Strike by Rail Workers Averted as N.J. Transit Reaches Tentative Agreement with Workers
On Friday night, New Jersey Transit, the state owned public transportation agency said it has reached a tentative agreement with its rail workers which will help in avoiding a strike scheduled to begin from Sunday. According to the officials, a strike by the rail workers could affect commuting into New York City and paralyze he system.
The officials of the rail transportation agency previously warned that in case or a shutdown in the routes, rail passengers in huge numbers would have to commute through buses and roads which might lead to severe traffic congestion in the region.
Though the specific terms or the cost which will be incurred to avoid the strike were not disclosed but in case the strike took place, it would be the first of its kinds at the New Jersey rail system since 1983.
Negotiations were going on for months and the new agreement needs to be ratified by the unions' workers. The leaders of the union also declined to discuss the details of the agreement.
New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie said he was pleased with the deal and mentioned that contract will last till 2019 end. It gives the rail workers as well as the commuters a certain amount of stability.
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