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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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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.

Report: Jersey Pension Shortfall Due to Risky Christie Investments

Chris Christie might be great at yelling at teachers, but you might not want to take financial advice from him. The International Business Times reports today that New Jersey investment officials have increasingly directed state pension funds into "riskier investments" on Wall Street - often with funds run by political allies of the governor - that have ended up underperforming the stock market. The underperformance of those investments have threatened the integrity of the pension system.

"Since Gov. Chris Christie took office, he has nearly tripled the amount of retiree cash invested in alternative investment firms - many of whose employees have made financial contributions to political groups backing Christie's election campaigns. In that time, the gap between New Jersey's alternative portfolio and the broader market has rapidly expanded, costing taxpayers billions in unrealized returns and threatening the financial stability of the $78 billion pension system.

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Civil Service Proposes Revised Banding Rule

From the Civil Service Commission: "The Civil Service Commission proposed a new rule, N.J.A.C. 4A:3-3.2A, and a series of amendments to existing rules, on March 18, 2013, at 45 N.J.R. 500(a), to establish a job banding program. Following extensive public comment, the Civil Service Commission proposed substantial changes to the proposed new rule as well as several of the proposed amendments, and proposed a new amendment to N.J.A.C. 4A:7-3.2. See 46 N.J.R. 260(a). The proposed substantial changes were, in part, a response to Assembly Concurrent Resolution 199 (ACR 199), transmitted to the Commission by the Legislature on December 4, 2013. ACR 199 asserted that the proposed new rule was not consistent with the New Jersey Constitution and was contrary to legislative intent.

Following a period of further public comment, the Civil Service Commission adopted the job banding notice of proposal, as well as the proposed substantial changes (with technical changes not requiring additional public notice and comment) at its meeting of May 7, 2014. The adoption went into effect on June 2, 2014, upon publication in the New Jersey Register. See 46 N.J.R. 1331(c). The adoption did the following:

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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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N.J. State Pension System Heavy on Managers' Fees

This Labor Day weekend, let's consider that excellent and endangered worker benefit, the guaranteed retirement pension.

Let's look at the New Jersey state pension system, which more than 750,000 schoolteachers, troopers, and other public servants are counting on to keep them comfortable through their golden decades.

The problem with this happy arrangement is that the politicians who promised - and who also collect - state pensions haven't set aside money to pay them all.

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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 IBEW Local 30 Executive Board

The Executive Board of IBEW Local 30 has been busy getting organized and prepared for several important initiatives. We have a lot of work to do to get Local 30 up and running to serve you.

First and foremost is a Membership Drive. IBEW Local 30 needs to increase the number of managers signed up to become full dues paying members of the Union. To those of you who have done so already we sincerely thank you; to the eligible managers who have not done so we urge you to step up and support YOUR UNION by becoming a full member. To sign up, please download and fill out the IBEW Membership Application and Dues Deduction Card by using the links to the left. Then send them to :

IBEW Local 30
212 East State Street
Trenton, NJ 08608

We will also be sending a follow-up mailing to all eligible managers encouraging them to sign up to become full members in early October.

Secondly, the IBEW Executive Board will soon begin to prepare for the next contract negotiations with the State. As you know the current contract expires on June 30, 2015 and we expect to begin formal negotiations sometime in February.

We need your support! By signing up to be full members of IBEW Local 30 you will send a strong message to the negotiations team, and more importantly, to the State indicating Local 30 has the full support of its members! We need your ideas and suggestions! Please tell us your ideas and concerns related to improving the terms and conditions of the contract going forward. We clearly recognize continued salary increases are a primary goal we must continue to prioritize. We are committed to continue our fight to restore fairness and equity to the compensation plan and to abate salary compression between managers and their subordinates. We need designated Shop Stewards! As you know we represent managers in all 16 departments. Although we are happy to report the number of grievances and discipline matters have not been overwhelming it is nevertheless important we have managers trained and ready to provide support and guidance when necessary to our members. Please let us know if you are interested in becoming a Shop Steward. Finally, we have been monitoring and making frequent inquiries to the State regarding the processing of the current contract salary increases. We have been advised these increases will be paid out over the course of several pay periods starting in October. The first payments will provide for placement on step in designated salary ranges along with retroactive payment back to 1/1/14 for those who are eligible. Please note that each Department must process manager's raises separately since each manager has a unique pay situation.

Payment of the 1% COLA with retroactive payment and the 1.75% COLA will be paid out in subsequent pay periods. Once we have the final payment schedule confirmed with the State we will send it out to all of our members.

We have posted the Contract Salary Chart for the raises along with a discussion on how to determine your increases at

IBEW continues to work with the State to refine the list of eligible managers. The revised list (July 31, 2014) and eligibility criteria are available at Please be aware that the list will continue to be refined and will change over time as managers' situations change.

Many people have contacted IBEW about getting their names on the eligible list. Please be aware that you have to work through your Department's Office of Human Resources if you believe that you are eligible - please follow the directions on the eligibility page.

In Solidarity,
IBEW Local 30 Executive Board

Legislative Update

Tim Martin, MBI, September 23, 2014

The legislature was on break for most of July and August, and no bills currently monitored by PSMA were debated. That said, three bills of interest have been introduced in September, including:

A-3697, which prohibits the investment of state pension funds into any companies that manufacture, import, or sell assault firearms for civilian use, was introduced on September 18 by Assemblyman John McKeon (D - Essex). This bill has been around for several years, and its Senate counterpart was prefiled at the beginning of this session by Senator Nia Gill (D - Essex);

A-3626, which repeals the law establishing fees for civil service tests, was introduced by Assemblyman Troy Singleton (D - Camden) on September 18. There is no Senate counterpart for this bill yet;

and SCR-134, which proposes a constitutional amendment that would allow slot machine gambling at horse race tracks and dedicate a portion of the revenue to the state employee pension fund, was introduced on September 15 by Senator Joe Pennacchio (R - Morris).

The Governor's Pension and Health Benefits Study Commission is continuing its work pursuant to Executive Order 161, although there is some speculation that a report will be issued in the near future. The group was empanelled on August 9 and charged with providing a status update within 30 days. Informally, some commission members have voiced concern that pension reform would take an act of the legislature that is unlikely to happen, and so there is the potential that a final report will focus more on health benefits. Moving forward, MBI will be working to ensure that the Commission meets directly with PSMA representatives as part of its stakeholder outreach.

Pension Commission: Tab for Unfunded Retiree Benefits Pegged at $30,000 per Household

A statistic that is likely to become a favorite at Gov. Chris Christie's town hall meetings comes courtesy of the New Jersey Pension and Health Benefit Study Commission, which yesterday reported that "each of the state's 3.2 million households would have to write a check today for $12,000" to pay off the state government's $37 billion unfunded pension liability.

And that's not the biggest problem: Those same households would have to write another $18,000 check if the state also wanted to pay off the $58 billion unfunded liability in retiree health benefits.

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Christie Grappling With Bond Downgrades, Budget Shortfalls, Casino Closures

Yesterday, Standard & Poor followed Fitch Ratings, Inc. in cutting New Jersey's bond rating for the third time in Christie's governorship. S&P cited not only the governor's $2.4 billion in pension cuts, overly optimistic revenue forecasts, and persistent budget shortfalls, but also "the lack of consensus among elected leaders on how to return to structural balance" - a direct slap at the 2016 GOP presidential hopeful's claim that New Jersey can show Washington how to overcome partisan gridlock.

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