April 10, 2014
Re: Status Quo on Interest Arbitration Cap Extension
Today marks two weeks since the Governor and the State Senate acted to extend the 2% cap on interest arbitration awards. (See our April 3 Dear Mayor Letter). The League supports the Governor’s recommendations to the Interest Arbitration bill, S-1869.
Please contact your Assembly representatives as soon as possible to urge them to concur with the Governor’s amendments as time is of the essence. Unless the cap is reinstated arbitrators will be able to impose awards, for all future expiring contracts, similar to those issued prior to the implementation of the 2% cap. Such excessive awards could immediately threaten funding for all other municipal services. And, in the not-too-distant future, such awards could force local budget makers to reduce public safety staffing levels, as fewer local employees steadily take home higher percentages of local funds.
Questions on this legislation can be directed to either Lori Buckelew at 609-695-3481 or firstname.lastname@example.org x112 or Mike Cerra at 609-695-3481 x120 or email@example.com.
Very truly yours,
William G. Dressel, Jr.