Sarah Taft-Carter

On Politics
1:35 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Taft-Carter Rejects State Motion to Dismiss Pension Lawsuit

A judge has rejected a state motion to dismiss the public pension lawsuit.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

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.

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.

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On Politics
12:53 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Pension Settlement in Doubt For Now; Taft-Carter Orders Both Sides Back to Mediation

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.

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.

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On Politics
5:00 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Judge Allows More Time for Talks in Pension Dispute

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.

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.

Taft-Carter ordered mediation last December after a series of public-employee unions filed a suit over the pension overhaul. The unions say the overhaul went too far in cutting benefits and violated their constitutional rights.

Politics
8:18 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Mediation Continues Between Unions and the State Over Pension Overhaul

General treasurer Gina Raimondo was critical to the 2011 pension overhaul, over which the two parties are now in mediation.
Credit RIPR FILE

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.

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 5th. Taft-Carter was the one who ordered mediation in the case last December.

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On Politics
1:02 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Providence pension deal gets final approval; challenges remain

Taveras during a 2012 address at City Hall
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

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.

"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."

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Politics
8:41 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Providence and Unions Reach Pension Agreement

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

A Superior Court judge has approved pension settlement in Providence with retirees and current workers.  Judge Sarah Taft-Carter is expected to finalize the agreement next month.

The Providence pension settlement includes freezing cost of living adjustments, scaling back future benefits and moving retirees over to Medicare.

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.

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Pensions
8:43 am
Fri March 1, 2013

State Pension Challenge on Hold as Negotiations Continue

RI State House
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

A legal challenge to the overhaul of the state pension system will remain on hold as the two sides continue to mediate the dispute.

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On Politics
3:02 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Mediation to continue in unions' challenge to state pension overhaul

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.

On Politics
5:30 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Taveras highlights cooperation in state of the city address

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  in 2014, state Treasurer Gina Raimondo.

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."

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Politics
4:46 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Former federal official calls RI pension case "the mother of all mediations"

A former head of the Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service -- the government arm mediating Rhode Island's pension dispute among eight parties -- calls the case "the mother of all mediations."

Peter J. Hurtgen, 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:

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