Statements about Labor
"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."
The Central Falls fire department is "one of the lowest, if not the lowest, paid fire departments in the state and entire region."
Thirty-seven percent of Central Falls’ retired police officers and firefighters are out on disability pensions; in most municipalities, about 5 percent of retirees collect disability pensions.
Statistically, law-enforcement officers die 10 years earlier than the general population.
"The average 401(k) in America of a person who's 60 years old is under $100,000."
The Providence teacher contract "is one of the longest in the country."
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