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					    WWPEA
2011-2012
Meeting Agenda
   Agenda Items
     Introductions
     Paychecks   gross x 22
     New administrators, WW-P success
     Negotiations update/gift
     Politics and Education – 2011-2012
     November Elections and You
     The Pension and Benefits Bill of 2011
 Politics and Education –
         2011-2012

“Ed Reform”

Workers Rights
Ed Reform




            VOUCHERS
    Ed Reform
Vouchers and Charter Schools -
their impact on public education &
you!

   Public tax dollars diverted for private
    education

   Shrinking public school budgets = fewer
    staff, larger class sizes, and fewer
    resources
Ed Reform - Vouchers
The Opportunity Scholarship Act
        (S1872/A2810)

 Diverts public funds to private/parochial
schools

 Gives a dollar-for-dollar tax credit to
corporations who contribute to the
scholarship fund

 Parents would have to agree to waive
their Special Education rights to participate
 Ed Reform - Vouchers


New Jersey Parental Rights Program
Act (S2914/A4033)


       A school voucher bill that would
       allow parents to choose out-of-
       district public AND private
       schools.
Ed Reform




            CHARTER
            SCHOOLS
 Ed Reform - Charters

               Charter Schools
The Governor and his “ed reformers” want
more charters schools in NJ

Charters divert funds from public school
district budgets

Princeton International Academy Charter
School (PIACS), plans to take
  100 K-2 students from our school, and
  An estimated $1.2 million from the
    WW-P school budget
Ed Reform - Charters




Action in the Assembly:
 the good and the bad of it


   All of the following bills have
   passed in the Assembly.
    Ed Reform - Charters



    Anti- Public School Legislation
   Bill A2806/S1858 - clears the way for
    private and religious schools to convert to
    charter schools


   Bill A3083/S2198 - allows public colleges
    and universities to approve charter schools
    and expedite the approval process.
    Ed Reform - Charters




    Pro Public School Legislation

   Bill A3852/S2243 - requires local voter
    approval for any proposed charter school


   Bill A3356/S3001 - ensure that charter
    schools be fiscally and educationally
    transparent & accountable AND
    demographically represent the community.
Worker’s Rights




     WORKER RIGHTS
Worker’s Rights


 Christie’s Education Reform
Eliminates teacher tenure which
provides due process protection against
unwarranted disciplinary or dismissal
action

Institutes merit pay based heavily on
student tests

Damages the collaborative nature of
education
 Worker’s Rights



                   Right to Work


Bill A4223 (O’Scanlon/Handlin) – the
“NJ Right to Work Act” would prohibit payroll
deduction of union dues from wages or
salaries of public employees.
    Worker’s Rights


Right to Work Hurts Everyone
 Lower Wages
The average worker in a right to work state makes about
  $5,333 a year less than workers in other states

 Fewer People with Health Care
21% more people lack health insurance in right to work
  states

 Higher Poverty and Infant Mortality Rates
Right to work states have a poverty rate of 12.5 percent,
  compared with 10.2 percent in other states & the infant
  mortality rate is 16 percent higher in right to work states.
(Source: http://www.aflcio.org/issues/legislativealert/stateissues/upload/rtw.pdf)
  Worker’s Rights



Why union membership is important…




without it, school handbooks are imposed
and there is no negotiating.
WWPEA LAT
                   What you need to do…

 Write supportive letters to the editor
 Make a monetary donation to a candidate
 Help to make phone calls from our WWPEA phone ban
 Host a meet and greet event to highlight a candidate
 Attend a meet and greet in your legislative district
 Volunteer at a campaign headquarters
    (may do flyer distribution, phone calls, etc)
 Volunteer to be on your building LAT committee
    (legislative action team)
 Help to coordinate a ballot drive

All members should be registered to vote. If you have moved, make sure
you file the proper papers for your new voting district on time so that you
can vote in November.
                   What you need to do…

 Write supportive letters to the editor
 Make a monetary donation to a candidate
 Help to make phone calls from our WWPEA phone ban
 Host a meet and greet event to highlight a candidate
 Attend a meet and greet in your legislative district
 Volunteer at a campaign headquarters
    (may do flyer distribution, phone calls, etc)
 Volunteer to be on your building LAT committee
    (legislative action team)
 Help to coordinate a ballot drive

All members should be registered to vote. If you have moved, make sure
you file the proper papers for your new voting district on time so that you
can vote in November.
 The Pensions and
Benefits Bill of 2011
Benefit Changes
 What you will be paying towards your
           health benefits
No payment towards health care premiums
 during the 2011-2012 school year.

Begin paying towards our premiums at the
 Year 1 level based on the Premium Sharing
 Schedule, September 2012.

Premium increases over the next 4 years

The premiums will be paid in pre-tax dollars
PENSION CHANGES
          Pension contribution

   Members will now contribute an additional
    1% of salary (from 5.5% to 6.5%). An
    additional 1% will be phased in over 7 years,
    for a 7.5% total contribution.

   NJ will phase in its contributions by
    increments of 1/7 every year until 2018 when
    it will make its full contribution thereafter.
    This provision is intended to be a legal
    requirement.
              Retirement Age

   60 or 55 (if you have accrued 25 years of
    service and you were hired before
    11/2/08).

   62 if you were hired after 11/2/08.

   65 if you were hired after 6/28/11.
          Final Average Salary

   3 highest years for members hired on or
    before 5/21/2010.

   5 highest years for members hired after
    5/21/2010.
                  Formula

   n/55 for members hired on or before
    5/21/2010.

   n/60 for members hired after 5/21/2010
      Cost of Living Adjustments

   No COLA for current or future retirees.

   COLA may not be reinstated until the
    system reaches funding targets, which
    may not be met for 30 years or more.
              Early retirement

   Members hired before 6/28/11 are eligible
    after 25 years of service and previous age
    penalties still apply.

   Members hired after 6/28/11 are eligible for
    early retirement after 30 years of service.
    But, for every year you are under 65, there is
    a penalty of 3% per year.
Post-retirement Medical Benefits

   Members hired before 6/28/11 must have at
    least 25 years of service to qualify for health
    benefits. Those hired thereafter need 30 years
    of service.

   Members with 20 years or more of service as of
    June 28, 2011 will not have to pay towards their
    premium.

   Members with less than 20 years of service, will
    contribute towards their premium.
        Out-of-state restrictions

   The original clause that would have
    restricted health coverage and hospital
    treatment services to in-state facilities and
    practitioners was eliminated from the
    legislation due in part to push back from
    NJEA members.
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