RI pension mediation ends; trial set for Sept

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Rhode Island’s landmark pension law is heading to trial.

Gov. Lincoln Chafee and General Treasurer Gina Raimondo said Friday the state and its major labor unions have ended court-ordered mediation talks after eligible police officers voted to reject a proposed pension settlement. The two sides are now set to head to trial Sept. 15.

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  • Jim Donahue

    Superior Court decision – followed by appeal.

    RI Supreme Court decision – followed by appeal.

    SCOTUS takes case and sides with State 5-4.

  • Bob

    take years. hopefully I’ll be down south by then

    • WAKE UP.

      Bob, I don’t think the state wants a lengthy and expensive court case. However, if that’s the way you want to spend your money, so be it. Raimondo and company already took so much away from the union members. I know you wouldn’t mind if it were YOUR pension being shredded, however, most people who have invested in a DEFINED system for decades will not give in to the corrupt politicians and union leadership that are trying to manipulate the promises that were made. DON’T THINK FOR ONE MINUTE THAT THE TEACHER VOTES THAT WERE REPORTED WERE ACCURATE.

  • Ral

    This issue is so important it should be decided by the courts.

  • http://wpro George

    Superior court is just a charade. Both sides are going to appeal. Why doesn’t the judge just pass it up. Save the time and money.

  • B

    wonder how many of those ballots were lost, destroyed, mishandled or incorrectly deemed to be uncountable.
    Perhaps the outside audit uncovered counting discrepancies and that finding, combined with ACLU concerns about the process, caused the state to drop its mediation attempt.
    In any case, the Union Reps owe their members at least an apology for buying into this voting method, and promoting the settlement to the members.

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