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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.

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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What Judges Know: The Fault for Underfunded Pensions Lies With Politicians, Not Workers

Advocates of gutting public pensions are running into the same wall over and over again.

From California to Illinois to New Jersey and beyond, pension gutting efforts are being overturned by judges who recognize that breaking promises to workers isn't just regrettable, it's illegal. Pension opponents castigate the courts as the enemy while conveniently ignoring why legal protections exist in the first place-to protect public employees from politicians who spent years playing politics with their retirement savings.

Until the Great Recession, politicians were able to hide these mistakes behind a booming economy.

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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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Why NJ's Unfunded Liability for Retirees Is $90 Billion and Rising

The New Jersey Pension and Health Benefits Commission appointed by Gov. Chris Christie last week will be wrestling with some big numbers, but none larger than the combined $90 billion in unfunded liabilities for future pension and retiree healthcare benefits.

Skepticism over the state's ability to cover those unfunded liabilities was the main reason why Standard & Poor's, Moody's Investors Services and Fitch Ratings, Inc. downgraded New Jersey's credit rating to single-A status -- lower than any state except Illinois, whose unfunded retiree liabilities are even worse.

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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.

IBEW Update

On 8/13/2014, the Civil Service Commission approved Docket No. 2015-37 allowing the implementation of the wage provisions of the collective negotiations agreement between the State of New Jersey and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 30, for eligible State Government Managers.

As discussed in previous articles, retroactive raises will be forthcoming to eligible managers soon. The contract calls for 1% in January, 2014 and 1.75% in July, 2014. The State is proceeding with the implementation of the contract salary increases and COLAs but it will take a little time to complete the procedural steps before the changes can take effect. You should see the retroactive raises in future paychecks. Please be patient - the retroactive and step increases are definitely happening. 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 HERE. Please be aware that the list will continue to be refined and will change over time as managers' situations change.

Many people have contacted PSMA 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.

It is important that you sign up for membership with IBEW Local 30 and fill out a dues deduction card. IBEW intends to continue its strong partnership with PSMA, but membership in PSMA does not give you membership in IBEW. Dues for IBEW will not be deducted until after managers have received their raises. We need eligible managers to join as full members of IBEW in order to give us the strongest bargaining position in the next round of contract talks with the State!

Pension Payment/Budget Update

As expected Governor Christie vetoed most of the budget language approved by the Legislature - in particular the payments to the pension fund. However, by establishing that a budget could be adopted that would allow for the pension payments, the Legislature is hoping that this will allow the courts to require the Governor to pay the full pension payments. The case is now in Superior Court with Justice Mary Jacobson who is expected to issue a ruling in the near future.

At the same time the Governor has intensified his efforts to modify the pension and health benefits of active and retired employees. While he has not released any details, he continues to use his Town Hall meetings to complain about the benefits given to public employees.

Bill Protecting Employee Pension Payments Wins Legislative Approval UPDATE: 7/16/14

(TRENTON) - Both the General Assembly and the Senate 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. This bill is now awaiting a decision by the Governor.

Specifically, the bill (A3310) provides that beginning with the July 1, 2015 actuarial valuations of the five state-administered pension systems, any increased employee contributions resulting from the 2011 pension and benefits reform law will be credited as additional contributions to those retirement systems and cannot not be used to reduce the normal contributions required of the state or other public employers.

Chris Christie's Latest Big Lie: Bankrupt Scare Tactics and Phony Bipartisanship

As New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie visits Iowa and New Hampshire, he continues to insist that if he does not get concessions from the state's public workers his state will go bankrupt like Detroit. Back in the spring in an edition of his monthly radio show "Ask the Governor," Christie challenged the Democratically controlled Legislature to undertake a second round of pension reforms to stave off the doomsday scenario of state insolvency.

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Opinion: My Pension vs. Gov. Christie's Presidential Aspirations

My pension is mine. It belongs to me. It is compensation I am owed for work I have already done. And no one has the right to take it way from me.

When I started my career as a teacher in New Jersey years ago, I made a deal with the government -- the same deal just about every other teacher, police officer, firefigh

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Analysis: Christie Needs Pension Panel for Political and Practical Reasons

Faced with a pension crisis that imperils both future budgets and his presidential ambitions, Gov. Chris Christie once again is turning to a commission to provide policy options and political cover.

This time, the panel is headed by a former Reagan administration official who coauthored a 2012 policy paper that details dramatic ways to cut public employee pension benefits.

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