Labor

Talking Teen Unemployment and the Minimum Wage on the Dan Yorke Show

By Justin Katz | July 26, 2012 |

630AM/99.7FM WPRO has posted my appearance on the Dan Yorke show, Tuesday, in two segments. The first is the initial half hour introducing the research from the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity and touching on some conclusions. For the second hour, Economic Development Corp. board member and VIBCO President Karl Wadensten joined us in…

Temporary Means Temporary

By Patrick Laverty | July 25, 2012 |

While watching the 11 pm news tonight on Channel 10, I saw a story about the 67 former employees of the Department of Labor and Training (DLT) protesting their layoff. I get it, layoffs are bad, I wish everyone who wants a job could be employed. I also get what they’re saying about the irony…

Now Who’s “Created This Problem?”

By Patrick Laverty | June 3, 2012 |

Did you catch the article this week by Tim White on pension averages and this other great nugget called “Option IV”? Of course we all remember a few months back when the Cranston firefighters’ union President Paul Valletta accused Treasurer Gina Raimondo of “creating this problem.” Valetta charged that there is no pension problem as…

Secretary of State Advertises For A Union

By Patrick Laverty | April 24, 2012 |

The Providence Journal has a story today by Randal Edgar about a “bug” on the Secretary of State’s envelopes. For those unaware, a bug is a little icon that is placed on an item or a screen, sort of like advertising. You’re probably familiar with the television network bugs during their programming. On NBC, they’ll…

Full Time Pay To Attend College

By Patrick Laverty | March 19, 2012 |

In the video below, WJAR’s Jim Taricani dug up a provision in Rhode Island Local 580’s contract that says they may attend college full time to obtain a master’s degree in social work while being paid their full time salary. I am familiar with businesses that offer a tuition reimbursement plan, but I’m not familiar…

Legislation to Beat Cities and Towns Senseless with Their Own Amputated Legs

By Justin Katz | February 2, 2012 |

Fresh on the heels of Governor Chafee’s declaration of the Year of the Cities and Towns, Reps. Scott Guthrie (D, Coventry), Roberto DaSilva (D, East Prov., Pawtucket), and John Savage (R, East Prov.) have introduced legislation (H7317) that may win the sure-to-be-tough contest for union-loving lunacy: 28-7-7.1. Representation of towns and cities – maximum legal…

The Dogs That Didn’t Bite in Pension Reform

By Justin Katz | January 4, 2012 |

Two aspects of this Monday editorial in the Providence Journal, lauding Central Falls Superintendent Fran Gallo for progress in her school district are interesting. For one, multiple Projo columnists have compared Democrat General Treasurer Gina Raimondo favorable with Republican reformers in other states, like Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Ohio Governor John Kasick, on the…

“You want to play hardball, and that’s what happens.”

By Patrick Laverty | December 18, 2011 |

That was the answer given by SEIU Local 580 President Phillip Keefe about his union’s response to the fact that Crossroads RI decided to back Engage RI in the recent pension reform discussions. In today’s Providence Journal, Crossroads’ president said they’re getting some of their donation cards back with a different response from the past.…

Jobs, Who Creates Them?

By Patrick Laverty | October 29, 2011 |

In GoLocalProv.com today, Dan McGowan tells of how Rhode Island has shed more government jobs, as a percentage, than any other state in the country since 2007. He uses some nice numbers and percentages to show the facts. In total, Rhode Island lost about 4,400 government jobs over four years, ranking 33rd among states in…

NEA-RI Promotes John Leidecker

By Monique Chartier | October 6, 2011 |

EastBayRI reports – exclusively, it appears – in an article that also describes the latest development (mediation) in the stalled Bristol/Warren teacher contract negotiations. Mr. Leidecker is the lead negotiator for the NEA-RI in those talks. … Mr. Leidecker, negotiator for the Rhode Island chapter of the National Education Association (NEARI), was recently found guilty…

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