Statements about Workers

"The pension fund in the city of Providence is only 30 percent funded, about the same level as when he [Taveras] took office."

Rhode Island's state pension system "underperformed the median three out of the four years that Mr. [Frank] Caprio was in office."

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 today, 25 percent of our households either don't have a bank account at all, or they have a bank account and they're still relying on high-cost financial services like payday loans, pawn shop check cashing and so on."

"Pregnant women who stand for five to six hours at a time increase their risk of pre-term pregnancy by 80 percent."

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."

"A grant for $5,000 [from the Governor’s Workforce Board] went to teach an employee at a company that makes ornamental business card holders how to use Facebook and Twitter."

"The Republican leadership in the House has refused to address the issues that matter the most to Rhode Island, such as passing a jobs bill."

"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."

Rhode Island's unemployment insurance system "is the most expensive such system in the country."

"We have created new jobs here in Cranston -- more than 1,000."

"The Congressional Budget Office, a nonpartisan office, did an analysis and said that passing comprehensive immigration reform will reduce the federal deficit by $200 billion over the next decade."

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.

Since Gina Raimondo took office, investment fees on the state's pension portfolio "have gone up from about $12 million annually to about $50 million."

"Women make 77 cents for every dollar earned by men."

"There's a tax credit of $2,400 to bond [former inmates] that an employer would get for hiring a convicted felon. There's a federal bonding program -- you can get $5,000 to $25,000 in federal money to hire a convicted felon. And there's federal grants for felons to set up their own small businesses."

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

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