In an unprecedented move, the Commission’s chair transferred the case to herself and on March 7, 2011,

 denied the interim relief applications based upon the contention that the balance of hardships

(the other considerations for interim relief were not specifically addressed) favored the county.



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Commission Reverses 30 Years of Precedent and Eliminates Employers’ Obligation to Pay Automatic Increments After Contract Expiration

By Ira W. Mintz, Esq.

County of Atlantic and, FOP Lodge 34 and PBA Local 77

In P.E.R.C. No. 2014-40, the Commission reversed over 30 years of court-approved Commission precedent and eliminated an employer’s obligation to pay automatic salary increments after the expiration of a collective negotiations agreement.  Citing a change in the labor relations climate, the Commission reversed the decision of the Hearing Examiner who had found that the County never claimed an inability to pay increments, and, in fact, had kept its budget growth under the 2% tax levy cap and had retroactively paid increments after the issuance of an interest arbitration award involving one of the unions, PBA Local 243.  The Commission also reversed the Hearing Examiner’s conclusion that the parties had expressly agreed to continue the automatic payment of step increments notwithstanding the expiration of the contracts and that the County therefore repudiated the express terms of the agreements.  The Commission vote was 3 to 1, with one public and one employee representative member of the Commission not present.


Kelly Hatfield, whom Christie has appointed as the new chairwoman of the Public Employment Relations Council, the agency that resolves disputes between public workers and the state. With Christie targeting public workers’ pay and benefits, PERC will be a bloody battleground as the state negotiates new contracts. Christie pledges an “adversarial” relationship with unions.

Hatfield, however, has no background in labor or law. She is a former Summit councilwoman and former school board member. She has run for Assembly and Congress, and lost both times. Questionable qualifications for running an important state agency, but, hey, anybody can be a hatchet (wo)man.

She is a microbiologist, which is fitting, because Christie now has his germy hands all over PERC and the infection is likely to grow.

Under Christie’s direction, Hatfield forced the resignation of staff attorney and general counsel Ira Mintz, who for 25 years has been a fair and reasonable voice in acrimonious labor disputes. Christie apparently isn’t interested in fair and reasonable, so Mintz was, in effect, fired without cause. (Hatfield, a bureaucratic rookie, denies she took Christie’s direction on the force-out, but that’s simply not believable.)

Some conclude Mintz was kicked to the curb because he sided with workers against Christie in a dispute over a holiday. Christie’s message to other PERC employees is clear: Side with workers and you could be given a permanent (unpaid) holiday.

After ripping Corzine for making purely political appointments, Christie is doing the same thing. And it’s not the first time. Here’s the Christie Reform Agenda you won’t see on YouTube: Among other things, he has interfered in elections (giving a Port Authority job to Passaic County Sheriff Jerry Speciale, a Democrat, to get him out of a race) and hired pals of dubious qualifications to the Parole Board, the Port Authority and the Department of Transportation (which, at the time, was under a hiring freeze).




                                       Civil Service ‘banding’ proposal awaits Assembly vote

    TRENTON – The Legislature is scheduled to take up the contentious issue of blocking a proposed civil service change next week.

    The Assembly has scheduled a vote Monday on a resolution in opposition to the Christie administration’s decision to establish what is called a “job banding” program. The Senate, which has a session scheduled for Thursday, has not announced what bills and resolutions it will vote on yet.

    Opponents say the administration is trying to ram through with scant public review a wide-ranging reform that will make it easier to promote unqualified personnel in the name of political patronage.

    Its supporters say it actually will facilitate justifiable promotions while cutting costs and red tape. (Mooney/PolitickerNJ)

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         "At this point, even if we went to another appeal, it's another year and the same decision is going to come back," Freeholder Charles Garrett said. "In the meantime, people are suffering. If it's a question of money, pay the money and let's get past it.

    We continually allude to the taxpayer. What are these          (officers) but taxpayers?"             

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