public employee unions http://ripr.org en Scott MacKay Commentary: When Will The Debate Over Public Pensions End? http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-when-will-debate-over-public-pensions-end <p>When will Rhode Islanders stop debating public employee pensions? Rhode Island Public Radio's political analyst&nbsp;Scott MacKay says that won’t happen anytime soon.</p><p></p><p>You can hear political analyst Scott MacKay’s commentary every Monday during Morning Edition on Rhode Island Public Radio.</p><p></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 12:43:51 +0000 Scott MacKay 31638 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: When Will The Debate Over Public Pensions End? Pension Settlement Appears To Be Back On Track After Snag http://ripr.org/post/pension-settlement-appears-be-back-track-after-snag <p>A settlement that could end a legal dispute over the 2011 overhaul of the state pension system is expected to be unveiled Friday. The deal appears back on track after hitting a snag earlier this week.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The federal mediation service that has overseen more than a year of closed-door pension talks is set to hold a news conference (4:15 pm) at a state building near the Statehouse. The subject is expected to be a proposed settlement between the state and a series of public-employee unions.</p><p></p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 17:49:18 +0000 Ian Donnis 29150 at http://ripr.org Pension Settlement Appears To Be Back On Track After Snag Caprio Wins Endorsement from Rhode Island State Association of Firefighters http://ripr.org/post/caprio-wins-endorsement-rhode-island-state-association-firefighters <p>Former state treasurer<a href="http://frankcaprio.com/"> Frank Caprio</a> has won a coveted endorsement -- from <a href="http://risaff.org/index.cfm?section=1">the Rhode Island State Association of Firefighters</a> -- as he fights to regain his former office in a three-way Democratic primary.</p><p>The association represents almost 2000 firefighters across Rhode Island, encompassing 36 local unions.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 17:23:17 +0000 Ian Donnis 28613 at http://ripr.org Pension Debate Expected To Return To The General Assembly http://ripr.org/post/pension-debate-expected-return-general-assembly <p>One of the key issues facing the General Assembly in the new year is the fate of a significant overhaul of the state pension system in 2011.&nbsp; The new legislative session starts Tuesday.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>State officials and public employee unions have held closed-door talks for more than a year in an attempt to settle a lawsuit over the pension overhaul. House Speaker Gordon Fox said he opposes any dramatic changes, because the overhaul alleviated pressure on the state budget.</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 14:10:02 +0000 Ian Donnis 27257 at http://ripr.org Pension Debate Expected To Return To The General Assembly Anticipation Grows About Possible Deal in Pension Talks http://ripr.org/post/anticipation-grows-about-possible-deal-pension-talks <p>Speculation is growing that a deal may have been reached in the pension mediation talks first<a href="http://wrnipoliticsblog.wordpress.com/2012/12/18/taft-carter-orders-mediation-in-the-pension-lawsuit/"> ordered in December 2012</a> by Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter.</p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 19:20:49 +0000 Ian Donnis 25326 at http://ripr.org Why RI Labor Board made correct decision on child care workers http://ripr.org/post/why-ri-labor-board-made-correct-decision-child-care-workers <p>While the Rhode Island Center for Freedom &amp; Prosperity is blasting the RI Labor Relations Board decision to move ahead with a vote on unionizing state-subsidized child care workers, it is difficult to question the labor panel&rsquo;s reasoning.</p><p>Some history here: &nbsp;Mike Stenhouse, ceo of the conservative Freedom &amp; Prosperity group, asked the labor board to delay a vote until the U.S. Supreme Court decides a challenge to a somewhat similar union quest&nbsp;&nbsp; in Illinois.</p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 20:02:25 +0000 Scott MacKay 22957 at http://ripr.org Unions and the Future of America's Middle Class http://ripr.org/post/unions-and-future-americas-middle-class <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></p><p></p><p></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> Mon, 02 Sep 2013 12:58:00 +0000 Scott MacKay 21011 at http://ripr.org Unions and the Future of America's Middle Class Mediation Continues Between Unions and the State Over Pension Overhaul http://ripr.org/post/mediation-continues-between-unions-and-state-over-pension-overhaul <p>Mediation is set to continue over the challenge by a series of public-employee unions to an overhaul of the state pension system in 2011.</p><p></p><p>The outcome of the case has big implications for the state.The two sides in the pension case have repeatedly asked for more time to mediate their differences. Following another such request, the next update is slated before Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter on September 5<sup>th</sup>. Taft-Carter was the one who ordered mediation in the case last December.</p><p></p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 12:18:10 +0000 Ian Donnis 19651 at http://ripr.org Mediation Continues Between Unions and the State Over Pension Overhaul