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Port Authority Ordered To Restore Toll-Free Perks For Some Retirees

WOODLAND PARK, N.J. (AP) — An arbitrator has ordered the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to restore toll-free passage on its bridges and tunnels and free airport parking for some retirees.

The benefits were pulled more than a year ago at the behest of Gov. Chris Christie, who was critical of the perks given to nonunion employees.

On Tuesday, an arbitrator restored them for the agency’s retired electrical workers. It’s unclear whether the decision will impact other lawsuits by retirees who also lost the perks.

In its ruling, obtained by The Record, the arbitrator also ordered the agency to reimbursement the retirees for tolls and parking they have personally paid since the perks were nixed. The employees were enjoying free tolls at the Holland and Lincoln tunnels and the Outerbridge Crossing, Bayonne, Goethals and George Washington bridges.

The workers’ union filed a grievance when the perks were cut, claiming the Port Authority had violated a collective bargaining agreement.

According to the arbitrator, the last union contract with the Port Authority, which expired in 2006, granted the benefit to retirees for life.

Port Authority spokesman Steve Coleman said the agency will appeal the arbitrator’s decision.

“We believe that these retirees don’t deserve a free ride on the backs of toll payers and we will fight this bad decision,” Coleman told The Record.

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  1. NJ says:

    Both Governors of NY and NJ should cut the political nonsense, and tell the public the truth.
    Each time the Governors change, in both States, all of their buddies and political favors are given high paying jobs in the Port Authority, with all of the perks, including a vehicle to use.
    While all of the dedicated life long employees of the Port Authority suffer for all of their political favors.
    The Bull, that flies out of Gov. Christies big mouth, wait till I get my arms around the Port Authority!!!!!!
    Yes, he got his arms around it, and all of his buddies came out of his pockets and got jobs there, I think there are about 34 people!!!!!!

  2. IT DON'T MATTER says:

    CHRISTIE IS A SNEAK AND A LIAR HOW ABOUT CORY BOOKER FOR GOVERNOR HE’D DO A BETTER JOB THEN CHRISTIE , CHRISTIE KNEW ABOUT THE TOLL HIKES , HOW HE GOT RID OF 30 PEOPLE AND OUT IN 50 IN MOST OF THE SAME POSITIONS FOR MORE MONEY! HE’S AS LOW AS CORZINE.MAYBE LOWER

  3. sick of it all says:

    As if the agency isn’t corrupt with Political appointees getting uber benefits..ace Governor Christie makes 40 appointments to the Authority……he’s a low life lying thief,as culpable as the prior administrations………………….it’s no wonder tolls just kkep going up, Impeach the lard ass

  4. Paul says:

    It’s a benefit that is part of the salary package and shouldn’t be touched before or after retirement.

  5. Disgusted says:

    Christie forces the Port Authority to remove benefits for it’s long term employees, who have spent their professional lives at the agency, then he loads the agency with 50 political hacks.

  6. Alice says:

    Maybe Christie should turn in his free E-Z Pass and start paying also.

  7. MikefromNY says:

    Ordered the agency to “reimbursement” the retirees? Can’t people please write in English!

  8. Nonya says:

    What gives any official or agency the right to change prior collective bargaining agreements at whim? I do not agree that retirees should be given these types of perks but, I do agree that a collective bargaining agreement should be upheld. If you do not want to pay for these perks then don’t offer them in the first place.

    1. MikefromNY says:

      Blame the fat bully, Christie.

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