NJREA is dedicated to improving the quality of life for retired educational personnel by providing interesting and informational programs and social situations for NJREA members; by working with NJEA & NEA organizing for the common good, to pass beneficial state and federal legislation, and get friends of the educational community elected; by providing a wide variety of member services; and by keeping members informed about health insurance and pensions.
NJREA election results are in!
In mid-April, all NJREA members received ballots in the mail to elect NJREA officers, candidates for the NJEA Delegate Assembly, and delegates to NEA-R/NEA-RA conventions – all for two-year terms. Please sign in to see the full election results.
What NJEA/NJREA members need to know about funding the pension systems
NJEA/NJREA members have been hearing a lot about funding problems in the state pension systems. That's why we all need to join forces to insist on full state funding of our pensions. Learn more
Court’s co-pay ruling applies only to state retirees
In June 2011, when P.L. 2011, Chapter 78 was signed by Governor Christie, the School Employees’ Health Benefits Plan (SEHBP) and State Health Benefits Plan (SHBP) Design Committees were given the authority to develop health and prescription plans. These Design Committees (SEHBPDC and SHBPDC, respectively) are comprised of equal representatives from labor unions and the governor’s appointees, with decisions made by a majority rule. Because the SHBPDC has not been able to reach an agreement on retiree prescription co-pays since 2013, the Division of Pensions and Benefits unilaterally increased the co-pay amount. Learn more
Court rules in unions’ favor
State ordered to make pension payment
On Feb. 23, Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson issued a ruling that members of the pension systems have a contractual right to the funding mandated by a 2011 pension and benefits reform law (Chapter 78). That decision does not order a specific funding remedy, other than requiring the state to follow the law. Unfortunately, the state has indicated it is appealing the decision, and such appeals could take several months before a final resolution is reached. During that time, the already-damaged pension systems will become even more poorly funded. Read more
Elect your retiree representatives
In mid-April, all NJREA members will receive ballots in the mail to elect NJREA officers for two-year terms, candidates for the NJEA Delegate Assembly, and delegates to NEA-R/NEA-RA conventions, also for two-year terms. Read more
Support deserving students
Do you know a high school senior with high academic accomplishments, participation in high school activities, and service to the community? Then NJREA wants to hear from him/her! NJREA wants to help high-achieving students embark on a successful college career through its annual scholarships. Read more
Advocacy in bloom
April showers may bring May flowers, but after a long winter, they also bring a renewed spirit of advocacy for public education and retirees’ rights. On April 23, NJREA’s annual Spring Luncheon will be the place where members have the opportunity to learn more about what they can do to help maintain New Jersey’s great public schools, how to take action on important issues, and what to do in to preserve the pensions and benefits public school employees have earned. Read more
As required by law, retired members or their dependents that qualify for state paid post retirement medical benefits and are eligible for Medicare must enroll in both Parts A and B of Medicare. Medicare part A is paid for while actively employed and part B is paid for during retirement, usually through a deduction in their Social Security check. State law requires the School Employees’ Health Benefits Program (SEHBP) to reimburse these eligible retirees and their dependents for the cost of enrolling in Medicare part B. Read more
Retired leader recognized for advocacy efforts
Roe Jankowski, immediate past president of the NJREA, was the recipient of the 2015 Friend of ESP Award presented at the annual Educational Support Professionals’ (ESP) Conference held in February. The Friend of ESP Award is bestowed upon any person or organization whose leadership, acts, dedication, commitment, and support on the statewide level have proven that person or organization to be a true friend of – and advocate for – educational support professionals and their contributions to public education and to our students. Read more
PAC donations matter
Every year retirees play a key role in electing pro-education candi¬dates. One way retirees help is by consistent¬ly and generously contributing to NJEA’s Political Action Committee (PAC) each and every year. In fact, retired members contributed almost $90,000 to PAC this past year alone. NJEA PAC offers opportunities and resources to help elect advocates for public education who will listen to the concerns of public school employees’ – both active and retired. PAC also makes NJEA/NJREA a more effective advocate for your pension and post-retirement benefits. Read more