NEW: Teamsters Organize Workers at Daniele Foods in RI

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

 

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The Teamsters Local 251 have announced that they have organized the shipping and receiving departments, as well as drivers, at Daniel Foods in Pascoag, RI.  

"There's 23 people," said Teamsters Local 251 organizer Mike Simone.  "The vote took place today, fifteen to seven.  The next step is that the election has to be certified by the National Labor Relations Board, at the regional office in Boston.  We expect that to happen in the next four to five days."

Simone noted that the organizing process had been in the works for several weeks. 

"It started It was started by one of our members who delivers propane there.  They knew he was a member of our organization, and he put us in touch with one of their employees," said Simone.  "Danielle is huge -- they just put on a $61 million addition.  Their revenue is $135 million a year.  These employees average $12 an hour, no retirement, no paid sick or personal time, and that's the reason they came to our local."

Daniele issued the following statement on Tuesday. 

"Daniele has been a Rhode Island employer since 1976. We value and respect all of our staff. We look forward to negotiating in good faith to reach an agreement with the employees in our shipping and receiving department," said Daniele spokesperson Dyana Koelsch.    

Labor Practices Alleged

Simone noted that in the course of the past several weeks, the Teamsters have filed a number of unfair labor violation practices filed against Daniel.

"They date back 3 weeks, and there are more to be filed," said Simone.  "[Workers] were told they couldn't wear union pins because they work with food -- which isn't true, these employees work with the packaged product.  They wear necklaces and other jewelry, so we filed the unfair labor practice probably about a month ago now. Statements have been given, it's still being investigated."

"If there was a policy that they had uniforms, and couldn't wear jewelry, then I could see the company had a right..  They wear sweatshirts and boots," said Simone.  "As far as I'm aware, there's never been policy where they couldn't pin anything to their clothing."

"This is the first crack at it," said Simone of the unionized workers, pending approval, at Daniel.  "There's a possibility of 230 [more] employees in production."
 

 

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The below slides list the salaries for the highest paid municipal officials across the state, excluding school departments. Data were obtained from the Rhode Island Division of Municipal Finance and correspond to fiscal year 2015, generally from July 2014 to June 2015. Figures reflect the most up-to-date information available as of approximately December 2014. Current office holders are listed based upon the new statewide municipal directory released on Wednesday. 

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30.

Warwick

Position: Public Works Director

Current Office Holder: David Picozzi

Base Salary: $102,027

Benefits and Other Payments: $14,284

Total Annual Salary for FY 2015: $116,311

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29.

Providence

Position: Human Resources Director

Current Office Holder: Sybil F. Bailey

Base Salary: $112,104

Benefits and Other Payments: $4,484

Total Annual Salary for FY 2015: $116,588

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28.

Narragansett

Position: Town Manager

Current Office Holder: Pamela Nolan

Base Salary: $117,300

Benefits and Other Payments: None Listed

Total Annual Salary for FY 2015: $117,300

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27.

Newport

Position: Public Services Director

Current Office Holder: William R. Riccio

Base Salary: $117,648

Benefits and Other Payments: None Listed

Total Annual Salary for FY 2015: $117,648

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26.

Newport

Position: Planning Director

Current Office Holder: Paul Carroll

Base Salary: $117,867

Benefits and Other Payments: None Listed

Total Annual Salary for FY 2015: $117,867

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25.

Warwick

Position: Finance Director

Current Office Holder: Ernest M. Zmyslinski

Base Salary: $107,014

Benefits and Other Payments: $11,236

Total Annual Salary for FY 2015: $118,250

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24.

East Greenwich

Position: Town Manager

Current Office Holder: Thomas E. Coyle, III

Base Salary: $118,450

Benefits and Other Payments: None Listed

Total Annual Salary for FY 2015: $118,450

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23.

Warwick

Position: Police Chief 

Current Office Holder: Stephen M. McCartney

Base Salary: $108,002

Benefits and Other Payments: $10,951

Total Annual Salary for FY 2015: $118,953

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22.

Charlestown

Position: Town Administrator

Current Office Holder: Mark S. Stankiewicz

Base Salary: $112,200

Benefits and Other Payments: $7,200

Total Annual Salary for FY 2015: $119,400

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21.

East Providence

Position: IT Director/Coordinator

Current Office Holder: Kelly Ahrens

Base Salary: $114,183

Benefits and Other Payments: $7,000

Total Annual Salary for FY 2015: $121,183

Note: Position has been consolidated with the school department.

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20.

Westerly

Position: Town Manager

Current Office Holder: Michelle A. Buck, Esq.

Base Salary: $122,044

Benefits and Other Payments: None Listed

Total Annual Salary for FY 2015: $122,044

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19.

Newport

Position: Fire Chief 

Current Office Holder: Peter D. Connerton

Base Salary: $110,525

Benefits and Other Payments: $12,158

Total Annual Salary for FY 2015: $122,683

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18.

Warwick

Position: Fire Chief 

Current Office Holder: Edmund B. Armstrong, III

Base Salary: $107,410

Benefits and Other Payments: $15,281

Total Annual Salary for FY 2015: $122,691

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17.

Coventry

Position: Town Manager

Current Office Holder: Thomas R. Hoover

Base Salary: $123,220

Benefits and Other Payments: None Listed

Total Annual Salary for FY 2015: $123,220

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16.

Providence

Position: IT Director/Coordinator

Current Office Holder: Jim Silveria

Base Salary: $123,607

Benefits and Other Payments: None Listed

Total Annual Salary for FY 2015: $123,607

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15.

Providence

Position: Chief of Staff 

Current Office Holder: Tony Simon

Base Salary: $120,011

Benefits and Other Payments: $3,600

Total Annual Salary for FY 2015: $123,611

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14.

Newport

Position: Police Chief

Current Office Holder: Gary T. Silva

Base Salary: $109,303

Benefits and Other Payments: $15,302

Total Annual Salary for FY 2015: $124,605

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13.

East Providence

Position: Town Manager 

Current Office Holder: Paul Lemont (interim)

Base Salary: $126,784

Benefits and Other Payments: None Listed

Total Annual Salary for FY 2015: $126,784

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12.

Pawtucket

Position: Water Offical

Current Office Holder: James L. DeCelles, P.E.

Base Salary: $127,789

Benefits and Other Payments: None Listed

Total Annual Salary for FY 2015: $127,789

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11.

Newport

Position: Finance Director

Current Office Holder: Laura Sitrin

Base Salary: $129,210

Benefits and Other Payments: None Listed

Total Annual Salary for FY 2015: $129,210

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10.

Portsmouth

Position: Town Administrator

Current Office Holder: John C. Klimm

Base Salary: $126,000

Benefits and Other Payments: $3,600

Total Annual Salary for FY 2015: $129,600

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9.

Providence

Position: Solicitor

Current Office Holder: Jeffrey Dana

Base Salary: $129,797

Benefits and Other Payments: None Listed

Total Annual Salary for FY 2015: $129,797

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8.

Providence

Position: Mayor

Current Office Holder: Jorge Elorza

Base Salary: $131,300

Benefits and other Payments: None Listed

Total Annual Salary for FY 2015: $131,300

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7.

Providence

Position: Police Chief

Current Office Holder: Hugh T. Clements, Jr.

Base Salary: $138,444

Benefits and other Payments: $15,229

Total Annual Salary for FY 2015: $153,673

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6.

Barrington

Position: Town Manager

Current Office Holder: Peter A. DeAngelis, Jr.

Base Salary: $150,000

Benefits and other Payments: $12,000

Total Annual Salary for FY 2015: $162,000

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5.

Providence

Position: Fire Chief

Current Office Holder: (currently vacant)

Base Salary: $148,410

Benefits and other Payments: $14,250

Total Annual Salary for FY 2015: $162,660

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4

South Kingstown

Position: Town Manager

Current Office Holder: Stephen A. Alfred

Base Salary: $158,840

Benefits and other Payments: $4,504

Total Annual Salary for FY 2015: $163,344

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3.

Middletown

Position: Town Administrator

Current Office Holder: Shawn J. Brown

Base Salary: $155,000

Benefits and other Payments: $9,688

Total Annual Salary for FY 2015: $164,688

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2.

Providence

Position: Finance Director

Current Office Holder: Lawrence J. Mancini

Base Salary: $154,500

Benefits and other Payments: $10,815

Total Annual Salary for FY 2015: $165,315

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1.

Providence

Position: Water Official 

Current Office Holder: Ricky Caruolo

Base Salary: $155,000

Benefits and other Payments: $10,850

Total Annual Salary for FY 2015: $165,850

 
 

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