After five years of hostile contract negotiations, our brothers and sisters from SMART Transportation Division who work for NJ Transit are facing a March 13 deadline for a strike or lockout. This would affect 150,000 people who commute daily on trains, and 280,000 who take buses.
NJ Transit Rail Operations Corp. has ignored a federal labor board recommendation for modest annual pay increases and a slight uptick in health care coverage over the next six years. And it has ignored a plea from New Jersey’s congressional delegation, which sent a letter urging NJ Transit to seriously consider the board’s recommendations. Instead, NJ Transit wants to impose an astronomical increase in health care costs that would wipe out any wage increases on the table. After waiting five years for a contract, these employees have earned the right to move forward economically, not backward!
Our brothers and sisters from the SMART (formerly United Transportation Union or UTU), who are members of the Coalition of Rail Labor at NJ Transit, and New Jersey commuters need your support as the fight against this unacceptable proposal comes down to the wire. Here’s what you can do:
- Join us at the rally. 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 5, in the park across from the Woodbridge train station, 405 Pearl Street, Woodbridge, NJ 07095.
- Sign the petition. CLICK HERE to urge the governor to fund NJ Transit to avoid financial calamity.
Please take time to support our brothers and sisters and NJ Transit commuters. Wear your union colors. Show your union pride. Our hardworking brothers and sisters from SMART Transportation Division and their families need our union solidarity more than ever!