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Thu September 5, 2013
Judge Allows More Time for Talks in Pension Dispute
The two sides discussing a possible settlement over the 2011 overhaul of Rhode Island’s state pension system will have a few more weeks to talk.
The two sides met Thursday afternoon with Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter. In the latest in a series of continuances, she scheduled another update on ongoing mediation in the case for September 30.
Taft-Carter ordered mediation last December after a series of public-employee unions filed a suit over the pension overhaul. The unions say the overhaul went too far in cutting benefits and violated their constitutional rights.
Supporters of the overhaul, including state Treasurer Gina Raimondo, say the changes were necessary to make the pension plan sustainable.