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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.





Special Notice Regarding PSMA Dues REMINDER


December 29,2014
Dear PSMA Member:

On November 3, 2014 we sent a Special Notice Regarding PSMA Dues to you - we have followed that notice with two reminders. 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!

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, and reminder notices on other occasions, 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 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


Moody's: New Jersey's Pension Funds Could Run Dry in Just 10 Years


If the state government doesn't start properly funding its pension system, New Jersey's two largest pension funds will run out of money in 10 to 13 years, creating a budgetary nightmare, Moody's Financial Services warns.

Based on the state's failure to make required pension contributions over the past five years, including Gov. Chris Christie's most recent $2.4 billion in pension cuts, the state Treasury Department reported in a recent bond prospectus that the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) and the Teachers Pension and Annuity Fund (TPAF) "could fully expend their assets as soon as 2024 and 2027, respectively, even assuming the funds meet assumed investment returns."

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Pension Trustees To File Lawsuit Against New Jersey Governor Chris Christie



The trustees of the boards overseeing New Jersey's $80 billion public employee retirement system will file a lawsuit Wednesday morning against Gov. Chris Christie for his decision to not make legally required annual pension contributions, International Business Times has learned. If successful, the lawsuit could compel Christie to reverse his recent cuts to the state's required $2.25 billion payment.

In 2011, Christie signed legislation obligating both his administration and state workers to make actuarially required contributions to shore up the underfinanced pension system. According to the lawsuit, the state's teachers, firefighters, police officers and other government workers made their contributions, which under the new law increased from 5.5 percent of their paychecks to more than 7 percent of their paychecks. However, Christie in 2014 announced he was slashing the required contributions from the state.

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Bill Aims to End Christie's Battles with N.J. Legislature Over Revenue Projections



TRENTON - More than six months after faulty revenue estimates prompted Gov. Chris Christie to slash state pension payments, a lawmaker says it's time to end New Jersey's perennial fight between the governor and Legislature over how much money will flow to state coffers each year.

State Sen. Robert Gordon (D-Bergen) is proposing a bill that would set up a joint advisory board with members from the executive and legislative branches, saying it could help take politics out of the budget process. Each year, competing forecasts are made by the Treasury Department, an arm of the governor's office, and the Office of Legislative Services, an arm of the Legislature.

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New Study Contradicts Christie's Claim That Pension Payouts Are Excessive



New Jersey's public employee pensions are not "exorbitant," as Gov. Chris Christie has proclaimed, at least not compared with other plans across the country, asserts a new report by a progressive policy organization.

The report released yesterday by New Jersey Policy Perspective does not compare average payments to retirees. It instead compares three other indicators -- cost-of-living increases, the "multiplier" that calculates pensions per year of service, and employee contributions.

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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 was completed as of December 26, 2014, although we recognize that there are some managers whose status and raises are still being worked on.

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.

But there is still work to be done!

In order to guarantee that we have equity and fairness going forward -
We Need You to join IBEW Local 30 as a full member.

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Message From PSMA President Cach
2014 - A Year of Significant Accomplishments


As we bid goodbye to 2014 and enjoy this holiday season of giving, and being with family and friends; let us remember those in the armed services who put themselves in harms way for our safety at home. Let us also take this time to share in some reflections of the past.

For PSMA, 2014 was a year of significant accomplishments. In June, the IBEW contract was ratified by the membership and saw the beginning of compensation increases for eligible managers. After 23 years of struggles and challenges with seven administrations, finally many managers are being returned to the compensation system, a bittersweet victory for the state's public sector managers.

I'm reminded when PSMA was founded in 1991. At that time, one of PSMA's goals was to ensure a fair and equitable compensation system for all managers. I remember the early organizing meetings of PSMA with about 12 managers held at the West Trenton Library, and our crowded membership meetings at the Bromley Inn, in Hamilton, NJ . In April 1996, PSMA authored its first white paper entitled, "Salary Compression & State Managers - Setting the Records Straight." A report to the New Jersey Legislature on improving State Government by Retaining the Brightest and Best Managers. In May 2006, PSMA authored its 2nd white paper, entitled," Creating Fairness and Equity for Career Managers in New Jersey State Government." This report identified recommendations to the Governor and Legislature. I remember meeting with a senior ranking senator who told then President Tom Kearns and I that the only way the managers will be treated fairly and equitably is to unionize thereby giving the managers a seat at the bargaining table. In the summer of 2009, I contacted IBEW in Washington, DC to invite their representatives to a meeting in Trenton and seek their affiliation with PSMA. In January 2010, Governor Corzine signed our enabling legislation as one of his last acts as Governor. This Act allowed us to organize under IBEW in a bargaining unit that represented most of the State's managers.

I'm often reminded of my fellow managers and colleagues on the PSMA Board of Directors that have since retired and were not able to enjoy our successes to date. I sincerely appreciate all of their dedication, support and contributions to PSMA. I'm grateful to Tom Kearns, the Founder, first President and first Executive Director of PSMA. It was Tom's vision, commitment and fortitude that kept PSMA going especially in the early years of tremendous challenges. Tom was fearless in those early years, stepping out of the mainstream and organizing a group of state managers that questioned the administration's unfair and unequal treatment of managers; while subordinates continuously received COLAs and step raises that were not afforded to the managers. All NJ state managers are indebted to Tom for his courage, persistence and accomplishments.

New Jersey was the first state to organize state managers and designating PSMA, its constitutional representative. I remember my first meeting with Tom and MBI's Vice President, Paul Bontempo, and retaining them as PSMA's lobbyists. MBI has opened many doors in the legislature and governor's office, and was influential in IBEW becoming our bargaining unit. MBI continues to bring their high level of professionalism and expertise in support of PSMA and the state's public sector managers.

While 2014 has been a year of significant accomplishments, however all our goals have not been fully met. We begin a new year, 2015, with a sense of renewed strength and commitment. With the continuing support of our members, our Board of Directors, MBI, and IBEW, we are optimistic that we will achieve our goals.

I wish you and your families the very Best of Health, Happiness and Prosperity in the New Year!

Thank you ALL for your continued support and commitment to the success of PSMA!

It is an honor and privilege to serve you.

Sincerely,
Stan Cach, President PSMA




UPDATE: Christie's Civil Service Changes (Banding Rule) Invalidated by N.J. Legislature Again


By Brent Johnson/NJ.com/December 19, 2014

TRENTON - In the latest chapter of a more than year-long battle, the Democratic-controlled state Legislature has once again voted to invalidate a set of controversial rule changes that Gov. Chris Christie's administration has brought to New Jersey's civil service system.

But the state Civil Service Commission - in which all members are appointed by Christie, a Republican - is refusing to remove the changes, saying the panel has followed the proper procedure in implementing them.

At issue is a job-banding program that the Commission instituted this year, altering how thousands of state workers in the civil service system are promoted. The changes involve grouping some civil service positions together as as part of "job bands," which the Christie administration says would allow managers to make promotions without competitive exams in an effort to save money and make the process more flexible.

But the state Senate voted 23-13 on Thursday to give final passage to the latest in a string of resolutions (SCR147/ACR192) that aims to kill the program.

Because it is a resolution and not a bill, it does not need Christie's signature to be enacted. The measure - which the state Assembly passed 46-28 last month - takes effect immediately.

Union leaders and Democratic lawmakers have argued that the Republican governor's changes will open the system up to the kind of political patronage and discrimination it is designed to protect against.

"This job-banding scheme would have severely compromised the long-established system of government service in New Jersey, and the provisions that were put in place years ago to protect against cronyism, nepotism and discrimination in the hiring and promotion process," said state Sen. Robert Gordon (D-Bergen), a sponsor of the resolution. "We refused to sit by and do nothing as the Civil Service Commission attempted to roll back safeguards that were put in place by the Legislature, and to impose on our constitutional authority."

This is the fourth time the Legislature has voted to end the changes, saying they violate the legislative intent of the state constitution.

The issue has dragged on, however, because the Civil Service Commission has made minor revisions to keep the changes alive, circumventing the Legislature's resolutions. The most recent amendments took effect in July.

What happens next is uncertain. Commission Chairman Robert M. Czech stressed today that the panel's actions are consistent with the state constitution.

"As noted in our current and prior comments and responses, job banding is a merit-based competitive process," Czech said in a statement. "Unlike the existing less-competitive and seniority-reliant process now used in a majority of employee advancements, job banding introduces employee performance, along with knowledge of the job requirements, as the primary focus for advancements. Besides being entirely consistent with the state constitution and statutes, we believe it is a fair, efficient, and commonsense approach to managing the public workforce and the taxpayers' money."

Still, the resolution states that any amendments adopted by the commission - including the most recent ones - will be voided.

Spokesmen for Christie's office did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

Christie has long said that reforming New Jersey's civil service system is a goal of his second term. Previously, many civil service employees were hired and promoted based on examinations. Under the job-banding program, workers would still be hired under tests, but managers could move employees up without the need for exams, as long as the jobs are within that band.

Because the proposal changes regulations and not laws, it needs only the approval of the Civil Service Commission and not the Legislature.

Still, the Legislature voted last December to give the commission 30 days to withdraw or amend the proposal. The commission responded by making minor amendments, including limiting the changes to state workers and specifying that preference given to military veterans in the promotion process wouldn't be affected.

The Legislature still voted to invalidate the proposal, saying the amendments weren't substantial enough. But the commission ignored that vote and adopted the new rules in May, saying the panel had followed the lawmakers' wishes by making amendments.

Legislative leaders fumed and gave the commission another 30 days to withdraw or amend the proposal. The commission replied by introducing an amendment requiring that the commission chair or a designee to approve of all promotions.

But saying it was still not enough, lawmakers introduced the latest resolution to stop the changes.

"Gov. Christie and his Civil Service Commission can keep trying to amend the rule as part of their campaign to destroy Civil Service and all the good it's done for New Jersey taxpayers, but we're not going to give up, either," Assemblywoman Linda Stender (D-Union), another sponsor, said Thursday.

Czech, the commission chairman, argued today that under the state constitution, the Legislature is allowed to invalidate the rules only if the panel did not amend them.

"We have amended," Czech said.

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