Strike Averted! New Jersey Transit Unions Reach Tentative Agreement
"The deal came just over a day before workers could have started the strike," writes Emma G. Fitzsimmons of The New York Times. "A contingency mass transit plan would (have accommodated) only 38 percent of the transportation agency’s 105,000 daily rail commuters into New York City, leaving the rest to fend for themselves on already overcrowded roads," notes Friday's post on the looming strike.
"Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, a Republican, said he was pleased with the deal," writes Fitzsimmons. "He said the labor contract would last through the end of 2019, giving workers and commuters some stability."
Mr. Christie said that the agreement would not prompt a fare increase — something the agency had warned was a possibility — but that modest fare increases were likely to happen periodically in the future.
[Christie] said that he was confident the workers would ratify the agreement, and that he had agreed not to provide further details about the deal until the unions discussed it with their members.
Mr. Christie said that he was never too concerned a strike would be called and that negotiations often came down to the last minute.
“People generally don’t settle until they have to,” he said. “We’re about 30 hours or so from ‘have to.’ So we got it done.”