Ongoing efforts by the state of New Jersey to privatize some of its toll roads could end up having a huge impact on toll collectors.
At the Turnpike Authority Commissioners Meeting, Local 194 union representative Kevin McCarthy discussed some the conditions that a toll collector faces.
“You shouldn’t have to breathe in the fumes, or be outside all night long in the dark wondering if tonight was the night your luck was going to run out and you’d be robbed,” he said.
Then, McCarthy proposed a challenge for the executives in the room.
“Why don’t you come on out and see what these people actually do,” he said.
Specifically, McCarthy urged these men and women to work a toll booth at a busy interchange during rush-hour or to take on the midnight shift in a dangerous area.
Treasurer of the NJ Turnpike Authority Michael DuPont spoke out to defend his team and accept McCarthy’s challenge.
“You come up and you attack and you vilify management and you think we don’t care. Well you know what; I’m here to tell you, I’ll take that job offer. I’ll go do whatever you want me to do. I’ll go to Bayonne, I’ll go to 7X,” he said.
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