Images of the damage after burglars ransacked and stole from a mosque, Masjid Balil in Toms River. Kala Kachmar, @NewsQuip
BRICK - The Township Council has approved a new contract with the Transport Workers Union Local 220, despite a councilman's urging fellow members of the governing body to delay a vote. The four-year contract with the TWU approved 2.5 percent raises to 231 municipal employees. It also approved using more tax money to pay for their health insurance, according to municipal employees. The contract was approved easily, in a 6-0 vote, with one member abstaining. Nonetheless, there was controversy.Ahead of the vote, Councilman Jim Fozman called on the Township Council to investigate allegations of workplace abuse by township employee managers, pursuant to an anonymous letter he said had been mailed to his home. Fozman, citing "legal reasons," declined to discuss its contents in detail, except to say that it set forth "many horrible allegations regarding abuse (and) behavior toward employees."Fozman said the same letter was sent to other council members and Mayor John G. Ducey. None of the other officials would comment on details of the letter.
An anonymous three-page letter posted to, purportedly the same one referenced by Fozman, accused the town's top administrators of creating a "toxic workplace" for employees, forcing retirements of some longtime staff and negotiating in bad faith with unions."The anonymous accusation of gross misconduct must be taken very seriously," said Fozman. "This council along with the mayor (John G. Ducey) has a responsibility to investigate any wrongdoings that would involve the integrity of our local government."
Get more Ocean County news by watching the video above: Toms River mosque burglarized.John Menshon, president of the local TWU, told the council that he had not heard about the abuse allegations."I don't know how much merit that letter has. ... If someone's not willing to put their name to it, chances are it could be a political stunt. You just don't know," he said.Fozman abstained from the vote.Marijuana legalization: Hold referendum on allowing pot sales in Brick: LetterBrick: Police search for man who robbed 7-ElevenFood: White Castle is coming to Brick
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