Nailing Off the Coffin but Quick
If the mob of seven wins its lawsuit, it’s lights out for Rhode Island:
Rhode Island’s public employee labor unions are mobilizing to file a class-action lawsuit against the state to block pension changes the legislature adopted in June to save taxpayers tens of millions of dollars.
The executive committee of Council 94, American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees, officially voted last week to file a lawsuit, according to President J. Michael Downey. And Council 94 has been joined by a coalition of other unions representing 26,000 public school teachers and state workers affected by new pension rules, which among other things, establish a minimum “target” retirement age of 62.
“All the public employees unions are in,” said Marcia Reback, president of the Rhode Island Federation of Teachers & Health Professionals. “We had a meeting of all the lawyers who represent the public employees … Now we’re in the process of selecting our lead attorney.”
The coalition of at least seven labor unions expects to file suit by “the early fall,” according to National Education Association executive director Robert A. Walsh.
This against pension changes that didn’t come close to sufficient in the first place. What’s the state-level equivalent of canceling sports and not buying any supplies or textbooks? Whatever it is, the headline after a union victory should read, “Leave Now.”