Murphy Reaches Four-Year, $120 Million Deal with State Workers

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Governor Phil Murphy has reached a four-year, $120 million labor agreement with New Jersey’s biggest state worker union.

On Thursday, March 7th, Murphy announced the deal runs from 2019 through 2023 and would cover 32,000 state workers in the Communication Workers of America (CWA) and the AFL-CIO.

Workers would receive two percent raises each year under the new deal.

The contract would run from July 1st through June 30th, 2023, if workers ratified it. Murphy says the deal includes about $70 million in savings from changes to health benefits.

“From day one, I’ve promised that we’d build a stronger and fairer economy by negotiating in good faith with our workforce,” said Murphy. “Our tentative contract agreement provides fair wages, allows for CWA members to enter a new health care plan that generates significant savings for the State of New Jersey and taxpayers, and provides a fair premium share for members. Together, we’re turning the page from the failed approaches of the past toward a new chapter of mutual respect and dialogue with our workforce.”

It's the second such contract that Murphy brokered with the CWA in New Jersey.

He agreed in May to a retroactive four-year deal for $150 million since that contract had lapsed under his Republican predecessor Chris Christie.

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