Rhode Island needs good jobs and quality healthcare in our community. That’s why RI Jobs With Justice and the Teamster employees at RI Hospital united for a Lifespan that puts people first. Together, we fought for appropriate staffing, fair wages, retirement security, and quality care.
We brought patients into this fight because we know that as the state’s largest healthcare provider and largest employer, decisions made at Lifespan have far-reaching implications for all of us. We’ve brought patients directly to the CEOs of the hospital to air our concerns around under-staffing and disrespect toward workers. And when the hospital’s management team slammed the door in our face, we took the action to the streets with pickets lines drawing hundreds of workers from the hospital and community supporters.
As a sign of new rank and file enthusiasm, workers at the hospital voted overwhelmingly In March, 2015 to authorize their bargaining committee to begin a strike. Fortunately, the hospital’s executives decided to respect the needs of workers and patients, and in April workers ratified a new contract that protects against lay-offs and dangerously low staffing levels, and provides significant raises that benefit the lowest paid workers most.
We won’t give up until Lifespan put the healthcare needs of the community before their executives million dollar pay checks. We won’t stop until Lifespan Puts People First.