10/27/09

Don't Bind Us to Arbitration

If anyone thinks that binding arbitration would be good for any other constituencies than teachers, consider this: binding arbitration already exists for police and fire fighters in this state and we have the highest fire protection costs in the nation: RI devotes $6.24 to fire protection per $1,000 of personal income. The national average is $3.21 per $1,000. We spend more on fire costs (largely personnel costs) than we do on our highways or higher education. (Information reported in the Oct. 19-25th Providence Business News)

And since we have binding arbitration for fire fighters, why is the Providence firefighters union still without a contract?