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NEA’s Walsh: Taft-Carter decision should lead to “thoughtful pause” on pension reform

September 13, 2011

The decision released this morning by Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter — that employees participating in the state retirement system have an implied contract right — marks a big victory for public-employee unions.

Robert Walsh, executive director of the National Education Association Rhode Island, offered this reaction:

We’re obviously very pleased with Judge Taft-Carter’s decision. What it means . . . . is that we get to have our day in court to talk about the implications of those contract rights vis-a-vis the changes that have already been made in the legislature . . . . What that means for the news stories of the last several weeks and several months on further changes to the pension system is that a thoughtful pause is called for.

It would be foolhardy for the governor and the treasurer to submit legislation calling for further changes when it is not clear that the changes that have already been made pass legal muster. So I would strongly suggest that we take that thoughtful pause and let the lawsuit proceed, and see what can be done and what cannot be done to pensions.

There was no immediate reaction to the decision from the Chafee administration or Treasurer Gina Raimondo.

Following her briefing to the state Senate, Raimondo yesterday downplayed the potential significance of the pending Taft-Carter decision, because of the inevitable appeals.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. tim1999 permalink
    September 13, 2011 9:35 pm

    Ian even though you’re a leftie and try (ahem) to play journalist at times don’t fall for the union “spin” about this narrow ruling being some big victory for labor. You make yourself look like a union tool. Then again……

    Bobby how about a “thoughful pause” from your lying disingenuous mouth?
    That R.I. would celebrate.

  2. September 14, 2011 6:13 pm

    Yes, Tim, following up with the relevant parties in a lawsuit certainly is leftish, isn’t it? Hilarious!

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