May 5, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Newark, NJ – Two NJ Transit rail unions have voted narrowly against ratifying the proposed contract agreed on in early March. The New Jersey Transit Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen announced April 29 that its members had voted no, and United Transportation Union Local 60, which represents conductors, voted against the deal a day later.
NJ Transit’s nine other unions have all ratified the agreement, an 8½-year deal that was reached more than five years after their last contract expired. It would give workers raises totaling 21% retroactive to 2011, but require them to pay more for health insurance. “We will resume negotiations with the carrier,” Brotherhood chair David Decker said in a statement. While the March agreement averted a strike at the nation’s third-largest commuter-rail system, an NJ Transit spokesperson said an additional 60-day cooling off period was in effect “that precludes strikes or lockouts” through the end of June. Read more