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As State Democrats Prepare To Introduce Healthcare Reform, Christie’s Stance Remains Unclear

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  As reported by nj.com, the state’s top lawmakers said Monday they cleared a significant hurdle in efforts to overhaul public employee benefits after agreeing to a plan that shifts more medical costs onto workers while protecting future collective bargaining rights. The spotlight now turns to Governor Chris Christie, who has been uncharacteristically quiet as… Continue Reading

CWA Head Says Sweeney’s Health Benefit Proposal Is Misleading

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  As reported by nj.com, the state’s largest public employee union said State Senate President Stephen Sweeney has released misleading information about how his health benefit overhaul will affect the pocketbooks of workers. Sweeney wants to shift more of the costs of health benefits onto public workers. All state and local public employees would pay a… Continue Reading

NJ Assembly Holds UP Pension, Health Benefits Overhaul Brokered By Christie, Sweeney

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  As reported by nj.com, Governor Chris Christie and Senate President Stephen Sweeney were poised to announce an agreement on a plan to overhaul health and pension benefits for public employees, but were stymied after the compromise received a chilly reception in the Assembly. “We are not there yet,” said Speaker Sheila Oliver, who found herself… Continue Reading

Christie Seeks to Change Health Benefits of Workers Through Collective Bargaining

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  As reported by nj.com, after asserting for months that state employee health benefits will be overhauled through legislation, Governor Chris Christie’s office is now seeking the changes through collective bargaining with the state’s largest employee union. “He’s out of his cage!” read a memo to Communications Workers of America members obtained by the Star-Ledger,… Continue Reading

Gov. Christie, CWA Begin Bargaining Over Health Benefits

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  As reported by nj.com, Governor Chris Christie began bargaining over health benefits for state employees this week, according to a memo sent out to members of the Communications Workers of America obtained by the Star-Ledger. Christie has been adamant for months that he would obtain changes to employee health benefits through legislation. The new offer,… Continue Reading

CWA Files Unfair Practice Charge Against Christie

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  As reported by app.com, New Jersey’s largest state worker union filed an unfair practice charge against Governor Chris Christie’s administration, saying the administration has so far refused to negotiate health care costs.  The Communication Workers of America filed the charge with the state Public Employment Relations Commission (“PERC”) on May 12, 2011. Union leader Hetty… Continue Reading

Push is on to Reform NJ Pensions By End of June

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  As reported by nj.com, despite slim Democratic support, state Senate President Stephen Sweeney is prepared to move forward with a plan to overhaul public employee pensions and health benefits before the end of next month. Sweeney has lined up a small group of Democratic senators who said they would be willing to join with Republicans… Continue Reading

Christie Slams Alternative Proposal by CWA on Health Care Benefits

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  As reported by nj.com, Governor Chris Christie panned an alternative proposal by the State’s largest public employee union to overhaul health care benefits. “Their offer stinks,” Christie said at a press conference in Trenton. “It doesn’t save any money.” Christie wants all state employees to pay for 30 percent of the cost of health insurance… Continue Reading

Sweeney Plan for Healthcare Reform Gains Little Support Among Democrats

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  As reported by nj.com, Senate President Stephen Sweeney’s plan to require public workers to kick in more for medical benefits is getting little support from his fellow Democrats. As Sweeney scrambles for votes, Senate Republicans say they favor Governor Chris Christie’s proposal, which a new non-partisan report predicts would save about 16 times more money… Continue Reading

CWA Promises Benefit Savings

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  As reported by app.com, the union that represents some 35,000 state and local government workers is offering to make changes in New Jersey’s health insurance system that would, as one official promised, save “tens of millions of dollars.” The proposal by the Communication Workers of America came as union leaders and negotiators for Governor Chris… Continue Reading

Labor Attorneys Urge Legislature to Abandon Plan to Increase Contributions to Health Benefits

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  As reported by nj.com, days before the governor’s office and the state’s largest public employees union are scheduled to sit down for the first time, lawmakers are receiving letters warning of dire results that could come from changing employee benefits through law. A letter, cosigned by 48 labor attorneys, claims that if lawmakers move… Continue Reading

Senator Sweeney to Unveil Bill Requiring State Employees to Contribute More for Medical Benefits

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  As reported by nj.com, Senate President Stephen Sweeney will unveil a plan that aims to slash the State’s huge medical costs by requiring public employees to kick in significantly more to health benefits, according to three officials familiar with the proposal. The Sweeney plan shares much common ground with Governor Chris Christie’s reform agenda and… Continue Reading

Governor Christie’s Next Fight Is With State Workers As Contracts Come Up For Renewal

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  As reported by nj.com, with contracts for 49,000 state workers due to expire this June, Governor Chris Christie has publicly proclaimed he wants no pay raises and expects state workers to fork over much more for health and pension benefits. Union leaders say they have had no meetings with the governor’s office and worry… Continue Reading
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