Christie, Sweeney reach deal for New Jersey benefits and pension payments

    UPDATE: Bob Master, legislative and political director of Communications Workers of America, told the Christie-Sweeney deal is an “outrageous attack on the collective bargaining rights of New Jersey’s public workers and their standard of living.” CWA represents about 40,000 state employees.

    Original report: Gov. Christie and Senate President Sweeney have reached a deal for public workers’ benefits, which sources say would result in increased payment from employees.

    Here are the details from


    -Most public workers would immediately pay an additional one percent of their salaries for their pensions

    -Police and firefighters would pay an additional 1.5 percent

    -The state would be required to pledge to increase its pension contributions to legally required levels

    We’ll have more on this story later.

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