Day: February 20, 2021

Well Involved Car Fire In Lawrence Township Extinguished

February 20, 2021

LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Lawrence Township Fire Departments Stations 23, 22 and Princeton Fire Department Station 60 were dispatched for a car fire at Princeton Pike near Meadow Road, Lawrence Township. The well involved car fire was reported at 9:45 am and was extinguished by Lawrence Township Station 23. There were no reported injures in the fire. Police closed Princeton Pike in both directions between Lewisville Road and Fackler Road during the fire. No further information was available.


4-Alarm Fatal Fire Reported In Trenton

TFD Also Responds To Additional Fire Overnight

February 20, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Around 1:14 am Trenton Fire Department responded to Elm Street for a house fire with entrapment. Upon arrival heavy fire was found on the 2nd floor in a row home. Trenton firefighters removed one victim and was reportedly pronounced dead on scene. The fire went to 4-alarms and involved 4 homes, before being brought under control.

https://6abc.com/video/embed/?pid=10356314

In a second fire, Trenton Fire Department and other surrounding mutual aid departments responded to Race Street for another house fire around 5:00 am.

Several surrounding departments were called into the city including Hamilton Township FD, Ewing, Lawrence, Bordentown, and others.

MidJersey.news has reached out for official information on the two fires and if received the story will be updated and any corrections made at that time.



NJ Public Employment Relations Commission Sides With Hamilton Twp. PBA L-66 And SOA L-66A Over Payroll Issues And Sick Time Buyback

February 20, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The NJ Public Employment Relations Commission sided with the Hamilton Township Police Benevolent Association Local 66 and Superior Officers Association 66A that Hamilton Township violated the New Jersey Employer – Employee Relations Act in an unfair practice. The Commission granted interim relief to the unions for the Township’s unilateral changes to PBA and SOA’s pay issuance date in December 2020 and January 2021, unilateral
changes to PBA and SOA’s bi-weekly base pay paycheck amounts in 2021, and termination of sick leave buyback for 2020, violate sections 5.4a(1), (2), (3), (5) and (7) of the New Jersey Employer-Employee Relations Act, N.J.S.A. 34:13A-1, et seq.

According to the decision, “The Designee determined that PBA and SOA demonstrated the requisite elements for interim relief under Crowe v. DeGioia, 90 N.J. 126, 132-134 (1982), and enjoined and restrained Hamilton from: 1) unilaterally changing the pay issuance date for the pay period of December 14 to 27, 2020, from December 31, 2020 to a pay date of January 1, 2021; 2) unilaterally changing bi-weekly base pay amounts in 2021 to “annual salary” divided by 27, instead of 26; 3) refusing to reinstate sick leave buyback processing for 2020 for all eligible PBA and SOA members; and 4) refusing to rescind any notice to employees that Hamilton would delay or reduce pay in 2020 and 2021, or refusing to process and pay 2020 sick leave buybacks pursuant to the PBA and SOA CNAs.”

The order states, “PBA and SOA’s application for interim relief is granted. Hamilton is enjoined and restrained from:

1) unilaterally changing the pay issuance date for the pay period of December 14 to 27, 2020, from December 31, 2020 to a pay date of January 1, 2021;

2) unilaterally changing bi-weekly base pay amounts in 2021 to “annual salary” divided by 27, instead of 26; 3) refusing to reinstate sick leave buyback processing for 2020 for all eligible PBA and SOA members; and 4) refusing to rescind any notice to employees that Hamilton would delay or reduce pay in 2020 and 2021, or refusing to process and pay 2020 sick leave buybacks pursuant to the PBA and SOA CNAs.


Read the full decision here:

https://www.perc.state.nj.us/percdecisions.nsf/Issued%20Decisions/85257575007C21048525864600530BAA/$File/IR%202021-021.pdf?OpenElement