Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson heard oral arguments on Thursday, January 15th, 2015, to consider the legality of Gov. Chris Christie’s decision to cut the pension payment in this year’s budget.Read more
The Public Employee Committee of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO unanimously voted to nominate Carey Brown and Tracy Smith to serve as Trustees on the NJ PERS Board. However, our endorsed candidates have yet to gather the petition signatures necessary to qualify for their elections.
We’re asking you to stand with us and nominate them by signing the on-line petition today!
CLICK HERE to sign the petition now.Read more
A New Jersey Appellate Court ruled on New Year’s Eve that the Christie administration had no power to impose higher prescription drug copayments for public-sector retirees.Read more
The trustees for the state pension funds for teachers, public employees and police and firefighters have sued Gov. Chris Christie's administration for failing to make required payments into the state retirement system.Read more
A joint report released Tuesday by New Jersey Policy Perspective and Pennsylvania-based Keystone Research Center showed that switching new state employees to 401(k)-style pensions, a move Gov. Christie is considering, could cost taxpayers $42 billion and would not reduce the state’s unfunded liability. CLICK HERE to view the full report.Read more
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO has filed a complaint with the State Ethics Commission calling for an investigation into lucrative pension fund management contracts awarded to top political donors to Gov. Chris Christie and the Republican Party.Read more
Statement from New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech regarding the governor’s executive order:
“New Jersey needs a blue ribbon panel on job creation, economic recovery and how to slow the number of housing foreclosures. It doesn’t need a study commission to remind police officers, teachers, firefighters and government workers that Gov. Christie is failing to uphold his own law to fund public pensions and has vetoed every solution the Legislature has sent to his desk.”
The Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers of New Jersey (BAC/ADC) will hold a demonstration on July 7th and 8th to demand that LCOR, the developer behind Montclair’s “Valley and Bloom Project”, keep its promise to create union jobs with the $800 million in funding they received from California teachers’ unions.Read more
New Jersey State AFL-CIO Urges Governor to Sign Balanced Budget With Full Pension Funding as Passed By the State Senate and Assembly
This evening, the New Jersey State Senate and Assembly approved a balanced budget plan for FY2015 which includes full funding for public employee pensions in accordance with actuarial recommendations. Charles Wowkanech, President of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO, released the following statement:Read more
When Gov. Christie announced his illegal plan to slash pension funding, the unions representing public employees vowed to sue to protect our members’ rights. Together, we are moving forward to file that suit quickly.Read more