Earlier today, Gov. Murphy issued a full veto of the bills passed by the Senate and Assembly that would have unilaterally moved NJEA’s Higher Ed members from the SEHBP to the SHBP. NJEA denounced this blatant attack on bargaining rights and members made phone calls and sent over 4,000 emails to Gov. Murphy urging him to veto A-2001/S-2455.
NJEA urges members to thank Gov. Murphy for listening to our concerns and taking action to protect our members’ rights. Click HERE to Thank the Governor!
A little background:
Sen. Steve Sweeney’s anti-collective bargaining bill passed the Senate on Thursday, April 12, 2018. It now heads to the Assembly. S-2455/A-2001 would diminish the benefits of county college employees and retirees by forcing them to switch from the School Employees Health Benefits Plan (SEHBP) to the State Health Benefits Plan (SHBP.)
How did your Senator vote?
Addiego, Dawn Marie – Yes
Bateman, Christopher – Yes
Beach, James – Yes
Brown, Chris A. – No ** Thank Sen. Brown at SenBrown@njleg.org
Bucco, Anthony R. – Yes
Cardinale, Gerald – Yes
Codey, Richard J. – No **Thank Sen. Codey at SenCodey@njleg.org
Connors, Christopher J. – No **Thank Sen. Connors at SenConnors@njleg.org
Corrado, Kristin M. – No **Thank Sen. Corrado at SenCorrado@njleg.org
Cruz-Perez, Nilsa – Yes
Cryan, Joseph P. – Yes
Cunningham, Sandra B. – Yes
Diegnan, Patrick J., Jr. – Yes
Doherty, Michael J. – Yes
Gill, Nia H. – No **Thank Sen. Gill at SenGill@njleg.org
Gopal, Vin – No **Thank Sen. Gopal at SenGopal@njleg.org
Greenstein, Linda R. – Not Voting
Holzapfel, James W. – Not Voting
Kean, Thomas H., Jr. – No **Thank Sen. Kean at SenKean@njleg.org
Lagana, Joseph A. – Not Voting
Madden, Fred H., Jr. – Yes
O’Scanlon, Declan J., Jr. – Yes
Oroho, Steven V. – Yes
Pennacchio, Joseph – Not Voting
Pou, Nellie – Yes
Rice, Ronald L. – No **Thank Sen. Rice at SenRice@njleg.org
Ruiz, M. Teresa – Yes
Sacco, Nicholas J. – No **Thank Sen. Sacco at SenSacco@njleg.org
Sarlo, Paul A. – Yes
Scutari, Nicholas P. – Yes
Singer, Robert W. – No **Thank Sen. Singer at SenSinger@njleg.org
Singleton, Troy – Yes
Smith, Bob – Yes
Stack, Brian P. – Yes
Sweeney, Stephen M. – Yes
Thompson, Samuel D. – Not Voting
Turner, Shirley K. – No **Thank Sen. Turner at SenTurner@njleg.org
Van Drew, Jeff – No **Thank Sen. Van Drew at SenVanDrew@njleg.org
Vitale, Joseph F. – Yes
Weinberg, Loretta – Not Voting
Changes in benefits are a compensation issue and should be addressed at the bargaining table, not forced through bad legislation.
NJEA members defeated this bad bill during the Lame Duck session when it was sponsored by former Sen. Bob Gordon. Now it is back, sponsored by Sweeney, and we need to act quickly to stop it now before it sets other members up for attacks.
This bill would unilaterally strip away the health care benefits bargained by county college employees and would force them into a new system where they have no representation and no voice. It would also force retired county college employees to enroll in Medicare Advantage plans, even if they prefer their current Medicare Supplement plan.