Union Officers

President: Franceline Ehret

1st Vice-President: Kevin McCarthy

2nd Vice-President: Nate Boone

3rd Vice-President: Wanda Gilliam

Secretary-Treasurer: Sandra Kot

Sergeant-at-Arms: Errol Swaby

Office Grievance Chairperson: Sandra Kot

Tolls Grievance Chairperson: Henderson Fleming

Maintenance Grievance Chairperson: Barry Kushnir

Secretary: Dave Csik

Our History

The IFPTE began organizing tolls, maintenance and craft employees of the NJ Turnpike in 1965. In May 1968, the new jersey PERC law, drafted by our former Business Manager Frank Forst, was enacted. This enabled public employees to negotiate contracts. On July 15, 1968 the charter of Local 194 was issued. While waiting for the PERC law to take effect, Local 194 attempted to bargain with the Turnpike and, in 1968, brought the first dental insurance plan to New Jersey. Following an election involving the Teamsters and a challenge to the election, Local 194 negotiated its first contract with the Turnpike in 1970, bringing about major gains in the public employee area including the right to accumulate and/or cash-in sick leave. Local 194's contract was also the first in the nation to declare Martin Luther King Day as a holiday.

In 1972, Local 194 organized the office, clerical, and technical staff of the Turnpike and negotiated their first contract while negotiating a successor agreement for other members. Over the years, Local 194 brought in several innovations and was the first union to negotiate a vision care benefit - unheard of at the time. Our contracts with the turnpike are strong in the areas of grievance and arbitration as well as the safety and rights of our members.

Local 194 is "involved." Over the years, we have affiliated with several Central Labor Councils as well as the NJ State AFL-CIO in which we have played an active roll. We have participated in many state house demonstrations as well as lobbying efforts. Local 194 has a "Voluntary Fund" to which members contribute $1.50 a week. Almost everyone belongs. The fund is used for political action, communications and legal defense.

Over the years, Local 194 has been a strong organization marred by only one strike - in 1995. We are proud of its accomplishment