TRENTON – The Senate today unanimously passed bipartisan compromise legislation championed by Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney to overhaul the method by which towns and public safety unions have their cases decided by arbitration, reforming the process to make it fair.
“Reforming the arbitration system is essential if communities are going to be able to live under the property tax cap,” said Sweeney (D-Gloucester/Cumberland/Salem). “For too long, the system has been tilted in favor of the public unions and arbitrators have enjoyed too free a hand in crafting contracts that did not even have to consider a town’s ability to pay. This compromise legislation will ensure that taxpayers are protected and that workers are treated fairly. It’s a revolutionary change for arbitration in general, and especially for New Jersey.”