Clock Ticks in Negotiations Over New Contract for NJ Transit Rail Worker Unions
Strike deadline is March 13; share of health-insurance costs are main sticking point
Are NJ Transit rail workers on track for a strike?
Members of the rail workers’ union showed up at NJ Transit’s monthly board meetings yesterday to push for a deal before a March 13 strike deadline.
The leader of a coalition of 17 unions said NJ Transit officials have dragged their heels on contract talks because they “need to get word from Trenton,” a notion rejected as “posturing” by a spokesman for Gov. Chris Christie.
The rail workers have been without a new contract for nearly five years. A key sticking point in the talks is health insurance premiums. Union workers now pay about $80 a month for insurance; the unions have offered to pay 2 percent of their salaries for coverage while NJ Transit reportedly wants workers to cover 10 percent to 20 percent of the cost of insurance.
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