There’s still no news about the status of talks happening behind closed doors between lawyers for for the state and public-sector labor unions who are working to resolve the fight over Rhode Island’s landmark 2011 pension law without going to trial.
Attorneys on both sides of the case met Friday afternoon with R.I. Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter, who is handling the suit, court spokesman Craig Berke told WPRI.com. 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 in her chambers for about 20 minutes to update her on the progress of the mediation process, Berke said. The parties have said they aren’t allowed to detail their discussions publicly. Friday’s meeting was the fifth status conference on the pension talks since February.
Taft-Carter has scheduled the next status conference for June 7, Berke said.