Port Au­thor­ity to cut nonunion ben­e­fits

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NEW YORK | The Port Au­thor­ity of New York and New Jer­sey voted Thurs­day to cut bonuses and other ben­e­fits for its nonunion em­ploy­ees in a move ex­pected to save $41 mil­lion over 18 months.

“These changes are painful and will rep­re­sent pay cuts for many Port Au­thor­ity em­ploy­ees,” Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Pa­trick Foye told the au­thor­ity’s board of com­mis­sion­ers. But Mr. Foye said Port Au­thor­ity staffers still earn more than many other gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees.

A re­cent au­dit or­dered by the gov­er­nors of New York and New Jer­sey crit­i­cized the agency’s or­ga­ni­za­tion and called its man­age­ment “dys­func­tional.”

The belt-tight­en­ing plan that the au­dit prompted will re­quire nonunion work­ers for the first time to con­trib­ute to the cost of their health care pre­mi­ums. More than 2,000 em­ploy­ees would be af­fected.

Em­ploy­ees at the top of the Port Au­thor­ity’s pay scale will pay 35 per­cent of their health in­sur­ance pre­mi­ums.

Em­ploy­ees will lose an av­er­age of 5.3 va­ca­tion days, with some work­ers los­ing as many as 17.

The au­thor­ity also is elim­i­nat­ing six bonus pro­grams that had added tens of thou­sands of dol­lars to work­ers’ pay­checks. Se­nior­ity and re­ten­tion bonuses had en­abled some rank-and-file po­lice of­fi­cers to earn more than $200,000 a year.

The board also elim­i­nated many of the free PATH train passes that are given to em­ploy­ees and re­tirees.

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