NJ Bill Would Obstruct Contracting Out

Published October 1, 1999

Under a bill introduced in the New Jersey Senate, school districts would be prohibited from contracting out transportation, cafeteria, and janitorial services while an existing contract with district employees was in force. Even when the contract ended, the decision on contracting out would be subject to mandatory negotiations with the union representing the affected employees.

A spokesperson for the New Jersey School Boards Association told The Ewing Weekly Times that the bill, which is strongly supported by the New Jersey Education Association, would give the unions “virtual veto power” over school board decisions.