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Contribute to PSMA PAC

In order for an organization to be effective it has to have a well-funded Political Action Committee (PAC). PSMA is not allowed to use dues to given donations to candidates and political parties. All monies used for that purpose come from a separate PSMA PAC which gets its funding directly from contributions by members. This past year the PSMA PAC made some very critical donations to legislators who ended up supporting us in our quest for union legislation.

This effort requires a small contribution from everyone. Please consider donating $2.00 or more per paycheck to the PSMA PAC. You can get a special PAC dues deduction card by e-mailing, or directly from your payroll clerk. You can also send a donation to:

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Trenton, NJ 08608

New Member $100 Bonus

Earn $100 for every new member that you refer that enrolls in PSMA. 1. New member must complete a payroll dues deduction card and submit it to their payroll office. 2. The new member must also complete a PSMA membership application and mail the application to the PSMA at 212 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08608. The membership application must list the name of the PSMA sponsoring member in order to be eligible for the $100.00 recruitment rebate. 3. The Executive Director will issue the rebate to the sponsor upon receipt of payroll deduction verification and the completed membership application with the sponsor's name.

NJ Court: Retired Public Workers Have Money a Contract Right to Cost-of-Living Adjustments

TRENTON - A state appeals court ruled today that New Jersey's nearly 300,000 retired public workers have a contract right to yearly increases in their pension benefits, and those cost-of-living adjustments are part of the state's benefits package.

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Bill Protecting Employee Pension Payments Wins Assembly Approval

(TRENTON) - By a vote of 51-28, the General Assembly on Thursday approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Benjie Wimberly, Joseph Cryan and Troy Singleton to prevent Gov. Christie and future administrations from trying to hijack the increased pension contributions made by public employees to offset the contributions owed by the state.

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PSMA Retirees' Network Update

PSMA Retirees' Network membership is now up to 33 members! As many of you are aware a number of long-time PSMA members have retired from the State. While this has been a loss to PSMA we all understand that this is part of life - especially for State workers. We strongly encourage these recent retirees to join the PSMA Retirees' Network. If you know of a retired manager (or non-manager), please have him or her go to here
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Bill Would Give Public Workers Greater Access to Cancer Medications

Until now, New Jersey public employees have been at a disadvantage compared with those insured by private employers when seeking to use a medication for a treatment that hasn't been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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Welcome to the Public Sector Managers' Association

The Public Sector Managers' Association, Inc. (PSMA) has been recognized by the State of New Jersey as the Constitutional Representative of all non- aligned/non-union managers in New Jersey government as of November 13, 1993 pursuant to Article 1, Paragraph 19 of the New Jersey State Constitution. PSMA's responsibility under that provision is to serve as a vehicle for two-way communication between the State as an employer and its managerial employees. The representation, however, is limited to managers who are dues-paying members of the State government. Recently, PSMA has partnered with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and has been certified by the Public Employment Relations Commission as the representative of certain manager titles in State government as of December 8, 2010. PSMA will continue to operate as a partner of the IBEW until a contract with the State is achieved. At that point the organization will be reformed.

PSMA's mission is to serve all non-aligned/union managers in New Jersey government by achieving and maintaining superior and ethical management service; promoting a high regard for our managers by those outside and within the government; and restoring equity to the human resource policies and practices of New Jersey government as they relate to managers.

IBEW Contract Ratified

We are pleased to announce that the IBEW Contract has been overwhelmingly ratified by the eligible managers. This means that for the first time, managers of the State of New Jersey are covered by a contract which protects their rights and provides some long-needed compensatory relief. The contract is in effect on January 1, 2014 and compensation is retroactive back to the first full pay period after January 1, 2014. The contract expires on June 30, 2015 (although remains in effect until the next contract.) IBEW will provide all eligible managers with more information in the coming weeks.

PSMA wants to thank the IBEW Negotiating Team for all of their hard work and sacrifice that has led us to this historic day.

The IBEW has posted a list on the PSMA website of eligible managers provided by the Governorís Office as of 5/4/14, as well as the eligibility criteria at HERE Many people have contacted PSMA about getting their names on the eligible list. Please be aware that you have to work through your Departmentís Office of Human Resources if you believe that you are eligible - please follow the directions on the eligibility page.

PSMA Sends 294 Emails to Our Legislators in Our Fight For Pension Payments!

With the help of the NJ Retired Public Employees we were able to send 294 emails to our legislators. This strong show of support was instrumental in convincing the Legislature to fight for our pension payments! However, the fight is far from over - PSMA/IBEW will continue to fight to force the Governor to make the payments he owes our pension.

PSMA Holds 2014 Annual Meeting Meeting

PSMA held its 2014 Annual Membership Meeting at the Villa Mannino in Bordentown on Tuesday, June 24, 2014. The event was very well attended. Our legislative guest speaker was Assemblyman Dan Benson who represents District 14. He spoke about the Legislative support for the fully funded pension payments, job banding, and other managers' issues. Thanks and awards were given to the IBEW Negotiating Team, and PSMA Founder Tom Kearns. In addition, scholarships were awarded to four students (see below). We had a wonderful dinner and lots of camaraderie. There were also fun door prizes drawings. If you weren't able to attend, we hope you will be able to join us next year. All in all it was a great time!

NJ Legislature Sends State Budget with Pension Payment, Tax Hikes to Christie

TRENTON - A new $34.1 billion state budget plan crafted by Democrats is now headed to Gov. Chris Christie's desk.

But don't expect the Republican governor to sign off on it.

The state Assembly this afternoon gave final legislative approval to the proposal, which makes a full payment to the public-worker pension system but raises taxes on businesses and millionaires. The vote was split along party lines, with 48 Democrats voting yes and 31 Republicans voting no. The state Senate - also controlled by Democrats - approved the plan along party lines earlier in the day.

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Judge Rules That Christie Can Withhold $900M Payment Into Pension Funds

Gov. Chris Christie's plan to cancel a $900 million payment into the state's pension funds to help plug a hole in the current year's budget cleared its first hurdle and appears likely to go forward, now that a Superior Court judge has ruled against issuing an injunction requested by the state's public employee unions.

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Opinion: Better Manage New Jersey's Public Worker Pension Fund

Gov. Christie's unilateral plan to not fund the full payment to New Jersey's pension plan has gained widespread notice. As he stated in his press conference, "We will not make the payments that are applied to the sins of the past." The governor is a master at blaming others for problems in his administration. When his overly optimistic revenue projections fell short, it was easy to blame the federal government's income tax changes. For four years, most of New Jersey's economic problems were blamed on former Gov. Corzine. Now we are starting to see the governor blame public retirees' pension and health benefits as the cause for the unfunded liability in the pension system.

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