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Locals 196 and 3 Take to Capitol Hill in Support of Member OT Pay, Better Safety Measures Along NJ's Highways

Left to Right: Local 3 President John Garrity, Local 196 President/Atlantic Area Vice President Sean McBride, Congressman Don Norcross, and Local 196 President Emeritus Jimmy Robertello

Leaders from IFPTE Locals 196 and 3 visited the offices of New Jersey Senators and Representatives seeking support for their efforts to protect the overtime pay of their members.

Local 196 President/Atlantic Area Vice President Sean McBride, Local 196 President Emeritus James Robertello, and Local 3 President John Garrity along with Local 3 member Dawn Dunphy were accompanied by IFPTE legislative staff for visits to the offices of Representatives Don Norcross (D-NJ), Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), Tom MacArthur (R-NJ), Chris Smith (R-NJ), Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Donald Payne (D-NJ), as well as with the offices of Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Cory Booker (D-NJ).

Local 196 scheduled the Hill meetings in response to efforts by Atlantic City Expressway (ACE) management to unilaterally strip long-standing overtime pay from Local 196 represented ACE workers. Local 196 also raised the Union’s concerns with management’s failure to put in place updated safety precautions along the Garden State Expressway where the Local also represents workers, and where a member was gravely injured while cutting grass along the roadway in the rain.

John Garrity, along with Dawn Dunphy, who is a New Jersey resident, informed lawmakers about the importance of accommodating disabled federal workers like Ms. Dunphy.

Sean McBride commented that, “because management at the Atlantic City Expressway made it clear that they intend to continue to strip our members of their overtime pay, we felt it very important to take our concerns straight to our federally elected leaders in Congress. Without exception, each of our meetings went very well, and all of the offices were concerned that their constituents, who have been without a pay raise since 2010, were now facing cuts to their overtime pay.

The staff and lawmakers we met with were also receptive to Local 196’s continued efforts to encourage management along the Garden State Expressway to work with us in putting in place updated, common sense safety measures to protect employees who are working along the highways. Local 196 thanks these offices for meeting with us and we look forward to continuing to work with them on this issue and others that impact our membership, until they are resolved.”

Local 3 President John Garrity also commented, saying that, “our time on the Hill this week proved beneficial to the members of Local 3, as we received assurances the many of these lawmakers will continue to fight against any more cuts to federal employee compensation, retirement and health benefits, and attacks on our collective bargaining rights, and will work to assist our disabled members like Ms. Dunphy from being unjustly penalized in the workplace because of her disability.”

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