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The Young Democrats of Rhode Island is the newly reconstituted organization for young people 13-35 who wish to mobilize on behalf of the Democratic party and to advocate for issues facing young people in Rhode Island and America.

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YDRI will honor labor boycott of the Renaissance Hotel

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: March 13, 2014
Contact: Kristina Fox
Email: kafox416@gmail.com
Cell: 401-215-4043

Young Democrats of RI will honor labor boycott of Renaissance hotel

The Young Democrats of Rhode Island have unanimously voted to honor the boycott of Renaissance Providence Hotel. No members will enter the hotel or its adjoining restaurant until the boycott has been called off. YDRI encourages others to do the same, and will reach out to fellow Young Democrats state chapters in the NE Region asking for their public support the boycott.

"Our vote to honor the boycott and support the workers is in line with the fundamental principles of the Young Democrats of Rhode Island," says President Kristina Fox. "We need good jobs that pay living wages, not poverty wages. We need good jobs that provide crucial work supports like maternity leave, not jobs where an employer can fire a young woman two weeks after she has a child. The Young Democrats of Rhode Island are proud to stand in solidarity with the workers at the Renaissance Hotel. "

Santa Brito, a housekeeper at the Renaissance thanked the Young Democrats for their support: “I am proud that the Young Democrats are standing with me and my coworkers. Such support makes me believe that the Democratic Party truly represents and believes in working people. Thank you so much!”

The Renaissance Providence Hotel employees have been fighting since 3/25/13 and publicly called for a boycott on 12/4/13. Just in the last year, the Hotel has paid $8,000 in fines to OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration). The Regional Director of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a Government complaint and notice of hearing against the Renaissance Providence Downtown Hotel and TPG Hospitality, Inc., The Procaccianti Group’s hotel management affiliate. The NLRB complaint charges the Hotel with multiple unfair labor practices deterring workers from organizing to improve their low wage, low benefit jobs. A hearing is scheduled for 3/31/14.

"The struggles of working people and young people are one and the same," says President Fox. "To combat RI's unemployment crisis, our neighbors in the business community must provide good jobs. The Renaissance Hotel is not exempt from that."


Nearby at the Hilton Providence Hotel, the NLRB is investigating new charges against The Procaccianti Group. On 2/18/14 workers presented management with a petition demanding improved working conditions and a fair process to unionize signed by 70% of Hilton Providence Hotel employees. Workers cite a long list of shocking conditions, such as refusing to give pregnant workers safe workloads, refusing work-breaks, and unlivable wages. Since then management has terminated two public leaders for arbitrary reasons, suspended-pending-termination another, and issued arbitrary discipline to no less than seven workers at the forefront of the workers’ campaign for better jobs.

 

The Young Democrats of Rhode Island (YDRI) is the newly reconstituted organization for people age 13-35 who wish to mobilize on behalf of the Democratic party and to advocate for issues facing young people in Rhode Island and America. YDRI strives to encourage young people to become involved in the democratic process and to advocate for public policy changes that benefit the needs of young people in Rhode Island.

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NOT IN OUR STATE: Keep your hands off women's health in RI!

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YDRI Urges Candidates to Finalize People's Pledge

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Date: March 7, 2014

Contact: Kristina Fox

Email: kafox416@gmail.com

 

Young Democrats of Rhode Island Urge Candidates to Finalize People’s Pledge

Statement from YDRI President Kristina Fox:

The Young Democrats of Rhode Island are proud to see all three Democratic candidates for Governor working together towards the goal of signing a People's Pledge. We can all agree that Rhode Island elections should be determined by Rhode Islander voters, not by outside interests that write big checks.  The three gubernatorial candidates and Common Cause RI Director John Marion are to be commended for negotiating this pledge. 

On behalf of our Board of Directors and Young Democrats all across the state, I strongly urge Mayor Angel Taveras, Treasurer Gina Raimondo, and Clay Pell to come to a substantive agreement to eliminate the impact of spending by outside groups and super PACs on this election as soon as possible.  Adoption of this People’s Pledge will show that Democrats in Rhode Island are forward-thinking, progressive and pro-active when it comes to the issue of ethical and transparent campaign financing.

 

 

The Young Democrats of Rhode Island (YDRI) is the newly reconstituted organization for people age 13-35 who wish to mobilize on behalf of the Democratic party and to advocate for issues facing young people in Rhode Island and America. YDRI strives to encourage young people to become involved in the democratic process and to advocate for public policy changes that benefit the needs of young people in Rhode Island.

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