Professor Scott Molloy is the founder and President of the Rhode Island Labor History Society. The following appeared in the Providence Journal of August 18, 2009
LABOR HISTORY SOCIETY TO HOLD BANQUET
Providence - The Rhode Island Labor History Society, formed to popularize the achievements and challenges faced by ordinary people in the workplace, will hold its 22nd annual awards banquet Thursday at the Roger Williams Park Casino.
A posthumous award will go to Kathleen O'Connor Rainone, former president of the Central Falls Teachers' Union and one of the most beloved figures in the American Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals, according to URI Prof. Scott Molloy, an organizer of the event.
The society will also honor Rick Brooks, director of the United Nurses and Allied Professionals; Allen P. Durand, business manager for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 99; Maureen O'Connor Pontarelli, president of the Exeter-West Greenwich Teachers' Association; and James Riley, secretary-treasurer of Local 23 of the United Food & Commercial Workers.
With 450 members, the Rhode Island organization is the largest local labor history society in the nation, according to Molloy.
The society sponsors school trips to the Woonsocket Museum of Work and Culture, publishes books and pamphlets about local union history and encourages the study of labor history in secondary schools and colleges.