In March, the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee released S-979 from committee. This bill, sponsored by Senators Loretta Weinberg (D-37) and Tom Kean, Jr. (R-21), infringes upon public employees’ right to collectively bargain.

The bill, as amended in committee, caps the amount eligible employees can receive for waiving benefits if they choose to be covered under their spouse’s benefits outside of a state plan. In addition, it would eliminate coordination of benefits for married public employees whose coverage is outside the state plans. Those affected would either have to select coverage together under one plan, or each have their own.

NJEA OPPOSES THIS BILL because it interferes with the collective bargaining process!


Please call your Senators and ask them to vote NO on S-979.


Please forward this message to your LAT members and ask them to do the same.


You can also direct members to the NJEA website to take action on this link:



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