Due to newsletter deadlines, our September issue was published prior to Senator Sweeney’s refusal to post and vote on the constitutional amendment. Therefore, my previous message, along with several articles, are already outdated.
Yet again, Governor Christie is targeting all public employee retirees, and zeroing in on NJEA as the culprit in refusing to make concessions on our health benefits. He neglects to tell his constituents that he has “stacked the deck” in attempting to ramrod the Medicare Advantage Plan through the State Employees Health Benefits Commission (SEHBC) by refusing to fill the vacant union seat from over a year ago.
Currently, he has the opportunity to vote in benefit changes with a 4-3 majority. Christie even filed a lawsuit against us demanding that we send our reps to a “special” meeting so he can force a vote on this change in plans.
What can you do????? Call the governor’s office at 609-292-6000 and demand that he fill the vacant union seat on the board.
Many out of state members also ask the same question-what can I do???
If you live out of state, I would encourage you to contact friends and family that still reside in NJ, and urge them to vote for NJEA endorsed candidates in November’s elections. You can also send a personal letter to Governor Christie stating your serious concerns about how a change in health coverage will impact you.
For everyone who can receive texts – for timely updates, you can text the word “CHANGE” to 738-674. You will receive a text alert with the latest news.
If you are not a member, I suggest that you join MCREA/NJREA/NJEA, our unified group, to receive our newsletters and updates.
I hope some of this information is helpful. We deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, and together we will succeed in making sure that promises are kept, and our pensions and health benefits are secure.
Please visit the specific NJEA link for up to the minute news on the pension battle at www.FundNJpension.org.