New Jersey Transit union rejects deal that averted strike

Members of a union representing some New Jersey Transit rail workers have become the first group to not ratify a new contract with the agency.

The New Jersey Transit Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen announced its decision in a statement posted Friday on its website. But a vote tally was not disclosed.

Union officials say they will now to return to the bargaining table with NJ Transit, though it’s not clear when that will happen.

NJ Transit declined comment on the matter, saying it had not yet received official word of the vote.

The union was part of an 11-member coalition that reached deals with the agency in March. Eight other unions have ratified their deals, while the two remaining unions planned to vote Saturday.

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