South Orange Maplewood Education Association

May 21, 2014
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Steinhauer: Christie pension proposal is illegal and reckless

Steinhauer: Christie pension proposal is illegal and reckless

Will pursue legal action to block plan

NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer released the following statement in response to Gov. Christie’s press conference earlier today:

“This much should be abundantly clear to every New Jersey resident: Gov. Christie is much better at making pension promises than keeping them. As a candidate, he pledged to educators that ‘nothing about your pension is going to change when I am governor.’ He broke that promise in 2011 when he signed a law that reduced pension benefits even for current retirees. In signing that law, he made a new promise that the state would slowly return to responsible pension funding practices by phasing in its contributions at a rate of 1/7 per year. Now he says he intends to break that promise, too.

“Gov. Christie’s illegal, irresponsible and reckless proposal to further delay a return to sound pension funding practices will irreparably harm New Jersey and cannot be allowed. In addition to the damage this will do to the pension system and to the employees and retirees who rely on it, this will further damage New Jersey’s fiscal reputation, to the detriment of every taxpayer. NJEA will pursue every legal avenue to stop this reckless and illegal attack on working-class New Jersey resident.”

 

 

May 9, 2014
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SOMEA extends it’s Smpathy….

We want to extend our sympathy to the  family of Meta Johnson. Meta was a long-time member , who recently retired, of  the Clinton Elementary teaching staff as well as a SOMEA rep. May her family find peace during this difficult time.