October 7, 2015
Hello again, “In-Crowd” members,
We’re sure you remember the upbeat sounds of the song “Get Ready” by the Temptations. Well, now is the time for all of us to get ready—to vote this November.
As many of you have already been told, election organizing is pension organizing. To protect our hard-earned, long-promised pensions, we must elect pro-pension candidates into office. In this election, it’s important that we all vote for the NJEA endorsed candidates; these candidates stood by us, and now it’s our turn to stand by them.
One of the ways you can prepare for the upcoming election is to make sure that you are registered. The deadline for voter registration is next Tuesday, October 13, so there’s no time to waste. Need a voter registration application? Visit your county clerk’s office or click here to get started.
Don’t have time to get to the ballot box? Then vote by mail in the upcoming election. Voting by mail is fast, easy, and most of all, convenient for retirees—just click here to access an online application. Deadlines to request a vote by mail ballot is Wednesday, October 28 and all ballots must be received by the county clerk’s office no later than Monday, November 2.
If you live out of state, you can still prepare for the election—continue to talk about the issues facing public employees—past and present—and urge your families, friends, and former colleagues in New Jersey to vote.
When it comes to action, we know that NJREA members are second to none. As the countdown to Election Day begins, let’s all start humming the same tune and tell the polls to get ready…because here we come!
Dear “In-Crowd” Members,
Do you remember the “Money, Money, Money” line in the old O’Jays song, “For the Love of Money”? It’s a catchy tune and a timely one, to boot, since the upcoming election is all about money—your money.
As retired public school employees, we know you are used to hearing that the upcoming election is the “most important.” But the one thing we’ve learned over the years is that each election season brings new challenges. This election is no different because it’s our pensions that are on the ballot.
The NJEA PAC Operating Committee (NJEA PAC) endorsed legislators this year who voted with us on the budget. Their support meant something to us, so it’s only right that our support is given in return. In the next few weeks, the NJREA Government Relations Committee members in your county REA will be reaching out to you for help. There are many things you can do: work phone banks, volunteer for a candidate, or—if you are an out-of-state member—talk to your friends, family, and former colleagues about the importance of this election. If there is no endorsed candidate in your district, volunteer in another area that could use your help, such as LD 1, 2, 16, or 38.
The issue is clear: without proper funding, the pension system—the source of your retirement income—will run out of money. We simply cannot rest until we elect legislators who recognize the true source of the problem, respect our right to collect a pension, and will uphold the state’s obligation to fund it.
This November, we need to think not in terms of the usual D’s, R’s, and I’s—instead, think of “U”. This election is more than just personal; it’s “purse-onal” because it directly affected your ability to have a dignified retirement.
The bottom line is that as long as retirees and their pensions are a line item in the budget, we must be involved in politics. Don’t stand on the sidelines—otherwise, we will all just watching our retirement money go down the state drain.
Until next time,
Sue Maurer, Chair Carol Friedrich, Assistant Chair
P.S. For a list of endorsed candidates, click here.