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Important Information for SHBP Retirees

On Friday, March 20th, the State Health Benefits Design Committee unanimously voted for a solution that finalized the Superior Court decision that unilaterally indexed retiree prescription copays in the years 2013, 2014 and 2015.

The committee was presented with three possible solutions to rectify the overpayment of copays in the aforementioned years. Unfortunately, the monumental task of calculating payments to members would have resulted in another year of delay in payments to our retirees and due to medicare regulations some members would have actually owed money to the federal government. This solution allows for compensation in that copays will be reduced or eliminated depending on the classification of the drug and the type of in which the member is enrolled for the period from July 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015 and will return to 2012 rates as a baseline for negotiating new plans for 2016.

The decision in superior court was a landmark decision, in that it gives the committee the authority on all levels to negotiate plans going forward which is especially important in this era of escalating costs in the health care realm. The committee, both labor and management have made a commitment to work together to create plans that provide better health care for both our retirees and active enrollees.

The terms of the retirees are as follows for the rest of 2015 are as follows:

For the period from now to June 30, 2015, copays will remain as they are currently.

For the period from July 1, 2015 through December 31, 2105 copays for $10 and $15 copay plans will be, see graphic.

The maximum out of pocket will be $1,351 per person which is the 2012 rate will apply for 2015.

Please notify your retired members of these pending changes.

Fraternally,
Kevin C. Lyons Sr.

 

NJSPBA 2015 Annual Convention

Registration has begun for the NJSPBA 2015 Annual Convention at Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dates for the Convention will be September 18th through 24th and September 19th through 25th, 2015.

Click below for package details, additional information and registration application. The application must be completed with deposit and mailed or faxed to:

Debbie Perestuk, Convention Coordinator
                          NJSPBA
158 Main Street, Woodbridge, NJ 07095
Phone: 732-636-8860 * Fax: 732-636-0172

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NJ Public Employment Conference

Reserve your spots for the New Jersey Public Employment Conference on Friday, April 17, 2015 at the East Brunswick Hilton in East Brunswick/S173-00W5 from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This annual conference covers the year’s developments in the public employment sector. Hear updates on collective negotiations, pension and health benefit issues and more. Also, gain insight on what to expect in 2015. Whether you represent a union or public employers, join your colleagues at this must attend program.  

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RSVP for Upcoming Treasurers Training Class

A treasurers training class has been scheduled for Thursday, July 16, 2015 in the downstairs training room at the State PBA Office. The class will be hosted by Ed Brady of McEnerny, Brady & Co. and will be an overview of a treasurers responsibilities including audits and tax filing. Classes will be from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 to 3 p.m. Class size limited to 40 ppl. Reservations can be made via info@njspba.com.

PBA/FMBA Preparing Court Case for Next Pension Payment

PBA, FMBA member,

    As you are aware, we were recently victorious in a State Superior Court decision requiring that the Governor make the full pension contribution for Fiscal Year 2015 as required under Chapter 78.  We expect the Governor will appeal this decision and we are awaiting the next steps in this case.  While this is unfolding, we were not surprised to see the Governor propose a Budget for Fiscal Year 2016 that does not include a full pension payment. While a budget does not become law until July 1, 2015, we believe the Governor’s announcement is a pre-emptory rejection of his obligation under Judge Jacobson’s decision to fully fund the pension systems. 

   
A number of public employee unions, including the NJEA have advised us of their intention to initiate a new lawsuit against the Governor in light of his proposed FY 2016 budget and invited us to join with them. While we respect the other public sector unions, we believe the State PBA and FMBA have unique issues under PFRS warranting the filing of a separate lawsuit.  Our priorities in litigation will therefore differ from other unions.  We feel strongly that the significant differences in our pension systems and certainly some differences of opinion regarding the “Roadmap” necessitate our organizations acting independently from the other labor unions.


Leadership from both our unions will continue to work with our legislature to submit a FY 2016 budget with the appropriate pension payment included.  Our memberships should be assured that while we continue to expect the legislature to comply with the law, we are also preparing a lawsuit to challenge the Governor’s unconstitutional budget proposal.  

Ed Donnelly                                                                   Pat Colligan                                                 
President NJFMBA                                                        President NJSPBA

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March 2015 Back Issues
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President's Message

Patrick Colligan, NJSPBA President Patrick Colligan, President Jeb & Newt... not so 'Perfect Together'

Let me start this month’s message by letting you all know that this is not an “I told you so” article, but rather a “let’s think smart" article for the future of us all. 

Somebody a lot smarter than me once said: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” No need to get nervous; the governor has reached his term limit here, and I won’t make a prediction about his future in politics. I suspect he is taking care of that all on his own.

What I want to do is remind everybody of those days before the 2009 election, when a majority of Law Enforcement supported (and later voted) for the current governor. Overall, we are a very odd group of voters. As Tony Wieners used to say, we are conservatives with Democratic needs, and I’m not sure there is a better description for us. So we were given this candidate back in 2009 from “Law Enforcement,” and with a “sacred trust” letter to us all if he wins. The rest, as they say…is history.

So now we are looking at a Presidential election in 2016. It’s already down to just a few viable options on the Republican side, and only one option on the Democratic side. My ears are open. I hear what you are all saying and who you seem to like so far, and it doesn’t seem to be the one candidate on the Democratic side.

I had the privilege to meet Brother Timothy Condon from one of our North Jersey Locals at the Collective Bargaining Seminar in Atlantic City during the first week of February. We started to chat about politics. He was kind enough to hand me a 2011 Op-Ed piece from the Los Angeles Times. Written by Jeb Bush and Newt Gingrich, it was titled: “Better off Bankrupt.” It’s a Google search away, so take a peek at the whole thing. But let me give you a couple of the tidbits that Jeb and Newt seem to agree on:

…This approach begins with a new chapter in the federal Bankruptcy Code that provides for voluntary bankruptcy by states, a proven option already available to all cities and towns across America.

….As with municipal bankruptcy, a new bankruptcy law would allow states in default or in danger of default to reorganize their finances free from their union contractual obligations. In such reorganization, a state could propose to terminate some, all or none of its government employee union contracts and establish new compensation rates, work rules, etc. The new law could also allow states an opportunity to reform their bloated, broken and underfunded pension systems for current and future workers. The lucrative pay and benefits packages that government employee unions have received…..

Now, doesn’t that sound like a great idea? What I have discovered over time is that people tend to be a lot more honest than before they become candidates for something.  Maybe Gov. Scott Walker from Wisconsin sounds more palatable to you in 2016? I sure hope not! 

So thank you Brother Condon. We have to vote smart in 2016, and I hope that Op-Ed might shed some light on one of your early bets in that race. Time will tell, and a single candidate will emerge loaded with promises. I’m just going to remind you once more what that smart guy once said: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,” because I don’t want to be there, saying, “I told you so.”

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