Toll collectors face pay cut

(AP) - Privatization would likely mean paycuts for toll collectors on the New Jersey Turnpike and GardenState Parkway.The Record newspaper reports specifications released Wednesdayshow the

EAST BRUNSWICK - (AP) - Privatization would likely mean paycuts for toll collectors on the New Jersey Turnpike and GardenState Parkway.

The Record newspaper reports specifications released Wednesdayshow the minimum pay for full-time collectors at $12 an hour and$10 an hour for part-timers.

Longtime collectors earn around $65,000 per year. The "request for proposals" comes as the toll collectors'union negotiates a new contract for the 663 turnpike and 176parkway employees.

Specifications call for a private firm to provide "tollattendant services" from July 6, 2011, through July 5, 2016.

Turnpike Authority spokesman Tom Feeney says there would befewer collectors on the roads.

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