- Identifies areas not subject to collective bargaining, such as health care benefits, pension pick-ups, privatization of services, and work force levels such as maximum classroom sizes for teachers.
- Bans striking for all public employees
- Allows all current contracts with public employee unions to be re-opened as if under fiscal emergency.
- Allows collective bargaining rights for state employees on wages, hours, and terms and conditions of employment, within limits.
- Bases future pay increases on merit and keeps those merit raises within established pay ranges.
If the big three Public Service Unions had cooperated freely and made concessions when requested this legislation will not be needed. Instead as in the PSS's new contract there are annual raises and no evidence of any give back. That when compared with the lack of a COLA increase in Social Security does not sit well with the Seniors.
Just as management is necessary to run business and governments, the Union is needed to protect the worker. Problems arise when union leadership feels so powerful that they can place their membership in to a superior position over society. The draconian measures listed above would not have been a consideration if these 3 unions had universally adjusted to the present fiscal crisis.
Addition , 9:30 AM: The Ledger notes today that Christie and the "Unions" are planning talks. It appears that our Governor would preserve the unions and rid us of Civil Service constraints. This is similar to his attack on teacher tenure.