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NJEA Ditches Christie Pension Deal, Will Focus Instead on Looming Court Clash

On the same day Gov. Chris Christie lost a key ally for his latest plan to fix New Jersey's pension problems, Democratic legislative leaders received a boost from a new poll that suggests voters here believe the state should honor its obligations to public workers -- even if it means hiking taxes.

The new developments yesterday were the latest on the pension issue, an area that Christie has emphasized since taking office in early 2010 but nonetheless remains a trouble spot and now appears to be once again at the center of another looming budget clash with lawmakers.

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PSMA Board of Directors Endorses Eric Pierre for PERS Board of Trustees


The PSMA Board of Directors voted on February 3, 2015 to endorse Eric Pierre for the State Representative on the PERS Board of Trustees.

Eric is a manager in the NJ Department of Labor & Workforce Development where he has worked for 25 years. Eric is also a full member of IBEW Local 30. The PERS Board of Trustees is responsible for overseeing the PERS pension system. It is vitally important that we help elect Eric to the Board to represent the interests of managers and other State employees.

The PSMA Board of Directors urges you, and all yor colleagues, to vote for Eric Pierre.

From April 1, 2015 May 19, 2015, you can easily vote online or by phone by doing the following:

1. Receive your paper ballot from your HR representative or certifying officer (this should be delivered to you between April 1 and April 10, 2015).
2. Locate your PIN # on the ballot.
3. Cast your vote online or by phone.4.

State employees call 888-845-2758 or visit https://vote.election-america.com/NJState

PSMA Retirees' Network Update


The Retiree Network is establishing a Coordinating Committee to develop bylaws and increase membership recruitment. If you are interested in serving on the Coordinating Committee please send an email to Barry Chalofsky at bchalofs@gmail.com.

The PSMA Board of Directors voted on February 3, 2015 to:

May Breakfast Meeting The Retiree Network will be scheduling a Breakfast Meeting during May - look for the email!

PSMA Retirees' Network membership continues to grow and is now almost 40 members! We need each member to get at least one new member to join. Don't think that because you are retired you are not affected by what's going on in Trenton. Our pensions and health benefits are on the line, and we need support from PSMA and IBEW Local 30 to fight for our rights. The Retiree Network is the only organization that can bring you that support - so help us grow our membership!

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 http://www.psmanj.org/extras/RetiredManagers.pdf for more information.





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
info@psmanj.org, or directly from your payroll clerk. You can also send a donation to:

PSMA PAC
212 West State Street
Trenton, NJ 08608


NJ Pension Panel Devising Nitty-Gritty Details of Controversial Christie Reform Plan


Trenton - For seven weeks, Gov. Chris Christie has brought his far-reaching plan to overhaul New Jersey's public worker retirement system to town halls across New Jersey.

He's sent out email blasts and tweets on the growing burden on pension and health care costs, trying to build support for a polarizing plan he and his high-powered commission say will defuse the Garden State's massively underfunded retirement system.

But the commission, which worked in secret for months on the proposal to reinvent those benefits, now has a new job: putting together all the nitty-gritty details of how Christie's pension reform would play out for hundreds of thousands of public employees.increase in reported fees also comes on the heels of Christie telling New Jersey teachers, firefighters, cops and other public workers that "there are no alternatives" to cutting their retirement benefits because the state pension system is so strapped for cash.

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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 PSMA dues-paying members of the State government. PSMA is a partner with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 30 which represents certain managers in State government. PSMA works closely with IBEW Local 30 on issues related to managers who are represented by IBEW Local 30 and those that are not eligible for representation.

PSMA's mission is to serve 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.






Message From PSMA Board of Directors


To All PSMA Members,

As a result of the formation of IBEW Local 30 the membership of PSMA has changed significantly. Most of the PSMA members were eligible to join IBEW Local 30 and have done so. As a result, the membership of PSMA has been reduced. However, PSMA, in partnership with IBEW Local 30, is continuing its mission of representing managers in State government who are not eligible to be represented by a union at this time. To that end we are redoubling our efforts to modify the laws of the State to ultimately provide representation for these managers, and are actively seeking new members. We are also looking for non-IBEW eligible managers to join the PSMA Board of Directors.

In addition, our Retiree Network continues to grow and we are committed to support their efforts as well.

We will continue to update you in the future about our plans to strengthen our growing partnership with IBEW Local 30.

We need every PSMA member to bring in at least one new member. There are a significant number of managers who don't have the protections of IBEW Local 30 - they need PSMA to provide them with representation and the opportunity to fight for eventual union representation. We need each member to speak to their peers and convince them to join PSMA!


Tell Your Legislators to Fight for Our Pension and Health Benefits
March 28, 2015

Governor Christie has proposed to not make his full pension contribution in the FY16 budget, and still refuses to make the appropriate contribution for FY15. His Pension Commission has proposed a "Roadmap" which calls for more sacrifices on the part of public employees, particularly with regard to health benefits and the pension plan.

You need to tell our legislators that we have a law and a contract protecting our pensions and that the Governor cannot unilaterally change the rules of the game because he had a budget shortfall based upon his own inaccurate revenue forecasts; as well as the exorbitant fees of $600 million last year alone that were paid to financial firms to manage pension investments.

All PSMA members need to TAKE ACTION NOW and use our e-mail advocacy system to send an e-mail to your legislators!

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N.J. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Christie Pension Payments Case


Dustin Racioppi/April 6, 2015/The Record

The state Supreme Court will consider the legal fight between Governor Christie's administration and public unions over slashed pension payments.

The court said Monday that it granted the administration's motion for it to assume jurisdiction in the case, following the February ruling in Superior Court that Christie must work with the Legislature to find the nearly $1.6 billion pension payment that it cut from the current year budget. Christie reduced the payment due to missed revenues.

The Supreme Court set oral arguments in the case for May 6, about seven weeks before the fiscal year ends.

State officials have warned of drastic effects of a court ruling that would require the state to come up with $1.6 billion in just a few weeks. Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff told two budget panels last week, though, that the state is confident its appeal of the Superior Court ruling will succeed.

Christie, a likely contender for the GOP nomination for president, led a series of reforms to the public employee pension system in 2010 and 2011 but has not fully made the previous two payments defined in those reforms due to a sluggish economy and revenue shortfalls.

Last year Jacobson ruled that Christie's reduction from $1.58 billion to $697 was allowed because the state's budget gap was so large and there was little time to fill it.

In February, a day after Jacobson's ruling on the current budget, Christie unveiled a new set of reforms that would freeze current pensions and switch to a local, 401(k)-style system. Christie has been on a town hall-style tour selling the plan each week, and said he intends to keep doing so until the end of the fiscal year, which is June 30.

The governor's proposed pension payment for 2016 of $1.3 billion is less than half of the $3 billion defined in his reform law. Unions have again sued for the full payment.



IBEW Seeks to Organize X, Y, V and W Managers


Managers in X, Y, V, and W titles interested in learning how to organize with IBEW, please contact Joe Mastrogiovanni, Jr., IBEW Lead Organizer, at Joey_Mastrogiovanni@IBEW.org.


N.J. Legislature Acts in Support of Pension Lawsuit



RENTON - Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto announced on Monday that both houses of the New Jersey Legislature will officially inform the Court of its disapproval of the Christie Administration's refusal to make the pension payments required by law. Senate President Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Prieto will submit an Amicus Brief (attached) in Superior Court stating that the administration is ignoring the law and the legislative intent of the pension reform bill.

Senate President Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Prieto issued the following statement:

"We want to make it clear to the Court that the administration's refusal to make the legally required pension payments violates the law and disregards legislative intent. The pension reform bill approved by the Legislature and signed by the governor is a law he can't choose to ignore. He has a legal, constitutional and contractual obligation to make the required payments.

"The law explicitly creates a contractual obligation to make the contributions. The Legislature met the requirements of the law by appropriating $2.25 billion to make the payment for Fiscal Year 2015. The governor chose to veto the funding and to slash the contribution by $1.57 billion with a line-item veto.

"By appropriating the full payment, the Legislature met the requirements of the State Constitution. The governor can't veto the constitution.

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