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Contribute to PSMA PAC

In order for an organization to be effective it has to have a well-funded Political Action Committee (PAC). PSMA is not allowed to use dues to given donations to candidates and political parties. All monies used for that purpose come from a separate PSMA PAC which gets its funding directly from contributions by members. This past year the PSMA PAC made some very critical donations to legislators who ended up supporting us in our quest for union legislation.

This effort requires a small contribution from everyone. Please consider donating $2.00 or more per paycheck to the PSMA PAC. You can get a special PAC dues deduction card by e-mailing
info@psmanj.org, or directly from your payroll clerk. You can also send a donation to:

PSMA PAC
212 West State Street
Trenton, NJ 08608

New Member $100 Bonus

Earn $100 for every new member that you refer that enrolls in PSMA. 1. New member must complete a payroll dues deduction card and submit it to their payroll office. 2. The new member must also complete a PSMA membership application and mail the application to the PSMA at 212 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08608. The membership application must list the name of the PSMA sponsoring member in order to be eligible for the $100.00 recruitment rebate. 3. The Executive Director will issue the rebate to the sponsor upon receipt of payroll deduction verification and the completed membership application with the sponsor's name.





Legislative Update



The Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee unanimously released legislation limiting unused sick leave and vacation pay for school and local employees to $15,000. S-2318, sponsored by Senator Joseph Kyrillos (R - Monmouth) and Senate President Steve Sweeney (D - Gloucester), also prohibits the use of six or more consecutive days of accumulated sick leave by an employee in the twelve months prior without a medical examination. It was supported by the Chamber of Commerce, Association of Counties, and School Boards Association. The AFL-CIO, CWA, NJEA, FOP and Professional Firefighters Association opposed the measure, although no verbal testimony was provided by either side.

While current law imposes these limits on state employees, high profile cases of unused sick-leave payments to municipal employees continue to make headlines, including Red Bank's recent $289,000 payout to 5 retiring employees and a $188,000 payment to a retiring superintendent of schools in Union City. The Department of Community Affairs reports that total accumulated absence liabilities in FY 2010 were $1.123 billion, $864.3 million of which was owed to municipal employees and $259.3 million to county employees. More recently, the Christie Administration has claimed that municipal liabilities for 2014 total $880 million, a 2% increase.

With the focus on municipal employees, PSMA has been working to raise awareness of the disparities between local and state compensation, specifically the 2:1 ratio applied to public sector managers. Representatives from PSMA met with Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi, prime sponsor of the Assembly counterpart (A-3559). We indicated our support for the bill if State employees are treated in the same manner as the other public employees. We are meeting with Assembly State Government Committee Chair Linda Stender in December to discuss the same issue.

Our hope is to restore parity to our compensation by reaching a compromise that extends the $15,000 cap to local employees, while implementing a 1:1 sick leave rule to state managers.


Analysis: NJ Public Employees Pay High Percentage of Healthcare Costs


Three-and-a-half years ago, the state Pension and Health Benefits Study Commission appointed by Gov. Chris Christie would have had an easy time arguing that public employees should pay more toward their healthcare, as Christie has asserted.

At that time, the average state worker was paying just 3.6 percent of health premium costs, and some teachers, police, and local government employees were paying nothing at all, toward some of the most expensive healthcare policies in the country

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Analysis: Partisan and Labor Politics Drive Battle Over Health-Benefits Reform



As Gov. Chris Christie's Pension and Health Benefits Study Commission wrestles with the issue of how much public employees should pay toward their health insurance, New Jersey's public-employee unions are focused not only on how much they will pay, but also on making sure they win back the right to collective bargaining on healthcare issues.

It is an issue that bitterly divided the Democratic Party and the labor movement four years ago, and its resolution poses political risks for Christie's quest for the Republican presidential nomination and the expected gubernatorial candidacy of Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester).

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IBEW Seeks to Organize X, Y, V and W Managers


TManagers in X, Y, V, and W titles interested in learning how to organize with IBEW, please contact Joe Mastrogiovanni, Jr., IBEW Lead Organizer, at Joey_Mastrogiovanni@IBEW.org.
 
 
Welcome to the Public Sector Managers' Association

The Public Sector Managers' Association, Inc. (PSMA) has been recognized by the State of New Jersey as the Constitutional Representative of all non- aligned/non-union managers in New Jersey government as of November 13, 1993 pursuant to Article 1, Paragraph 19 of the New Jersey State Constitution. PSMA's responsibility under that provision is to serve as a vehicle for two-way communication between the State as an employer and its managerial employees. The representation, however, is limited to managers who are PSMA dues-paying members of the State government. PSMA is a partner with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 30 which represents certain managers in State government. PSMA works closely with IBEW Local 30 on issues related to managers who are represented by IBEW Local 30 and those that are not eligible for representation.

PSMA's mission is to serve managers in New Jersey government by achieving and maintaining superior and ethical management service; promoting a high regard for our managers by those outside and within the government; and restoring equity to the human resource policies and practices of New Jersey government as they relate to managers.

Message From IBEW Local 30 Executive Board
Salary Increases Continue!

The series of salary adjustments and increases is continuing on schedule. So far there have not been any significant issues. The following is a schedule provided by the State:

1. October 10, 2014 - retro payment for individuals placed on step.

2. November 7, 2014 - 1% increase is implemented

3. November 28, 2014 - check date for retro payment for 1% across the board

4. November 28, 2014 - check date for lump sum payment for individuals above step 10 or above the cap

5. December 5, 2014 - 1.75% increase is implemented

6. December 26, 2014 - check date for retro payment for 1.75% increase

7. December 26, 2014 - lump sum payment for individuals above step 10 or above the cap


We know there are some managers whose status and raises are still being worked on, just as there are certain managers who will only be receiving lump-sum raises in fairly short order.

Since 1985 managers have been treated like "second class citizens." Most managers make less than their subordinates, and have seen their pay shrink to due rising healthcare costs. With the creation of IBEW Local 30, for the first time in the history of State government, we now have a contract that begins to right those wrongs.

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Special Notice Regarding PSMA Dues REMINDER


Dear PSMA Member:

On November 3, 2014 we sent a Special Notice Regarding PSMA Dues to you. As we indicated in that notice, to our dismay and surprise, the State altered the dues deduction process for certain PSMA members without notice. As a result, the PSMA dues deductions for all IBEW eligible members were terminated as of Pay Period 21.

We want to thank those who have already paid their dues!

Why Did the State Take This Action?

The dues deduction box that was used by PSMA for 12 years was supposed to be assigned to a union. Since managers did not have a union they allowed us to use the box. Once the system was changed to enable the raises for managers, the State reassigned the box to the IBEW even though IBEW is not presently charging dues.

Why Does PSMA Need the Dues if I Will Be Represented by IBEW?

Until IBEW starts to charge dues, which will not be for a couple of months, PSMA is the principal source of funds to get the union established. While some of these monies will be reimbursed to PSMA in the future, our dues are critical to both the long term commitments of PSMA, and the interim commitments of IBEW.

What Happens When IBEW Charges Dues?

PSMA and IBEW are working closely to ensure the long-term viability of PSMA. We anticipate establishing a more formal relationship in the near future and that effort includes addressing the dues to PSMA by IBEW members. We ask for your patience until we finalize our plans. We also ask that you hold off terminating membership in PSMA if you are concerned about paying dues to both organizations.

Why Do I Need to Join IBEW and Fill Out Dues Deduction if I'm Already a Member of PSMA?

While IBEW and PSMA work closely together, they are two different organizations. IBEW will be the formal representative of many managers going forward and you need to join IBEW as a separate action. The State will only show respect for IBEW if we can show that we have the membership support of the eligible managers. This is not the time to sit on the fence! Please sign the IBEW application and dues deduction card ASAP.

As you know, PSMA is the organization that fought to get managers union representation by initiating the partnership with IBEW and providing the resources over the last four years to achieve the first labor contract ever for managers in NJ State government.

PSMA Needs Your Help.

Please help sustain this organization by contributing your regular dues amount for pay periods 21 - 26 for a total of $78.00. At this time, we are asking that you contribute your membership through the last pay period of 2014.

We sent electronic invoices via PayPal to the affected members on November 6, 2014, to allow payment by Pay Pal or credit card. While many members showed their loyalty and support by paying this invoice or mailing in a check, some of you did not submit payment. If you did not receive the invoice please check your Spam folder or contact us at info@psmanj.org.

Please ignore this notice if you paid. Also some people may have received a duplicate Invoice - please disregard the second Invoice.

If you do not wish to pay electronically you can send a check to:

PSMA
212 West State Street
Trenton, NJ 08608.


If PSMA is successful in persuading the State to reinstate your automatic payroll dues, any amount that you have applied to the same pay period will be refunded to you by PSMA. Please note: This invoice is for PSMA dues only and is not related to membership in IBEW, or the recent mailing that you may have received from IBEW.

If you have any questions please contact PSMA at info@psmanj.org.

As always, thank you for your support and loyalty.

Sincerely,

PSMA Board of Directors




PSMA Retirees' Network Update


The Retirees' Network held its Third Breakfast at Wegman's in West Windsor on Tuesday, October 21, 2014. Items discussed included establishing a Retirees' Network Coordinating Committee, increasing membership, and future events. We also agreed to hold another breakfast in about three months.

If you are interested in serving on the Coordinating Committee please send an email to Barry Chalofsky at bchalofs@gmail.com.

PSMA Retirees' Network membership continues to grow and is now up to 38 members!

As many of you are aware a number of long-time PSMA members have retired from the State. While this has been a loss to PSMA we all understand that this is part of life - especially for State workers. We strongly encourage these recent retirees to join the PSMA Retirees' Network. If you know of a retired manager (or non-manager), please have him or her go to here for more info.

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