IFPTE Local 194 is a public sector union representing the 1,500 employees of the New Jersey turnpike in the Maintenance, Toll Collection, Office and Clerical and Technical bargaining units. We are a part of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, AFL-CIO & CLC.
Why We Exist
The IFPTE began organizing tolls, maintenance and craft employees of the NJ Turnpike in 1965. In May 1968, the new jersey PERC law, drafted by our former Business Manager Frank Forst, was enacted. This enabled public employees to negotiate contracts. On July 15, 1968 the charter of Local 194 was issued. While waiting for the PERC law to take effect, Local 194 attempted to bargain with the Turnpike and, in 1968, brought the first dental insurance plan to New Jersey. Following an election involving the Teamsters and a challenge to the election, Local 194 negotiated its first contract with the Turnpike in 1970, bringing about major gains in the public employee area including the right to accumulate and/or cash-in sick leave. Local 194's contract was also the first in the nation to declare Martin Luther King Day as a holiday.
In 1972, Local 194 organized the office, clerical, and technical staff of the Turnpike and negotiated their first contract while negotiating a successor agreement for other members. Over the years, Local 194 brought in several innovations and was the first union to negotiate a vision care benefit - unheard of at the time. Our contracts with the turnpike are strong in the areas of grievance and arbitration as well as the safety and rights of our members.
Local 194 is "involved." Over the years, we have affiliated with several Central Labor Councils as well as the NJ State AFL-CIO in which we have played an active roll. We have participated in many state house demonstrations as well as lobbying efforts. Local 194 has a "Voluntary Fund" to which members contribute $1.50 a week. Almost everyone belongs. The fund is used for political action, communications and legal defense.
Over the years, Local 194 has been a strong organization marred by only one strike - in 1995. We are proud of its accomplishments.
We exist for the tens of thousands of women and men working in professional and technical occupations as a resource once they decide to organize their workplace. Our members are committed to assisting others professionals in organizing their own union with IFPTE, just as previous members helped them in gaining a real voice in their workplace.
We exist to give our members an effective voice in the legislative process and issues that affect their careers and families. All of us are impacted by our international, national, state and provincial legislatures in one manner or another. Through IFPTE, organized professionals can express their concerns, as well as ideas on how to improve their lives and communities to legislatures. This is not the same as being involved in party politics. We pride ourselves has being a union that focuses on the issues that concern our members, not ideology.
We exist to raise the standards by which all professional and technical employees live and work. Working together employees gain a contract to ensure their professional integrity, partner on equal standing with their employer, and to stop the cycle of outsourcing for the benefit of a few at the expense of the employees, but also the long term success and mission of the business or agency.
We exist so our members can join in solidarity with other professionals in the United States and Canada. No Union is an island. By joining together with other organized employees we can share knowledge and assist each other during challenging times.
NEW JERSEY TURNPIKE: The Turnpike was the first toll road in New Jersey and the third in the nation when it opened in 1951. It has grown over time from 118 miles to 148 with the addition of the Newark Bay Hudson County Extension (1956), the Pearl Harbor Memorial Turnpike Extension (1956), the Western Spur (1970) and the I-95 Extension (1992). The road has grown wider over the years, too. Originally four lanes for its full length, it’s now as wide as 14 lanes in some areas. There are 366 toll lanes at the 28 interchanges. They include 142 entry lanes and 222 exit lanes. E-ZPass is accepted in all lanes. There are express E-ZPass lanes at interchanges 1, 6 and 18W. For drivers who don't have E-ZPass, there are 69 entry lanes with dual-height ticket machines and 108 staffed exit lanes.
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