PBA head criticizes pension-benefits reform before Assembly Budget Committee

TRENTON – New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association President Anthony Wieners had a message for the Assembly Budget Committee today.

“Don’t come after the hardworking men and women (working for the police departments).”

Wieners opposes the proposed pension and benefits reform bill A4133, saying it destroys collectively bargaining and imposes larger contributions on police officers and firefighters.

“Health benefits belong on the bargaining table,” he said.

He called for splitting the bill into two – one for pensions and the other for health benefits.

He also said the boards for these systems should be elected members, not ones appointed by heads of unions or the governor.

And, Wieners said eliminating cost of living adjustments is not a good idea.

“You will hurt the most vulnerable among us,” he told the committee.

Dominick Marino of the Professional Firefighters Association also called for splitting the bill.

“They are two distinct, separate issues,” he said.

Marino described bill A4133 as “an attack” on firefighters and police officers.

PBA head criticizes pension-benefits reform before Assembly Budget Committee