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Benefits Slashing or Privatization Ultimatum Hits New Jersey Toll Workers

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Andrea Germanos, staff writer

Give up some of your benefits, or your job will be privatized.

This was the message dealt New Jersey toll managers and supervisors, who ultimately escaped privatization of their jobs in exchange for the sacrifice.

The state's Record reports on Tuesday that the workers' new contract "strips them of snow bonuses, reimbursed commuting expenses and other benefits the Christie administration deemed excessive."

A similar ultimatum happened two years ago, when, the paper continues, "the toll workers agreed to take a dramatic pay cut and to surrender several other benefits over two years" after a privatization threat.

“We’ve already given back huge pay cuts. How much more would it be fair to bleed?” the Record quotes Franceline Ehret, president of Local 194, as saying.

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