Statements about Labor

Cranston's 2014-2015 "budget funds 100 percent of the local police and fire pension and other retiree benefit costs."

The Senate proposal to restore emergency unemployment benefits for five months was "fully paid for."

"The average age of the minimum wage worker is 35 years old."

In Rhode Island, "Nearly 9 percent of covered employees go out on short term disability every year, with an average outage from work of almost 12 weeks each."

Under a bill before the legislature, "you’d have to go to court to fire an employee."

"According to one study, the minimum wage today is worth $2 less than in 1968."

"We see a quarter-billion dollars in a pension fund that needs to be funded at $1.2 billion."

"Since 1988, Congress has raised its own salary 15 times 'to reflect rising costs.' But raised the minimum wage only three times."

"Providence has more of its pension fund invested in hedge funds and is less transparent" about it than the state.

"Six years after unionization, 20,000 fewer children in Illinois were being served by the Child Care and Development Fund program."

Salaries for URI faculty are second to last among New England land grant universities and in lowest 20 percent of major U.S. research institutions

In Rhode Island, 9 percent of workers use the state's temporary disability insurance program each year while in New Jersey, the rate is only 3 percent.

"There is no clinical evidence that vaccinating healthcare workers protects patients."

"We have more people working in clean and green energy than in oil and gas in this country."  

Giant companies like Toyota will not locate in a state that has not passed a right-to-work law

"If you look at states that are right to work, they constantly do not have budget deficits and they have very good business climates."

"[If] you apply for a job, the chances are 1 in 7 that you are going to be denied that job unfairly if everybody is forced to use E-Verify."

"Sixty-percent of the state retirees...don’t get Social Security.’’

"This is the first time in our state, and one of the first times in the country, where benefit reductions . . . has happened to people who are retired."

"In the past six years alone, changes to the pension formula … have saved over half a billion dollars."

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