- Associated Press - Thursday, November 12, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has signed an executive order to create a second emergency board to investigate the dispute between New Jersey Transit and its labor unions.

The union called a contract offer made to the first emergency board that Obama set up in July “utterly unacceptable.”

The three-member board will be established Friday and will submit a report to Obama 30 days after final offers to settle the dispute are submitted. Congress can impose a new contract if there is no agreement.

NJ Transit had offered a 10-percent pay increase over 7.5 years, but that would be offset by an increase in health insurance costs. The unions have demanded a 17-percent pay raise over six years, plus a cap limiting health care expenses.

More than 4,000 workers have been working without a contract for four years.

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