Remember, Tuesday, June 6th is the State of NJ Primary Election.
Next week, there are two Gubernatorial Debates on Tuesday, May 9th and Thursday, May 11th.
Tune in to see the candidates discuss all the important issues facing working families in this state: state budget, pension funding, property taxes, and more. Prior to each debate there will be a rally for union members and supporters for CWA-endorsed candidate, Ambassador Phil Murphy.
Join us, wear your red!
Pre-Debate Rally at 6:30pm.
Tune in at 8pm online: https://stockton.edu/hughes-center/governor-debates.html
Pre-Debate Rally at 6:30pm. Tune in at 8pm online: http://www.njtvonline.org
Join Local 1036 in marching on Washington for climate change, economic justice, and jobs. President Trump and Congress are moving against the environment quickly - mentions of climate change has been scrubbed off government websites, the EPA is due for a 24% cut and some have called for its complete elimination. Our clean water, clean air, and public health are at risk. NJ public employees at DEP and elsewhere are at risk too if federal funding is cut.
If you haven’t already reserved your *free* seat on the LOCAL 1036 Bus, please contact us immediately at (609) 530-0060. There are a few seats still available and they can be yours if you act quickly.
Here are the details:
6AM: Bus departs from LOCAL 1036 Main Office in Ewing. Bus will depart promptly at 6AM. Please arrive by 5:45AM sharp.
(1 Lower Ferry Road, West Trenton NJ 08628)
Coffee, & breakfast provided at the office.
6:30AM: Bus picks up riders at LOCAL 1036 Mount Holly Office. If you want to get picked up in Mount Holly, please arrive at our Mount Holly office by 6:15AM sharp.
(26 High Street, Mount Holly NJ 08060)
Coffee & breakfast provided at the office.
10AM: All CWA March from Union Station in D.C. to US Department of Labor. We will walk from Union Station to US DOL.
11AM Labor Movement Rally at US Department of Labor. All organized labor groups will protest climate change together, talking about the intersection of labor, jobs and environmental fights.
11:30AM Labor group Marches towards White House and Washington Monument, joining with hundreds of thousands of other activists for the main Climate March.
3PM CWA LOCAL 1036 Bus will leave Washington and head home.
Lunches provided on the bus.
Constitutional Amendment Requiring Full Pension Funding (SCR-184/ACR-3)
January 13, 2016
It was clear that Governor Christie’s State of the State speech yesterday was not directed to the residents of New Jersey. The entire speech was focused on his presidential campaign and addressing the primary voters in Iowa, New Hampshire, and elsewhere – in other words, people who have not seen the real Chris Christie like NJ has over the last six years.
Christie said, “The job is not just talking a big game, it’s about tackling problems head on and being responsible for achieving results.”
We disagree with Governor Christie. For him, it is always about talking a big game. In 2011 Governor Christie was on the cover of every newspaper proclaiming a non-partisan victory on pension reform. Fast forward to 2015, not only has Governor broken the same law he was so proud of in 2011 by not making the required pension payment, but in yesterday’s speech he chose to blame public sector union members and try to pit us against every other citizen and every state program for those in need.
While Governor Christie continues to spew rhetoric and accusations that public employees are a “special interest” he ignores the fact that the majority of his own political party voted in favor of chapter 78 and a 7-year plan to increase pension funding and increase employee cost-sharing.
Let’s stick to the facts….
Governor Christie's argument to the courts is the State is not obligated to make full pension payments under chapter 78, and that chapter 78's specific language does not create a contractual right to these payments.
But he says otherwise in a town hall meeting from June 2011 when the law was being finalized.
Here are his words:
"When we passed the first phase of pension and benefit reform, one of the things we all agreed to was we would get back up to speed on the pension payment, under law, one seventh at a time starting this year. So this year's payment will be 1/7th of the actuarial amount, and next year's will be 2/7ths and so one until we get to the point where we are making the full payment.
That schedule is codified into legislation that you have right now and makes it a contractual right...
...I will take my share of responsibility for inheriting this and not being able to fix it in the first year I was there to get to a full payment. You're absolutely right. But what I also did was force bipartisan compromise last March to put a realistic schedule together of getting to full payment and now agreeing in this legislation to making that a contractual right of the people who are depending upon that pension."