NEWARK, N.J. – New Jersey Transit and its rail workers reached a tentative deal Friday to avert a strike that would have thrown Monday’s commute into New York City into chaos.
The settlement with railroad workers who had threatened to walk off the job Sunday morning ends a dispute that has been percolating for nearly five years, when the last contract expired. It avoids the agency’s first strike in more than 30 years.
“Thankfully for the commuters of New Jersey Transit the crisis is averted,” union spokesman Stephen Burkert said. “We are going home to our families.”
Gov. Chris Christie said the contract, which will go through 2020, was settled with the interest of taxpayers and fare payers “placed ahead of other interests.” He said negotiations were done in good faith throughout and commuters “will get on the train Monday morning, and it will be business as usual.”