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Judge signs order barring strike action by NJ Transit engineers

By | June 21, 2022

Emergency order comes after sick calls lead to Friday shutdown, weekend train cancellations

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An NJ Transit Northeast Corridor commuter train arrives at Princeton Junction, N.J. A judge has issued an emergency order blocking further strike action against the agency by engineers. (Trains: David Lassen)

CAMDEN, N.J. — A federal judge has barred the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen has been barred from initiating future strikes against NJ Transit following a job action that shut down commuter rail operations last Friday.

NorthJersey.com reports the emergency order issued by U.S. District Judge Christine O’Hearn also requires the union to immediately tell its members to cease and desist any activity related to the work stoppage. Engineers who miss work without a legitimate reason could face actions including fines or jail time

A hearing on a complaint filed Friday by NJ Transit had been scheduled for today (Tuesday, June 21), but O’Hearn issued the order Sunday after engineers continued to call in sick at an unusually high rate on Saturday and Sunday, leading to the cancellation of hundreds of trains.

Engineers had called in at better than three times the normal rate on Friday, an NJ Transit spokesman said, leading the agency to halt all operations Friday evening [see “Friday sick calls by engineers shut down NJ Transit,” Trains News Wire, June 20, 2022]. In court documents, NJ Transit lawyers contended at least one union leader had urged engineers to stay out “to put pressure on NJT in collective bargaining negotiations.”

5 thoughts on “Judge signs order barring strike action by NJ Transit engineers

  1. If they really want to put pressure on NJT, they would find new employers/careers and quit. Resignations are usually long-term…

  2. I recall, from my last visit to NJ a year or so before the pandemic, that NJ Transit was rather short of engineers and having difficulty finding them, and training as many new engineers as possible; they were canceling trains because there weren’t enough engineers.

  3. It’s only recently that news reports say NJ Transit is getting out from under their operating staff shortage. So there are probably quite a few new hires working now. But there’s been little said (afaik) about any grievances among engineers and trainmen. I’m curious what’s leading to this job action now.

  4. So NJT found (conned) a Judge that blocked the federally guarantee right to strike by the BLE. Yet if NJT wasn’t so screwed up with this mess they created the sickout may not have happened! FWIW

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