State of New Jersey and Union Finalize Four-Year Contract, Aiming to Enhance Workforce Conditions & Boost Pay and Benefits for 4,000 Correctional Police Officers.
TRENTON, NJ — In a significant development for New Jersey's correctional workforce, the State and the Policemen’s Benevolent Association Local 105 have ratified a four-year contract, directly impacting the lives of 4,000 correctional police officers. The agreement, announced following a meeting on Monday, Nov. 27, marks a notable stride in improving employment conditions within the New Jersey Department of Corrections (NJDOC).
Governor Phil Murphy, a vocal advocate of organized labor, praised the agreement: “Our hard-working correctional police officers will now have access to salaries and benefits that will better reflect the essential work they undertake, which will in turn allow the Department of Corrections to become a more competitive employer.”
New Jersey Department of Corrections Commissioner Victoria L. Kuhn, Esq. highlighted the professional caliber of the officers: “This contract reflects their commitment,” she said. “This contract supports competitive salaries and will bolster our efforts to attract and retain outstanding public servants to the Department.”
The contract negotiation, a collaborative effort involving various teams, received personal gratitude from NJPBA 105 President William Sullivan.
"This contract marks a critical turning point for us," NJPBA 105 President William Sullivan said. “Our members have resoundingly approved the contract terms, bringing us a step closer to the goal of retaining, attracting, and recognizing our dedicated members."
Key aspects of the contract include an annual 3.5 percent salary increase over four years, improved take-home pay, and revised pay grade steps benefiting many officers. Additionally, the contract enhances eye care reimbursements, covering prescription lenses and contacts, signaling a comprehensive approach to employee welfare.
Retroactive to July 1, 2023, and extending until June 30, 2027, this contract sets a new benchmark in labor agreements for correctional officers in New Jersey.
Amidst these changes, the NJDOC continues to seek new talent, inviting applications for the next Correctional Staff Training Academy class. Interested candidates can find more information on the NJDOC website.