Archive for the ‘unions’ Category

Teaching Students How to Scout Out Truthful News Sources

Yes there is a youtube with that title published on February 4, 2019 with this explanatory blurb:

Steve Adubato goes on-location to the 2018 NJEA Convention to talk to Steve Beatty, Secretary-Treasurer, New Jersey Education Association, about Chapter 78, the public employee pension fund and the importance of teaching kids how to identify truthful news sources.

The referenced youtube is below but, first, a quick clip providing some context on those “truthful news sources”.

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Getting Murphy on Sweeney’s Path

State Senate President Steve Sweeney was On The Record where he was asked:
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Sweeney’s Path to Progress idea is deeply flawed and wholly inadequate yet he still can’t get Governor Phil Murphy to go along.

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Talking of NJ Pension Reform

In an interview recorded on November 13, 2018, and broadcast this weekend on State of Affairs with NJEA shill Steve Adubato, State Senator Robert W. Singer (R) sees bipartisan support for reforming New Jersey’s public benefit structure with only the need for more talk:
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No there is no need to talk and yes the unions control our governor and a majority of politicians.
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NJEA Agenda on Health Insurance

Ed Richardson, president of the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA), spoke to Steve Adubato last November (airing this weekend) where he points up all the ways the NJEA has worked to reduce health insurance costs and then introduces the Fix the Unfairness initiative since those ways have obviously failed.

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Fixing Their Unfairness

The McCarran-Ferguson Act is basically a ‘name your own price tool’ for insurance companies in that it exempts them from federal regulation to the extent they are regulated by the states, even if that regulation is bogus.*

In the private sector one of the countervailing forces against increasing insurance costs is having the insured pay some of those costs. That concept came to New Jersey in 2011 when public employees had to pick up a portion of their premiums and they have now come to realize how costly monopoly pricing is.

So what to do? Lobby for repeal of McCarran-Ferguson? No, the NJEA has another fix in mind.

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United Mine Workers Update (3)

Update 1: 4/29/17

Update 2: 5/8/18

On Thursday, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) “introduced the American Miners Act of 2019, legislation that would secure pensions and healthcare benefits for our nation’s retired coal miners – including 500 Virginians affected by the recent bankruptcy of a Colorado-based mining company” by, in part, transferring money “to the 1974 Pension Plan to prevent its insolvency.” Where will the money come from?

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Sweeney Pension Path Ends With Hiring an Actuary

New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney visited Tom Moran at the Star Ledger to explain the pension reform recommendations that his Economic and Fiscal Policy Workgroup came up with. First question, how much would it save?
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First off, a 401(k) is not a Cash Balance Plan. Two completely different animals that a lot of lay people are confused about*.

What we have here is another instance of a bunch of bureaucrats proposing ‘solutions’ they ran across on the internet or that are palatable to their campaign-donor constituency and then looking for an ‘expert’ to validate their whims.

Though, when asked to finger a villain, Sweeney did not hesitate.

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