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Like I told you, in Rhode Island unions are the state

Like I told you, in Rhode Island unions are the state

I have pointed out before how In RI, Public Sector Unions Are The State and how behind almost every Democratic politician there stands a union.

So the latest news is not surprising.  Via ProJo, Laborers’ union again gives two R.I. Senate leaders six-figure compensation:

Annual reports showing the overlap between the public and private lives of Rhode Island’s lawmakers streamed in last week. With them came voluntary disclosure by a lawyer for the Laborers International Union of North America of the six-figure compensation packages various union arms provide Senate Majority Leader Dominick Ruggerio and Sen. Frank Ciccone.

In response to a Journal inquiry, lawyer Darren Corrente disclosed:

The Rhode Island Laborers’ District Council gave Ciccone salary and benefits totaling $196,931.38 as its president and field representative. Ciccone got another $36,030.99 in salary and benefits as business manager for Local Union 808, representing several pockets of state employees.

Ruggerio received salary and benefits totaling $195,793.86 as administrator of the New England Laborers’ Labor-Management Cooperation Trust Fund, and $1,500 more as an officer for the Rhode Island Laborers’ District Council.

Who is the Laborers’ International Rhode Island? An organization with a, shall we say, colorful history, although I’m sure they’re clean now.

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TrooperJohnSmith | January 21, 2013 at 7:07 pm

If these clowns want to belong to a union, then they should forfeit their Civil Service protection.

RI has been a bastion of political backwardness and corruption since the colonial days. Nothing has changed.

Perhaps the Crown will take it back.

Excellent critique, Professor, but the headline should be “As I told you…” “As” is a conjunction, and “Like” is either a preposition or a verb, but it is NOT a conjuction. I’m sure you knew that, though.

meanwhile Senator Warren tells us about her “silent oath” to help Obama. Why not swear personal intelligence to the fuhrer?

    Crawford in reply to fenno. | January 21, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    Well, we know she didn’t mean her oath to abide by and protect the Constitution, so why should we believe she’ll abide by this “secret” one?

personal *allegiance*

So Prof… Would you be entertaining any thoughts of severing ties with RI?

Best to flee the sinking ship even if it involves a leaky lifeboat…