Ditto for the Jersey 101.5 radio station. Both claim passage of the law would be a great victory for taxpayers and help insure higher property tax rebates and lower property taxes. If you read the Trenton Times on Thursday, you would have gotten a version a little closer to the truth. This paper promoted the plan as a great victory over crybaby unions, but admitted that a majority of Democrats in both houses oppose the plan and that passage into law is a dicey proposition. The only way it could pass in the legislature is if the Democratic leadership can strongarm a few other Democratic legislators to vote for it and all Republicans go along.
If you believe in unons and collective bargaining, you should be opposed to this bill. Of course if you work for state of local government, the cost and quality of your health benefits are on the line. For everyone else, remember te plan to cut retiree benefits and make everyone pay more is a national program being waged against government workers everywhere on all levels, federal, state and local. (Remeber Wiscosin!). Since state and local government happens to be the largest group of employees in NJ (500,000 strong) under the same health plans, don't think changes in their benefits won't affect what your employer offers you. Believe me an increase at the state's leading employer will have a ripple effect to to private sector and you will pauy even more than you are now. After all, why should you pay less than the 30 percent of salary government workers have to pay! Suppose you buy your own health insurance or are retired. The cuts are not just about employer provided health insurance, the Republicans are also going after Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. All will cost more and beless generous in coverage if the Republicans have their way.
Remember an attack against one of us is an attack against all of us. Help back us in this fight because after all your Social Security is also on the line in Washington and Christie wants to eliminate Medicaid benefits for state residents with low-paying jobs and reduce them for all other Medicaid recepients. (It's in the same budget that includes the increase in public employee health care contributions.)
So which side are you on? The choice should be simple. Is your home (or car) your largest asset. Do you get most of your income from work, pensions or Social Security? Then you should be with us. Those who own large businesses or have big stock portfolios or trust funds to support them probably would benefit at least in the short term by being on the opposite side. Since us working people outnumber the rich, we should win, if we let the politicians know we vote for our class interests and will not be swayed by talk of elusive savings on property taxes or paltry increases in homestead rebates.
Now for the meat of the matter. CWA 1038 is operating a phone bank thatautomatically directs your call to the appropriate legislator. Just call the number and enter your zip code and you will be connected with the appropriate legislative office.
Tell Your Legislators Not To Legislate Public Employee Health Benefits.
LET WORKERS CONTINUE TO NEGOTIATE THEM!
You wull be directed to the appropriate legislative office.