NJ Transit engineers are ready to strike over their wages, union says

  • February 17, 2023

Locomotive engineers, who were a hot commodity for NJ Transit to hire four years ago, are upset with a salary offer from NJ Transit and may start voting with their feet, either by taking jobs with other commuter railroads that pay more, or going on strike, union leaders said.

Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen officials said the union could strike over negotiations that have dragged on for three years.

“We are at a de facto impasse,” said James P, Brown, BLET general chairman. “The major sticking point is the hourly wage. “We make significantly less than the Long Island Rail Road, Metro North or Amtrak.”

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