I am writing to inform you about some of the key points presented at the Town Hall Pension/Benefits meeting that took place on March 4, 2015 at 6:30 with President Wendell Steinhauer. Here are some of the highlights of the evening:
*NJEA is currently joining forces (again)with other statewide unions in filing lawsuit against the state for touching our pension monies, not paying back the monies borrowed to balance the budget from June of 2014, and not putting the allotted amount of money into our pensions, required by the state.
*Judge Jacobson ruled on Monday, February 23, 2015, that the money must be replaced and that the governor will not be allowed (even though this is a law that he signed stating he can’t touch the pension monies) to touch any more pension money to balance his budget.
*The governor stated in his budget address last Tuesday, February 24, 2015, that NJEA and the state signed a document having to do with fixing the pension system. NO WE DID NOT SIGN ANYTHING. NJEA simply signed a document stating that we would sit down with him to discuss some ideas and possible solutions. At no time did anyone from NJEA ever sit down with the governor.
*NJEA is looking at several ways to secure a proper pension system for all of it retirees and teachers.
*We know that the governor is dragging his heals on anything having to do with teachers.
I feel that those were the major talking points that President Steinhauer spoke of on Wednesday night. There was talk of ideas and solutions, but of course, it is just that, ideas and talk. If you would like to learn more or go further, please feel free to research on NJEA.org/pensionteletownhall and there you will find a link to NJEA’s Pensions and Benefits Resource page. I urge you to keep your ears and eyes opened nice and wide. This is your future. Thanks for your time and keep fighting the fight!
Your Association President,
Carolyn L. Schultz