This is Personal! For each and every one of us! Our pension system is perilously in danger of going bankrupt in twelve years! Much to my dismay, this is the pure unvarnished truth!
So, what should we collectively do? Shake our heads in disbelief and bemoan the impact on our futures? Sit back and accept this as our fate?
I could never live with myself, nor serve as your president, if I sat idly by and let someone else determine my fate. Or yours for that matter. We all worked too hard and for too long in service to our local communities and students to allow that to happen.
660. That’s the number of pension payments that I made to the system! 660! Didn’t miss one in my 33 years of teaching. But does the governor care? Of course not, because I’m not anywhere close to being in the top 1% or a millionaire. So I guess when my husband’s and my pension dry up, we won’t have the luxury of deciding whether to stay or leave NJ to lessen our property taxes. We won’t be able to live at our current standards, let alone keep our house and pay our taxes. We won’t be able to support the local or state economy, nor will so many others in the same boat.
There are ominous and obvious warning signs from all the research that NJ’s economy will collapse, more homes will be in foreclosure, and we will be at the mercy of others for assistance, becoming a burden to loved ones, instead of contributing members of society. This possibility is difficult to contemplate let alone face as reality.
Forget Christie! His popularity and job ratings continue to plummet, and 2 of 3 people in NJ who were recently surveyed believe that he cannot be trusted. But we’ve known that from day one, haven’t we?
So, we must have a plan to convince the legislators to support Chapter 78 and uphold the very law they put into legislation. We must be able to convince the people who represent us at the State House that the only way to salvage our pensions and stop the ceaseless worrying, is to fully fund the pensions, and if need be, to override the governor’s veto.
The MCREA Executive Board has crafted a plan working in conjunction with NJEA and NJREA to keep our pensions stable for years to come.
Please visit the specific NJEA link for up to the minute news on the pension battle at www.FundNJpension.org.
Please read the articles in our newsletter to see what you can do now and in the upcoming weeks to make sure we control our futures. As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
Our pensions matter! We matter!
Remember, it’s personal!