State announces pact with SEIU, IFPTE

TRENTON –  The Christie Administration announced this afternoon it has reached a four-year contract agreement with a state employee collective negotiations unit representing more than 5,000 employees. 

The financial terms of the agreement provide for no across the board salary increases in the first two years and small increases in the third and final years.

The agreement, which requires ratification by the union memberships, was reached with the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE), AFL-CIO Local 195, and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Local 518. 

Both union locals are covered under one contract, and the new agreement will succeed the prior agreement which expired June 30, 2011, the governor’s office reported.  The agreement was reached last week.

The across the board salary increases in the agreement are as follows:  July 1, 2011 – 0 percent; July 1, 2012 – 0 percent; July 1, 2013 – 1 percent , and July 1, 2014 – 1.75 percent. 

“The financial terms of this agreement are, at best, similar to what most New Jerseyans in the private sector have experienced in recent years.  The same can be said for non-union state employees in the executive branch who have not seen a raise in over four years,” Gov. Christie said in a release. 

“I thank both union locals for their recognition of the reality we all confront and for their honest and fair negotiations with my administration.  I can tell you that we have the same expectations for our other public employee contracts still being negotiated.”

IFPTE represents approximately 4,900 state employees throughout departments in the executive branch and at state colleges.

SEIU represents approximately 190 employees at the state Motor Vehicle Commission.  Together IFPTE/SEIU represents the third-largest state employee civilian negotiations unit.

The Christie Administration continues negotiations with 12 other public employee unions, the largest being the Communications Workers of America, representing approximately 35,000 state employees. State announces pact with SEIU, IFPTE