As I write this letter, I’m watching the two feet of snow from Blizzard Jonas slowly melting away. I hope that as you’re reading this, the skies are blue and the sun is shining, as we anxiously await spring.
As the seasons change, one thing we can count on is that the work of MCREA continues forward. Yet again, our March newsletter issue will be jam-packed with information to keep you “in the know”, and provides several opportunities to be active, such as our Culinary Institute of America trip on April 6th. Please refer to the article and coupon on our website, or in your newsletter, for more details.
You’ll want to make sure to mark your calendar for Wednesday, May 11th, our MCREA Spring Luncheon & Meeting. Not only will you have the chance to socialize, but you will also receive the latest updates on our pensions and health benefits from NJEA staff. In addition, there will be an election of officers for the 2016-2018 term. Members can also be nominated from the floor prior to voting. The slate of officers approved by the Executive Board at our February meeting can be found here.
This spring, NJEA will be conducting a contest related to Political Action Committee (PAC) fundraising by all MCREA counties. Find out how we can win one of the $750 gift cards by reading the PAC contest article here.
Be ready to tackle our next step towards preserving and securing our pensions in the years to come. A constitutional amendment will be placed onthe November ballot to insure quarterly contributions are made by the State. We will keep you posted as we receive more information on how to achieve this goal.
A special request–please find the time every week or two to check out our website for more time sensitive updates, and to stay informed on all the aforementioned topics. Bookmark our address to quickly access it. An informed member is a knowledgeable member.
I leave you with this quote from Mattie Stepanek: “Unity is strength. Where there is teamwork and collaboration wonderful things can be achieved.”
Let’s use our unity and strength to protect our hard-earned benefits. Make the most out of your life. Now is the time to enjoy the fruits of your labor.
Yours in solidarity,
Please visit the specific NJEA link for up to the minute news on the pension battle at www.FundNJpension.org.