Governor Raimondo signs union contracts bill, won't veto Rhode Island firefighter overtime

  • Source: WPRI-TV FOX 12
  • Published: 05/14/2019 08:14 AM

Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo delivered two victories to Rhode Island's public-sector unions on Tuesday, signing a bill to keep expired contracts in place during negotiations while also allowing a measure on firefighter overtime to take effect without her signature. Mayors and other municipal leaders had mounted a major lobbying campaign to convince the governor to reject the bills, which passed the Democratic-dominated General Assembly by overwhelming veto-proof majorities. But in the end the labor leaders pushing for the proposals won out. Raimondo blocked a previous version of the contract-continuation bill back in 2017, but wrote in her veto message at the time that she would be open to signing if changes were made. The governor has recently said she felt this year's version was different enough to allay her concerns, though municipal leaders have strongly disputed whether the changes are significant.


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