By Ira W. Mintz, Esq.
PBA Local 134 and County of Bergen and Bergen County Sheriff’s Office
Bergen County Judge Joseph S. Conte, J.S.C., has ordered the Bergen County Executive to implement a collective agreement negotiated by PBA Local 134 and the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office. The Court disagreed with the Commission’s interpretation of the statute that authorizes the Sheriff to negotiate collective negotiations agreements for employees of the Sheriff’s office. In a September 2012 decision that ignored traditional interim relief standards (discussed below), the Commission ruled that the PBA had to negotiate with the County. Judge Conte disagreed, denied the County’s motion to have the matter transferred to the Commission, and ordered the County Executive to implement the contract negotiated between the PBA and the Sheriff.