No pension settlement yet as lawyers meet for 15th time

By Dan McGowan

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) – Lawyers briefed the Rhode Island judge overseeing a union lawsuit challenging the state’s 2011 pension overhaul for the 15th time Friday as talk of a potential settlement continues to swirl.

Reporters were camped inside of Judge Sarah Taft-Carter’s courtroom at Kent County Superior Court as state and union lawyers met behind closed doors. The lawyers refused to comment, citing a court-imposed gag order.

Taft-Carter ordered the two sides into a formal, closed-door mediation process overseen by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service in December 2012.

The next status conference has been scheduled for Monday, Jan. 27 at 9 a.m. in the same location.

The update came in the same week that Gov. Lincoln Chafee proposed a 2014-15 budget to lawmakers that didn’t allocate any funding toward a potential settlement. During a taping of WPRI 12’s Newsmakers, Chafee said that if a settlement was reached and the General Assembly approved changes to the pension law, the state budget wouldn’t be affected until the 2015-16 fiscal year.

“Everybody’s anxious to see that number,” Chafee said.

  • Bob

    what a joke. ignore any settlement, we don’t have time or money for this nonsense.
    when are towns going to revamp their pension system?

  • The Saturday Morning Post: Quick hits on politics & more in RI | Blogs

    […] Also on Newsmakers, Chafee dropped a hint about how a pension settlement would work. “It won’t be ’til the fiscal year ’16 budget that we’ll […]

  • http://Wpri George

    The briefings have really accelerated. I can’t see many in the GA too excited about dealing with while campaigning. I expect this to be held for further study as soon as it’s kicked back to the GA. In the end an expensive waste of time and money.

blog comments powered by Disqus