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Senator Sweeney is Correct–Christie Should Concentrate on Growing the State’s Economy as NJ’s Tax Revenue Recovery is One of The Poorest in The Nation

Posted in Contract Negotiations, Interest Arbitration, Public Employment Labor Law
On March 11, 2015, we posted a blog wherein Senator Sweeney stated that Governor Christie needed to change his tactics at the bargaining table regarding pension reform and if he instead concentrated on “growing” New Jersey’s economy, additional tax revenue would be created that would result in more money to fund the Public Employees’ Pension System. … Continue Reading

Morris County Freeholders Reject Sheriff’s Officers’ Bargaining Agreement That Was Negotiated and Signed by The Sherriff

Posted in Contract Interpretation, Contract Negotiations, Interest Arbitration, Public Employment Labor Law
As reported in the North Jersey News Publication, The Daily Record, Morris County Sheriff Edward V. Rochford has formally been advised by the freeholders and county administrator that a labor contract he privately negotiated with the Morris County Sheriff’s Officer’s union that provides a 20 percent (20%) increase in salaries over three years — is… Continue Reading

Memphis’s Pension Crisis is Now a Public Safety Crisis–Will New Jersey Repeat the River City’s Mistakes?

Posted in Public Employment Labor Law, Public Employment Pension Crisis, Retiree Benefits
Yesterday, I received an email from one of our readers, Ed Mecka, from Hoboken, New Jersey, who turned me on to an article regarding the pension crisis that is taking place in Memphis, Tennessee.  The crisis in Memphis has caught the national media’s attention, and an article was printed in the Wall Street Journal a… Continue Reading

Senator Sweeney Calls Christie’s Labor Negotiations Tactics into Question

Posted in Contract Negotiations, Interest Arbitration, Public Employment Labor Law, Retiree Benefits
As reported on the website, the New Jersey Politicker, Senator Sweeney recently questioned the labor negotiating tactics of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.  Sweeney went on the record stating “When you hear [Governor Chris Christie] focusing on pension reforms and benefit costs, it got the attention of a lot of people nationally. But the reality is… Continue Reading

NJ League of Municipalities Warns that Christie’s Proposed Pension Reform Could Disenfranchise Workers and Trigger a Mass Exodus of Local Employees

Posted in Contract Interpretation, Contract Negotiations, Interest Arbitration, Public Employment Labor Law, Retiree Benefits
As reported in NJ.Com, the New Jersey League of Municipalities stopped short of taking an official position on Gov. Chris Christie’s proposed pension reforms but stated the proposed changes could disenfranchise workers and trigger a mass exodus of local workers.  Executive Director Bill Dressel shared the league’s concerns in a letter to the governor late last… Continue Reading

Moody’s Downgrades New Jersey’s Credit Rating as a Result of Christie’s Illegal Pension Blunder

Posted in Contract Negotiations, Interest Arbitration, Public Employment Labor Law, Retiree Benefits
As reported in NJ.Com, Judge Jacobson’s ruling this week that public worker pension contributions are contractually protected will constrict the state’s ability to balance its budget in the future, Moody’s, a Wall Street rating agency, said today.  The flexibility of the state’s pension payment has been “a tool essential” to balancing the budget, Moody’s Investors Service… Continue Reading

Is Your Labor Union Leaving Money at The Bargaining Table?

Posted in Contract Negotiations, Interest Arbitration, Public Employment Labor Law
As many of our readers are aware, collective bargaining for New Jersey Public Safety Officers is a great deal different since the two percent “2%” salary cap was instituted and set into motion.  However, to recap this issue quickly for those readers that may be unfamiliar with the two percent (2%) salary cap, no collective… Continue Reading

The Unforseen Costs of Overtime in New Jersey’s County Correctional Facilities

Posted in Contract Negotiations, Interest Arbitration, Pay and Overtime, Public Employment Labor Law
As reported this week in NJ.Com, County Correctional facilities across New Jersey spent approximately $185.7 million on overtime for correction officers, who clocked in approximately 3.9 million hours at the time and a half rate between 2010 and 2012, according to a report by the New Jersey State Comptroller. Out of the 21 counties ranked by… Continue Reading

Did Governor Christie Ever Have Any Intention of Keeping His Promise to Fully Fund the Pension System?

Posted in Contract Interpretation, Public Employment Labor Law
As reported on NJ.Com, The State of New Jersey argued before a State Superior Court Judge today that Governor Chris Christie cannot be forced to make full pension payments because the 2011 law committing him to fully fund the state system in exchange for union concessions was unconstitutional. Interrupting the assistant attorney general, Superior Court Judge Mary… Continue Reading

Reviewing the “2% Cap” Under New Jersey’s Interest Arbitration Statute

Posted in Contract Interpretation, Contract Negotiations, Interest Arbitration, Public Employment Labor Law, Uncategorized
It has been quite a while since we have provided our readers with information related to the legal issues surrounding New Jersey  Public Safety Officers.  With that being said, we believe it is now very important to provide an overview or a “re-cap” of the New Jersey 2% Salary Cap under the Current Interest Arbitration… Continue Reading

Deal Is Not Close With Largest NJ Public Worker Union, Gov. Christie Says

Posted in Contract Negotiations
  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… Continue Reading

NJ Assembly Holds UP Pension, Health Benefits Overhaul Brokered By Christie, Sweeney

Posted in Uncategorized
  As reported by nj.com, Governor Chris Christie and Senate President Stephen Sweeney were poised to announce an agreement on a plan to overhaul health and pension benefits for public employees, but were stymied after the compromise received a chilly reception in the Assembly. “We are not there yet,” said Speaker Sheila Oliver, who found herself… Continue Reading

Christie Seeks to Change Health Benefits of Workers Through Collective Bargaining

Posted in Uncategorized
  As reported by nj.com, after asserting for months that state employee health benefits will be overhauled through legislation, Governor Chris Christie’s office is now seeking the changes through collective bargaining with the state’s largest employee union. “He’s out of his cage!” read a memo to Communications Workers of America members obtained by the Star-Ledger,… Continue Reading

Gov. Christie, CWA Begin Bargaining Over Health Benefits

Posted in Contract Negotiations
  As reported by nj.com, Governor Chris Christie began bargaining over health benefits for state employees this week, according to a memo sent out to members of the Communications Workers of America obtained by the Star-Ledger. Christie has been adamant for months that he would obtain changes to employee health benefits through legislation. The new offer,… Continue Reading

Christie Slams Alternative Proposal by CWA on Health Care Benefits

Posted in Uncategorized
  As reported by nj.com, Governor Chris Christie panned an alternative proposal by the State’s largest public employee union to overhaul health care benefits. “Their offer stinks,” Christie said at a press conference in Trenton. “It doesn’t save any money.” Christie wants all state employees to pay for 30 percent of the cost of health insurance… Continue Reading

Ohio Passes Law that Severely Restricts the Collective Bargaining Rights of Public Safety Officers

Posted in Contract Negotiations
As reported by the New York Times, On Thursday, March 31, 2011, the State of Ohio passed a law that is more restrictive on the collective bargaining rights of Public Safety Officers than the law that was passed in Wisconsin several weeks ago.   While both laws severely limit public employees’ ability to bargain collectively —… Continue Reading

Wis. Judge to Evaluate How Union Law Was Passed

Posted in Uncategorized
  As reported by Yahoo News, having declared that Wisconsin’s divisive union law is not really a law yet, a judge was set to return to one of the underlying questions dogging the measure, whether Republicans violated the state’s open meetings law during the frenzied run-up to passage. Republican Governor Scott Walker’s administration reluctantly suspended… Continue Reading

Union Members Turned Away from Statehouse

Posted in Uncategorized
  As reported by nj.com, a security decision by State Police to turn union members away from the Statehouse hours before the Senate went into session was criticized as unfair by a key lawmaker and public employee unions. About 50 public employee union members trying to participate in a lobbying day never got inside the Statehouse… Continue Reading

Christie Refuses to Negotiate Health Care Cost Increases

Posted in Uncategorized
  As reported by nj.com, representatives for Governor Chris Christie have told the state’s largest union that the administration’s plan to sharply increase health care costs for public employees was not negotiable, union leaders said.  The Governor’s issue first took the issue of health care costs off the table when negotiations over a new contract… Continue Reading

CWA Promises Benefit Savings

Posted in Contract Negotiations
  As reported by app.com, the union that represents some 35,000 state and local government workers is offering to make changes in New Jersey’s health insurance system that would, as one official promised, save “tens of millions of dollars.” The proposal by the Communication Workers of America came as union leaders and negotiators for Governor Chris… Continue Reading

Wisconsin Cuts Collective Bargaining

Posted in Uncategorized
  As reported by app.com, the nearly month-long standoff in the Wisconsin Legislature over explosive union rights legislation rocketed toward a dramatic finish after Senate Republicans outmaneuvered their missing Democratic counterparts and pushed through the bill. The extraordinary turn of events late Wednesday, March 9, 2011, set up a perfunctory vote Thursday morning in the… Continue Reading

Labor Attorneys Urge Legislature to Abandon Plan to Increase Contributions to Health Benefits

Posted in Uncategorized
  As reported by nj.com, days before the governor’s office and the state’s largest public employees union are scheduled to sit down for the first time, lawmakers are receiving letters warning of dire results that could come from changing employee benefits through law. A letter, cosigned by 48 labor attorneys, claims that if lawmakers move… Continue Reading
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