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Tag Archives: NJ State Workers

Sweeney Panel Proposes 401(k) Pension For Certain State, Local Workers

Posted in Public Employment Pension Crisis
As reported by, a proposal to move some state and local employees to a new 401(k)-like pension system is gaining support because it has the potential to save billions of dollars. However, long before anything is adopted, it is likely to draw strenuous pushback from the public workers’ labor unions. The recommendation is to… Continue Reading

Governor Christie’s Next Fight Is With State Workers As Contracts Come Up For Renewal

Posted in Contract Negotiations
  As reported by, with contracts for 49,000 state workers due to expire this June, Governor Chris Christie has publicly proclaimed he wants no pay raises and expects state workers to fork over much more for health and pension benefits. Union leaders say they have had no meetings with the governor’s office and worry… Continue Reading

CWA Ratifies Revised Contract

Posted in Contract Negotiations
Employees in New Jersey’s largest state-worker union overwhelmingly ratified a revised contract agreement on Tuesday, June 30, 2009 that defers a raise and trades furloughs this year for future vacation days. With a little over 13,000 votes cast online or by phone by the deadline, the margin was 69 percent to 31 percent according to the… Continue Reading

New York Governor Vetoes Routine Pension Measure

Posted in Pay and Overtime
  New York Governor David Patterson dropped a bombshell on two powerful unions yesterday when he unexpectedly vetoed a routine measure that for nearly thirty (30) years had allowed New York city cops and firefighters to retire with generous pensions. “These are not routine times,” Paterson said in vetoing the “temporary” measure that, since 1981, had… Continue Reading

PERC Denies Applications for Interim Relief Regarding Furloughs

Posted in Public Employment Labor Law
  On May 16, 2009, the Public Employment Relations Commission (“PERC”) issued a decision in response to certain unfair practice charges and requests for interim relief filed against the State of New Jersey regarding the imposition of unpaid, “furlough” days.  By way of background, on April 14, 2009, the Communications Workers of America, AFL-CIO (“CWA”),… Continue Reading

Public Employees and Forfeiture of Pension Benefits

Posted in Pay and Overtime
On May 14, 2009, the Appellate Division decided Harry G. Parkin v. Board of Trustees, Public Employees Retirement System, Docket No.: A-2466-07T1. In the case, Harry Parkin appealed from the final agency decision of the Board of Trustees of the Public Employee Retirement System (“Board”) resulting in the partial forfeiture of his service and salary credits.… Continue Reading