Tell Gov. Christie: Follow the law and fill the seat!
One of the few protections for school employees under Chapter 78 includes the creation of a Plan Design Committee (PDC) which operates in conjunction with the School Employees’ Health Benefits Commission (SEHBC). The role of the PDC is to review all plans offered in the School Employees’ Health Benefits Plan (SEHBP) and make any appropriate changes. The SEHBC cannot make changes to benefits without the approval of the PDC. Only the PDC can change the plan design.
Gov. Christie is trying to force a vote through the SEHBC to move retirees from their current health benefit program into a Medicare Advantage program without following the process put in place by Ch. 78 that requires such changes to go through the PDC.
Even worse, Gov. Christie refuses to fill the seat on the SEHBC left vacant when a union representative passed away over a year ago, despite the fact that he has the names of potential replacements. That vacancy gives his appointees a majority on the Commission and leaves labor underrepresented.
Email Gov. Christie. Tell him to follow the law and fill the vacant Commission seat.
Tell the NJ Assembly: Thank you for keeping your promise!
In February, Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and Senate President Steve Sweeney attended the NJEA Legislative Conference and promised NJEA members that they would put a constitutional amendment on the ballot this year that would allow voters to demand responsible pension funding by the state.
Only one of them kept his promise. On June 27, the NJ Assembly posted and passed ACR-109, while the Senate instead chose to play games and wait until it was too late.
Please email the 50 assembly men and women who kept their promise and supported the pension funding resolution. Tell them that you appreciate their action and are glad that at least there are some honest leaders in Trenton who keep their word.