Murphy: ‘Unacceptable’ that PATH union has gone almost 10 years without a contract

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Gov. Phil Murphy (D) said that it’s “unacceptable” that the PATH Labor Coalition has gone nearly a decade without a contract with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, vowing to “move the needle” as soon as possible.

“We are a proud union state. I’ll take our place among any state in America. That is something that angers me, Tom. I know it’s out there. It’s lingered far too long,” Murphy said at a virtual Town Hall on Thursday.

“The answer is yes. Deb will help me follow up with the Port Authority to emphasize, once again, emphasize would be a delicate way to put it, to let our opinions be known. This is unacceptable. Period. Tom, god-willing, we will move the needle.”

PATH Labor Coalition President Joseph Dominiczak of course welcomed the governor’s support.

“I want to thank Governor Murphy wholeheartedly for standing up for the 1,000 workers of the PATH Labor Coalition and their families and making it clear that the Port Authority’s refusal to negotiate in good faith cannot be allowed to continue,” he said in a statement.

“We hope the governor’s involvement will be a wake-up call to Port Authority management. They have repeatedly refused to negotiate in good faith with our members and been totally unwilling to offer a fair compensation package that allows these working men and women to earn a living wage, and that must change now.”

Last month, six members of the New Jersey congressional delegation called on the Port Authority to settle the contract dispute, which union leadership says has been at a standstill for nearly two years, NJ Advance Media reported.