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

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.
At CHSE - thank you to all the teachers and their families who came to support the two CTA contracts! The size of the audience, your letters, phone calls, and emails has had an impact! The finance committee approved our contracts and the council members present voiced their support of the contracts when they get to the council for a vote on the 25th! Solidarity!
PTU prepares 10,000 books for book drive for Providence students. — with Colleen Callahan and Maribeth Reynolds-Calabro at Providence Teachers Union Community Outreach.