Incestuous relations taking from the little guy
I frequently read articles that make me think, I should blog about that, but then I get distracted by some new shiny object, like a set of keys. However today’s ProJo article about the dealings of Donald Ianazzi and Senator Dominic Ruggerio (who’s been mentioned before in this blog) are exactly what’s wrong with Rhode Island.
Ianazzi is the head of the local union 1033 who just renegotiated their contract with Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and took on some cuts. The true depth of the cuts can be debated, but the fact is they did give back something due to them, even if it is temporary. Does this mean they also get to cut their union dues? I wonder because while some of them struggle to make ends meet, the man who negotiated those cuts, Ianazzi earned over $265,000 for himself last year. Sounds like a pretty good deal.
But if that name sounds familiar for different reasons, it should. His son recently took a job under Senate Majority Leader Dominic Ruggerio, himself “the administrator of another arm of the Laborers’ International union” for more than $88,000 a year.
If that’s not enough, Ruggerio has a son who needed a job as well. He is employed as a lawyer by who else? Iannazzi’s local 1033.
So let’s get this straight. Ruggerio is an administrator of an RI union and he gave an $88,000 a year job to the son of 1033’s head. Iannazzi, head of local 1033 gave a job to the son of Dominic Ruggerio. You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours.
So the taxpayer’s get whacked for $88,000 for this little scheme, and the union members and their dues go to the $265,000 a year salary and a RI Senator’s son.
Nice work if you can get it.
Filed under: General Assembly, Providence, Unions | 1 Comment
Tags: 1033, Iannazzi, Ruggerio