Wednesday, September 9, 2015

New Jersey Public Sector Unions Take Fight for Full Pension Contributions to US Supreme Court

Public sector unions are taking their legal battle against Christie for full pension contributions to the US Supreme Court:

Another 16 New Jersey public worker unions are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to consider whether the state's highest court erred by declaring a pension funding agreement between the state and employees unenforceable.
In a petition filed with the U.S. Supreme Court, lawyers for 16 labor groups — including the New Jersey Education Association, Communications Workers of America and the Policemen's Benevolent Association — argued that the New Jersey Supreme Court should have applied the protections of the federal Contract Clause to the deal.
Hetty Rosenstein, state director for the CWA, said Tuesday that the organizations will "leave no stone unturned."
"One way or another we will protect these pensions. We will never allow the state of New Jersey to destroy the pensions that 800,000 people depend on," she said.

Legal experts do not expect the US Supreme Court to hear the case, but if the US Supreme Court heard the case and took any side in pension funding battles the consequences would be immense for state and municipal finance nationwide.  

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