County Governments Drive Hard Bargains with Unions

By Marie DeNoia Aronsohn
New Jersey’s county governments are driving a hard bargain with its employees.  The push is on to renegotiate contracts with smaller pay increases and larger employee contributions to benefit packages. Essex County has struck agreements with 24 of its 26 public unions.  Local unions including the IBEW and the CWA have agreed to a 3 percent raise over 3 years.  But when it comes to the county’s contract negations with its police unions, it’s a different story.

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