NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and The Associated Press
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A group of retired state workers and teachers covered under the proposed deal to end the legal wrangling over Rhode Island's pension overhaul have filed a new suit challenging the law and objecting to their inclusion in any class-action settlement.
The suit filed Thursday says a class cannot "fairly and adequately" protect all retirees' interests and calls the pension cuts a breach of contract.
A proposed settlement was announced in February to resolve legal challenges filed by public-sector unions and retirees. The deal rolls back some of the law's changes and gives retirees modest pension increases.
Thursday is the deadline for ballots to be returned in first-round voting on the settlement.
Spokespeople for the governor and general treasurer couldn't immediately be reached.
The Providence Journal first reported on the suit.