The New Jersey Senate and Assembly on Jan. 10 passed S3810/A5862, officially described as the Responsible Collective Negotiations Act.

The Senate vote was 23-14, while the Assembly vote was 49-27-1.

“This is a big win for our state public unions to develop a system of negotiations without the threat of imposition,” said AFTNJ President Donna M. Chiera. “However, we are disappointed that the rights afforded by the Responsible Collective Negotiations Act do not extend to the state employees who work in our higher education system. Rights should not be selective, and with that in mind, we’ll continue our work so that all state employees are treated the same.”

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