Bill in the works to freeze public worker pay

Legislation is set to be introduced that would freeze public worker salaries.

Republican Assemblyman Joseph Malone announced Thursday that he will introduce the legislation. The announcement was made at an Assembly Budget Committee Meeting. If passed, public worker salaries will be frozen for 1 to 3 years.

New Jersey?s underfunded pension system was discussed at the meeting. Malone said that freezing the salaries will prevent teacher layoffs and keep property taxes in check.

State worker union spokeswoman Hetty Rosenstein called the proposal ?a dismantling of collective bargaining.? Rosenstein also said that unions would sue to stop any effort to override their contracts.

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