Eighty drivers employed by the South Jersey Transportation Authority have ratified their first union contract since organizing as part of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE) Local 196.
According to the New Jersey AFL-CIO, the drivers are “mostly African American women and senior citizens, are the people who deliver Meals on Wheels, shuttle seniors to doctors and supermarkets (pre-COVID), drive the college buses on campus, and are considered essential employees especially during inclement weather.”
The divers ratified their contract on December 16, which includes “substantial retroactive pay raises for 2020,” as well as paid holidays, health and other benefits.
“This victory could not have been possible without the assistance provided by New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech,” said Sean P. McBride, the IFPTE local 196 president.
McBride’s union includes the some employees from the Garden State Parkway and municipal workers in Asbury Park, Old Bridge, and Matawan.