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AC Recovery Compromise Reached

The Mayor of Atlantic City, the Governor and legislative leadership today agreed on compromise legislation to provide the city the time and tools it needs to avoid a state takeover.

The new deal will give the City 5 months to develop a plan to balance their budget for 2017 while ensuring State financial assistance. The compromise avoids a state takeover provided the City offers the State with a balanced budget plan in that time.

Following our recent meetings with the Mayor, including a discussion with him this afternoon, the State PBA is comfortable that the City can develop a balanced budget under the conditions set by the new bill language.

The bill also includes an early retirement incentive option for AC employees. This, coupled with ongoing negotiations between the City and PBA 24, should be adequate to further the goals of a balanced budget moving forward at least as it relates to the PD.

The bill is expected to pass the Legislature in the next few days. The PBA will remain a partner to the Mayor moving forward and we are grateful for his passionate defense of the men and women of the AC PD. This compromise also would not have been possible without the insistence of Speaker Prieto that collective bargaining and fairness be protected during this difficult time.

An Important Message from Executive Vice President Marc Kovar

As a result of ongoing negotiations on recovery legislation for Atlantic City there will be NO Assembly session on Wednesday, May 11, 2016. Our discussions with legislative leadership are continuing on a daily basis. We will update the membership as soon as possible on our next steps.

A message from State President Pat Colligan

Thank you to all the PBA members who traveled to Trenton yesterday to fight for our entire NJSPBA membership.  Assembly Speaker Prieto’s decision to delay a vote on the Atlantic City recovery legislation hopefully allows the leaders of our State, the City and the PBA to develop a fair compromise.  Any compromise needs to protect our employee collective bargaining rights and local voting rights while getting Atlantic City back on the path to fiscal recovery. Now is not the time for ego and selfishness.   The next vote on this matter is scheduled for Wednesday, please let as many of our PBA brothers and sisters as possible know that we may need support in Trenton again next Wednesday. Speaker Prieto has opened up the door to a compromised solution and now all the players need to do is just walk through it. 

Article on PolitickerNJ - Fulop Attacks Christie-Sweeney-Norcross Atlantic City Alliance

Amid the ongoing Atlantic City crisis and a north-south standoff with a bill he backs apparently in the docket on Thursday, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop unleashed a torrent of criticism aimed at the triumvirate of Gov. Chris Christie, state Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) and South Jersey Democratic Leader George Norcross III.

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News Article from NJ.com: To boost N.J.'s public pension funds, avoid costly investment fees | Opinion

This is a must read! Phil Murphy is certainly beyond qualified to comment on this issue and offer some expert advice to our NJ Division of Pension Investment Managers. 

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President's Message

Patrick Colligan, NJSPBA President Patrick Colligan, President Dear Trenton: a race to the VERY bottom!

To my friends in the NJ State Legislature, let me start this message by saying that my sister used to believe I was so far to the “right,” I didn’t need left shirt sleeves. Tony Wieners used to say those of us in law enforcement were conservatives with Democratic needs. Whether you are right, center or left, I just have to get S-1711 off my chest this month. In case you voted on it and didn’t get a chance to peruse it, please allow me to give you some CliffNotes from the bill:

- Amending or terminating any existing contracts (excluding financing instruments such as bonds);
- Modifying the terms, including wages and hours, or other terms of collective negotiations agreements or terminating any collective negotiations agreements to which the municipality is a party;
- Negotiating, on behalf of the municipality, future collective bargaining agreements;
- Abolishing any positions in the municipality;
- Unilaterally appointing, transferring, or removing employees.

Humor me and please go back and re-read that just one more time; it’s kind of important to those of us who have dedicated our lives to serving the citizens of New Jersey. Allow me to pull the old “Miriam Webster says” for a second. Unilateral means: “Done or undertaken by one person or party.”

Anybody want to hazard a guess who that might be?

Now, forgive me for insulting anybody but that places New Jersey public workers’ rights somewhere below Mississippi and a slight tick above China. I say New Jersey because that bill doesn’t say Atlantic City anywhere in its 22 pages. I checked.

This is a bill for all of New Jersey (granted, with some parameters). I’m not sure how anybody on either side of the aisle doesn’t read that and have the bejesus scared out of them. It really is a race to the very bottom. I hope that those of you who voted for it get another bite at the apple. I suspect you will.… Read More

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