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May 29, 2014

Re:    Interest Arbitration – Week 9 Update

Dear Mayor:

It has been nine weeks since the Governor and the State Senate took action to extend the strict 2% cap on interest arbitration awards.  At this time, the Assembly is next scheduled to come back to Trenton for a voting session on Monday, June 16. 

We are past the midnight hour.   Now we’re confronted by the State budget deadline and the prospect of hundreds of contracts that expire at the end of the year starting negotiations facing possible Interest Arbitration without the benefit of the 2% cap on Interest Arbitration awards.

Without the arbitration limits in place, local government leaders may be forced to reduce other personnel in order to balance costly arbitration awards. Without the cap in place, local leaders may have no choice but to dramatically cut or eliminate other services in order to offset those awards

Now, more than never, we need to reach out to Assembly leadership and your assembly representatives and urge them to concur with the Governor’s conditional veto.

Questions on this legislation can be directed to either Lori Buckelew at 609-695-3481 or lbuckelew@njslom.com x112 or Mike Cerra at 609-695-3481 x120 or mcerra@njslom.com.

Very truly yours,

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director

 

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