Take Action: Support Pension Funding

Write a letter to tell your state representatives to Support Pension Funding.

Requiring the state to live up to its obligation to fund pensions will restore New Jersey’s retirement system to fiscal health for the 800,000 active and retired workers who are counting on receiving the modest pensions they earned. Please send a message to your legislators in the state Senate and Assembly to convey the importance of passing resolution S-184/ACR-3 to place a ballot question for fully funded pensions before voters.…

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Happy New Year from AFTNJ

Best wishes for happy holidays and a great New Year. These are critical times for public schools and unions so I hope you will join me in resolving to help strengthen our union in 2016. Our 30,000 education workers in the American Federation of Teachers New Jersey range from caring pre-kindergarten teachers though accomplished postdoctoral researchers at colleges and universities and every position in between.…

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Mercer County Community College in jeopardy of losing accreditation

By David Foster, The Trentonian

WEST WINDSOR…Mercer County Community College is on shaky ground.

The West Windsor college, which operates a satellite campus in Trenton, is in jeopardy of losing it accreditation, according to a Nov. 19 report from the Middles State Commission on Higher Education.

The Middle States, a nonprofit that performs accreditations on colleges and universities, found in June that MCCC was lacking evidence that it was in compliance of institutional effectiveness and assessment of student learning standards.…

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Senate President Revamps Payment Plan For Closing Deficit In Pension Fund

Sweeney’s tweak of proposed constitutional amendment may make plan more viable politically, but GOP leaders say it would just result in higher taxes

By John Reitmeyer

A subtle change has been made to the original draft of a proposed constitutional amendment on public-employee pension funding that legislative leaders want to put before voters next year.

The difference isn’t a substantial one when it comes to the already ugly numbers for the grossly underfunded pension system, but it could play a big role in how the pension-funding issue plays out politically, both in the short-term during the push for approval of the ballot question and in the long-term as state policymakers would work to fund it.…

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