New Jersey Retirees' Education Association

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.



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Pensions and Benefits Q & AFull Court Press on the Pension Promise

NJEA/NJREA understands that retirees have a lot of questions in the wake of the governor’s Pension Committee report. Sign in for answers to the most common questions posed by retirees. Click the button to the right for more Pension & Benefits resources.

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

2015 Spring LuncheonApril 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

Medicare enrollment

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 receives the Friend of Education AwardRoe 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


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