Lyndsay ChristianMar 7, 2016, 8:41 amMar 10, 2016, 1:41 pm

Monday: NJ Transit, rail workers’ unions to resume contract negotiations in Newark

Over 100K commuters could be affected if employees go through with proposed strike scheduled for March 13

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NJ Transit and representatives for its rail workers’ unions are scheduled to meet again Monday in Newark after Friday’s negotiations in Washington D.C. failed.

There's still no resolution in what has been a five-year dispute over rail workers’ desired increase in pay and health insurance payments.

The rail workers subsequently could begin a strike on Sunday, March 13.

NJ Transit President Dennis Martin called the union's demands unreasonable and excessive, saying that NJ Transit cannot afford what the unions want.

NJ Transit has created a contingency plan in the event there is a strike. The plan includes increasing capacity on NJ Transit bus routes and light rail systems, and contracting private carriers to operate bus service from five park and ride locations.

Of its 160,000 customers statewide, 105,000 customers make up the total New York-based ridership. NJ Transit estimates it will only be able to provide service, via its contingency plan, to 40,000 of those customers.

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