LAT/GR (Legislative Action Team and Government Relations)
Currently NJEA is working on getting bills passed that will impact EPS’s (educational support professionals) and Chapter 78 relief (healthcare cost).
If these bills pass they will have a great impact on us as employees of the ESCNJ and members of the MCESA.
In the Senate are two bills, S296 and S3089, that would prevent privatization during an active bargaining agreement and provide just cause arbitration rights to ESP members. Those bills have already been overwhelmingly passed by the full Assembly, but have not even had a committee hearing in the Senate.
Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin introduced an NJEA-supported bill that provides the real Chapter 78 relief we have all worked so hard to achieve. A-5814 is sponsored by Speaker Coughlin himself, showing that he is committed to addressing this issue and restoring fairness to our members who are suffering under the burden of Ch. 78. The bill ties member contributions toward health insurance to a percentage of salary rather than a percentage of premium, lowering member costs and breaking the link to premiums that has made health insurance increasingly unaffordable since 2011. That has been the primary objective of our long fight for relief, and this bill delivers it!
And a companion bill, S-4114, was introduced in the Senate, sponsored by Sen. Cryan and Sen. Vitale. S4114, a bill that will save money for the state, for school districts AND for New Jersey’s educators. It achieves the goal in part by having educators pay a percentage of their salary toward health care, instead of a percentage of the ever-rising premium. It includes $300 million savings for employers: $100 million for the state and $200 million for local schools in the first year alone.
In order to get these essential bills passed we need your help! By talking with your legislator, where it is an email, phone call, letter, tweet, Facebook post or Instagram mention you voice matters. If you are willing to do any of these actions and need help on where to start please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org