Sick of the myth of greedy union members? Here’s some fodder. Turns out that the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority is thanking members of the international bricklayers union for clearing snow from Providence streets along 40 high-use RIPTA bus stops.
According to a new release, leaders of Local 3 of the International Bricklayers and allied Craftsworkers Union worked with the Rhode Island AFL-CIO to put together the effort to help RIPTA and the public deal with bus stops and shelters that have been covered with ice and snow during this harsh winter.
The bricklayers union deployed teams of apprentices to deal with snow on busy urban bus stops along Chalkstone Avenue and Smith Street today.
``It’s about giving back to the community,’’ said Richard Pacheco, union vice-president.
Maureen Martin, secretary –treasurer of the state AFL-CIO and a member of the RIPTA board of directors, said the idea for volunteer shoveling came from a similar program developed by the members of Serve Rhode Island.
``We really appreciate the community contribution that the bricklayers union is making,’’ said Martin.