New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has announced new contracts with two unions representing nearly 6,000 state and higher-education employees.
Christie unveiled the agreements Thursday with the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
The IFPTE contract covers about 4,500 state and higher-education workers through 2019. Christie says the deal is retroactive to 2015 and includes no salary increases for 2015 and 2016, but a 1.75 percent increase in 2017 and a 1.6 percent hike in 2018.
The IBEW and Christie agreed to two deals that also stretch back to 2015 and go through 2018. Christie says the union, which represents 1,150 state workers, had the same salary changes as the deal with the engineers’ union.
Calls seeking comment from the unions weren’t immediately returned Thursday.