Mediation to continue in unions' challenge to state pension overhaul

Feb 1, 2013

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.

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.

Unions charge the state went too far and acted unconstitutionally in cutting pension benefits as part of the 2011 overhaul. State Treasurer Gina Raimondo, the architect of the reform, says she believes the overhaul was legally sound.