Correctional officers in New Jersey have been working without a contract — or a raise — since mid-2015. But their union, PBA Local 105, has just agreed a new contract with the state; members previously had ratified it. The contract covers 5,200 employees and spans the period July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2019. The projected cost of the deal is $84 million, but because of retroactive payments and other details, the final cost is not yet available.
As part of the agreement, salary increments that had been frozen under former Gov. Chris Christie’s administration will be restored along with certain bonus payments.
Gov. Phil Murphy, who announced the accord, acknowledged that workers “have worked under difficult conditions for so long without” a contract. And Brian Renshaw, president of PBA Local 105, said, “Our officers work hard, often in dangerous conditions, and do their part to keep New Jersey safe. We are pleased to close this chapter…”