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For the fifth year in a row, Governor Christie underfunded the state’s pension payment for the upcoming fiscal year, which will place our pension system for all public workers at risk, accumulate even more unfunded liability, and place the state’s credit at risk of a 10th downgrade.
All this despite receiving a balanced, fully funded budget from the Senate and Assembly that made the full pension payment due under the chapter 78 schedule. It is also the 2nd year in a row that the Governor vetoed a full pension payment paid by a balanced budget.
In order to make the full pension payment, the Legislature essentially accepted the majority of Governor Christie’s budget, but increased revenue through a temporary increase in corporate taxes and millionaire households. The additional revenue paid for the pension payment plus restored a cut to women’s health programs and restored a tax break for 280,000 low-income working families.
Governor Christie vetoed the Democrats’ budget.
The Senate and Assembly also passed other important bills as part of its budget sessions:
Your regular contact with elected officials can make the difference. Legislators are the decision-makers on important issues for us: pensions, health care, collective bargaining rights, funding of public services, and more. They need to hear from us before they vote.
Over a dozen CWA 1036 members and leaders joined a large group of community allies today at the State House to stand up for a strong, fair Civil Service system. The Assembly State Government Committee, chaired by Asw. Linda Stender, called the special hearing to discuss the proposed radical rule changes by the Civil Service Commission. As part of our ongoing campaign, Local President Adam Liebtag testified on the flawed "reform" process so far and the potential damage to public services and public employees.
President Liebtag joined other union leaders, as well as community activists from Veterans groups, civil rights organizations, and good-government coalitions. Speakers were unanimous in their disapproval of the proposed changes--especially due to the potential for patronage, discrimination, and favoritism.
For Local 1036's full testimony, click the link below:
On April 10th, the Civil Service Commission will hold a public hearing on a rule proposal to eliminate civil service as we know it. The rule proposal bypasses the legislature and contract negotiations to "broad band" civil service titles, rewrite promotional rules, and eliminate or limit important protections like veteran preference, testing and ranking on lists, and layoff rights.
Take action to ensure this rule isn't rubber-stamped after a single hearing! Make sure thousands of public employees and hundreds of thousands of residents can weigh in to shape or stop this rule.
The “broad bands” of job titles would allow management at all levels of government (State, County, and Municipal) in the Civil Service System to group numerous job titles in large “bands.” Employers could hire, demote, or advance employees to jobs within the “band” based solely on management's assessment of your competency - without objective testing or lists.
Even worse is the manner in which the Commission is trying to do this. They are only allowing one hearing on these changes—at 3pm on a work day when most workers and residents can not attend the hearing. Despite the fact that thousands of public employees would be harmed by the rule, the hearing room only holds 20 people.
The Christie Administration wants to silence public input and push this change through with a rubber stamp after one meeting. We need to mobilize to stop it.
We will be organizing public comment opposing the rule but the first step is to get the Commission to hold a real public hearing process.