Christie Nixes Black Friday Holiday

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — State employee union leaders are seeing red over New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s decision not to give workers Black Friday off.

Former Gov. Jon Corzine had allowed the unions to trade the day after Thanksgiving for Lincoln’s Birthday in February.

The workers can take the time as a vacation day.

Communications Workers of America state director Hetty Rosenstein told Gannett New Jersey’s Statehouse Bureau “it’s dirty pool.”

Employee Relations director David Cohen says legislation is needed to exchange holidays. Otherwise, Cohen says state workers could get both days off.

One union leader is threatening to go to court to enforce Corzine’s 2009 Memorandum of Agreement.

State workers receive 13 holidays off.

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  • CalmDown

    They don’t want an extra day, they want to exchange one holiday for another. What is the big deal?

  • LKct

    Last time I checked there were just 6: new years, memorial, july4, labor, tgiving & xmas. You want more time off? Take a vacation day (scary to think how many they get). Don’t like it then QUIT! I’m sure they are TONS of people out there who would love your jobs!

    • MissJusticeNY

      They probably get Columbus day, Election day, MLK day, Veterans day and probably also get 4 day weekends for memorial and labor day.

  • phunt

    total agreement with CC on this one… state employees have had it good for too long at the expense of the tax payer… BLACK FRIDAY OFF??? for what to shopping, go to work like the rest of the state… if you dont like it get a diff job… or go shopping on one of you many many many other days off you get…

  • z z zodiac

    Stop crying and get to work-everybody else does. Unions are bankrupting our municipalities.

  • Brian

    A. Hitler it is time for the employees we pay to start living in our world.
    To Bad It could be worse in Mass state employyees in Suffolk County get Bunker Hill and Evacuation day off and because Suffolk county gets those days off the rest off state employees get two extra personal days. It is a joke.

  • edwin

    don’t worry the are still gonna do it Christie, Shopping on black friday is done not out of a pay check but rather out of savings….You are not accomplishing anything….think about it!!traditions

  • To bad

    They have 13 days off already, how many more do you want us to pay for..its right. Give another day back like halooween, or some ridiculous day that they have off. And take the Friday off we need changes here guys.

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