Statements about Unions

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

I turned "a $110 million deficit into a $1.6 million surplus for our city."

"Earlier this year, [John DePetro] was accused of sexually assaulting a female co-worker."

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

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

Employers and schools have no right to conduct "surveillance of a dorm room or a worker’s cubicle."

Public employees receive "something like 25 percent of the paychecks that are issued in Rhode Island."

"An April study found that about 70 percent of ads in this election cycle have been negative [due to SuperPACs], up from only 9 percent through the same period in 2008."

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 they made no changes whatsoever, the [state employees pension] plan still had enough money to go forward for approximately the next 16 years."

"The job [of correctional officer] lowers your life expectancy . . . Metropolitan did a study in, I believe it was 1998, and the life expectancy was 58."

Rhode Island Treasurer Gina Raimondo "raised the mortality rate from 65 to 87" and "used a 1994 annuity chart" to create the pension crisis.

"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.

The Providence teacher contract "is one of the longest in the country."

"Public sentiment in favor of collective bargaining and in favor of the unions has actually gone up as these governors, I think, have overreached and gone too far and tried to destroy the labor movement."

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