Robbinsville, NJ – (June 18, 2018) - Robbinsville Township Council passed Resolution 2018-176 on Thursday, June 14, 2018 authorizing the Township to become the first municipality in Mercer County to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Southern New Jersey Building and Construction Trade Councils, as well as the Mercer and Burlington Counties Trade and Construction Councils, on a direct-hire pilot program.
The MOU will allow the Township to supplement its existing workforce with highly-skilled and qualified construction/electrical/plumbing workers employed directly from those respective unions on an as-needed, temporary basis.
“This groundbreaking MOU allows us to direct-hire so we are no longer forced to go through independent contractors,” Mayor Fried said. “We are proud to work directly with the various trade unions and I want to thank (D-14) Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo, Rep. Chris Smith and Michael Maloney from Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 9 for their unwavering support in helping to bring this MOU to our Council for unanimous passage."
The workers will be referred to the Township by the aforementioned trade councils and all parties agree that such labor will be provided at the sole discretion of Robbinsville Township. The scope of work will vary, but will include Township repairs and/or construction under Director of Public Works Dino Colarocco and/or his designee(s).
“These are dedicated, licensed workers that have been background-checked,” the Mayor added. “This agreement will profoundly improve our infrastructure by giving us the ability to manage certain projects. We also believe this could save enough taxpayer dollars to position us for a fourth straight municipal tax cut next year.”
The wages, benefits, working conditions for such work shall be as specified in the most recent Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).