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2020 Mini-Convention

A $100.00 registration fee will be charged to each Local and should be submit­ted with the initial registration. This fee is payable no later than February 1, 2020 and is payable whether or not the Local stays at the hotel. Those Locals who have not paid their registration fee vvi/1 not be permitted to attend the mini-convention.

Package Price includes: Three buffet breakfasts, cocktail reception, high-speed wifi, access to Body Rock Fitness Center, unlimited exit & entry to parking after initial fee and chair & towel service at indoor pool.

No deposits will be accepted. All reservations and payments must be paid in full and received no later than February 7, 2020.

NO TBA's. Each reservation must have the names of those occupying the rooms. If booking a double room, please include names of BOTH occupants.

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Important Update for Chapter 330 Retirees

As we have advised you, some Chapter 330 member’s had incorrect deductions taken out of their January pension checks. We were informed by the Division today that this affected about 1,200 members and that corrections have been made and the February checks will be corrected. Any reimbursements that are due our members will be made around the 1st of February.

Chapter 330 Retirees

We have been receiving reports that the health benefit deductions from the January pension checks are incorrect in some cases. We encourage you to verify the proper deduction from the Chapter 330 Rate Charts on the Division of Pensions and Benefits web site. 
 
We are working with the division to determine the proper deductions should be.

Cadillac Tax Repeal

Today, President Trump will sign funding legislation that was passed by Congress that will once and for all end the potential of the Cadillac Tax that imposes a 40% tax on health plans that cost over $10,200 for single coverage and $27,500 for families. While there is an extension for highly dangerous jobs (police, fire, railroad and electrical linemen etc.) many employers have used the potential of this tax to influence negotiations in an attempt to reduce the level of benefits our members receive.

While the tax was a crucial funding mechanism for the subsidies on the ACA exchanges it would have been catastrophic to our members and their health insurance. Congress also approved the removal of a medical device tax and a health insurance plan tax, both were being delayed along with the Cadillac tax that was set to be implemented in 2022. The State PBA is grateful to our national affiliate, NAPO who took the lead lobbying congress to repeal this poorly designed tax on a benefit that is so important to our members.

December 20, 2019
NAPO Victory! Cadillac Tax Repealed
 
In significant victory for NAPO and our members, Congress repealed the “Cadillac Tax”, the 40 percent excise tax on employer-sponsored health plans, as part of the Fiscal 2020 appropriations agreement (H.R. 1865).  NAPO pressed Congressional leaders to support the inclusion of the Cadillac Tax repeal as part of any year-end, must pass legislative package. We applaud Congress for finally listening to us, to employers, workers, health plans and employee organizations who have been calling for the repeal of the tax since 2015 and we thank them for protecting public safety employees' hard-earned health benefits. 
 
The Cadillac Tax was not just a tax on health plans; it was a loss of earned wages and benefits. Over the years, law enforcement officers through collective bargaining have often given up pay increases in order to secure better health care coverage. Under the excise tax, they were being penalized for entering into those good faith agreements with their employing jurisdictions. If the Cadillac Tax was allowed to be implemented, it would force public safety employees to pay the tax in the form of wage cuts, higher premiums, increased out-of-pocket costs, and lower benefits.
 
The repeal of the Cadillac Tax ensures public safety employees can maintain affordable, full coverage healthcare for themselves and their families.

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20 and Out Bill Passes Assembly

The State PBA drafted bill to clarify the law governing the 20 and Out retirement benefit for PFRS members today overwhelmingly passed the General Assembly. 

Assembly Bill 6024 seeks to confirm that the 20 and Out benefit adopted in 2000 under a law pushed by the State PBA applies to all PFRS enrollees regardless of their age or when they were employed.  That law provided for a 50% pension at 20 years of service. The bill is needed to address a misinterpretation of the law adopted by the Christie Administration which sought to limit the benefit.  The bill establishes that the 20 year benefit shall be offered to every member of the PFRS immediately. 

The bill now heads to the Senate where the State PBA is advocating for its passage in early January.

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President's Message

Patrick Colligan, NJSPBA President Patrick Colligan, President Keynote Address

On Jan. 17, NJ State PBA President Pat Colligan gave the keynote address at the graduation of the Cape May County Police Academy 41st Basic Course for Police Officers. Here are some excerpts from that address:

The NJ State PBA publishes New Jersey Cops Magazine and the director was kind enough to allow NJ Cops complete access from the very first day that these recruits arrived in August until their graduation today. It was an honor and a privilege to follow these recruits. The police academy provides extraordinary training for these recruits, and they are well prepared for policing in 2017 and beyond. The training will prepare them for just about anything that they will encounter.

What I would like to tell you first, in the audience, is what the Academy has done for you. I don’t think the officers are going to want us to talk about it, but you deserve it after watching them all leave every Sunday or Monday morning. This academy has taught them how to iron. They can make their beds. They learned how to use a washing machine. Unfortunately, it’s only khakis and whites, but I assume you can let them know how to use colors when you get home. Most importantly, they can shower, shave and do all of their other business and get out of the bathroom in 30 seconds. That’s what the academy has done for you.
Things have changed slightly since I graduated from a similar academy in 1992. Most of these recruits hadn’t been born yet. Yahoo was something you said when you were excited. Gas was $1.05 and you paid the toll on the Parkway with something called a token. So we can agree that times have changed since 1992. The technology has certainly changed, and much of the police training has changed. But the core principles of policing have not.

The members of the very first municipal police department from Boston reported for duty in 1838, as these officers are responding in 2017. What has not changed, and will never change, are the core values of law enforcement: professionalism, compassion, respect, integrity and dedication. Whether you respond on horseback or in a car, whether you respond with a lantern or a flashlight, the call was answered the same way in 1838 as it was in 1992, and will be tomorrow for some of you.

You will respond with professionalism, compassion, respect, integrity and dedication. Bring those values to every call. Treat every victim and even every suspect like you would want your family to be treated. And you will enjoy a very long, healthy and rewarding career. The technology may be vastly different 25 or 30 years from now. The training will change. But those core values will remain exactly the same – I guarantee it.

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