RI Federation of Teachers

Welcome to the Rhode Island Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals web site. The quality of our schools and the availability of affordable health care continue to be two of the most talked about issues in our state. And these issues are at the cornerstone of the RIFTHP. The Federation is a diverse organization, representing more than 10,000 members who work as teachers, nurses and other health professionals, school related personnel, higher education faculty and staff, and state and municipal employees. read more...


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December 20, 2013

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SERIES Registration Form The Rhode Island Federation of Teachers & Health Professionals is pleased to announce a set of two-hour PD modules, based on our well-known Educational Research & Dissemination (ER&D) courses, as well as the latest research in ELA instruction and the expectations of the Common Core State Standards and RI’s new evaluation systems, that will be offered from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM on various dates and locations in 2014 (see listing below).  These sessions cut across grade and content areas and will help you meet the standards outlined in your evaluation system AND help you address your students’ instructional needs related to the Common Core.  Sessions are bound to fill up fast so register today by completing the registration form, checking the session(s) you wish to attend, and mailing it to the RIFTHP office, 356 Smith Street, Providence, RI 02908, ATTN:  Carol Santangini.  You may also hold your space by e-mailing the completed form to Carol Santangini at riftcs@aol.com and then mailing a copy of the form and your check to the office.  The registration fee for these sessions is $25 per session (or $15 per session if registering for three or more sessions). read more

November 27, 2013

Alex and Ani: Cease advertising with radio station WPRO as long as habitual misogynist John DePetro remains on the air. On September 27, 2013, WPRO talk radio host John DePetro referred to a number of women demonstrating outside a political event as “W-H-O-R-E-S” (as well as other derogatory terms, including “cockroaches” and “hags”) on the air.  This is not the first time DePetro has made hateful statements against women in a public forum—notably he was dismissed from radio station WRKO in 2006 for calling Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Grace Ross a “fat lesbian” on his show. He has promoted a “blame the victim” ideology in at least one instance involving the brutal rape and murder of a Massachusetts woman. And earlier this year, he was accused of sexually assaulting a female co-worker. Please click here to read and sign the petition, and share it with your family friends. read more

November 22, 2013

Rhode Island Visiting Nurse Selected as R.I. Nurse of the Year By National Association for Home Care and Hospice PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Warwick, R.I.-based visiting nurse Sue Hjerpe has been selected as Rhode Island Nurse of the Year and is a top-10 finalist for National Nurse of the Year by the National Association for Home Care and Hospice. Hjerpe, a member of the Federation of Visiting Nurses, Local 5090, RIFTHP, AFT, was honored at NAHC’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, October 31. Hjerpe, a native and resident of Cranston, is a graduate of the RIC College of Nursing. read more