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New Jersey Transit riders be warned—this strike may affect your commute

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Jennifer P
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If you're a New Jersey traveler, we hope you enjoy the gorgeous weekend ahead—because it looks like your workweek is about to get complicated come Monday. According to NBC News, there’s a strike in works that may affect more than 100,000 NJ Transit riders.

Come Sunday morning, more than 4,000 unionized rail workers will go on strike, unless the agency is willing to continue to negotiate terms. At this time, transit employees are looking to receive an 18.4 percent pay raise over the next seven years, plus health insurance capped at 2.5 percent of base pay. 

According to NBC, “it would cost an additional $183 million in the first two years,” and the agency is willing to do a 10.9 percent raise over seven years, where employees contribute 20 percent of their salaries toward health insurance. But, yeah, that doesn’t seem like it's going to cut it.

So what does this mean for your commute? According to traffic experts, you can expect jams up to 20 miles or more leading into the Lincoln and Holland tunnels. Bad news bears.


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