Bob Walsh, executive director of the National Education Association-Rhode Island, called for a "thoughtful pause" on pension reform in the wake of a judge's decision yesterday that cast some doubt on the state's ability to curb retirement benefits for existing employees.
His call, predictably, went unheeded. Treasurer Gina Raimondo and other state leaders declared that the state must move forward with pension reform while the case winds its way throught the courts.
But Walsh gets points for a sly bit of PR. Raimondo and Governor Lincoln Chafee have agreed to present a pension reform package in tandem. And labor is worried that the package could go further than it would like.
Walsh's call for a "thoughtful pause" is a playful poke at Chafee, who called for a "thoughtful pause" on charter school development earlier this year.