NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – New Jersey Transit and its rail workers reached a tentative deal Friday to avert a strike that would have thrown Monday’s commute into New York into chaos.
The settlement with railroad workers who had threatened to walk off the job ends a dispute that has been percolating for nearly five years, when the last contract expired. It avoids the agency’s first strike in more than 30 years.
Gov. Chris Christie said that the contract was settled with the interest of taxpayers and fare payers “placed ahead of other interests.” He said that the negotiations were done in good faith throughout and that commuters “will get on the train Monday morning and it will be business as usual.”