Sarah Taft-Carter http://ripr.org en Taft-Carter Rejects State Motion to Dismiss Pension Lawsuit http://ripr.org/post/taft-carter-rejects-state-motion-dismiss-pension-lawsuit <p>Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter has denied a state motion to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the 2011 overhaul of Rhode Island’s pension system.</p><p></p><p>In her ruling, Taft-Carter found that there is “an implied in-fact contract” between the state and the public employees challenging the pension overhaul.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:35:32 +0000 Ian Donnis 32143 at http://ripr.org Taft-Carter Rejects State Motion to Dismiss Pension Lawsuit Pension Settlement in Doubt For Now; Taft-Carter Orders Both Sides Back to Mediation http://ripr.org/post/pension-settlement-doubt-now-taft-carter-orders-both-sides-back-mediation <p>In a move that could send the battle over Rhode Island's 2011 pension overhaul back to court, one of the six plaintiff groups that had to initially sign off on a proposed settlement has voted against the deal.</p><p>As a result, Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter has ordered the two sides in the dispute -- the state and a series of public-employee unions -- back to mediation. Taft-Carter is slated to get an update on the talks next Monday, April 14.</p><p></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 16:53:15 +0000 Ian Donnis 31648 at http://ripr.org Pension Settlement in Doubt For Now; Taft-Carter Orders Both Sides Back to Mediation Judge Allows More Time for Talks in Pension Dispute http://ripr.org/post/judge-allows-more-time-talks-pension-dispute <p>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.</p><p>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<sup>.</sup></p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 21:00:39 +0000 Ian Donnis 21218 at http://ripr.org 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 Providence pension deal gets final approval; challenges remain http://ripr.org/post/providence-pension-deal-gets-final-approval-challenges-remain <p></p><p>In what Providence Mayor Angel Taveras calls a historic day, Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter gave final approval Friday for a deal that will reduce the capital city's $900 million+ unfunded pension liability by $178 million. The agreement followed negotiations between the city and police and fire unions and municipal retirees.</p><p>"Today is the end of a long, long road that we've traveled," Taveras said in an interview. "I feel a lot of relief and gratitude to all the employees and retirees especially who have agreed to help the city."</p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 17:02:36 +0000 Ian Donnis 13488 at http://ripr.org Providence pension deal gets final approval; challenges remain Providence and Unions Reach Pension Agreement http://ripr.org/post/providence-and-unions-reach-pension-agreement <p>A Superior Court judge has approved pension settlement in Providence with retirees and current workers.&nbsp; Judge Sarah Taft-Carter is expected to finalize the agreement next month.<br><br>The Providence pension settlement includes freezing cost of living adjustments, scaling back future benefits and moving retirees over to Medicare.<br><br>In her decision, Taft-Carter calls the settlement fair, reasonable, and adequate. Providence Mayor Angel Taveras calls the approval a significant step to finalizing the city’s pension agreement.<br> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 12:41:53 +0000 Ian Donnis 11785 at http://ripr.org Providence and Unions Reach Pension Agreement State Pension Challenge on Hold as Negotiations Continue http://ripr.org/post/state-pension-challenge-hold-negotiations-continue <p>A legal challenge to the overhaul of the state pension system will remain on hold as the two sides continue to mediate the dispute.</p> Fri, 01 Mar 2013 13:43:27 +0000 Ian Donnis 11186 at http://ripr.org State Pension Challenge on Hold as Negotiations Continue Mediation to continue in unions' challenge to state pension overhaul http://ripr.org/post/mediation-continue-unions-challenge-state-pension-overhaul <p>The mediation aimed at settling a legal challenge by a series of unions to the state pension overhaul of 2011 is set to continue through the month of February.</p><p>Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter met Friday morning with the two sides in the case, according to court spokesman Craig Berke. "They are going to continue to mediate," Berke said, adding that Taft-Carter is scheduled to get another update on February 28.</p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 20:02:01 +0000 Ian Donnis 9628 at http://ripr.org Taveras highlights cooperation in state of the city address http://ripr.org/post/taveras-highlights-cooperation-state-city-address <p>Providence Mayor Angel Taveras' latest State of the City speech celebrates the value of overcoming complex problems through collaboration -- a not-so-subtle contrast with the state pension overhaul championed in 2011 by the mayor's prospective Democratic gubernatorial rival&nbsp; in 2014, state Treasurer Gina Raimondo.</p><p>In comments Tuesday evening to the City Council, Taveras notes the contrast to February 2012 when "Providence was running out of cash, and running out of time. In the months that followed, there were some who said Providence could not avoid filing for bankruptcy."</p> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 22:30:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 9425 at http://ripr.org Former federal official calls RI pension case "the mother of all mediations" http://ripr.org/post/former-federal-official-calls-ri-pension-case-mother-all-mediations <p>A former head of the<a href="http://www.fmcs.gov/internet/"> Federal Mediation &amp; Conciliation Service</a> -- the government arm mediating Rhode Island's pension dispute among eight parties -- calls the case "the mother of all mediations."</p><p><a href="http://www.curleyhessinger.com/attorneys/peter/hurtgen/">Peter J. Hurtgen</a>, who led the FMCS from 2002 through 2004, says a subset of the eight parties in mediation could potentially reach some areas of agreement among themselves. But he says the complexity of the case makes it unusually fraught for mediation:</p> Mon, 07 Jan 2013 21:46:55 +0000 Ian Donnis 7292 at http://ripr.org