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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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Politics
3:14 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Raimondo pledges "good faith" effort on pension mediation; Chafee "pleased"

State Treasurer Gina Raimondo, a leading advocate for litigating the pension case in court, is out with a statement responding to the mediation ordered this morning by Judge Sarah Taft-Carter:

“I have great respect for the judicial system and it is important to let this process unfold in an orderly and transparent way. We owe that to the people of Rhode Island and to our public employees.

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Politics
12:19 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Taft-Carter orders mediation in the pension lawsuit

Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter this morning told the two sides in the legal challenge to last year's landmark overhaul of the pension system to try to settle their differences through mediation.

Court spokesman Craig Berke says the talks will be facilitated by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, a branch of the federal government. Taft-Carter is due to be updated on the status of the discussions in early February.

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Politics
3:15 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

RI Judiciary working to update its 31-year-old media policy

The Rhode Island Judiciary is working to overhaul a media policy last updated in 1981 -- when manual typewriters remained in widespread use.

As it stands, trial justices have some latitude on the technology that reporters can and can't use in their individual courtrooms.

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