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

January 12, 2022 The Honorable Governor Daniel McKee State House 82 Smith Street Providence, RI 02903 Dear Governor McKee, The Rhode Island Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals understands and strongly supports the need for students to be in the classroom every day. In fact, attendance is the single biggest factor in student achievement. For the better part of the past two years our members, like all other Rhode Islanders, have had every aspect of their lives disrupted by the consequences of Covid-19. The entire Rhode Island school community has shown remarkable resilience under...
PTU prepares 10,000 books for book drive for Providence students. — with Colleen Callahan and Maribeth Reynolds-Calabro at Providence Teachers Union Community Outreach.
Presidents of Providence Teachers Union and Rhode Island Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals on Gov. Dan McKee PROVIDENCE, R.1.-Statements by Maribeth Calabro, president of the Providence Teachers Union, and Frank Flynn, president ofthe Rhode Island Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals, on Dan McKee taking over as governor: PTU President Calabro said: "We look forward to working with Gov. McKee to improve and invest in Providence public schools. To say the least, it's been a difficult year, as we've grappled with the state takeover, disrupted education due to COVID-19...
January 12, 2022 The Honorable Governor Daniel McKee State House 82 Smith Street Providence, RI 02903 Dear Governor McKee, The Rhode Island Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals understands and strongly supports the need for students to be in the classroom every day. In fact, attendance is the single biggest factor in student achievement. For the better part of the past two years our members, like all other Rhode Islanders, have had every aspect of their lives disrupted by the consequences of Covid-19. The entire Rhode Island school community has shown remarkable resilience under...
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2020 Providence, R.I. (November 16, 2020) – Rhode Island Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals (RIFTHP) President Frank Flynn and National Education Association Rhode Island (NEARI) President Larry Purtill, and leaders of the unions representing the vast majority of Rhode Island teachers and education support professionals, today called for “a holiday pause” of in-person learning and a move to distance learning for K-12 students statewide by November 23.   The Ocean State is amid an alarming rise in community spread of COVID-19. Viral caseloads coupled...
Personal protective equipment for frontline health-care workers, like face shields, masks, gowns and gloves, has been in short supply around the country amid the coronavirus pandemic. Read More