Late last week negotiators in the court-ordered mediation over the 2011 state worker pension reform were scheduled to give their 15th progress report to R.I. Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter.
The judge ordered the unions that have sued to overturn the landmark reform legislation to negotiate a settlement with the state, represented by Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee and General Treasurer Gina M. Raimondo, an outcome that would avoid the court having to rule on the issue.
The talks have been going on for more than a year, yet they don’t include the only party that can overturn the law, the General Assembly.
In a recent interview with WPRI-TV CBS 12, the majority and minority leaders of the R.I. House both suggested it was possible that even if the mediation produced an agreement between the two sides, the General Assembly may choose to ignore the deal and leave the law stand as is, which no doubt would lead to the need for the court to weigh in on the issue.
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