8-8-16: Decision day for Steve Sweeney

Hundreds of NJEA members gathered at the Statehouse today, the last day for Senate President Steve Sweeney, D-Gloucester, to keep his promise to post and pass SCR-2. That is the resolution that would put a constitutional amendment to mandate responsible pension funding on the ballot this November. The protest, organized by NJEA’s Summer Fellows, sent…

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NJEA: Sweeney betrays public employees, taxpayers

NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer issued this statement following the press conference in which Senate President Steve Sweeney announced that he intends to break his promise to post and pass SCR-2, a resolution that would place a constitutional amendment on pension funding on the 2016 ballot: “Senate President Steve Sweeney has betrayed every New Jersey public…

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“Post the bill, pass the bill!”

NJEA demands action on SCR-2 Hundreds of NJEA members descended on Senate President Steve Sweeney’s West Deptford office to urge him to keep the promise he made to NJEA members five months ago.  After jamming the phone lines of his office on the previous day, members went to his office to ensure that their voices…

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NJEA statement on pension amendment

‘Next year’ isn’t good enough NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer released this statement in response to Sen. Sweeney’s statement that “there’s always next year” to pass a constitutional amendment on pension funding: “Sen. Sweeney made a promise to our members that the pension amendment would happen this year. Next year isn’t good enough. He needs to…

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NJEA members call on Sweeney to pass the pension amendment

Hundreds attend Lobby Day More than 300 NJEA members, staff, and leaders lined the halls of the NJ Statehouse today, calling on Sen. Sweeney to post SCR2, the pension bill that would place a constitutional amendment to ensure quarterly pension payments on the ballot Nov. 8. Flanked by hundreds of members, NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer…

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Busy Lobby Day but no action on pension amendment

More than 50 NJEA members, leaders, and staff participated in a Lobby Day on June 30 to advocate for posting the Senate version of the constitutional amendment on pensions, SCR-2, and to convince the Assembly to reject a bill that would siphon funds away from public school students in Lakewood. They were joined by hundreds…

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Pension Amendment Lobby Day

Our resolution on pension funding has passed the Assembly. Now it just needs a majority vote in the Senate for it to get on the November 2016 ballot. NJEA is pushing to get the bill considered on Thursday, June 30. Details DATE: Thursday, June 30, 2016 LOCATION: NJEA Headquarters (Room 210) SCHEDULE 9 a.m. for breakfast and…

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Pension amendment passes Assembly, awaits Senate vote

The New Jersey General Assembly voted today to put a question on the Nov. 8, 2016 ballot that would constitutionally require the state to fulfill its pension funding obligation. Following a brief debate, ACR-109 was passed by a vote of 50-25-2. Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto said that this is an important resolution that should be…

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Pension amendment advances again

One step closer to appearing on November ballot NJEA was out in force as the Assembly Judiciary committee held a required public hearing on ACR-109, the resolution to place an amendment on the November ballot that would amend the state constitution to require responsible quarterly pension payments. While no vote was taken at the hearing,…

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Court’s COLA ruling a “theft, plain and simple”

“Despicable” decision reinforces need for constitutional amendment This morning, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued its ruling in Berg and New Jersey Education Association v. Christie, a case that challenged the state’s right to take away the earned Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA), which has long been an integral part of New Jersey’s public employee…

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