Welcome to RIFTHP

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.

We are proud of our diversity and proud of our membership. They all share an important professional goal: to provide quality services to the people of Rhode Island. The RIFTHP believes that positive long-term economic health requires a continuing reinvestment in education, health care and other important public services and is dedicated to that mission.

In addition to education and health care, there are other issues affecting our members which concern the Federation. They include collective bargaining, retirement, and operations of state government to name only a few. As an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the Rhode Island AFL-CIO, we join over one million members in an effort to give these issues the attention they deserve.

For more information about the RIFTHP, call (401) 273-9800 or email us! We'd love to hear from you.

Frank Flynn, President

September 19, 2023 by Gregg M. Amore Courtesy of the Albert Shanker Institute  https://www.shankerinstitute.org/blog/civic-education-classroom-polling-... On National Voter Registration Day, our special guest author is Rhode Island Secretary of State Gregg M. Amore. Preparing our next generation of civic leaders, engaged voters, and informed citizens starts in the classroom. In Rhode Island, young people are eligible to pre-register to vote as early as age sixteen. We know that when voters are engaged early, they’re more likely to vote consistently throughout their life. As a former...
West Warwick, RI — Today, Representative Seth Magaziner (RI-02) stood with educators and parents to condemn House Republicans’ proposed cuts to education, including Head Start and school funding for teachers. As a former public school teacher and Rhode Island’s General Treasurer for eight years – where he spearheaded an initiative to rebuild school buildings across the state – Rep. Magaziner has long been an advocate for public education.   The House Republican FY2024 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education bill – and its 28 percent cut of $64 billion – will slash access to early...
For immediate release:  August 16, 2023 Contact:  Frank Flynn, President 401.273.9800 fflynn@rifthp.org Providence, RI - The Rhode Island Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals is proud to announce the endorsement of Senator Sandra Cano in her effort to be elected to Congress from Rhode Island Congressional District One. The RIFTHP Executive Council, after a comprehensive vetting of many qualified candidates, voted to support Senator Cano in the primary election on Tuesday, September 5th. For over a decade, Senator Cano has supported our causes at both the local and...
On June 3 over 100 volunteers sorted, labeled, and boxed more than 30,000 books from United Way of Rhode Island's 11th Children's Book Drive — a partnership with our Women United group and Books Are Wings. These books are already on the way to Rhode Island kids taking part in afterschool and summer learning programs. Through this project, we have put more than 300,000 books in the hands of kids over 11 years. Thank you to our dedicated partners and volunteers!   
Artificial intelligence, or AI, is already pervasive in our lives. But the introduction of platforms like OpenAI/ChatGPT has the education world questioning how it should be used or if it should be used at all. In the AFT TEACH workshop “Use It or Block It? Using OpenAI in the Classroom,” presenters Peter Guyon and Kathleen Torregrossa addressed this question in front of a group of educators—some of whom were already using AI in the classroom, while others were curious about its potential. Peter Guyon shares how AI platforms like ChatGPT are used in the classroom. “Our very first experience...
Despite the science of reading being clear—and despite decades of the AFT sharing that science—for too long, many state and local policies on reading instruction have promoted less-effective practices. During the workshop “Literacy for Leaders: What Locals Can Do to Support Student Literacy” at AFT TEACH, a state union leader and the Albert Shanker Institute presented research on teaching reading and a new Shanker Institute analysis of recent state laws on literacy. Mary Cathryn Ricker, a National Board-Certified Teacher and ASI’s executive director, said the institute wanted to get a tool...
Jul 14, 2022 The opening session of the 87th national convention of the American Federation of Teachers features AFT leaders from across the country, guest speakers such as Boston Mayor Michelle Wu and AFL-CIO Massachusetts President Steven Tolman, and the State of the Union address by AFT President Randi Weingarten.
In a Special Order of Business, Convention 2022 delegates unanimously adopted a new report and recommendations from the AFT Teacher and School Staff Shortage Task Force . The report, titled Here Today, Gone Tomorrow? What America Must Do to Attract and Retain the Educators and School Staff Our Students Need, embodies seven months of intensive work by the task force, which is made up of 25 leaders from AFT state and local affiliates across the country.