New Jersey Turnpike, Garden State Parkway Toll Collectors Accept Offer To Save Their Jobs

TRENTON, NJ (AP / CBSNewYork) – The New Jersey Turnpike Authority and the toll collectors’ union have reached a deal to save the workers’ jobs.

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The two-year agreement includes salary cuts for toll collectors on the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway. They now earn about $65,000. The Star-Ledger of Newark reports that they’d see their salaries cut to about $57,000 in the first year and $49,500 in the second year.

Franceline Ehret of Local 194, says it was a long time coming.

All we’ve ever wanted was to be able to sit down and negotiate and try to save these jobs and we’re very pleased to have been able to do that and to come to an agreement that preserves working families’ jobs,” she told WCBS 880 reporter Kelly Waldron.

While Ehret admits the agreement was much tougher than they were hoping for, she’s relieved the jobs were saved from privatization.

It needs to be approved by both sides.

Authority members will likely vote on the deal during a Friday meeting that originally was scheduled to consider plans to privatize toll operations. Union members are expected to vote on it sometime over the weekend.

There are 700 turnpike toll collectors and 170 parkway toll collectors.

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  • JoeBlow

    if everyone got ez-pass we could weed out the illegal and low lifes and would’nt need any tollcollectors just the do nothing troopers hopefully arrsting them since they just sit around toll boths and rest areas in their cars tlaking to eachothr anyway

  • Carlos Liriano

    no wonder we going broke, toll collectors get $65,000 a year, i have have to drive my rig cross country 5 times before i can even make $50,000. collecting tolls is a BS job, they seat in they butts all day, driving cross country is a real job and a hard one too

    • Just askin

      Carlos said: they seat in they butts all day, driving cross country is a real job and a hard one too

      Um…Carlos? dont YOU “SEAT” on your butt all day?

  • College Senior

    Toll collectors earn $65,000 a year? That’s more than the average starting salary for recent college grrads.

    • hotmanme

      see you didnt go to college …..”grrads” who cares anyway i made 115,000 with only an associate degree…last year….people think a college degree is a save all….my sister has been unemployed for 4 years and she has an MBA….if you dont like it go collect tolls then….i dont think i would ever do that,,,,sucking in all those fumes….then i would spell like YOU …lol

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