NJ Public Employees Reject Raising Dues for Anti-Christie Ad

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    NBC Philadelphia

    Members of New Jersey's largest public employees union have rejected a plan to raise dues to fund an ad campaign against Gov. Chris Christie.

    The Communications Workers of America says the vote was 3,525 to 2,201.

    The CWA represents 40,000 state workers. Leadership wanted to increase dues one-tenth of 1 percent to 1.25 percent of workers' salaries _ enough to raise about $2 million more per year.

    Union leaders said they needed the money for ads to oppose Christie's plans to change the pension system and allow towns to opt out of civil service rules.

    CWA District 1 vice president Chris Shelton says the battle to protect jobs and benefits will not stop.