Union: NJ Governor Won’t Counter Giveback Proposal

TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — New Jersey’s largest state worker union said Gov. Chris Christie has snubbed their health care giveback proposal.

Communications Workers of America officials, who were negotiating a new contract, said the governor’s representatives refused to respond to or counter their opening offer.

Christie said he wants health care concessions achieved through legislation, not bargaining.

WCBS 880’s Levon Putney with comments from Governor Christie

The union proposal would have employees pay 20 percent of medical insurance costs by the end of their four-year contract.

Christie’s proposal would require workers to pay 30 percent by 2014.

The governor accused union leaders of ‘whining’ Thursday. He said they previously have gone to the Legislature to lock in benefit changes.

Workers have contributed 1.5 percent of their salary toward health care costs since 2007. That change was negotiated during bargaining then codified through legislation.

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  1. Tom says:

    Good thing this man will never be president.

  2. Theodore Baar says:

    JB

    JR just seems like a hateful person who is bitter, if youre so jealous, take the exam, pass it like everyone else and you can have the job, otherwise shutup.

    Sorry JB. I don’t have any relatives on the job, in an appointed position or in elected office so I am underqualified, so to speak

  3. McRuff says:

    Haters always gonna hate!

  4. john l says:

    i would like to know how much this govenor,and all other politicians [state and feceral] pay out of thier pocket for thier health care and pensions. probably not much at all if anything at all. and they didnt bargain with anybody on the other side of the table. the just wrote what they wanted and voted it into law. some system, they get all they want with no opposition, and we use colective bargaining come to an agreement and vote on it, it becomes a legal contract and then these same politicians want givebacks.

  5. JR says:

    Good, they should have to pay like the rest of us do! Times have changed, they need to get over it, and wake up to the fact that the days of glory are gone and over and done with and buried. Sorry. Collective bargaining by public employees paid by taxpers should be banned, as should lobbying, or othewise known as bribery!

    1. JB says:

      JR just seems like a hateful person who is bitter, if youre so jealous, take the exam, pass it like everyone else and you can have the job, otherwise shutup.

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