LOCAL 1040

Update on the Pension Constitutional Amendment

Brothers and Sisters, As you know, Monday was the last scheduled voting session for the State Senate. Dozens of CWA members, retirees, staff and leaders were joined by other public sector union members at the Statehouse to demand that the Constitutional Amendment to ensure pension payments be put up for a vote and passed in the Senate.

Despite these efforts, Senate President Steve Sweeney did not put the Constitutional Amendment up for a final vote on the Senate floor. The Senate President has stated that he will not post the pension amendment for a final vote until he has the votes to override a veto by Governor Christie on Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) legislation.

To be clear: We are not accepting that Senate President has tied the pension amendment to funding for roads and bridges and we cannot wait another year to pass the amendment to secure funding for public worker pensions.

The State Senate can take up the measure on Thursday, August 4 or on Monday, August 8. The deadline under the NJ Constitution for the ballot question to pass through the State Legislature is August 9. If the Constitutional Amendment is not put up for a final vote by Senate President Sweeney on Monday and passed by the majority of the Senate, it will NOT appear on the ballot for voter approval in November. This would go back on every commitment made by Senate and Assembly leaders.

Right now, we need to keep up the pressure in a final push to force the pension resolution up for a vote. Call your State Senator at 844-402-4286 and tell them post and pass the Constitutional Amendment to protect our pension on the ballot in November.

Thank you for all you have done in this fight— especially to those who have made calls these past few weeks, lobbied Senators, rallied with us and stayed at the Statehouse until the Senate session ended yesterday. Continue to keep up the pressure to save our pensions!

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