NJ’s Top Court Rules Pay Increases May Stay in Effect After Contracts Expire

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From NJ Spotlight

Public employers in New Jersey must continue to give workers the annual increases entitled them under an established salary guide even after a union contract has expired — as long as the contract specifies that they continue — the state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.

The unanimous decision was a victory for public unions. But at the same time, the Supreme Court did not rule on a broad doctrine known as “dynamic status quo” that has guaranteed employees continue to receive negotiated incremental increases based on longevity in a job after a contract’s expiration for most of the past 42 years.

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