NJ Transit Curbs Vacation Payouts

NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP)NJ Transit was curbing payouts for unused vacation time.

The agency has suspended payouts to nonunion employees.

NJ Transit spokeswoman Penny Bassett-Hackett told the Asbury Park Press the action comes in response to Gov. Chris Christie’s criticism of the practice.

Christie spokesman Kevin Roberts told the newspaper the administration hopes NJ Transit will end such benefits for union employees in their next contracts.

Payroll information shows NJ Transit paid $2.2 million to current and retired employees for unused vacation time in 2010 even as it raised fares and cut service.

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  • jayce

    Agreed! Gone are the days where workers really needed the protection of unions. Time to re-evaluate their role. Seems like, in order to try to convince us that unions are needed, they have switched their focus from unfair labor practice prevention to money making machines. The dollar value of dues versus the benefit they allege to provide sometimes do not add up. In some instances, they hurt more than the help. But this is my opinion. I know there are many out there who disagree. Let’s just agree to disagree. As a current worker in the non-union and private sector, and past member of two unions, I really see no point. In fact, after learning more about my union, I decided I did not want to participate as I felt the were of no benefit. I was then told I did not have the right to opt out. Either I opted in, or lost my job. Where’s the democracy in that?

  • Zo

    Good. Where I work, it’s ‘use it or lose it’. I don’t get paid for unused time… and even for retired employees? Wouldn’t they be on a permanent vacation? Unions are not the enemy, but we are no longer working in an day with unfair labor laws, so they too should change with the times.

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