NJ Transit to discuss plans to handle possible rail strike

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NEWARK, N.J.— New Jersey transportation officials will lay out their plans for rail travelers in the event of a strike by New Jersey Transit workers next weekend.

A news conference has been scheduled for Thursday morning at the Secaucus Junction rail transfer station.

That's a day before representatives from New Jersey Transit and the unions are scheduled to meet with the National Mediation Board in Washington.

Unions have authorized a strike for 12:01 a.m. March 13 if an agreement isn't reached.

The unions say NJ Transit should adopt the recommendations a federal panel made earlier this year. It called for a wage increase of about 2.6 percent per year for 6½ years.

NJ Transit says such an increase combined with rising health costs is too steep and could force a fare hike.