March 10, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Woodbridge, NJ – Almost 1,000 New Jersey Transit workers and supporters rallied across from the train station here Mar. 6, marshaling unity one week before a possible strike.
“Gov. Christie gets a raise every year. He doesn't wait five years. Why should you?” Charlie Wowkanech, president of the state AFL-CIO, told the crowd. The 11 unions representing NJ Transit workers have been trying to negotiate a new contract since July 2011, when their last one expired. Talks will continue this week in Washington under the eye of the federal National Mediation Board. "As long as we keep talking, that's what we're looking for," said Steve Burkert, general chairman of the SMART-TD Local 60 union. "We packed extra clothes going to D.C. because we were hoping they'd stay over and keep talking." Read more