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  • February 26, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Charlie Bakst follows up today on the Clinton-Cicilline contretemps of the last week:

    Did she in fact apologize?

    “Well, he and I talked it over.”

    Cicilline says he also received a phone call from Bill Clinton.

    The campaign’s treatment of Cicilline had jolted the mayor. He said last week it might cause him to question his backing Hillary Clinton over Barack Obama.

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  • February 22, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    We knew that Giovanni Cicione, RI GOP chairman, is no fan of the union movement, but he's really steamed about plans to use a Teamsters Hall in East Prov as a voting place in our March 4 primary.

    From Republican central:

    WARWICK, RI - Rhode Island Republican Party Chairman Giovanni Cicione today offered his heartfelt congratulations to Barack Obama for securing recently announced endorsement of the Teamsters.

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  • February 22, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Providence Mayor David Cicilline has got to be really pissed with the Clinton campaign to make this kind of statement, following his being banned from her event this weekend:

    Cicilline said he will stay away on Sunday, but this may cause him to question his support for the New York senator, who he has stumped for locally and in New Hampshire during that state’s primary.

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  • February 01, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Also joining us for today's taping was Pat Crowley, Bob Walsh's right-hand man at the National Education Association Rhode Island, and a peripatetic union-media figure in the Ocean State.

    Taking issue with statements made by Governor Carcieri during his recent Newsmakers' appearance, Crowley asserts that rejiggering the state's tax structure is a needed fix for improving the budget.

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  • January 28, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    By his own admission, energetic labor activist Pat Crowley, a bete noire for conservative Rhode Islanders, had a little time on his hands recently, so he catalogued the number of blog mentions devoted to him on Anchor and the Ocean State Republican. The answer: 47.

    Pat, who clearly wears the other side's opprobrium as a badge of honor, asks whether he should at least get a prize.

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  • January 22, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Battles involving janitors are nothing new at Providence College, and supportive members of the PC community plan to march in support of the workers today at 3. According to PC's Student Labor Alliance:

    Providence College students will hold a rally to encourage the creation of an inclusive, beloved community on campus, and in support of a just contract for the contracted janitors at Providence College

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  • January 18, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Paul Doughty, president of the Providence firefighters' union, sends along this news:

    Pleas by the City of Providence to force the recusal of Frank J. Montanaro, an arbitrator appointed by Fire Fighters Local 799 to serve on its team for City-Union contract talks, and to convene a meeting of the arbitration panel to respond to the City’s demand have been rejected by Attorney Michael C.

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  • January 15, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    WPRO's Dan Yorke is reporting that Governor Carcieri hopes to save $10 million by putting forth a new requirement that would compel state workers to work 40 hours, rather than 35, per week. "It's going to happen, because they've got to change the climate, the culture," predicts the talk-meister.

  • December 29, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    The Warwick City Council might have done Mayor Scott Avedisian a favor by forcing his hand in the firing of the city's crossing guards. While the cause-and-effect is clear, it removes a bugaboo that had become a source for criticism and jibes with the current environment of austerity and diminished public funds.

    Still, if Avedisian runs in the Republican primary for governor in 2010, we can count on Steve Laffey to remind us that it was the city council that precipitated this action.

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  • December 21, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    In remarkable contrast to the acrimony that preceded their current pact, the Providence Journal and the Providence Newspaper Guild reached agreement yesterday on a new three-year contract, intended to run from January 1 through the end of 2010. The deal includes a three percent raise in the first year; two percent or whatever is received by the Teamsters or the Pressmans' Union, whichever is higher, in the second year; and the same raise as the other unions in the final year.

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  • November 13, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Hot on the heels of the news of the state's worsening budget outlook, Governor Carcieri has a 3:30 meeting tomorrow with union leaders George Nee, Ron Coia, Bob Walsh, Dennis Grilli, Lucie Burdick, Marcia Reback, and Michael Downey.

  • November 01, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    A variety of things today concerning the mayor of the celebrated city:

    -- An arbitrator has sided with Providence firefighters in one part of their ongoing dispute with City Hall. Desite the resolution of this element, a reconciliation seems very unlikely at this time. From Greg Smith:

    The arbitration award, which was made public yesterday by the firefighters union, settles employment terms for the period July 1, 2004 through June 30, 2005.

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  • September 28, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Although the International Association of Firefighters, Local 799, the union representing Providence firefighters, has taken a serious public-relations hit in recent days, union president Paul Doughty remained unbowed during a taping this morning of WPRI/WNAC-TV's Newsmakers.

    Doughty rejected suggestions that the firefighters are seeking overly generous benefits, saying that arbitration has yielded results close to what they are seeking.

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