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Statehouse Protest Of Reduced Pension Payments

Hundreds of union members jammed the sidewalks and street outside the New Jersey Statehouse in Trenton today to protest Governor Christie's cut in payments into the public employees pension system.

Sherryl Gordon is executive director of AFSCME Council 1. She says Christie's decision to withhold payments mandated by law four years ago is an attack on the rights of public employees.

"The state has a responsibility to pay us our pensions. We paid our part, we put in our time, and we want to be paid."

Lizette Delgado-Polanco, the executive director of the Service Employees International Union New Jersey Council, told the crowd that Christie has been a big disappointment.

"He is as out of touch as much as he has been out of town. The problem is Governor Christie does the wrong thing even when he is here."

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PSMA Board of Directors Endorses Eric Pierre for PERS Board of Trustees


The PSMA Board of Directors voted on February 3, 2015 to endorse Eric Pierre for the State Representative on the PERS Board of Trustees.

Eric is a manager in the NJ Department of Labor & Workforce Development where he has worked for 25 years. Eric is also a full member of IBEW Local 30. The PERS Board of Trustees is responsible for overseeing the PERS pension system. It is vitally important that we help elect Eric to the Board to represent the interests of managers and other State employees.

The PSMA Board of Directors urges you, and all yor colleagues, to vote for Eric Pierre.

From April 1, 2015 – May 19, 2015, you can easily vote online or by phone by doing the following:

1. Receive your paper ballot from your HR representative or certifying officer (this should be delivered to you between April 1 and April 10, 2015).
2. Locate your PIN # on the ballot.
3. Cast your vote online or by phone.4.

State employees call 888-845-2758 or visit https://vote.election-america.com/NJState

PSMA Retirees' Network Update


The Retiree Network is establishing a Coordinating Committee to develop bylaws and increase membership recruitment. If you are interested in serving on the Coordinating Committee please send an email to Barry Chalofsky at bchalofs@gmail.com.

Due to illness the May Breakfast Meeting was postponed. Please note that Retirees' are invited to the Annual PSMA Membership Meeting/Dinner.

PSMA Retirees' Network membership continues to grow and is now almost 40 members! We need each member to get at least one new member to join. Don't think that because you are retired you are not affected by what's going on in Trenton. Our pensions and health benefits are on the line, and we need support from PSMA and IBEW Local 30 to fight for our rights. The Retiree Network is the only organization that can bring you that support - so help us grow our membership!

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 http://www.psmanj.org/extras/RetiredManagers.pdf for more information.





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
 
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.






The Public Sector Managers' Association


Invites You to Attend the 2015 Annual Membership Dinner Meeting

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Doors Open at 5:00 pm
Program begins at 5:45pm
Villa Mannino
73 Route 130, Bordentown, NJ 08620

This is a free event for all active and retired PSMA members!

Please consider making a $20 PAC contribution at the door!

If you know of prospective members who would be interested in attending please let us know. If a PSMA member makes a $20 PAC contribution he/she can bring a prospective member to the dinner.

There are no eligibility requirements to join PSMA - any manager is eligible to join PSMA even if they belong to IBEW.

PSMA is a professional organization that provides support, counseling and a voice for all State managers. PSMA was the catalyst for IBEW Local 30 and is pursuing representation for other managers as well.

Door Prizes * Scholarship Awards * Good Food * Great People

Please RSVP by May 29, 2015
to Executive Director Lisa Ginther at execdir@psmanj.org


Tell Your Legislators to Fight for Our Pension and Health Benefits
March 28, 2015

Governor Christie has proposed to not make his full pension contribution in the FY16 budget, and still refuses to make the appropriate contribution for FY15. His Pension Commission has proposed a "Roadmap" which calls for more sacrifices on the part of public employees, particularly with regard to health benefits and the pension plan.

You need to tell our legislators that we have a law and a contract protecting our pensions and that the Governor cannot unilaterally change the rules of the game because he had a budget shortfall based upon his own inaccurate revenue forecasts; as well as the exorbitant fees of $600 million last year alone that were paid to financial firms to manage pension investments.

All PSMA members need to TAKE ACTION NOW and use our e-mail advocacy system to send an e-mail to your legislators!

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Message From PSMA Board of Directors


To All PSMA Members,
As a result of the formation of IBEW Local 30 the membership of PSMA has changed significantly. Most of the PSMA members were eligible to join IBEW Local 30 and have done so. As a result, the membership of PSMA has been reduced. However, PSMA, in partnership with IBEW Local 30, is continuing its mission of representing managers in State government who are not eligible to be represented by a union at this time. To that end we are redoubling our efforts to modify the laws of the State to ultimately provide representation for these managers, and are actively seeking new members. We are also looking for non-IBEW eligible managers to join the PSMA Board of Directors.

In addition, our Retiree Network continues to grow and we are committed to support their efforts as well.

We will continue to update you in the future about our plans to strengthen our growing partnership with IBEW Local 30.

We need every PSMA member to bring in at least one new member. There are a significant number of managers who don't have the protections of IBEW Local 30 - they need PSMA to provide them with representation and the opportunity to fight for eventual union representation. We need each member to speak to their peers and convince them to join PSMA!

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Special Note: To those PSMA members who are paying their dues voluntarily (IBEW Local 30 members) - dues are $13 per pay and you can pay in advance. Currently, managers are in pay period #12. If anyone needs help in determining their dues balance, please contact Executive Director Lisa Ginther at info@psmanj.org.



IBEW Seeks to Organize Y, V and W Managers


Managers in 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. (If you cut and paste the email address please note that there is an underscore between Joey and Mastrogiovanni.)


Justices' Questions on Christie's Pension Contributions Go to Division of Governmental Powers



By Geoff Mulvihill/Associated Press/May 06, 2015

TRENTON, New Jersey - New Jersey's top court weighed the budget repercussions of ruling on a pension dispute between Gov. Chris Christie and public workers' unions on Wednesday while one justice wondered if the state had engaged in a "bait and switch."

The state Supreme Court probed whether the state has a contractual obligation to pay what it agreed to in a 2011 pension overhaul law and tried to get lawyers from both sides to explore whether such a finding would represent an overstepping of the courts' role and put it in the middle of the state budget process every year.

Pension funding is perhaps the biggest and thorniest home-front issue for Christie, who is considering seeking the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

One of his signature accomplishments was a 2011 deal with the Democrat-controlled Legislature to overhaul the system. The state promised to make escalating payments intended to restore the funds lost over decades of undersized and skipped contributions. As part of the same law, worker contributions were increased and retirement ages were raised.

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