Machinists Union, Labor Coalition Reach Agreement with New Jersey Transit

Washington, D.C., March 11, 2016 — The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) and the Transportation Communications Union (TCU), part of a coalition of 13 unions representing more than 4,000 workers at New Jersey Transit, have reached a tentative contract agreement with the commuter carrier. The deal avoids a strike that would have shut down the nation’s third-largest commuter railroad at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, March 13.

“A strike was always the last option for New Jersey Transit workers, who have waited almost five years for a fair contract,” said IAM Transportation General Vice President Sito Pantoja. “I’d like to thank the membership of the IAM and TCU, and the entire Union Coalition, for their dogged determination and solidarity. Now, they will collectively decide whether this deal is acceptable or not.”

A strike would have been the first work stoppage at New Jersey Transit in 33 years. Numerous New Jersey politicians, including U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), called on New Jersey Transit to come to terms with its labor force before an impending strike.

“IAM and TCU members and the entire New Jersey Transit Rail Labor Coalition deserve commendation for their solidarity through this painstakingly long process,” said TCU National President Bob Scardelletti. “Today’s tentative agreement is only because of their unity and solidarity, and now subject to an up or down vote.”

“I want to thank the members for their solidarity and Sito Pantoja and Bob Scardelletti for the leadership that made this tentative agreement possible,” said IAM International President Bob Martinez.

The tentative agreement will be subject to a full membership vote to be held within the coming weeks.

Details of the accord will be posted on as they become available.

IAM-TCU is among the largest industrial trade unions in North America and represents nearly 600,000 active and retired members in transportation, aerospace, manufacturing, shipbuilding, woodworking and other industries. Visit for more information about the IAM.

Union Difference


 Source:  Bureau of Labor Statistics

The average nonunion worker earned about 20 percent less than the average unionized employee worker in wages alone.

The average nonunion worker earned about 33 percent less than the average unionized employee in total compensation.

Some of the most important benefits that workers get from Union membership are impossible to put a price tag on: representatives in the workplace of our own choosing, an active, collective voice to bargain over working conditions, and due process on the job. As union members, we know that collective bargaining is the best way to promote basic, democratic principles of fairness and dignity at work. But being in a union confers significant economic benefits as well. Unions have historically been the most effective institutions in our society at making sure the economic gains that workers help to create are shared widely rather than being channeled solely to the executive suite. The data below illustrates “The Union Difference” and shows why more and more people are joining unions today.

Union Difference – Annually 2015
Union Status Median Wkly. Earnings Any Retirement Benefits Defined Benefit Pension Medical Benefits
Union $980 86% 76% 83%
Non-Union $776 48% 16% 62%
Number of Union Members in the United States: 16.4 million
Percentage of Workers Who Belong to Unions
United States   11.1%
Public Sector 35.2%
  Local Government Workers 41.3%
  State Government Workers 30.2%
  Federal Government Workers 27.3%

Private Sector 6.7%
  Utilities 21.4%
  Information Industries (includes Telecommunications) 8.6%
  Telecommunications 13.3%
  Construction 13.2%
  Manufacturing 9.4%
  Transportation & Warehousing 19.3%
Occupational Groups  
  Education, Training & Library 35.5%
  Protective Service Workers 36.3%
  Transportation and Material Moving 14.2%
  Construction and Extraction 17.2%
  Installation, Maintenance & Repair 14.7%
  Production 12.6%
  Community & Social Services 15.3%
  Sales & Related 3.3%
  Farming, Fishing & Forestry 1.9%

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Union Members – 2015, and AFL-CIO “The Union Difference”

Click here for additional information offered by the AFL-CIO on “The Union Difference”

Updated 3/11/2016 by IAM&AW Strategic Resources Department

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