DRPA gives its CEO a $39,393 raise

Delaware River Port Authority's John Hanson.

The Delaware River Port Authority approved a long-planned raise for its chief executive officer Wednesday night.

The board voted unanimously to raise John Hanson's salary from $180,081 to $219,474. This brings Hanson's pay in line with what his predecessor, John Matheussen, earned. Hanson took over the CEO job in 2014. That contract is subject to a veto from Gov.

The pay increase was initially proposed in January but was delayed for procedural reasons. Also, it drew concern from union officials because the DRPA is in the midst of working to conclude a labor agreement with 580 employees.

On Thursday, the board also voted to approve a financial framework to resolve labor contracts for 426 workers who have been without a contract for four years. The matter approved would give 1.9 percent annual raises until 2017, retroactive to 2015, for workers with the International Union of Operating Engineers and the same annual raise for members of the Teamsters until 2017, retroactive to 2013.

The DRPA also agreed to pay for health and welfare costs increases up to 6.5 percent over the prior year until 2017. Workers in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers also received a 1.9 percent raise until 2017, retroactive to 2014. The agreement with the unions is considered valid unless vetoed by Christie in the next 10 days. - Jason Laughlin

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