Dear Brothers & Sisters, The Pension Governance Bill, which transfers management of Police and Firemen’s Retirement System (PFRS) from the Division of Pensions and Benefits in the Department of the Treasury to a new Board of Trustees of the PFRS, passed in the State Senate and Assembly this afternoon. It is now is headed to Governor Phil Murphy's desk. If the Governor signs the bill into law, the PFANJ and the other unions will have a direct role in ensuring the stability of the pensio...
Dear Brothers & Sisters,
Today, as we celebrate today's momentous 100th anniversary of the founding of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) across the United States and Canada, we wanted to update you on critical legislation here in New Jersey that affects our hard-earned retirements.
As you are well aware, the PFANJ was against the plan to have unions take control of the Police and Firemen’s Retirement System (PFRS). Unfortunately, momentum supporting the legislation pushed the PFANJ to either stand by and let Senate Bill S5 – the pension take-over legislation - go forward as initially drafted, or to join the process and negotiate changes that would better protect the hard-earned retirements of our members. After negotiating to get several critical changes made to the bill, the PFANJ signed onto the legislation.
From the outset, a major PFANJ concern regarding this legislation was that it could morph into something much different than the unions originally pushing it intended.
Unfortunately, it's become increasingly apparent that we're now entering that territory.
S5 was posted for a vote in the NJ State Senate on Monday, February 26, 2018. Before a vote could be held, word spread that the Assembly and Governor’s office had changes to S5. The Senate then removed S5 from the agenda. No changes were discussed with the PFANJ or with any other stakeholder of the PFRS.
We have reached out to Governor Murphy, Assembly Speaker Coughlin, and other stakeholders for updates and to reiterate our concerns. We will not support S5 if changes are made to grant more control of the PFRS to municipalities over the unions. Senate President Sweeney has committed to us that he will not move legislation that undermines the intent of the original draft of S5.
This legislation affects the hard-earned benefits of our current and future retirees. The PFANJ will fight to ensure those benefits remain as secure as possible. With that, we also remind all members to members to vote for PFANJ 5th District Vice President and Newark Fire Officers Union Local 1860 Anthony Tarantino for PFRS Pension Trustee.
The next educational seminar in our "Wisdom Wednesday" series will be on 2/28 at 6pm and the topic will be College Planning. If you have any intention of sending your children to college, you probably have lots of questions about how to save for college and how to best position yourself for financial aid. This will be a very informative presentation. If you'd like to attend please let me know, or you can use the RSVP options on the flyer (but please still let me know). Hope to see many of you there!
Dear Brothers and Sisters, New Jersey State Senate Bill "S5" (Transfer PFRS to Board of Trustees) will be introduced in committee this morning. After significant negotiations, the bill WILL include amendments that the PFANJ fought for to ensure more protections for the members of the PFRS. Although not all of the amendments that our pension attorney, actuary and the IAFF had recommended were agreed to, the included amendments will strengthen protections for PFRS members and their hard-earn...
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Dear Brothers and Sisters, On Thursday evening, New Jersey State Senator Steve Sweeney posted Bill S-5, otherwise known as the "unions" pension takeover bill, for a committee hearing. Identical to the bill that was opposed by the PFANJ/IAFF and vetoed by Governor Christie in 2017, this bill would transfer management from the Police and Fire Retirement System (PFRS) from the state to the four major police and fire unions. Testimony on the bill will be heard in Trenton on Thursday, February 1, 201...
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August 2, 2017 Brothers & Sisters, Earlier today, the state Supreme Court ruled in a critical case that the PFANJ participated in as a “friend of the court.” "In the Matter of County of Atlantic/In the Matter of Bridgewater", the state Supreme Court upheld the Appellate court decision to rebuke the Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC), which previously decided that local governments do not have to pay step raises during lapses in contracts, even if contract language gua...
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