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New Bill Proposes $2 Room Surcharge at A.C. Hotels to Avoid Police and Firefighter Layoffs

Posted in Public Employment Labor Law
As reported by N.J.com, guests at Atlantic City hotels may soon see a new $2 surcharge on their room bills to help avoid police and firefighter layoffs in the financially struggling seaside gambling resort. Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto on Tuesday proposed a bill that would temporarily charge hotels in the city a $2 tax or fee to help… Continue Reading

Correction Officers Renew Calls for Better Workers’ Compensation After Brutal Attack

Posted in Sick Leave Injury Benefits
As reported by NJ.com, the recent brutal attack on a State Correction Officer at East Jersey State Prison has union officials calling for the passage of a bill that would make compensation similar to that of police officers and firefighters injured on duty. On the morning of December 31, Daniel Campione, a Correction Officer at… Continue Reading

State Pension Guarantee Dead For November Ballot

Posted in Public Employment Pension Crisis
As reported by NJ.com, Senate President Stephen Sweeney rejected calling for a crucial vote Monday on a referendum asking voters to constitutionally guarantee state payments into the government worker pension fund, killing its chances of appearing on the November ballot and disappointing public labor unions.  The likelihood that Sweeney, once the prime champion of that… Continue Reading

Deadline For NJ Senate To Take Action On Public Worker Pension Amendment

Posted in Public Employment Pension Crisis
As reported by NJ.com, Senate leaders have spent weeks trying to build a supermajority to override Governor Chris Christie’s opposition to a Transportation Trust Fund tax package, a plan that also holds the fate of a voter referendum on public worker pensions.  And for the last week, they’ve said they’re within a vote or two… Continue Reading

N.J. To Slash Pension Investments In Hedge Funds That Were Criticized By Unions

Posted in Public Employment Pension Crisis
As reported by nj.com, the State Investment Council on Wednesday agreed to slash New Jersey’s investments of public-sector pension dollars in hedge funds by more than half, responding to labor union concerns that the alternative investments are not paying off. At the council’s last meeting in May, union representatives called for drastic reduction in the… Continue Reading

The US Supreme Court agrees that Paterson Police Officer’s Demotion Violated his First Amendment Right to Free Speech

Posted in Public Employee Discipline, Public Employment Labor Law
The U.S. Supreme Court sided with former Paterson police officer Jeffrey J. Heffernan and ruled that his First Amendment rights were violated when he was demoted after picking up a campaign sign for the mayor’s opponent.  Heffernan had been demoted after supporters of Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres saw him picking up a campaign sign for challenger Lawrence Spagnola,… Continue Reading

NJ Lawmakers Clash Over Forcing Bigger Pension Payments

Posted in Public Employment Pension Crisis
As reported by NJ.com, State Senate President Stephen Sweeney and labor leaders defended Sweeney’s proposal to constitutionally enforce payments into the public pension system against arguments it’s a gift to special interests that will shackle New Jersey’s finances.  The scrap between Sweeney and labor leaders versus Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr. and business lobbyists… Continue Reading

Sweeney Plan To Bypass Christie On NJ Public Worker Pensions Clears First Hurdle

Posted in Public Employment Pension Crisis
As reported by NJ.com, a key State Senate Committee approved legislation to ask voters to revise the New Jersey Constitution to require the State to ratchet up contributions to the public pension system.  The Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee cleared the resolution along party lines, with Republicans’ opposition rooted in protecting taxpayers from severe spending… Continue Reading

State PBA President Lashes Out At Christie For Shameful Comment

Posted in Public Employment Pension Crisis
As reported by NJ.com, the president of the New Jersey police union that represents nearly 33,000 officers lashed out against Governor Chris Christie after the Governor called him a “pension pig.”  Pat Colligan, president of the New Jersey State PBA, referred to the Governor as a “schoolyard bully” and said Christie’s statement “didn’t surprise” him. … Continue Reading

Hamilton Mayor Talks Fire District Consolidation; Wants State Input

Posted in Shared Services/Consolodation
As reported by NJ.com, Hamilton Mayor Kelly Yaede met with the Township firefighters’ unions two years ago about consolidation and said she is pleased to finally see petitions going to taxpayers to start the process.  The mayor, though, believes the unions which are spearheading the effort should be seeking signatures in all districts, including District… Continue Reading

Sweeney Wants Federal Loan Program To Rescue Public Worker Pensions

Posted in Public Employment Pension Crisis
As reported by NJ.com, State Senate President Stephen Sweeney said the answer to New Jersey’s rising public employee pension debt lies in creating a trillion dollar federal loan program that will help states avoid insolvency, spare millions of government workers from economic devastation and take the pressure off state budgets.  The government aid program, which… Continue Reading

NJ Trooper Unions Sue Christie Over Shortchanged Pension Payment In Proposed Budget

Posted in Public Employment Labor Law, Retiree Benefits
As reported by NJ.com, a group of unions representing New Jersey State Troopers are the first to sue Governor Chris Christie to force him to make a larger payment to the State’s public-worker pension system in his latest state budget proposal.  Christie’s proposed budget, which covers the fiscal year that begins in July, includes a $1.3… Continue Reading

Police and Fire Benevolent Associations File Lawsuits To Mandate Funding

Posted in Public Employment Labor Law, Retiree Benefits
As reported by Politckernj.com, in the aftermath of Governor Chris Christie’s budget address, the leaders of the State’s Police and Fire Benevolent Associations announced their decision to file separate lawsuits aimed at making the Governor comply with the full funding of the public pensions.  Below, reprinted in its entirety, is a statement of explanation the… Continue Reading

NJ Unions Deride Christie Pension Fix As ‘Deceptive,’ Say It ‘Punishes’ Healthy Funds

Posted in Retiree Benefits
As reported by NJ.com, just hours after Governor Chris Christie claimed he’d reached an “unprecedented accord with the New Jersey Education Association” that would “solve our long-term problems with the pension and health benefit systems,” the criticism poured in, from the NJLEA, from other union leaders and even a former New Jersey governor.  NJLEA President… Continue Reading

Christie Pension Commission Recommends Plan For Fewer Benefits

Posted in Retiree Benefits
As reported by NJ.com, Governor Chris Christie’s high-powered pension commission has proposed a sweeping plan that would save the State billions in retirement and health care costs while reducing benefits for hundreds of thousands of public workers.  The commissi0n says New Jersey needs to drastically change its pension and health plans.  Christie’s budget address will… Continue Reading

Court Rules Some NJ Volunteer Fire Companies Subject To Public Records Act

Posted in Uncategorized
As reported by NJ.com, a State Superior Court Judge has ruled that four (4) volunteer fire companies in Lakewood are government agencies subject to the New Jersey Open Public Records Act (“OPRA”).  Specifically, the Judge ruled that four (4) volunteer fire companies in Lakewood must produce rosters, check registries, e-mails, meeting minutes and resolutions, and… Continue Reading

Christie Wants to Eliminate Division of Fire Safety

Posted in Uncategorized
  As reported by nj.com, a Democratic state senator said that Governor Chris Christie is looking into eliminating the Division of Fire Safety, which is responsible for enforcing the state fire code, education programs, and firefighter training. In a news release criticizing the plan, Senator Jim Whelan said the administration wants to divide the duties of… Continue Reading

Sweeney Pushing Legislation for Shared-Services Agreements

Posted in Uncategorized
  As reported by app.com, State Senate President Stephen Sweeney said he will push for a law aimed at moving the State’s 566 municipalities into shared-service agreements. Sweeney said he would introduce the legislation this week. The bill is expected to revive the Local Unit Alignment, Reorganization and Consolidation Commission (“LUARC”), created some four years ago,… Continue Reading

Police, Fire Union Leaders Slam Christie At Rally

Posted in Uncategorized
  As reported by nj.com, leaders of police and firefighter unions slammed Governor Chris Christie at a rally outside the Statehouse on March 3, 2011.  Bill Lavin, president of the New Jersey Firefighter’s Mutual Benevolent Association, said Christie loves police and firefighters, but hates the unions because “he hates your voice.” Lavin said the Governor wants… Continue Reading
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