NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer ask members to join together and help in the fight for pension funding.
An excerpt from a letter from NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer:
Right now, what we have is a law obligating the state to pay its share, several lawsuits we filed related to the failure of the state to follow the law, and a judge’s ruling (under appeal by Gov. Christie) that directs the state to pay. We also know that the governor has not included the full pension payment in the budget for next year. On top of the legal battles, that’s our next fight – full funding in the next state budget.
Over the past month, we have heard from leaders and members around the state who are ready to hold the governor and the Legislature accountable for their promises. It’s time to demonstrate what the power of 200,000 members can do.
So, here’s what you can do, as one of those 200,000 members:
- Read the new Q and A, “Funding the Pension System.”
- Become a Pension Activist to help educate and mobilize our 200,000 members. Sign up at njea.org/fullcourtpress.
- Keep yourself informed about the issue and learn about actions you can take by texting “PENSION” to 738674 and regularly checking njea.org.
- Contact your legislators and remind them of their obligation under Ch. 78 to fund our pensions.
- Encourage your 200,000 union colleagues to take these same steps.
The fight to fund our pensions is going to be a tough one, and it will require all of us working together. The entire NJEA leadership and staff look forward to working with you in this fight.