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NJ Public Employee Pension Fund Investments Yield a Higher Return than Originally Predicted

Posted in Public Employment Pension Crisis
According to an article published in NJ Spotlight, New Jersey’s public-employee pension fund investments generated returns totaling 9.06% for fiscal year 2018. Some of the investments that were credited for lifting the fund’s overall performance included U.S. equities and real-estate holdings. The NJ pension system covers the retirements of approximately 800,000 current and retired public workers… Continue Reading

Major NJ City Poised to Make Change from Self Insured Healthcare to the NJ State Health Benefits Plan

Posted in Uncategorized
The City of Paterson is looking at the possibility of ending its longstanding practice of using self-insurance for employee medical coverage and switching to New Jersey’s State Health Benefits program, as reported in Northjersey.com. By doing so, Paterson believes that it would save approximately 20 million dollars given that its cost for employee medical coverage… Continue Reading

Murphy and NJ Public Employee Unions Negotiate Changes to Healthcare Plans That Will Save NJ Taxpayers Millions of Dollars

Posted in Public Employment Labor Law
As reported in Northjersey.com, the Murphy Administration has reached a health care deal with the state’s public workers’ unions that is expected to yield approximately $500 million in savings over the next two years. The pact directs union members and retirees to utilize “in-network doctors” and “generic prescription drugs”, according to a report by the Record. These… Continue Reading

NJ’s Public Employee Donated Sick Leave Policy May Soon Become Law

Posted in Uncategorized
In New Jersey under an existing employment regulation, state employees can donate unused time off to a co-worker who has exhausted his/her own allotted leave bank due to a catastrophic illness or injury that has kept them from returning to work. As reported on the website, NJSpotlight.com, State lawmakers want to see this longstanding policy become… Continue Reading

Senate President Sweeney Wants To Put Public Employee Benefits and Pensions On the Chopping Block Again

Posted in Contract Negotiations
As reported in NorthJersey.com, New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney has plans to wring savings out of government which could fall hard on public employee unions.  Supposedly Sweeny wants to enlist Governor Philip Murphy as his “partner”, but Murphy wants no part of it. Sweeney’s post-budget focus on cost cutting poses a dilemma for Murphy. Will… Continue Reading

Proposed Bill Intended to Help Union Officials Gain Easier Access to Public Workers in NJ

Posted in Contract Negotiations, Public Employment Labor Law
  As reported by whyy.org, a bill advancing in the New Jersey Legislature would ensure that union representatives have greater access to the public employees they represent.  Dubbed the Workplace Democracy Enhancement Act, the measure would allow unions to meet with employees during lunch and other breaks to talk about their issues and grievances.  It… Continue Reading

NJ Senate Bill S-1858 Proposes to Implement a Permanent 2% Salary Cap on Police and Fire Interest Arbitration Awards

Posted in Interest Arbitration, Public Employment Labor Law
On Friday, February 9th, 2018, New Jersey State Senator Declan O’Scanlon introduced legislation that would reinstate New Jersey’s interest arbitration salary cap that limits two-percent (2%) annual salary increases that can be awarded when disputed police and fire contracts enter the process of binding arbitration. O’ Scanlon stated on his website that “One of the… Continue Reading

Preparing for Collective Negotiations in 2018 Now That The 2% Salary Cap Has Expired

Posted in Contract Negotiations, Interest Arbitration, Pay and Overtime, Public Employment Labor Law
Next week I will again be speaking at the New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association’s Collective Bargaining Seminar in Atlantic City, New Jersey.   Now that the two percent (2%) Interest Arbitration Salary Cap has expired and not been renewed, this will be the first time in eight (8) years that the seminar is being held where… Continue Reading

New Jersey Does Not Need the Republicans Legislating the 2% Salary Cap Out of Fear of November’s Impending Gubernatorial Election Results

Posted in Uncategorized
Over the past several days, the minority leaders of the New Jersey State Legislature have become increasingly vocal in their demands to renew what is commonly called the Interest Arbitration Salary Cap.  The Interest Arbitration Salary Cap limits Interest Arbitrator’s economic awards that govern pay raises for first responders in the State of New Jersey.… Continue Reading

Judge Halts Christie’s Atlantic City Police Layoffs

Posted in Contract Negotiations, Public Employment Labor Law
As reported by Philly.com, a Superior Court judge has temporarily blocked the State of New Jersey from unilaterally imposing layoffs and schedule changes on the Atlantic City Police Department. The ruling is the second time Judge Julio Mendez has checked the vast powers granted the Christie administration under the Municipal Stabilization and Recovery Act, which went… Continue Reading

Christie Signs Bill Allowing Retired Officers to Provide Security for NJ Schools

Posted in Contract Negotiations, Public Employment Labor Law
As reported by N.J.com, specially trained retired police officers may be hired to provide security for public and private schools and community colleges in New Jersey under a bill Gov. Chris Christie signed into law Wednesday. The governor conditionally vetoed an earlier version of the legislation two months ago because it did not require these “special law enforcement… Continue Reading

Agencies Barred From Unilaterally Changing Terms of Bargaining Agreement, Court Rules

Posted in Contract Negotiations, Pay and Overtime
As reported by the New Jersey Law Journal, public employers do not have a unilateral right to change the terms of a collective bargaining agreement with their workers merely by citing an economic crisis, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday. In a 6-0 ruling, the state’s highest court said a local school board,… Continue Reading

Christie Nixes Unemployment Benefits for Striking Workers – Claims Measure Would Give Unions Added Leverage in Negotiations

Posted in Contract Negotiations
As reported by the New Jersey Law Journal, Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Nov. 14 vetoed legislation that would have broadened the ability of striking workers to collect unemployment benefits while they were off the job. In his veto message to S2160, Christie said it was bad enough that the state’s current unemployment… Continue Reading

Blue Justice Podcast #01 (Negotiating Collective Bargaining Agreements)

Posted in Contract Negotiations, Interest Arbitration, Public Employment Labor Law, Uncategorized
Time for some negotiation-education! In our very first episode of the Blue Justice Podcast, Frank Crivelli explains why experience is so important when it comes to collective bargaining and negotiating a union’s contract. We plan on posting a new podcast on a regular basis, every other week or so, so please check back periodically for… Continue Reading

To Move or Not To Move…That is the Question. A Practical Examination of the Decisions that Must be Made by a Law Enforcement Union Following the Expiration of a Collective Bargaining Agreement

Posted in Uncategorized
Most recently, our office has received numerous inquiries from various law enforcement unions throughout the state regarding the effect of the Appellate Division’s decision in two (2) seminal cases upon contractually mandated step movement on a salary guide once a collective negotiations agreement expires. The two cases that are at issue are entitled In the… Continue Reading

The Costs of Chapter 78, P.L., 2011 on New Jersey Retirees’ Healthcare Contributions

Posted in Public Employment Labor Law, Retiree Benefits, Uncategorized
Chapter 78, P.L., 2011 (hereinafter referred to as “Chapter 78”) went into effect on June 28, 2011, and has increased the average healthcare contributions required of public employees substantially. However, not all employees and retirees are equally effected. This article will briefly outline the effect Chapter 78 will have on newly and prospective retirees. Chapter… Continue Reading

Trenton First Responders to Receive Bulletproof Vests & Raises

Posted in Contract Negotiations, Public Employment Labor Law, Uncategorized
As reported by Trentonian.com, Trenton firefighters will receive bulletproof vests and raises as part of a labor contract approved by city council on Dec. 17. “Our firefighters — they go inside houses — sometimes in situations where they don’t really know what the circumstances are,” Qareeb Bashir, the city’s fire & emergency services director, rationalized… Continue Reading

Two Obamacare Taxes Likely to Be Delayed for Two Years

Posted in Contract Negotiations, Retiree Benefits
As reported by Morningconsult.com, with Congress just hours away from unveiling a new budget deal, it is increasingly likely that two prominent Obamacare taxes that help pay for the law — on medical devices and high-cost health plans (or “Cadillac Plans”) — will be delayed for two years. Congressional negotiations have been overlapping on an omnibus spending bill and a bill to renew… Continue Reading

Free Speech is Not Always Free in the Workplace

Posted in Contract Negotiations
PolitickerNJ.com recently posted an interesting opinion piece concerning the use of social media and its connection to free speech in the workplace. The post was written by Ann Twomey, the president of Health Professionals and Allied Employees (“HPAE”), and it is set forth below. Unless you have a union, the fundamental principle of free speech can… Continue Reading

Crivelli & Barbati, L.L.C. Files Suit Against the State of NJ for Christie’s Refusal To Pay Step Increments

Posted in Contract Negotiations, Public Employment Labor Law
As reported in NJ.Com as well as NJSpotlight, the State of New Jersey recently told thousands of union members whose contracts expired June 30, 2015, that they won’t be receiving annual incremental pay increases while there’s no new deal in place.  In the past, State employees have received their annual increases if their performance merited the… Continue Reading

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

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
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