WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE DO
Council 94 is one of the oldest and largest public employee unions in Rhode Island.
We are made up of approximately 65 local unions in most state agencies and cities and towns in Rhode Island.
We also represent private sector workers and workers in quasi-public agencies including the Narragansett Bay Commission, the Rhode Island Airport Corporation and First Student school bus drivers.
Our locals range in size from 8 members to more than 500 members.
We have several contracts with the State of Rhode Island including a master contract covering more than 5,000 state employees and dozens of contracts in cities, towns and school districts.
Council 94 has full time staff of 12 employees. They include business agents, organizers, staff attorneys, office workers and a political lobbyist.
We are affiliated with AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees) International which has more than 1.6 million members from Hawaii to Maine to Puerto Rico. AFSCME is the largest union in the AFL-CIO which is the largest federation of unions in the United States, made up of 56 national and international unions, together representing more than 11 million workers.
We have had a very successful history of collective bargaining spanning more than 50 years. RI Council 94 is dedicated to increasing its strength by brining in new members through its organizing program.
We also recognize that strength in the political arena is essential. Elected officials are our bosses and sit across the bargaining table from us. They make the decisions regarding our pensions, health care, wages, and other benefits. AFSCME and Council 94 are very active politically supporting elected officials who support us, and oppose those who work against us.