Island union members and other working people have
the real purchasing power in the state, much more so than wealthy individuals.
We want to use that purchasing power to support local businesses and jobs for
local workers in these businesses – and strengthen ties within our local
Participation is simple –members will just pass a “union
they spend money at a local business, dine at a local restaurant, or pay for a
local service. The project will roll out in three locations next week: Thursday
in Warren, Friday in South Kingstown, and
Saturday in North Kingstown.
More towns will be
announced over the next few weeks. The campaign will continue between
Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.
Union members know they fight for all
working people when they engage in contract fights and legislative battles on
issues like increasing the minimum wage or protecting workplace safety.
Too often, Big Business tries to pit Main
Street businesses against the interests of
But as is becoming clearer to more Americans, the
interests of Wall Street business and Main
Street business are truly divergent. That’s
why it is a shame that here in Rhode Island, groups like EngageRI tried toseverely diminish the purchasing power of retireesand working people in general –
something that will truly hurt local business.
Unions Buy Localis a positive way for the working
people of Rhode Island
to demonstrate to local merchants and shop owners how much teachers and public
employees contribute to the local economy. As NEARI President Larry
Purtill said in the latest edition of the NEARI magazineNewsline:
“If we want local business owners and
workers to support us and our financial security at budget time, then we have
to support theirs. Everybody wins in this campaign. We will not be
asking business owners to do anything but open their doors and understand we
want to help them. All we ask in return is for those who have been
critical of union and public employees to stop and think before they act.
There are always ramifications to every position one takes.”