Christie begins bargaining with state employee unions

    Gov. Chris Christie says his administration has begun bargaining with state employee unions over health benefits changes.

    The memo from his office to the Communications Workers of America comes after months of Christie’s insistence that such changes would be made through legislation instead of collective bargaining.

     

    The Star-Ledger reports the new offer is similar to the original proposal that required state employees to pay 30 percent of their benefits coverage and would allow the state to change the cost of employee co-pays for the life of the four-year contract.

    The CWA still has a pending complaint that claims the initial refusal to bargain is a violation of state employment laws.

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