TRENTON, NJ (AP / CBSNewYork) – New Jersey‘s transportation commissioner says cumbersome union work rules cost the state as much as $13 million a year in salaries and benefits for extra toll collectors.

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Transportation Commissioner Jim Simpson says 100 additional toll collectors are on the payroll to cover union rules such as 8-hour shifts and overtime for working their birthdays.

Bids are being taken to privatize toll collections on the Turnpike and Garden State Parkway.

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The Assembly State Government Committee is hashing out details of the plan.

The union representing toll collectors says it has offered more than $10 million in concessions.

AFL-CIO President Charlie Wowkenech says the authority has refused to bargain. He says toll-takers won’t be able to live on wages as low as $12 per hour.

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The New Jersey Turnpike Authority votes next week on whether to privatize.
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