Obama intervenes in N.J. rail dispute for second time


President Obama on Thursday issued an executive order creating a second emergency board to handle the dispute between the New Jersey Transit Rail and a dozen labor unions, including the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen.

The first board, convened in July, recommended a resolution that was rejected. The unions are looking for a pay raise and limits on what they can be charged for healthcare coverage.

"I appreciate that these dedicated individuals have agreed to devote their talent and years of experience working on labor-management disputes to help reach a swift and smooth resolution of this issue," Obama said when he issued the executive order.

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He named lawyer Joshua Javits, who owns a mediation firm, chairman of the three-person board. The other two members are Elizabeth Neumeier and Nancy Peace, both of whom have long resumes working as arbitrators and mediators.

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