Winter Reading Series: Labor

Mark J. Magyar | December 24, 2010 | More Issues
Gov. Christie’s showdowns with New Jersey’s public employee unions have defined his first year in office. What's behind these battles?

Gov. Christie’s battles with the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) have escalated into a larger showdown with the state’s labor movement. But the governor’s attacks on public sector employees and benefits have struck a chord with New Jerseyans — who’ve suffered layoffs and pay cuts, seen their homes and 401k plans drop in value, and are paying more every year for taxes and healthcare.

The following reading list looks ahead to the battle over the next state worker contract and back at the recently adopted arbitration reforms.

Christie vs. the Public Employee Unions, Round II

Biography of an Ideal: A History of the Federal Civil Service

Civil Service Reform: Examining State and Local Government Cases

Labor Clout: Charlie Wowkanech and the Exercise of Power

An Unproductive Bump

Report of the Joint Legislative Committee on Public Employee Benefit Reforms

The Police State: Will Christie Take On Jersey Cops?

NJ Leaders Compromise, Cap Arbitration Awards at 2 percent

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