As reported by nj.com, Governor Chris Christie says contract talks with New Jersey’s largest public worker union are continuing at a slow pace. Christie says the administration has offered proposals on wages and non-economic issues to the Communications Workers of America. However, he does not expect an agreement within the next two weeks.
The contract for 40,000 state CWA employees expired June 30. Hetty Rosenstein, the union’s state director, says the two sides have not met in several weeks and no meetings are scheduled. But, she says the two sides have not reached an impasse and bargaining will continue.
An agreement between Christie and the Legislature to overhaul public worker pensions and health benefits took those issues off the table. Three Democrat union members who approved the deal were denied AFL-CIO candidate endorsements last week.