Legal Services holds on to paralegals for now

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Good news for 13 paralegals who were laid off last week by Rhode Island Legal Services. The agency, which supplies legal advice to Rhode Island's poorest citizens, has agreed to keep the employees on until February 15th while talks continue to address the fiscal problems that prompted the pink slips.

Patrick Quinn, executive vice president of the Service Employees International Union, says the postponement came after a one hour meeting with Legal Services director Robert Barge.

"Oh they're very happy. They're committed to their jobs. They're committed to their clients and they want to make this work. So I'm optimistic we'll be able to work something out," says Quinn.

Because of this development, the union has postponed a protest planned for Tuesday in front of the Legal Services office.

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