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South Jersey Port Corp. Ends Bonuses For Punctual Workers

CAMDEN, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Acting on orders from Gov. Chris Christie, the South Jersey Port Corp. is no longer awarding bonuses to workers who show up on time.

The agency’s board eliminated giving a day’s pay for every two consecutive months that workers showed up no more than 30 minutes late. The board also ended the 40-year practice that allowed workers to convert vacation and sick days to cash.

Tuesday’s vote applies to 29 nonunion workers. However, the perks are expected to be struck from the next contract for 59 union workers.

Deborah L. Gramiccioni, director of the state unit that monitors authorities such as SJPC, told The Courier-Post of Cherry Hill employees “who simply come to work as scheduled” should not be rewarded.

The agency also planned to eliminate giving free TVs to union employees at the Broadway or Beckett Street terminals who work four years with no accidents.

Kevin Castagnola, acting executive director of the port corporation, defended the reward.

“These guys work outside in all kinds of weather,” he said. “Four years is a long time for no accidents, no workers comp claims, no injuries or damage to cargo.”

The agency oversees the development of port facilities in southern New Jersey.

Was this a correct decision by Gov. Christie? Sound off in our comments section below…

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  • jagdish

    But do they get anything if they can wipe their own ass? Whoever is responsible for implementing this bonus system in the first place should be fired or publicly humiliated at least.

  • Tilly

    They should start giving a bonus to Gov. Christie; for every two consecutive days that he doesn’t eat 10 Big Macs at one time, he gets a free postage stamp.

    • jagdish

      Christie just saved NJ residents money, and you mock him? He is doing exactly what other politicians need to be doing right now.

  • Jimmy

    It’s the little thinks like this that have been going on for years that have bit by bit killed the economy.

  • JR

    This all sounds like a farce and pure BS to start with! They should be showing up on time to start with and working safely with no rewards. How absurd and stupid.

    • Jimmy

      Probably started as a Union deal. The only Unions that are left with any power are the Public workers because the govt can just keep raising taxes and fees to support them. Unlike Unions like the Auto industry had, that bankrupted GM etc. because GM couldn’t keep raising prices. They had to actually compete. But wait, these public unions and their excessive benefits might just bankrupt the nation yet..

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