Striking workers can now get unemployment benefits in New Jersey
Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday signed a law allowing striking workers to collect unemployment benefits in New Jersey.
Stat lawmakers first proposed the legislation two years ago as Verizon workers waged a six-week strike against the telecommunications giant's contract demands. About 4,600 of the 40,000 East Coast employees on strike worked in New Jersey.
Months later, 1,000 Taj Mahal casino and hotel employees launched a strike in a dispute over benefits, and the push for unemployment benefits intensified.
At a 2016 news conference, state Senate President Stephen Sweeney, D-Gloucester, said the bill would "allow workers to express their rights without being starved back to work."
Then-Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, vetoed the bill that November.
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Unemployment benefits were never intended for striking workers. Unions should cover that. This hurts unions in the end.
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