Chariho School Parents’ Forum

June 12, 2009

The “One-Way Rachett” or “Never Ending Contracts”

Filed under: Unions — Editor @ 10:50 pm

There is an insidious piece of legislation that just  passed through the Senate – it’s bill S-0713.

This bill says that if a new contract can’t be agreed upon then the old contract stays in effect. Think of how that can be used by the unions. The deals they have now is the worst it will ever be. All they have to do is refuse to agree and they will never go backwards.

Here are the votes – the Senators covering this area were split. Senator Frank Maher voted no, Senator Algiere voted yes. Considering Maher is a freshman senator I think he showed tremendous strength to be one of 2 no votes. Senator Algiere should be ashamed of himself – why would he want to tilt the negotiation scale so heavily in the union’s favor?

2009-S 713

BY Perry



Committee on Labor recommends passage.

Senator Ruggerio moves passage, seconded by Senators Perry, Goodwin, McCaffrey, DeVall, Sheehan,

Lynch, Maselli and Metts.Senators Perry, Maher, Picard, O’Neill Ciccone, DeVall and Sheehan discuss the act.

The act is read and passed, by unanimous consent, upon a roll call vote with 32 Senators voting in the

affirmative and 2 Senators voting in the negative and 1 Senator abstaining as follows:

YEAS- 32: The Honorable President Paiva Weed and Senators Algiere, Bates, Blaise, Ciccone, Connors,

Cote, Crowley, DaPonte, Devall, DiPalma, Doyle, Felag, Gallo, Goodwin, Jabour, Lenihan, Levesque,

Lynch, Maselli, McBurney, McCaffrey, Metts, Miller, O’Neill, Perry, Raptakis, Ruggerio, Sheehan,

Sosnowski, Tassoni, Walaska.

NAYS- 2: SenatorsMaher,Pinga

ABSTAINED- 1: Senator Picard



  1. The reality is that teachers have lots of political power in this state, they don’t need more laws to help them.

    The unsaid questions is who loses when the teachers win? Blue collar union workers? Social workers? Regular Joe taxpayer?

    I’d like to know where the teachers think the money should come from before they demand it.

    Comment by Gene Daniell — June 13, 2009 @ 9:26 pm | Reply

  2. Hmmm……I think I warned of the Bills introduced way back in January or February…..too late to worry now.

    Comment by RS — June 13, 2009 @ 10:36 pm | Reply

  3. Hi!
    “Frank” Maher, Senator in our 34Th District, part of Charlestown, and all of Hopkinton, Exeter,West Greenwich and Richmond is the only freshman Republican state senator. He is a former member of the West Greenwich/Exeter Regional School Committee representing Exeter. He may show up at our South County Republican Breakfast this Saturday at the Brick Oven in Ashaway. Please contact me 401-218-8494 or , if you plan to ateend. Reservations not required but helpful. Price $10 per person. Town reports and remarks by notable Republicans.

    Comment by Scott Bill Hirst — June 15, 2009 @ 12:03 pm | Reply

  4. Hi!
    1.Frank will be at breakfast Saturday as I understand it. I was contacted about this post by someone who posts here. If you think, I get out of line tell me!
    2. One parent who took action in the Chariho region was Marilyn McCullough. Her daughter had disabilities and although her daughter died, Marilyn continued with an idea of a playground for disabled youngsters to participate with their peers. To see photos of playground installation go to ,.
    The ribbon-cutting ceremony for The Sarah Jane McCullough Boundless Play Area will take place at the Richmond Elementary School, 190 Kingstown Road, Wyoming, RI 02898, this Saturday, June 20TH from 1:30 P.M., to 3:30 P.M.,.

    Comment by Scott Bill Hirst — June 15, 2009 @ 4:24 pm | Reply

  5. RTC voted tonight to send a letter to Rep. Driver and Sen. Maher that the RTC is opposed to this legislation. Oppenheimer was particularly outspoken in opposition.

    Comment by Gene Daniell — June 16, 2009 @ 11:02 pm | Reply

    • Did Oppenheimer go to Smith Hill and make his opposition known whil this bill was sailing through committee? If not then then why try to play tough guy now……if he did then BRAVO!

      Comment by RS — June 17, 2009 @ 12:46 pm | Reply

  6. Bravo RTC, I wish I thought of doing that last night.

    Comment by Editor — June 16, 2009 @ 11:43 pm | Reply

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