New Jersey's top state court on Tuesday ruled that a school
district could not furlough teachers without negotiating with
their union even in the face of large funding cuts, rejecting
the district's claim that budget crunches give public employers
a pass to flout collective bargaining agreements.
In a unanimous decision, the New Jersey Supreme Court said
its recent decision approving layoffs by towns in the wake of
the 2008 financial crisis had been misapplied by a state agency
and a lower court in the case involving teachers in the Trenton
suburb of Robbinsville Township.
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