organized labor en The Endless R.I. Public Pension Debate <p>When will Rhode Islanders stop debating public employee pensions? RIPR political analyst&nbsp; Scott MacKay says that won’t happen anytime soon.</p><p>As if the 2014 Rhode Island election campaigns won’t provide enough grist for everyone’s political mill, here comes the vote on the proposed public employee pension settlement crafted by their union leaders, Gov. Lincoln Chafee and State General Treasurer Gina Raimondo.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 15:12:09 +0000 Scott MacKay 31538 at Some sobering thoughts for union members on Labor Day <p>Today we celebrate the glorious history of the American labor movement. While unions have a storied past RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders what the future holds.</p><p>Labor Day in Rhode Island has long been more than a summer’s end holiday. For decades, union leaders and their members have celebrated a movement that assimilated immigrants, fought vigorously for better pay and working conditions and was a fulcrum in the creation of a strong middle class.</p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 20:26:59 +0000 Scott MacKay 20930 at Child Care Workers are not `babysitters' <p>Organized labor has been beset in recent years with declining membership in the private sector and a corresponding drop in clout at the Rhode Island Statehouse. &nbsp;Unions have taken their lumps recently, but there were signs of a rebound during the recently adjourned General Assembly session.</p><p>Labor did not get nearly everything it wanted; building &nbsp;trades union&nbsp; leaders are unhappy that lawmakers did not approve requiring construction firms bidding on state projects worth $1 million or more to have a union apprenticeship program.</p> Sun, 07 Jul 2013 17:02:34 +0000 Scott MacKay 18013 at