June 12, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Camden, NJ – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has vetoed proposed contracts for 426 Delaware River Port Authority workers, some of whom haven’t gotten a raise in five years.
The governor announced the veto less than an hour before the June 7 deadline. The workers, who operate, repair, and maintain four bridges across the Delaware River and the PATCO Hi-Speedline trains connecting Philadelphia and southern New Jersey, last had a contract in 2011. Christie said the deal would cost too much, although it froze wages for two years, included $600,000 in health-care savings, and its 1.9% annual raises were smaller than those he recently approved for New Jersey Transit workers. Authority chair Ryan Boyer told PhillyVoice that Christie was giving the three unions affected—Local 542 of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 351 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and Teamsters Local 676—an incentive to strike, saying they had been patient in negotiations, and “now they are not rewarded.” Read more