TRENTON – Senator Joe Vitale, (D-19), of Woodbridge and Assemblyman Craig J. Coughlin, (D-19), of Woodbridge, urged the New Jersey Turnpike Authority Thursday to negotiate with toll collector unions prior to the union’s June 30 contract expiration.
“In light of recent reports, we strongly urge the New Jersey Turnpike Authority and its Board of Commissioners to begin negotiations with the toll collectors immediately,” the lawmakers said in a release. “Additionally, we believe that the Turnpike Authority should re-insert ‘Right of First Refusal’ language into their proposal for privatizing toll collection services. Over 800 hard-working toll collectors deserve a fair opportunity to continue their livelihood.
“It is unconscionable that the Turnpike Authority is turning its back on the very people who serve the authority under all weather conditions, day and night, and on weekends and holidays,” they said. “We stand in solidarity with the men and women who are at risk of losing their jobs to a privatization deal despite their good-faith efforts to attempt to negotiate a different outcome.”
The Christie administration wants to privatize toll collection.