Teachers plan 2nd 'Battle of Trenton'

Posted: June 18, 2011

TRENTON - New Jersey's largest teachers union says it will step up protests against legislation that would require its members and other public employees to pay more for their health and pension benefits.

The New Jersey Education Association is urging its members to join in what it's calling "the Second Battle of Trenton."

In a nod to George Washington's famous Delaware River crossing that initiated the Revolutionary War Battle of Trenton, NJEA members said they will cross the river Monday morning by walking over the Calhoun Street Bridge from Morrisville, Pa., to Trenton.

Republican Gov. Chris Christie and leaders of the Democratic-controlled Legislature have agreed on a benefits-reform bill. The full Senate is expected to vote on it next week.

Unionized public employees say any changes should be negotiated through collective bargaining.

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