Federal judges dismiss unions’ appeal over pension overhaul

January 24, 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A panel of federal judges has dismissed a lawsuit filed by police and firefighter unions that challenged Rhode Island’s pension overhaul.

WPRI-TV reports the appellate panel upheld a decision Monday, dismissing the Cranston unions’ suit.

The court ruled the unions had failed to prove their claims that the 2011 pension law violated their contract rights. The unions had said the reduction in retirement benefits was unconstitutional.

Under the 2011 law, cost-of-living adjustments were frozen and a hybrid retirement system was implemented. The Cranston unions joined other groups that rejected a 2015 class-action settlement concerning the law.


Information from: WPRI-TV, http://www.wpri.com

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