The New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission says that unless it hears persuasive evidence to the contrary, it will conclude that city attorneys in Newark — who complain of low wages and low morale — have the right to form a union.

In a March 22 letter opinion, PERC’s director of representation, Stuart Reichman, wrote that he is inclined to find that the attorneys can organize as a collective bargaining unit. Only the Law Department’s managerial executives, confidential employees, section chiefs and those who handle labor matters are barred from organizing, he said.

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