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Weaving a case for jobs by Gordon Shearer an estimated 2.5 million labor At Weaver’s Cove Energy, we hours with $125 million in direct are excited to be moving forward wages. What are some of the union with one of the largest investments trades that will be needed during in Southern New England in construction? Operating engineers, decades. Our proposed $700 welders, electricians, carpenters, million project -- including the construction of an offshore berth in pipe fitters, laborers, plumbers, Teamsters, sheet metal workers, Mt. Hope Bay, a pipeline transfer cement masons, steel workers, and system, and an onshore LNG iron workers among many others. storage facility in Fall River -- is an Once operational, the terminal essential solution to meeting the will employ 50 highly paid workers, area’s need for additional cleansupport an additional 350 jobs, and burning natural gas supplies. We are committed to designing, generate $105 million in annual direct and indirect economic constructing, and operating the benefits, including tax payments to safest and most secure LNG area cities and towns. terminal possible. We are also The 20 percent increase in the committed to listening to and supply of gas created by our project working with community members will result in lower natural gas who understandably have questions bills, and since natural gas is used about our project. That’s why to generate electricity, it will also for the past eight years we’ve mean lower electric bills for area participated in dozens of state and residents and businesses. In a 2007 federal public forums to address report, ISO community New England, concerns. As Weaver’s Cove will hire up to which the project operates the review process 1,000 skilled local union trade region’s power moves forward, workers to work an estimated grid, forecast we look forward 2.5 million labor hours with that lowering to continued natural public $125 million in direct wages. gas prices input and could bring engagement. electricity cost savings of $10 billion There are a number of annually. Our LNG terminal will important regional and community help New England realize these costs benefits that our facility will create. savings and strengthen the region’s First and foremost during the future economic competitiveness. current economic downturn, our Despite the promise of jobs project will generate desperately and lower energy prices, there are needed jobs. During the project’s a number of special interest groups three year construction, Weaver’s who are determined to block our Cove will hire up to 1,000 skilled project at all costs. Groups like local union trade workers to work Save The Bay, Save Bristol Harbor, and certain elected officials have For More Information Visit made unfounded www.WeaversCove.com and factually Get the Facts About LNG at incorrect claims www.LNGFactCheck.com about the safety, environmental, and economic impacts of our

project in an ongoing attempt to whip up opposition among the public and local elected officials. The concern most frequently voiced in opposition to Weaver’s Cove is that shipping LNG is extremely dangerous and will threaten the safety of nearby communities, as well as require the Bay to be “closed” whenever an LNG tanker passes through. An associated claim is that LNG tankers create a risk to the Pell and Mt. Hope bridges that are essential to area residents. The facts belie these claims. First, LNG is not explosive nor stored under pressure. According to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), “Although a large amount of energy is stored in LNG, it cannot be released rapidly enough to cause the overpressures associated with an explosion. LNG vapors (methane) mixed with air are not explosive in an unconfined environment.” In 50-plus years of shipping history, LNG tankers have made over 55,000 voyages and traveled more than 128 million miles without a major incident. LNG has been shipped safely into Tokyo, one of the most densely populated cities in the world, for nearly 40 years. Closer to home, LNG tankers have safely transited under Boston’s Tobin Bridge for over 35 years without incident. Indeed, hundreds of LNG ships have safely maneuvered backwards under the Tobin Bridge which has the same vertical clearance as the Mt. Hope Bridge. Economic life on either side of that bridge has not come to a grinding halt as the opposition would have you believe would be the case in Rhode Island. Given this excellent safety record and the expert knowledge of local marine pilots, there is no reason to believe that LNG shipments pose any threat to area residents or the Pell and Mt. Hope bridges. Indeed, the U.S. Coast See WEAVER’S COVE Page 6

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Teachers shoulder too much blame for ills of schools Unmotivated students cited By Robert A. Salerno As a public school teacher for 47 years, it is very disappointing to me that one of our noble professions is under constant attack by the local print media and radio pundits, most of whom have not been in a public school for at least 20 years. It would be great if these so-called “experts,” reporters and talk-show hosts with 20-hour work weeks, visited various public schools in order to comment from personal knowledge instead of hearsay. I submit that they might learn that the problems of public education do not lie with the teachers but with the students themselves. Although many youngsters try to be good students, there are far too many who do not. These boys and girls should be called “attendees,” ones who go to school but give little or no effort. Their numbers are larger than ever and I will leave it to our educational leaders to find out why this is happening in many areas of our state. These unmotivated students hurt their parents, classmates, school and society. According to the research, this begins to appear in middle school and becomes worse as these “attendees” move to the high school level. This phenomenon is not the fault of the classroom teacher. Are we so naïve as to think that all of the “good” teachers are in Barrington, East Greenwich, or South Kingstown? In Providence, are all the “good” highschool teachers at Classical High School, one of the state’s finest schools? If the answer to the questions above is no, as I believe, then what is the difference between the successful schools and the failing ones? Although many students from low-achieving schools do succeed despite many obstacles, there are too many who do not. Let us put the onus on those attendees who give little or no effort. They are found in every school in our state but in differing numbers. Instead of worrying about seniority, teacher evaluations, and teacher salaries, educational leaders should spend their time and effort trying to discover why so many boys and girls have so little regard for a good education. Blaming teachers may improve ratings or subscriptions but it does nothing to raise the proficiency of our students. I challenge all who read this to visit one or more See SCHOOLS Page 5


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causes chronic inflammation of his digestive and gastrointestinal tract to surrender his desire to remain active and contribute to society. While Crohn’s makes it impossible for Surtel to practice his trade on a full-time basis, he remains a member of the Local 51 Plumbers and Pipefitters Union and head of its Community Outreach Committee. In his committee role, Surtel reached out to the Station Fire Memorial Foundation, which is raising money for a monument at the site of the nightclub blaze that claimed the lives of 100 people and injured more than 200 patrons of the entertainment venue at 211 Cowesett Ave. in West Warwick on Feb. 20 2003. His efforts led to a commitment from BuildRI, a labor-management coalition that includes 17 trade unions, to provide the workers necessary to construct the planned Station Fire Memorial Park. In addition, architects such as Robert Weygand, a former congressman and the vice president for administration at the University of Rhode Island, have promised to design the memorial free of charge. Besides providing the labor, the unions will contribute as much of the materials as possible to construct the park, according to Christine Fontaine, who heads up the memorial foundation. Fontaine, whose son perished in the blaze and whose daughter suffered severe burns, said her organization wants to do more than remember the 100 victims of the fire. She explained the group hopes the memorial will also serve as a reminder that state and local officials must act to prevent the occurrence of similar tragedies. Dave Kane, a member of the foundation’s board and the father of the youngest person to die in the fire, said building the park “is less about remembering our loved ones. It’s to remind people to do the right thing. It’s to remind people of the

Senator: RIPTA taking wrong turn Sen. John J. Tassoni Jr. (D-Dist. 22, Smithfield, North Smithfield) thinks the management at the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority has its priorities confused. “Instead of doing all they can to keep prices low and to bring ridership up,” he said, “they are planning fare increases and service cuts later this year. At the same time, they are considering spending about $10 million on

an information technology system that is probably not very urgently needed. What my constituents think is needed is better service and lower fares.” Senator Tassoni said he is also critical of a decision made by the RIPTA board at its February meeting to reject use of some or all of $3 million in federal stimulus funds to apply toward the authority’s projected $5.2 million deficit in the next fiscal year.

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“That $3 million from the federal government is intended to be used for operational expenses,” said Senator Tassoni. “My understanding is that nothing precludes RIPTA from using it to reduce its current deficit. Yet apparently the board has some other designs on that money, purchases and spending that may buy a few new items but that at See RIPTA Page 5

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tragedy, and that it could have been avoided.” In the wake of the blaze, there was extensive controversy about the effectiveness of fire and safety regulations and the enforcement efforts by representatives of municipal and statewide agencies. Fontaine termed the property where the Station nightclub once stood as “sacred ground.” She said to see anything but the memorial built there “would just be so wrong.” The generosity of the unions and architects “is the best thing that could have happened to us,” Fontaine said. “It’s like pennies from heaven,” Kane said. “It’s wonderful.” The foundation has about $60,000 for the memorial, according to Fontaine. Additional funds need to be raised in case more materials have to be purchased and for expenses such as ongoing maintenance of the park, insurance protection and utilities. The foundation president is looking for fundraising ideas and hopes businesses will come forward with contributions. Surtel is confident that once the foundation takes possession of the former nightclub site and work on the park starts, more people will step up and offer assistance. “This is going to be bigger than the unions,” he said. “I have already thought about reaching out to some local business for fundraising.” For more information about helping the foundation, people can go to the organization’s Web site at www.stationfirememorialfoundation.org. Their phone number is (401) 489-5109, and the foundation’s e-mail address is sfmf@cox.net. Fontaine, Kane and Surtel are confident the park will become a reality. When that happens, Surtel said, there will be a “happy ending to a sad story.”

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Weaving a case for jobs

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Heating aid requests increase by 15 percent

Teachers shoulder too much blame for ills of schools

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Unions step up for Station Fire victims

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Long-term care: Searching for needle in haystack

Senator: RIPTA taking wrong turn

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Consumers’ questions will be answered at upcoming health fair

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Report champions bold vision for solar energy

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Grow R.I.’s economy by increasing access to capital

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Labor and business unite around Team Rhode Island

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Grow R.I.’s economy by increasing access to capital By Brian Hull A survey conducted by Providence Business News last December showed that more than 1 in 5 Rhode Island businesses complained that the lack of access to capital was one of the biggest challenges to their business. Small businesses in the state have been feeling the “credit crunch” for years. Lending still hasn’t thawed as it should have, despite billions of dollars given to banks from the federal government. The financial crisis which has devastated the economy grew out of irresponsible over-lending to people who had no capacity to repay. As a reaction, banks have greatly restricted lending and used “free” federal money to shore up their balance sheets. Many small businesses in the state still need, but are unable, to borrow, and the lack of capital prevents many of them from expanding and generating new jobs. Even more problematic is that the banks that are lending don’t make loans in Rhode Island because it’s more profitable to invest elsewhere. How do we solve the lending problem? One way to increase lending is for the state to do it directly. If banks are unwilling to lend, and lack of access to capital is stymieing growth in Rhode Island, then I would argue that it is contingent upon the government to assist. Rhode Island should establish a loan program targeted specifically for expanding access to capital for locallyowned and operated small businesses that wish to expand their business, but are unable to do so because of rigid lending practices. This brings up some important questions. Where would the money come from to establish a lending program? There are a couple places to look, and each has benefits and challenges. The state could borrow the money from the federal government or from

national lending institutions. The state could change its tax laws to generate more revenue in order to lend. The state could eliminate existing corporate subsidies that benefit large employers with no positive economic effect. The state could establish a state-run bank funded by the current deposits held by the state and its cities and towns. How much should be available to lend? Honestly, the more the better. Loan size, borrower requirements, and repayment terms should be modeled after pre-crisis loan programs found in the state or nationally. The goal of the program should be to loosen up credit to businesses that want and need credit to grow their business (or create new ones) and hire more workers. Of course, lending should be contingent on an appropriate analysis of the risks involved in lending. Unfortunately, there seems to be a lack of expertise in the state regarding this, so assistance may need to be imported. Should there be any specific employment guidelines attached to the loans with regard to number of jobs created or wage level? While it would be ideal for businesses to use the loan program to expand their operations and exclusively hire high-wage workers, there is low probability of that happening. And there’s something to be said for reducing the almost 13% unemployment rate by providing middle-wage and even low-wage jobs to people who are currently out of work. The unfortunate reality of Rhode Island’s labor market is that there are too many low-wage jobs in the state. To deny businesses access to capital based on wage level, however, will only lengthen the state’s economic recession. The most important factor

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Labor and business unite around Team Rhode Island By Laurie White because we must enlarge our tax base. A shrinking tax base hurts everyone. Rhode Island needs to get into a hypergrowth mode. We can’t do that by standing still. It is essential that Rhode Island’s effort be commensurate with national norms. The Chamber’s Innovation Providence Implementation Council (IPIC) is moving the Knowledge Economy Roadmap with great success and acceptance in the community. Precisely plotted targets of opportunity have ripened in medical devices, offshore wind, life sciences, design, and various entrepreneurial sectors. Our colleagues in labor as well as in the colleges, universities and hospitals have emerged as true partners. We are united around the goal of good jobs for all Rhode Islanders at all points along the skills and economic spectrum. So what’s the next step in terms of getting some real job development in place? We must launch a comprehensive, integrated, statewide business attraction program. We are prepared to organize an effort known as Team Rhode Island. We will ignite the power of our own citizenry to play a never-beentried-before role in economic development prospecting Here’s how it would work. Team Rhode Island would furnish the leads based

Laurie White We are calling it Team Rhode Island. It’s a brand new effort being launched this month by the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce to get Rhode Island into the game in a very big way in terms of revving up our economy. And true to its name, we would like to take this opportunity to invite and encourage our valued colleagues in the labor community to be an essential part of this team. With the restructuring of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation nicely underway, the Chamber is committed to being a positive and collaborative partner in working with the new staff and Board to improve the state’s performance in generating jobs and crafting the appropriate national profile that draws in consumers, workers, investors, students and entrepreneurs. An influx of people and talent is key

on existing business and professional relationships. It’s all about identifying prospects who literally need to have a presence in Rhode Island. This type of lead generation is consistent with what proactive communities around the country are doing, most notably Austin, Texas. Together, we would court these prospects with persuasive evidence on the benefits of having a physical presence in Rhode Island and tapping into our labor force. A web based campaign would also be launched to give structure to the effort. The intent would be to stay very narrow in the beginning stages and target investment in the previously defined targets of opportunity as pinpointed in the Knowledge Economy Roadmap. Specifically, we are looking to recruit new investors into our Centers of Excellence. Amid a great spirit of professional collegiality, the business community, the labor community and our partners in government are now in a position to move the knowledge economy effort to the next level and to get Rhode Island “into the game.” But we must act quickly. Rhode Islanders are counting on us. — Laurie White is President of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce.

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RIPTA Continued from page 2 the same time will require riders to pay more in fares and deal with cuts in services. That makes no sense to me at all, and it is not going to be well received by residents of our state who must rely on RIPTA for their travel needs.” Senator Tassoni called on the RIPTA board to rethink its decisions “and spend the

money it is receiving from the federal government more wisely, so as to provide better service to the people who need to use the buses. A new IT system and some new vehicles are not going to serve much of a purpose if it means fares are too high and service is too sporadic to fill those buses with riders.”

Archambault decries hikes of health insurance rates Democratic Attorney General candidate Steve Archambault decried a decision by State Health Insurance Commissioner Christopher Koller to approve rate hikes of nearly 10 percent by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island; a 9 percent increase by Tufts Health Plan and a 6 percent increase by United Health Care. “These rate hikes will impact over 300,000 Rhode Islanders and are a critical blow to a state already mired in doubledigit unemployment. These increases will suffocate efforts by companies to not only hire new workers, but also to retain the workers they have. The majority of employers have already cut their operating costs to the bone and will have difficulty sustaining an increase of this magnitude,” Archambault said. “While these rate hikes are lower than originally requested, they are

still far too high and signal a need for increased advocacy on behalf of Rhode Islanders.” Archambault has led the fight against the rate hikes and has repeatedly called on Koller to re-examine the basis for the requests. Most recently, Archambault, pointing to a study released by Health Insurance Commissioner Chris Koller’s office that ranks Rhode Island Health Insurers’ Administrative expenses higher than the average in New England, called on Health Insurance Commissioner Koller to give administrative costs stricter scrutiny. Archambault, who serves as a councilman in Smithfield, would bring a broad legal background to the Attorney General’s office. His experience as a police officer, local prosecutor and defense attorney gives him a first-hand understanding of all elements of the criminal justice system.

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successfully co-existed with commercial shipping traffic for decades, including ships requiring the same safety and security restrictions as LNG tankers. Boston Harbor has received hundreds of LNG shipments. Commercial and recreational boaters in Boston Harbor have not found their waterway blocked when LNG tankers pass by. Indeed, cruise ship traffic into Boston has increased in recent years. It’s unfortunate that these false and misleading claims are made over and over again. Especially since the facts

clearly show that LNG tankers and terminals operate safely and securely, while delivering supplies of environmentally friendly energy to consumers. That’s why Weaver’s Cove Energy is moving forward to complete our project bringing high paying jobs, millions of dollars in economic impact, and lower energy prices to Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Southeastern New England.

WEAVER’S COVE Continued from cover Guard, which is responsible for assuring the safety of marine operations in all U.S. waters, has determined that the Narragansett and Mount Hope bays are suitable for the type and frequency of LNG marine traffic associated with our LNG project. Another claim frequently leveled against Weaver’s Cove is that dredging required for our project will stir up “toxic sediment” in Mt. Hope Bay. Extensive testing of sediment in the bay, required as part of the project’s federal permitting process, overseen

by the EPA and US Army Corps of Engineers, has found that contaminants are at such low concentration levels that dredging will result in no adverse environmental impacts. A similar claim is that dredging will threaten the bay’s winter flounder population. While portions of our project will disturb potential winter flounder habitat, we are prepared to spend millions of dollars to mitigate this impact. It’s also important to recognize that the primary threat to winter flounder is not from our project or a lack of habitat in

the bay, but from over-fishing. There is no documented shortage of winter flounder spawning habitat and habitat preservation will not increase the population of winter flounder. Only more severe restrictions on fishing appear to offer a way to allow flounder stocks to recover. Finally, critics of our project often claim that LNG shipments will completely shut down the bay, driving away recreational boaters, cruise ships, and tourism. This claim is disingenuous. Users of Narragansett Bay have

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Leading Edge Recovery Center opens in New Jersey By Melvin Stokes Executive Director Melvin F. Stokes MHS, LPC, LCADC, is proud to announce that on March 13, he and his team officially opened the doors to Leading Edge Recovery Center (L.E.R.C.)(http://www. leadingedgerecoverycenter.com) in Hamilton, N.J. There will be an open house on April 7 from 11a.m. to 2p.m. and facility tours can be scheduled any time by contacting the facility at (609) 249-9470.

While the facility has been certified and approved by the appropriate powers that be for quite some time, Stokes and his team wanted to be absolutely sure that L.E.R.C. had only the finest resources available to treat substance abuse and mental health disorders, before opening facility doors. Well, that day finally arrived; from the living environment to the professional staff, Leading Edge Recovery Center is equipped to offer the most advanced

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As the winter wears on, the number of households applying for home heating assistance has risen to record levels for the third straight year, rising by 15 percent to include 8.8 million households. The majority of these applicants are lowincome seniors, disabled people, and families living beneath the federal poverty line. Under the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, states provide grants of about $500; however, due to increased demand, many states have had to cut the grants or applications to stretch funds, leaving many in the lurch. While several states forbid the cut-off of utilities during the winter, struggling retirees often put off payments and build up debt. In the spring, seniors may find themselves lacking gas and electricity as companies seek payment.

— Former U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson sat down with the CNBC television network last week to discuss his post as co-chair of the President’s Fiscal Commission on the National Debt. Throughout the conversation, he leveled several attacks against seniors and senior advocacy organizations, accusing them of not caring “a whit about their grandchildren... not a whit.” When asked about cuts he would recommend to the President and Congress, he replied, “We are going to stick to the big three,” meaning, Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. “Alan Simpson’s prior record in the Senate has proven his determination to cut Medicare and Social Security. His appointment has caused widespread alarm among seniors, veterans, and disabled Americans, who increasingly rely on those programs during the economic downturn,” said Barbara J. Easterling, President of the Alliance for Retired Americans.

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Long-term care: Searching for needle in haystack by John Edes Few subjects are as mysterious to consumers as insurance, and few types of insurance confuse buyers more than long-term care insurance. To increase your understanding of long-term care (LTC) insurance, let’s begin with the answers to some frequently asked questions: What is long term care? Who needs LTC coverage? Won’t government entitlements provide this protection? And exactly what does LTC protect against? Long-term care is, in its simplest form, the help required by people who suffer a long illness or disability. Help can be provided in the form of nursing home care or as home custodial care, in which a person receives assistance with so-called activities of daily living such as dressing or bathing. Who requires long term care? According to a study by the U.S. Senate Committee on Aging, of all Americans who are 65 or older today, one-half of the women and one-third of the men can expect to spend at least 2.5 years in a nursing home.* But not all these people are candidates for LTC insurance. People with an estate value, excluding homes, of less than $100,000, and those with over $2 million in assets are not prime LTC candidates. In the first example LTC may not be appropriate due to cost, especially when purchased after the age of 70. This group is more likely to qualify for Medicaid assistance after “spending down” their assets, although

freedom of choice is sacrificed in these instances because under Medicaid the government decides the appropriate care and facility. The latter group obviously has the means to meet longterm care costs. But beware that the costs can be high—annual nursing home costs can range from $20,000 to $80,000 per year. Medicare provides excellent medical coverage for a short-term health crisis such as cancer surgery or a heart operation, but it is not designed to meet the costs associated with long-term care needs. Assuming that national health care reform ever becomes a reality, will the government provide some sort of LTC coverage for everyone? At this point, all we can do is guess. But when you consider the enormity and cost of providing basic health insurance for all citizens you have to wonder where the government is going to come up with additional funds for long-term care. So what if you determine that a LTC policy is for you? What should you look for in an LTC policy? Guidelines offered by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners provide a good starting point. First, all companies will offer a buyer’s guide that can help you decide whether or not coverage is appropriate for your situation. A flexible LTC policy does not require hospitalization or nursing home confinement for benefits to kick in. It should also

guarantee that coverage cannot be canceled because of age or medical conditions, and it should offer an inflation protection rider. Pay close attention to the fine print. Look to see if the policy covers cognitive diseases such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s. Some will exclude these. Also, check the time and financial limits on nursing home stays and home health care costs. Remember: the majority of long-term care providers are family members. A middle-aged person can spend as much time caring for a parent as raising children. Although they are costlier than more restrictive policies, LTC coverage based on the loss of function—dressing, bathing, feeding and such—is more flexible, allowing for benefits to flow to a family member who, perhaps, has left a full time job to care for a parent. Then there is cost to consider. An 80-year-old can pay as much as four times more for the same coverage as a 65-year-old; nine times as much as a 50-year-old. Increasing numbers of people are buying LTC coverage, and many have done so because experience with family members or friends has made them aware of the need. For many people, switching from disability insurance—which protects against lost income due to disability— to LTC near retirement age is a painless transition. When you think about it, a person who needs long-term care is every bit as disabled as an employee or

business owner who can’t work. The biggest difference between the two is that LTC offers asset protection as opposed to disability insurance, which is income protection. And as our population grows older together, LTC is something more of us will need to consider. *Source: U.S. Senate Committee on Aging, August, 2000.

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Consumers’ questions will be answered at upcoming health fair A Coalition of 100,000 Rhode Island Union Workers and Retirees Unions have improved the quality of life for all working people. Child Labor Laws • Social Security Overtime Pay • Minimum Wage Health Insurance • Unemployment Insurance Workers’ Compensation Paid Vacations • Pension Plans Learn more about the labor movement Watch LaborVision each week on Cox (Channel 14), Verizon (Channel 33) and Full Channel (Channel 9) every Tuesday @ 7pm, Thursday @ 8pm, and Saturday @ 5pm.

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Defenders of Animals To Hold Spay/Neuter Clinic A low-cost spay/neuter clinic will be held on April 30. The monthly pre-paid low-cost clinics are in cooperation with the Humane Association of Northwestern R.I., the SNYPP Clinic and Defenders of Animals Inc. The low-cost clinics are held at the SNYPP Clinic, 9 Church St., Pascoag. The cost is $65 per cat, which includes rabies and distemper shots, a check-up, and the spay/neuter procedure. The prepaid low-cost spay/neuter clinics are by appointment only. The appointments for this day will be made through Defenders of Animals Inc. Please call Defenders of Animals at (401) 461-1922 for details.

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Nurses, Hospitals Step Up “You gave me encouragement and reinforcement to go back to school and to achieve my goals.” “I will forever be grateful to Stepping Up for giving me the opportunity to teach for the program.” The preceding quotes are from a participant and an instructor of a program called Stepping Up. “What is Stepping Up?” you ask. Stepping Up is an innovative career ladders program that provides training, education, career coaching and support services for: • Entry-level workers at hospitals and other health care facilities in Rhode Island. • Low-income community residents. The program is a partnership between the United Nurses & Allied Professionals (UNAP)/Rhode Island Hospital Health Care Education Trust and Women and Infants Hospital, along with a number of community-based organizations, unions, education providers and health care organizations. The trust itself is a labor-management partnership made up of the United Nurses & Allied Professionals and Rhode Island Hospital that was established in 2004 to provide continuing education and career advancement opportunities for health care workers. Once established, the trust partnered with Women & Infants Hospital to form Stepping Up in 2006 to create a comprehensive, career-ladder work force development program for entry-level, incumbent health care workers and low-income community residents. Under the auspices of the United Way’s Skill Up initiative, Stepping Up brought together two competing organizations, Women & Infants and Rhode Island Hospital, in the interest of creating a program that would not only address work force shortages in health care, but work to expand employment, training and education opportunities for low-income community residents and health care workers in the greater Providence area. The two hospitals, in conjunction with a host of funders and partner organizations, implemented a program that in the years since its conception has flourished even as economic conditions brought hardship to so many residents and employers in Rhode Island. Stepping Up offers many program services that include career exploration; job shadowing; job readiness training; job-specific classes; soft skills training; English-as-a-second-language (ESL); GED; mentoring; job counseling; academic and career

advisement; financial aid planning; tutoring; internships; and job placement. Those services prepare entry-level health care workers for career advancement and assist lowincome community residents to obtain employment as registered nurses and other health professions that are experiencing or are projected to experience significant labor market shortages. The program addresses several critical priorities, including a) filling chronic labor market shortages in the health care professions, b) enhancing the academic skills of low-income adults, c) expanding employment opportunities and income levels of low-income neighborhood residents, and d) increasing the cultural and linguistic diversity of health professionals, thereby improving the quality of health care services to culturally and linguistically diverse patients and families. Although still a young program, Stepping Up has already racked up some impressive successes. Since Stepping Up’s implementation in late 2007, a total of 227 participants have enrolled in the program, and 59 community residents have gained jobs through Stepping Up in health care. The demand for programs like Stepping Up has risen over the past two years as the economic crisis escalated, with the unemployment rate in Rhode Island peaking in 2009 at 13 percent. Health care is the largest industry in Rhode Island, and the job opportunities in this field are diverse, with many avenues for career advancement. Given this, it makes sense to promote education and training in health care as a means of assisting economically-challenged Rhode Islanders to better their present circumstances as well as their futures. Mijanielle joined Stepping Up through the Genesis Center in February 2008. She and her family had been in the United States for 1.5 years. She spoke very little English. Mijanielle completed a career exploration class at the Genesis Center and interned as a unit secretary at Rhode Island Hospital. During her internship, she asked to learn more certified nursing assistant (CNA) responsibilities. Her manager accommodated the request, and a CNA worked with Mijanielle for half of her internship. Mijanielle enrolled in the Community College of

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I became involved in the EAP/MAP programs because of my own struggles with addiction, as I have been in recovery for many years. Twenty-five years ago, I was asked by my Union President to start a committee to assist our members and their families who needed help with addiction and mental health issues, because of my own experiences, I was excited to help. We started a silent committee to offer confidential help to Firefighters and their families who were struggling with these issues. I spent several years obtaining certifications in the field and have been helping members and their families ever since!

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Rhode Island Senate proposes reefing legislation By Jesse Rathier Nicknamed Little Rhody, the nation’s smallest state, Rhode Island, took a giant step forward this month when the senate proposed legislation to authorize the creation of man made reefs in the waters off the states southern coast. Democrat State Senators John J. Tassoni, Jr. with V. Susan Sosnowski and Christopher B. Maselli came together to cosponsor Senate Bill S2441. This legislation would authorize the State of Rhode Island to accept custody of decommissioned warships from the US Navy and US Maritime Administration for the purpose of sinking a vessel to form an artificial reef. Known as “reefing”, project organizers envision obtaining surplus vessels from as far away as Virginia and towing them into Narragansett Bay. There they will be docked and prepared for sinking at a site somewhere within the waters of Rhode Island or Block Island Sound.

USNS Hoyt S. Vandenberg Robert Brousseau, founder of New England Ships2Reefs (NES2R), Inc has teamed with Joe Weatherby, from ReefMakers, Inc who operates in New Jersey and Florida. Together they have started promoting this first-ever project in RI. ReefMakers played a key role in the preparation and deployment of the Hoyt S. Vandenberg off the coast of Key West, Florida in 2009. In an interview, Brousseau said, “I want to sink a ship here in RI. Joe

(Weatherby) has actually made it happen elsewhere. That’s why I chose him to help me navigate the political, financial and environmental hurdles we expect to encounter.” Brousseau and NES2R are beginning the process of seeking out and engaging all stakeholders who have an interest in the effort. Everyone from fishermen to educators to regulators will be asked to offer input into the project in order to extract the maximum possible benefit for the environment and the citizens of Rhode Island. When asked about similar projects undertaken in states out side of New England, Weatherby is quick to point out that a number of states including Florida, New Jersey and California all have aggressive reefing efforts that have shown big pay offs in terms of job creation and documented benefits to the marine eco system. Asked if RI could expect similar benefit pay-offs in the often cold waters of New England, Brousseau said that the Yukon, a decommissioned Canadian warship sent to the bottom in San Diego, CA is also in a cold water environment. That project continues to pay off in terms of increased biomass and dollars. He also noted that all communities with ship-to-reef programs have reported the creation of jobs and sales tax dollars as eco-tourists, recreational fishermen and SCUBA divers come from around the world to visit these sites. Weatherby also recalled reported success in places as far afield as Plymouth England, another cold water site of a ship-to-reef project. There, project organizers report approximately $38 million (USD) in gross

commerce with over 42,000 divers having visited the ex-HMS Scylla. That represents over 7,000 dive boat trips since 2004. The process of identifying and transferring custody of a vessel coupled with preparing it to conform to EPA Best Management Standards and then sinking it in RI waters is expected to take approximately 3 years. The bulk of the funds contracted out will cover the cost of transport and will go toward pier services and laborers used for cleaning up hazardous materials including oils, fuels and PCB’s found in items like electronic equipment. Engineers will also be hired to study ship drawings and open holes in the ship. These openings are essential for the even-keeled sinking of the vessel to ensure an upright settling on the ocean floor. Said Weatherby, “The real significance in terms of job creation and tourism will come after the ship is sent to the bottom”. After ‘Sink-Day’, there are no further costs to the project or the State. In fact, the State can expect to receive revenue from the site for the next 100 years!” Asked why he is so passionate about the project, Brousseau explained; “I see two problems facing our fellow Rhode Islanders today that this effort will help improve. The first is our high unemployment rate and sluggish economy. The second problem is an environmental one. This project will focus world-wide media attention on RI, create jobs right here at home and the ship will provide a breeding ground for new marine life, both plant and animal, for years to come.” “My entire adult life has revolved around all things in and of the sea. I am fascinated by anything that involves the

majesty of our oceans.” A 28 year retired Navy veteran, Brousseau is currently employed by the US Navy as a research engineer. He also founded Simply Scuba, LLC, another RI based business, where he teaches SCUBA diving to the public. He is also the New England Course Director for the Handicapped Scuba Association (HSA). “I love to teach”, says Brousseau. “Nothing is more gratifying than having the ability to show people the beauty hidden beneath the waves and experience the adventure offered by the underwater realm. Teaching folks with disabilities is especially wonderful when I can help someone bound to a wheelchair on land, fly in the gravity free environment of the open sea. Beyond that, as a life long resident of RI, I recognize that the people of this state need help (job creation). This project is a win-win for everyone involved – it’s good for the economy and the ecology of RI.” In closing, both Brousseau and Weatherby said they were marveled by the leadership and foresight shown by the bills sponsors and by everyone they encountered during recent visits to the Statehouse. “Without exception, everyone we have spoken to over recent weeks have been gracious and supportive.” Brousseau added, “From Secretary of State Mollis, DEM Director Dr. Sullivan and all of the Senators who gave of their time for us to speak with them, everyone has shown great interest. We have been very honored by the reception we have received.” — Author, Jesse Rathier is currently enrolled as a Business Management student at the Providence campus of Johnson and Wales University.

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A special THANK YOU to the loyal customers of Stop & Shop and the members of United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 328

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something they had to earn. On behalf of all the union employees at Stop & Shop we would like to offer our heartfelt “THANK YOU”. Now that these negotiations have come to a close and these employees have a new three year agreement, we would ask that you continue to spend your shopping dollars with us. Keeping middle class jobs in our neighborhoods is good for the company, workers, and the community.

These employees look forward to continuing to deliver to you the best service and value for your dollar in the grocery industry in Rhode Island, Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the Islands. To all the members of Local 328, a special Thank you for your patience, and support during these difficult negotiations. To all the supporters customers and Employee’s of Stop & Shop THANK YOU!!

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Investing in public transit pays dividends Every dollar that taxpayers invest in public transit generates $6 or more in economic benefits, according to the American Public Transit Association. In 2002, the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council (RIPEC) concluded that “the situation for the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority is acute … many scenarios for Rhode Island’s future rely on expanding public transportation, not reducing it. Two public audits have been ordered for the transit agency to investigate any inefficiencies. However, the 2007 independent audit, conducted by Abrams-Cherwony, concluded that compared to its peers, RIPTA was well-managed and that its biggest problem was inadequate state and local funding. When we support public transit we improve public health, reduce global warming, improve air quality, support green jobs, encourage safe walkable communities and protect open space. Public transit is essential to the prosperity of our state’s economy. Just so, we wanted to make you aware of some developments by a statewide coalition that’s advancing a comprehensive legislative agenda to support public transit and the repair

and address our state’s deteriorating roads and bridges. It is called the Coalition for Transportation Choices (CTC) and includes more than 30 organizations (including, Working RI, RICOSH, ATU 618, SEIU/1199.). The centerpiece of CTC’s proposed legislation package is the creation of a Rhode Island Highway Maintenance and Public Transit Trust Fund, with two new revenue sources. {H - 7734 – Trust Fund bill (Reps. Handy, Ajello, M. Rice, Sullivan} We recognize that this is a difficult time for increased fees, but we believe the proposal is a better answer than tolls, and that the problems can no longer be put off when we realize that interstate trucking can no longer run. Revenue Source Estimated Yield • Increase the biannual auto registration fees by $40 for $23 million. • Impose a petroleum products gross receipts tax of 3 percent for $44 million. • Total: $67 million. Recommended Allocation • 50 percent state road/bridge rehab program -- $33.5 million. • 15 pretcent local roads rehab program -- $10 million.

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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 The Westin Providence 1 Exchange Street Providence, RI 02903 (401) 598-8245 Alan Swerdolff, Director of Sales and Marketing

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 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

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

PRINTERS, BANNERS & SIGNS American Speedy Printing 635 Arnold Road Coventry, RI 02816 Phone: (401) 823-0090 Fax: (401) 823-0092 B Sign Graphics 27 Libera Street Cranston, RI 02920 Phone: (401) 943-6941 Fax: (401) 943-2287 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

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DIRECTORY OF UNION SERVICES 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 Sign Lite, Inc. 6 Corporate Drive N. Haven, CT 06473 Phone: 1-800-544-0854 Fax: (203) 234-8344 The Sign Shoppe P.O. Box 2296 Westerly, RI 02891 Phone: (401) 364-7442 Tarvis Graphics Inc. 21 Sabin Street Pawtucket, RI 02860 Phone: (401) 726-5530 Fax: (401) 723-6420

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

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TELEPHONE, INTERNET & CABLE SERVICES AT&T Wireless 1 (800) 897-7046 www.wireless.att.com Union members recieve special discounts on AT&T wireless service plans. For more infomation to to www.unionplus.org Verizon Verizon, whose employees are members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 2323, can provide for all of your home and office internet, telephone and cable TV needs through Verizon’s new FiOS (Fiber Optic Service) network.

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