Mediation to continue in RI pension suit after judge gets updateFebruary 28th, 2013 at 11:29 am by Ted Nesi under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site
Talks aimed at resolving organized labor’s legal challenge to Rhode Island’s landmark 2011 pension law will continue behind closed doors for now.
Lawyers for both sides of the case met Thursday morning with R.I. Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter, who is handling the case. In December, she ordered the state and the unions into a formal mediation process overseen by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.
The lawyers met with Taft-Carter on Thursday for a status conference that lasted about 30 minutes, court spokesman Craig Berke told WPRI.com. “Mediation is continuing,” he said. The parties aren’t allowed to discuss the progress of their discussions publicly.
Taft-Carter has scheduled the next status conference for March 25 at 9:30 a.m., Berke said.
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