Judge gets another update on mediation in RI pension lawsuit

Lawyers for the state and public-sector labor unions are apparently still talking behind closed doors in an effort to resolve the fight over Rhode Island’s landmark 2011 pension law without going to trial.

Lawyers on both sides of the case met Monday afternoon with R.I. Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter, who is handling the suit. In December, she ordered the state and the unions into a formal mediation process overseen by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

The lawyers met with Taft-Carter in her chambers for about 45 minutes and updated her on the mediation process’s progress, court spokesman Craig Berke told WPRI.com. The parties have said they aren’t allowed to detail their discussions publicly. This was the fourth status conference on the pension talks since February.

Taft-Carter has scheduled the next status conference for May 17 at 2 p.m., Berke said.

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