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Renewal Of Two Percent Salary Cap Bills Move Through Senate And Assembly

Posted in Interest Arbitration
As reported in the Newark Star Ledger, the New Jersey State Legislature is in the process of acting to renew the 2% Interest Arbitration Police and Fire Salary Cap. The State Assembly’s budget committee voted to approve bill (A3067), sponsored by Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson), that would temporarily extend an annual salary cap on… Continue Reading

Union Showdown: Amato Rips DiVincenzo On Incremental Salary Issue

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As reported by, Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo apparently doesn’t have to worry about a Democratic Primary opponent, but that doesn’t mean PBA Local 382 won’t refrain from criticizing the controversial Democrat in the strongest possible terms. PBA Local 382 President Joe Amato is angry at DiVincenzo for praising corrections officers who work at… Continue Reading

NJ.Com Editorial Calls for Renewal of the 2% Salary Cap–In Our Opinion, It Has To Go

Posted in Contract Interpretation, Contract Negotiations, Interest Arbitration, Pay and Overtime, Public Employment Labor Law
 A recent editorial published on NJ.Com calls for Assembly Speaker, Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson County) to renew the two percent (2%) salary cap on interest arbitration awards for law enforcement officers and firefighters that is set to expire on April 1, 2014.   The editorial stated that the 2% cap had to be put in place… Continue Reading

NJ Inmate Indicted for Attempting To Beat Female Corrections Officer To Death

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As reported on NJ.Com, a man serving a 30-year prison sentence for robbery and kidnapping now faces accusations he tried to beat a female corrections officer to death in February.   Fuquan Alexander, 29, was indicted last week by a Mercer County grand jury on charges of first-degree attempted murder and first-degree aggravated assault.   … Continue Reading

Wieners Criticizes Christie On Pension Reform

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As reported on, the head of the State’s largest police union, The New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association, publicly criticized Governor Chris Christie in a press release over $50 million in what he called “pension giveaways” to local municipalities. The giveaways, State Policemen’s Benevolent Association head Anthony Wieners said were gained on the backs… Continue Reading

Democrats Pledge to Fund Pension System

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Today, February 25, 2014, Governor Chris Christie is set to propose a new state budget. In a press release yesterday, State Democrats warned the Governor that he shouldn’t expect support for a proposed tax cut. State Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester) and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Paul Sarlo (D-Bergen) also repeated that the spending plan… Continue Reading

PERC Affirms Denial To Pay Automatic Salary Increments

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In a recent decision, the Public Employment Relations Commission (“PERC”) overturned decades of precedent in concluding that a public employer was not required to pay automatic increments to officers upon the expiration of the parties’ collective bargaining agreement. As you can expect, the decision, County of Atlantic and PBA Local 243, FOP Lodge 34 and… Continue Reading

Cincinnati Pension Referendum Seeks to Eliminate Public Employee Pension System

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  As reported by, there is currently a bill up for referendum tomorrow that will eliminate the public employee pension system and replace the same with a 401(k) style plan. The current situation in Cincinnati is similar to here in New Jersey, wherein the pension system is running an extremely high, unfunded liability. Therefore,… Continue Reading

Bergen Freeholders To Vote Wednesday On County Police Merger

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  As reported by, the Democratic-controlled Board of Chosen Freeholders in Bergen County is scheduled to take a final vote Wednesday on an ordinance that makes the 88-member County Police Department a division of the Sheriff’s Office. Four Democrats and two Republicans will likely vote to approve the merger. County Executive Kathleen Donovan has indicated… Continue Reading

Open Government Activist Sues Ewing For Refusing To Release Police Salary Info

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  As reported by, an open-government activist is suing Ewing Township for allegedly violating the Open Public Records Act by refusing to disclose part of a police officer’s salary. John Paff, the chairman of the Open Government Advocacy Project of the State Libertarian Party, said that he heard from confidential sources that Ewing was withholding… Continue Reading

State PBA Says Trenton Needs More Money For Officers, Not Regional Police Force

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  As reported by, the State Policemen’s Benevolent Association scoffed at Governor Chris Christie’s call for Mercer County to consider creating a regional police force like Camden County’s to quell violence in Trenton, saying what the city and police really need is money to hire more officers. “The significant increase in violent crime in… Continue Reading

State PBA Wants Trenton Mayor To Resign, County To Take Over City Police

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  As reported by, citing rampant crime and Mayor Tony Mack’s federal indictment on corruption charges, the State Policemen’s Benevolent Association President became the latest official to demand Mack step down from office. PBA President Anthony Wieners said Trenton and its layoff-depleted police force need help immediately. “The recent wave of violence in Trenton shows… Continue Reading

Camden County Towns To Study Possible Merger Of Police Departments

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  As reported by, seven municipalities in Camden County have made a request for proposals looking into the possibility of consolidating the management of their respective police departments. The municipalities, Audubon, Collingswood, Haddonfield, Haddon Heights, Haddon Township, Mount Ephraim, and Oaklyn, all independently authorized the RFPs, stating they are open to the idea of saving… Continue Reading

Applicability of 2% Cap Nullifies Consideration Of Other Interest Arbitration Criteria

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    As reported by on July 1, 2013, the State of New Jersey revenue collections out paced Governor Christie’s administrations projections for the sixth consecutive month in May, according to state treasury figures, which were released that day. The strong revenue figures received a boost from better than expected income and sales tax… Continue Reading

NJ Legislature Passes Resolution Claiming Civil Service Changes Violate State Constitution

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  As reported by, the Civil Service System governs how thousands of public employees in New Jersey are hired, promoted, and fired. Currently, employees receive jobs and move up based on examinations. But under the proposed changes, to be voted on by the State Civil Service Commission, some jobs would be grouped together as part of… Continue Reading