December 21, 2010
League Statement on the Signing of Arbitration Reform
“Earlier today, Governor Christie signed the Arbitration Reform Bill, A-3393, into law. This was a compromise and given the dynamics of the negotiations, the best compromise at this time. We thank Governor Christie, Senate President Sweeney, and Speaker Oliver on this compromise and encourage them to move forward with remaining pieces of management reforms we so desperately need to meet the pending 2 % cap.
“While today’s reforms mark a dramatic change to the Arbitration process and will assist municipalities in controlling the never-ending rise in public safety personnel costs, this is only one piece of the puzzle. Many more management reforms are needed to help local officials to meet the onerous 2% cap, which takes effect in 10 days.
“We also thank League Immediate Past President and Clifton Mayor Jim Anzaldi, Chair of the League’s Management Reform Committee and Orange Mayor Eldridge Hawkins, Jr., Rumson Mayor John Ekdahl, Belmar Mayor Kenneth Pringle, Lower Township Mayor Michael Beck, League Attorney Brian Kronick and League Interlocal Services Coordinator Greg Fehrenbach for their efforts in bringing attention to this important issue by holding press conferences, testifying before various Legislative Committees and meeting with Legislators.
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For further information contact: William G. Dressel, Jr., Executive Director at (609)695-3481, extension 122 or 609-915-9072.