Tuesday commentary column on Dec. 28, “Census numbers tell an ominous tale for Rhode Island,” “Providence Journal” Deputy Editorial Page Editor Edward Achorn can’t seem to admit that he and the paper were wrong for the last several years about why people were fleeing Rhode Island. He laments that Rhode Island showed slow population growth during the last decade. However, if one checks back, Mr. Achorn and “The Journal” not only predicted population losses, they claimed outward migration was an ongoing phenomenon. In an April 24, 2009, unsigned lead editorial, “Not an Economic Island,” “The Journal” wrote: “In 2005-06, even before the recession, more than 8,200 taxpayers fled Rhode Island, and that flight seems to be accelerating.” It wasn’t so, and I pointed it out on the political blog RIFUTURE.org at the time, using the most up-to-date data from the IRS. The data proved the opposite to be true: Rhode Island was adding population, especially taxpaying population; at the same time “The Journal” was claiming our so-called high tax policy was driving them away. Why is this important? Because tax policy discussions and budget decisions should be

informed by the facts, not hysteria. In this case, “The Journal” is not entirely to blame. The numbers it cited in its editorial came from the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, which published the numbers as part of a campaign to preserve the so-called “Flat Tax” for high-income earners. (They referred to the mythical flight of taxpayers as a “stampede.”) Let me explain how the “Flight of the Earls” myth works: The corporate special interests lobby the General Assembly, saying highincome taxpayers (meaning the employer class) are leaving Rhode Island by the limousine load and we need to provide tax incentives to make them stay. They provide poorly researched data, supplied by right-wing blogs, which they claim shows that people are fleeing. Because this narrative fits into the prepackaged storyline of certain conservative columnists, powerful lobby groups, anti-tax zealots, the editorial board of the paper of record and the Republican governor, the General Assembly acquiesces to the demand. The result? Taxes are cut for the elite, services are cut for the poor and property taxes go up for the middle class. The outrage is that the “Flight of the Earls” is based on bad data and easily provable falsehoods. In several of his columns over multiple years (such as those on 11/30/10, 2/9/10, 9/22/09, 9/8/09,3/31/09, 4/1/08, for only a select sample), Mr. Achorn explicitly claims that people are “fleeing” Rhode Island for myriad reasons, mostly because of our tax structure and, in his opinion, omnipotent public employee unions. If Mr. Achorn had taken only a moment to fact-check his own claims, he would have discovered that Rhode Island’s population is the highest it has ever been. According to the Census Bureau, our population was 428,556 in 1900. For the last 50 years, the numbers are: 859,488 (1960), 946,725 (1970), 947,154 (1980), 1,003,464 (1990) and 1,048,319 (2000). Current census

figures show us at 1,053,209. Like I wrote at the time of the April editorial mentioned above, the arguments about the “Flight of the Earls” and people fleeing Rhode Island simply do not match the facts. The focus on the “Flight of the Earls” is a manufactured distraction, diverting attention away from a much more significant shift in Rhode Island during the last decade: the shift of the tax burden onto the backs of the middle and working classes. Despite the arguments from certain elements in the corporate community, Rhode Island added high-income taxpayers in the middle years of the decade. In 2005, there were 11,913 people with incomes over $200,000 a year. By 2008, the number climbed to 12,515. Taxpayers in the $100,000 to $200,000 range grew from 41,817 to 51,904 in the same period. This was the very same period of time that “The Journal” was editorializing that those high-income taxpayers were fleeing the state, calling for action to keep them here. Action was taken, and we are paying for it with budget deficits. The “Flight of the Earls” was always a myth, put forward by people with a political agenda looking to cut taxes on the elite and shift the burden of paying for government onto the backs of the middle and working classes. Now that the census numbers confirm what the IRS and state Division of Taxation numbers have already shown, Mr. Achorn and “The Providence Journal” do a disservice to the state and to the overall debate about our future by perpetuating the myth. As one of the people who moved into Rhode Island during the very time Mr. Achorn says people were “fleeing,” I can state unequivocally that I still find much to celebrate about the communities and people of my adopted home state. I hope he can find a way to do the same. Posted by Pat Crowley in Taxes and submitted to “The Providence Journal” on Dec. 29, 2010.

Looking ahead to the new administration Governor selects task force on health care reform in Rhode Island By Elizabeth H. Roberts As chair of Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s Health Care Reform Task Force, I am eagerly anticipating his executive order that will address the structure and expectations of the panel. The governor has said he will issue the order soon after his inauguration. My staff and members of the Chafee transition team have discussed how best to organize the task force and its goals. After the executive order is issued, I will reconvene the Healthy Rhode Island Task Force for a thorough discussion of the work ahead, committees that must keep meeting and new panels that have to be formed. The Health Care Reform and Healthy Rhode Island task forces will coordinate efforts and build on work that has already been completed. The collaboration is exciting, and I am enthusiastically looking forward to heading up efforts to implement health care reform. Stay tuned for updates.

Operation Holiday Cheer I am happy to report that the 8th Annual Operation Holiday Cheer event on Dec. 18, at the North Main Street Armory in Providence, was an overwhelming success. We were joined by Maj. Gen. Robert T. Bray and Brigadier Gen. J. Stewart Goodwin of the Rhode Island National Guard, and former Lt. Gov. Charlie Fogarty, who first organized Operation Holiday Cheer in 2002. Corporate and community sponsors donated their time, money, staff, products and services. Nearly 200 volunteers from around the state helped pack and ship tens of thousands of dollars in donated wish list items from sponsors and the community to send to our troops abroad. The outpouring of generosity and support was truly inspiring. Corporate and community sponsors that helped out included: AAA Southern New England, American Red Cross Rhode Island Chapter, Alpha Graphics, Amica Mutual

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Economic activity makes Providence hub of opportunity By Laurie White We were struck by news the other day that a prominent travel and lifestyle website picked Providence as one of the 10 most underrated cities in the United States. From our vantage point, we are keenly aware of all that has happened in the last 18 months to turn up the buzz and fulfill the promise that “Providence experience delivers big.” Now all of the readers of ShermansTravel.com can discover it for themselves. They begin with the obvious. Yes, cities like New York, San Francisco and Chicago are among the most well-known in America, but then they go on to tell the world that there are many other fabulous – albeit smaller – American cities that just don’t get their fair share of the spotlight. “Whether their proximity to a larger metropolis steals their thunder or a recent city makeover remains undiscovered by the masses, the cities on our list are often overlooked by even the savviest of travelers,” says ShermansTravel.com. The website beckons readers to broaden the scope of their destinations to include “some less-talked-about places with great art scenes, friendly locals, delectable cuisine and rich history.” Because we are in the trenches dayto-day, we take the progress for granted. Until, of course, travel reviews or accidental

conversations with newcomers crystallize the experience in fresh, new ways. And those are essential elements for turning up the buzz and keeping the economy growing across the board. What makes a city good to visit makes it a good place to live or do business. The Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce is immersed in growing the economic base of the state’s capital. We are energized by actions taken in recent months by the corporate, entrepreneurial, hospital, education and cultural sectors to invest tens of millions of dollars in the center of the capital city and in our neighborhoods. Considering that Providence was the cradle of entrepreneurship in the early 19th century, it is appropriate to celebrate the re-emergence of a new brand of entrepreneurial energy. Rich targets of opportunity exist in behavioral and preventive health care, medical devices, services, food sciences, design, green energy, financial services and digital media. And those sectors -- where Providence truly has a distinct advantage -- provide jobs across all points of the skills spectrum. United Natural Foods, Nabsys, Edysia, Ecolect, Tivorsan Pharmaceuticals and the young startups emerging from the Beta Spring, and Social Spring boot camps have cast a whole new light on the Providence scene. The

Providence Geeks -- with whom we share our work – is trumpeting virally that Providence has more social venture enterprises than perhaps any major city in America. Visitors -permanent and episodic -- are being drawn to Providence precisely because Providence is fun, artsy, accessible, historic and gastronomically inclined (It has great food). Recent work done by the Chamber and the Providence Foundation in conjunction with the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities finds that young college graduates are eager to stick around if we can help students better connect with established employers, entrepreneurs and startups. The research even suggests that we should expand the definition of entrepreneur to include bands, artists and gamers. As Mayor Angel Taveras starts his term, we feel confident that he will have eager and willing partners in the business, academic, health care and civic communities to take the city to its next level of growth and fiscal stability. ShermansTravel.com has chosen wisely. Let the remake continue. Laurie White is president of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce. Contact her at lwhite@provchamber.com.

Whitehouse joins colleagues to push for Social Security boost By John A. Pernorio Washington, D.C. -- With seniors in Rhode Island and across the country facing a second consecutive year with no increase in their Social Security benefits, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) is co-sponsoring the Emergency Senior Citizens Relief Act, which would provide a one-time payment of $250 to

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Alliance praises defeat of proposed Social Security cuts Rhode Island retirees temporarily dodged a bullet when members of the National Commission on Fiscal Reform and Responsibility rejected their co-chairs’ proposal to drastically cut Social Security benefits and increase the retirement age. We should never try to balance the budget on the backs of current and future retirees, particularly when Social Security has not added 1 cent to the deficit. Now that the commission has closed its doors, we hope that we can have a more honest debate about federal spending. While

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The Loss of a Companion Animal… Rainbow Bridge

JANUARY 2011

Two Great Locals – One Strong Union

Author unknown The Boston Printing Pressmen’s Union Local 3

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, they go to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine; and our friends are warm and comfortable.

The Providence Printing Pressmen’s Union Local 12

The Members of Local 3 & Local 12 are proud to announce our merger and affiliation. We look forward to continuing our work on behalf of our members across New England.

All the animals that have been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.

Martin A. Callaghan President Kevin M. Toomey Secretary-Treasurer

Proud to Represent Newspaper, Commercial, & Specialty Pressmen, Bindery Operators, HVAC, Maintenance and Electrical Technicians in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Connecticut

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; his eager body begins to quiver. Suddenly, he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

Dear Friends: The best part of the season is remembering those who make the holidays meaningful.

You have been spotted.

I wish you all the love and happiness this season can bring, and may it follow you throughout the coming New Year.

And when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart. Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together.

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The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them who had to be left behind.

Submitted by Dennis Tabella, director of Defenders of Animals Inc. For more information, call (401) 461-1922; e-mail defendersanimals@aol.com; or go to www.defendersofanimals.org.

Stephen M. Sullivan Vice President

I thank all of my friends, supporters and workers that assisted and voted for me in my re-election campaign and a special thank you to my constituents, especially those who allowed me to place my campaign signs on their property. Once again it is my honor to represent your interests at the State House

May your Holiday Season be joyous and healthy.

Dear Friends:

Senator Frank A. Ciccone

The best  part  of  the  season  is  remembering  those  who  make  the  holidays   meaningful.     I  wish  you  all  the  love  and  happiness  this  season  can  bring,  and  may  it   follow  you  throughout  the  coming  New  Year.  

Rhode Island Carpenters Local Union 94

International Union ofall of  my  friends,  supporters  and  workers  that  assisted  and  voted   I  thank   for  me  in  my  re-­election  campaign  and  a  special  thank  you  to  my   Operating Engineers constituents,  especially  those  who  allowed  me  to  place  my  campaign   signs  on  their  property.  Once  again  it  is  my  honor  to  represent  your   interests  at  the  State  House  

LOCAL UNION 57

Providence, Rhode Island May your  Holiday  Season  be  joyous  and  healthy.    

Senator Frank A. Ciccone

David F. Palmisciano President Thomas J. Savoie Vice President

James J. White Business Manager and President

Timothy E. Quillen Vice President and Bus. Agent

Gregory E. Olson Treasurer and Bus. Agent

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DIRECTORY OF UNION SERVICES BARBERS & HAIRDRESSERS Some barbers and hairdressers are organized by UFCW Local 328. For a list of union barber shops and hairdressers, please contact Local 328 at (401) 861-0300 or www.ufcw328.org

BUILDING TRADES For home and business construction, repairs, or additions please contact one of the following unions for a reputable contractor in your area. For general questions or help please call Build RI at (401) 553-2100 or www.BuildRI.org Boilermakers Local No. 29 (617) 328-8400 Bricklayers Local No.1 (401) 946-9940 Carpenters Local No. 94 (401) 467-7070 Elevator Constructors Local No. 39 (401) 423-2293 Glaziers Local No. 1333 (401) 781-4736 Heat and Frost Insulators Local No. 6 (617) 436-4666 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local No. 99 (401) 946-9900 International Union of Operating Engineers Local No. 57 (401) 421-6678 Iron Workers Local Local No. 37 (401) 438-1111 Laborers Local No. 271 (401) 331-9682 Painters & Allied Trades District Council 11 (401) 467-7010 Plaster & Masons Local No. 40 (401) 943-1185 Plumbers & Pipefitters Local No. 51 (401) 943-3033 Rhode Island Building Trades (401) 438-1111 Roofers & Waterproofers Local No. 33 (781) 341-9192 Sheet Metal Workers Local No. 17 (401) 831-7150 Sprinkler Fitters Local No. 676 (860) 666-4447 Teamsters Local No. 251 (401) 434-0454

BUS SERVICES RIPTA Rhode Island Public Transit Authority 265 Melrose Street Providence, RI 02907 (401) 781-9400 www.ripta.com Peter Pan Bus Lines Corporate Headquarters P.O. Box 1776 Springfield, MA 01102-1776 1-800-237-8747 ext. 1209 www.peterpanbus.com

CHILD CARE PROVIDERS To arrange on-site child care coverage for your meetings or conferences, or to locate a DCYF-licensed home-based child care provider in your neighborhood or near your workplace, contact the union of home-based child care providers, District 1199 SEIU, at (401) 457-5099 or www. seiu1199ne.org

DELIVERY SERVICES United Parcel Service The Teamsters Local 251 represent Rhode Island’s UPS workers. For the outlet nearest you, or to schedule a home pick up, please contact UPS at www.ups.com or 1-800-PICK-UPS. United States Postal Service Your local post office is represented by the National Association of Letter Carriers, the American Postal Workers Union and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union (a division of the Laborers Union.) www.usps.com

FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS Credit union employees are organized by UFCW Local 328. Rhode Island Credit Union www.ricreditunion.org Providence Branch 160 Francis Street Providence, RI 02903 (401) 751-7440 Cranston Branch 570 Pontiac Avenue Cranston, RI 02910 (401) 941-8770 Bristol Branch 390 Metacom Avenue Bristol, RI 02809 (401) 253-1313 URI Branch URI Memorial Union Kingston, RI 02881 (401) 789-0253 Dexter Credit Union www.dextercu.org 1 Village Plaza Way North Scituate, RI 02857 (401) 934-7600 934 Dexter Street Central Falls, RI 02863 (401) 724-6200 Woodlawn Federal Credit Union 744 Main Street Pawtucket, RI 02860 (401) 728-8300 The Carpenters’ Union represents: First Trade Union Bank www.ftubhb.com 14 Jefferson Park Road Warwick, RI 02888 1-800-242-0272

FUNCTION FACILITIES Biltmore Hotel 11 Dorrance Street Providence, RI 02903 (401) 455-3027 Scott Connery, Director of Catering Brown University 45 Prospect St. Providence, RI 02912 (401) 863-1075 Cynthia Schwartz, Director of University Event Bryant University 1150 Douglas Pike Smithfield, RI 02917 (401) 232-6921 Sheila Guay, Director of Events Community College of Rhode Island Knight Campus, Warwick Flanagan Campus, Lincoln Liston Campus, Providence Newport Campus CCRI Downcity (401) 825-2015 Edna Mattson Dunkin Donuts Center 1 LaSalle Square Providence, RI 02903 (401) 331-0700 ext. 150 Robert Sturm, Event Manager Newport Grand 150 Admiral Kalbfus Road Newport, RI 02840 (401) 849-5000 ext. 157 David Rollin Providence College 549 River Avenue Providence, RI 02918 (401) 865-1000 ext. 2070 Victoria Mocshu

Rhode Island College 600 Mount Pleasant Avenue Providence, RI 02908 (401)456-8022 Kathy Sasso RI Convention Center 1 Sabin Street Providence, RI 02903 (401)-458-6002 Antonia Anthony, Director of Event Services Roger Williams Park Casino 1000 Elmwood Avenue Providence, RI 02905 (401) 785-9450 ext. 240 Lisa Gonzales, Casino Event Planner Roger Williams University 1 Old Ferry Road Bristol, RI 02809 (401) 253-1040 ext. 3793 Allison Chase-Padula Twin River 1600 Louisquisset Pike Lincoln, RI 02865 (401) 723-3200 ext. 8497 Alana Barts University of Rhode Island Kingston, Alton Jones Campus Providence Campus (401) 874-2214 Sherry Davis

HOSPITALS UNAP members work at the following locations: • Fatima Hospital • Greater RI Visiting Nurse Service • Homestead Group • Kent Hospital • Landmark Medical Center • Memorial Hospital • Rehabilitation Hospital of RI • Rhode Island Hospital • RI Community Living & Support Services • RI Dept of Human Services • RI Veterans’ Home • URI, CCRI, RIC Health Services • Westerly Hospital (Professional & Technical) • Westerly Hospital (Service & Maintenance) • Zambarano Hospital SEIU 1199 members work at the following locations: • Butler Hospital • Women & Infants Hospital

JANITORIAL SERVICES Some janitorial companies are organized by SEIU Local 615. For a list of unionized janitorial services, contact the Local 615 office at (401) 521-6150 or visit their website at www.seiu615.org.

NEWSPAPERS Common Ground News www.commongroundnews.net Subscribe 401.451.1305 Providence Journal www.projo.com Subscribe (401) 277-7600 Pawtucket Times www.pawtuckettimes.com Subscribe (401) 722-4000 Woonsocket Call www.woonsocketcall.com Subscribe (401) 767-8522

PRINTERS, BANNERS & SIGNS B Sign Graphics 27 Libera Street Cranston, RI 02920 Phone: (401) 943-6941 Fax: (401) 943-2287 Checkmate Consulting Group & Printing 461 Main Street East Greenwich, RI 02818 Phone: (401) 885-0666 Fax: (401) 885-0775 Cogens, Inc. 1 Virginia Avenue Providence, RI 02905 Phone: (401) 421-4436 Fax: (401) 331-9032 Crownmark 109 Fletcher Avenue Cranston, RI 02920 Phone: (401) 943-1112 Fax: (401) 943-1113 Dorrance Engraving 635 Prospect Street Pawtucket, RI 02860 Phone: (401) 725-0504 Fax: (401) 725-0504 East Coast Screen Printing 22 Partridge Street Providence, RI 02908 Phone: (401) 272-1166 Fax: (401) 272-1167 Federal Signs 135 Dean Street Providence, RI 02903 Phone: (401) 421-3400 Fax: (401) 351-2233 Financial Innovations 1 Weingeroff Blvd. Cranston, RI 02919 Phone: (401) 467-3170 Fax: (401) 467-3570 JB Foley Printing 1469 Broad Street Providence, RI 02905 Phone: (401) 467-3616 Fax: (401) 467-8309 Lamar Outdoor Advertising 360 Warren Avenue E. Providence, RI 02914 Phone: (401) 421-4504, Fax: (401) 421-4757 Mandeville Sign Co. 676 George Wash. Hwy. Lincoln, RI 02865 Phone: (401) 334-9100 Fax: (401) 334-7799 Regine Printing Co., Inc. 208 Laurel Hill Avenue Providence, RI 02909 Phone: (401) 943-3404 Fax (401) 944-1228 R.I. Litho Printing, Inc. 1395 Atwood Avenue Johnston, RI 02919 Phone: (401) 275-0760 Fax: (401) 464-6002 Screen Works, LLC 62 South Main Street Woonsocket, RI 02895 Phone: (401) 692-0304 Sheahan Printing Corp. 1 Front Street Woonsocket, RI 02895 Phone: (401) 273-7272 Fax: (401) 769-9206

PUBLIC SCHOOLS All public school employees are organized by the Rhode Island Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals or the National Education Association of Rhode Island. The following Charter Schools are also unionized: • Laborers Charter School • Textron Charter School • Times 2 Charter School

RECYCLING AND TRASH REMOVAL SERVICES Waste Management of Rhode Island (800) 972-4545

SUPERMARKETS Supermarket employees at the stores listed below are members of UFCW Local 328 or UFCW Local 791. Super Stop and Shop • Bristol • Coventry • Cumberland • Johnston • Lincoln • Middletown • Narragansett • Newport • North Kingstown • North Providence • North Smithfield • Pawtucket • Providence • Richmond • Smithfield • Warwick • Westerly Shaw’s Supermarket • Barrington • Garden City • Cranston • East Providence • Riverside • Johnston • Middletown • North Providence • Pawtucket • Providence • Wakefield • Warwick • Lakewood • Westerly • Woonsocket Eastside Marketplace • Providence Brigidos IGA • Pascoag • North Scituate

Don’t Miss Grand Union Family Markets • South Yarmouth • Provincetown • Buzzards Bay • South Yarmouth C-Town Supermarket • Pawtucket

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The Sign Shoppe P.O. Box 2296 Westerly, RI 02891 Phone: (401) 364-7442

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Tarvis Graphics Inc. 21 Sabin Street Pawtucket, RI 02860 Phone: (401) 726-5530 Fax: (401) 723-6420

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NURSING HOMES SEIU 1199 members work at the following locations: • Bannister House • Charlesgate Nursing Center • Country Gardens Skilled Nursing • Crawford Skilled Nursing • Greenville Skilled Nursing • Hopkins Manor • Pawtucket Skilled Nursing • Parkview Associates • United Methodist Health Care Center

PUBLIC RELATIONS Checkmate Consulting Group & Printing 461 Main Street East Greenwich, RI 02818 Phone: (401) 885-0666 Fax: (401) 885-0775 The Sentinel Group, LLC 111 Wayland Avenue Providence, RI 02906 Phone: (401) 451-1305 Fax: (401) 831.6111

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Advertised Introductory *Annual Percentage Rate (APR) of 1.75% is the lowest available and is fixed for the first 12 months. Offer applicable for applicants with a credit score of 680 or higher. After initial 12 monthly billing cycles, rate automatically reverts to a variable rate of interest as low as Prime minus 0.50% as published in The Wall Street Journal 30 days before the date of any rate adjustment. As of 9/1/2010 Prime Rate was 3.25%. Interest rate and line amount determined by individual creditworthiness and subject to loan-to-value ratio of 80%. Offer limited to 1-4 family owner-occupied primary residence properties only. Property insurance (and flood insurance if applicable) required. Offer and rate is subject to change at any time without notice. Other terms and restrictions may apply. APR will not exceed 21% with a minimum rate of 2.75%. If home equity line is paid in full and closed within twelve (12) months from the opening date, a prepayment penalty may apply. RI: up to but not to exceed 2% of the balance due at time of payoff; MA: remaining balance of first year’s interest or amount equal to last 3 months’ interest, whichever is less. Existing NCU home equity lines/loans are not eligible for refinance with this promotion. Other rates and terms available. Inquire for full details.

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Representing the Public Servants who make government work!

Partnering with Rhode Island’s Municipalities to Provide the Most Effective and Cost-efficient Public Employee Benefits

The Rhode Island Public Employees’ Health Services Fund

The Rhode Island Public Employees’ Legal Services Fund

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Lincoln Highway Department Providence School Department Narragansett Bay Commission City of Providence North Providence Crossing Guards Providence Civic Center Authority Warwick Crossing Guards Lincoln Town Hall

Town of North Kingstown Providence Community Action Program Lincoln Public Library Town of North Providence Narragansett Town Hall Lincoln Water Commission R.I. Department of Transportation North Providence School Department

DONALD S. IANNAZZI, ESQ. Business Manager

VICKI A. VIRGILIO President

The Rhode Island Public Employees’ Education, Training and Apprenticeship Fund

Donald S. Iannazzi, Esq., Chairman Vicki A. Virgilio Trustee

Pasquale T. D’Amico Trustee

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