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Township, Union Agree on New Contract

Big changes to TWU's employment pact

Brick officials and the Transport Workers Union have reached an agreement on a new contract.

The TWU's Local 225, Branch 4 represents employees in many township departments, including Public Works. The union had been in negotiations with township officials.

Under the new employment pact, the number of steps for current employees will go from eight to 12, effectively lengthening the time it will take for workers to reach their highest possible salaries.

The new agreement also changes township EMTs to a three day per week, 12 hour shift schedule.

The most significant change in the contract, however, comes for employees who began work in the township after Sept. 1, 2012. Those employees will not have contracted step wage increases, and will instead receive annual cost of living adjustments.

Over an employee's 25 year career, the move will save taxpayers $267,000, said Business Administrator Scott Pezarras.

"Both the union representatives and the administration worked very hard on this memorandum of agreement," said Council President John Ducey, before the council members unanimously approved the new contract and an accompanying salary ordinance.

The new agreement will run through 2015. It contains annual 2 percent raises, until the final year of the contract, which includes a 1.9 percent raise. The first 2 percent raise will be retroactive from the beginning of the 2012 calendar year.

Can't handle the truth October 21, 2012 at 05:00 PM
if all the people stuck together and did that, Chief they would have to change the way of doing business. its of no use to talk about how the public workers use to get paid. we have to deal with now. its not sustainable . he does not add up.
Can't handle the truth October 21, 2012 at 05:05 PM
where is this money gonna come from??? the revenue is not there. these people make me sick in office. they go from laying off everyone to giving raises . well the Dems campaigned on not raising taxes which is in their D N A . now the only people in this town that are benefiting from are the public workers. they go hand and hand. what did you people that voted Democrat and are not. think was gonna happen.
A. Nonie October 23, 2012 at 07:06 PM
most public workers pay property taxes. they are effectively paying for their own salaries.
What you talkin about Willis? October 23, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Good one!!!! "most" pay???? If employee A makes $100k a year and lives in the town's average house....he pays maybe 10k in property taxes. 60% goes to school and 20% to county. That leaves 20% of 10k or $2k If this is Obama math then 2k pays for $100k but here in NJ you are just making stuff up. PS - don't forget about the benes.....
A. Nonie October 24, 2012 at 12:17 PM
I said "most" because a lot can not afford to buy a house with the salaries they make. and what regular public worker makes $100k a year!? the frustration of having double-dippers and cronies racking in thousands of dollars a year is frustrating but dont take it out on the regular-joe workers who are just trying to live.

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