Machinists, New Jersey Transit Continue Talks, Menendez Tells NJT Management to Get Serious

The IAM, TCU and entire New Jersey Transit Labor Coalition are continuing talks today in an attempt to avert a strike of the carrier at 12:01 AM, Sunday.

New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez spoke outside Newark, NJ’s Penn Station and was not pleased with reports of NJT’s refusal to accept a fair settlement to the five-year contract dispute.

“You can’t expect transit workers to to be five years without a contract, to concede to two independent arbitrators’ decisions and still be told no,” said Senator Menendez (D-NJ). “At some point, it seems to me that the state has to put its shoulder here into the effort and be serious about coming to a contract negotiation and averting a strike.”

“Machinists members in New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia and other places are ready to mobilize and stand with their sisters and brothers from New Jersey Transit,” said General Vice President Sito Pantoja. “Unions talk about solidarity all the time, but New Jersey Transit is about the see it in action.”