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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, 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

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

Posted in Contract Negotiations
As reported in, 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

State PBA President Lashes Out At Christie For Shameful Comment

Posted in Public Employment Pension Crisis
As reported by, the president of the New Jersey police union that represents nearly 33,000 officers lashed out against Governor Chris Christie after the Governor called him a “pension pig.”  Pat Colligan, president of the New Jersey State PBA, referred to the Governor as a “schoolyard bully” and said Christie’s statement “didn’t surprise” him. … Continue Reading

Public Worker Retirements Climbing Again With NJ Pension Talks

Posted in Public Employment Pension Crisis
As reported by, nearly 10 percent more government workers retired in the first seven months of the year than in the same period last year, a rise some labor leaders say is a response to Governor Chris Christie’s overtures toward cutting benefits.  More than 13,000 public employees retired through July, compared with fewer than… Continue Reading

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

Posted in Uncategorized
  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

New Jersey Appellate Division Affirms that a Local Police Department’s Internal Rules And Regulations Do Not Need To Be Enacted By Way Of A Local Ordinance

Posted in Public Employment Labor Law
On August 19, 2013, the Appellate Division for the Superior Court of New Jersey released an unpublished opinion that affirmed the Trial Court’s decision to dismiss the FOP’s complaint that sought to vacate an arbitration award. In the matter entitled, 25-2-1046 Fraternal Order of Police – New Jersey Labor Council Inc. v. Township of Pennsville, App.… Continue Reading

Camden FOP Leaders Reviewing Offer From Freeholders On Regional Police Department

Posted in Uncategorized
  As reported by, the Camden Police Union’s leadership is reviewing an offer from the County Freeholder Board that would allow the bargaining unit’s full membership to be considered for employment in the new regional police department as well as provide continuity of medical and pension benefits for officers making the switch from the… Continue Reading

SID Union Accuses NJDOC of Preventing, Blocking Prison Investigations

Posted in Internal Affairs
  As reported in the Star-Ledger on November 26, 2009, according to a lawsuit filed by the union representing prison investigators, senior officials at the Department of Corrections are illegally blocking internal investigations into bribery, cell phone smuggling and gang activity. In short, the lawsuit alleges that Correction officials shut down ongoing probes or prevented investigations… Continue Reading

Fiscal Cuts and Cost Saving Measures May Violate Your Contract

Posted in Public Employment Labor Law
On January 31, 2009, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported that approximately 50 Louisville Metro Police officers decided to turn in their patrol cars so they will not have to pay an increased fee for using them after work hours. Police Chief Robert White announced in December, 2008 that officers who take their vehicles home would have to pay… Continue Reading

Non-Civil Service Municipality’s Promotion Decision Overturned

Posted in Public Employment Labor Law
  On November 17, 2008, the New Jersey Supreme Court decided the case of Borough v. Glassboro v. Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 108,  A-75-07. In this case, the Court addressed the validity of an arbitrator’s award addressing the legality of a police officer promotion made by the Borough of Glassboro, a non-civil service municipality.… Continue Reading

Retirees Not Entitled to Collective Bargaining Unit Representation Under The New Jersey Employer-Employee Relations Act, N.J.S.A. 34:13A-1 et.seq

Posted in Contract Interpretation, Retiree Benefits
In the case of Grasso v. Fraternal Order of Police, Glassboro Lodge No. 108, 33-2-1617, the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division, held that under the New Jersey Employer-Employee Relations Act, N.J.S.A. 34:13A-1 et.seq, the Defendants owed no duty to the Plaintiff to represent him in a dispute with the Borough of Glassboro due to his… Continue Reading

Constitutionality of Paid Convention Leave Statutes Challenged

Posted in Contract Interpretation, Contract Negotiations
On September 11, 2008, the New Jersey Law Enforcement Supervisors Association (“NJLESA”) and New Jersey Law Enforcement Commanding Officers Association (“NJLECOA”), jointly filed a lawsuit in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Division, Mercer County against the State of New Jersey challenging the viability of N.J.S.A. 11A:6-10 and N.J.A.C. 4A:6-1.13, the provisions of New… Continue Reading