Teachers rally against pension/health benefits reform, plan to lobby legislators

TRENTON – While it wasn’t quite the boisterous rally that past public employees unions held, members of the American Federation of Teachers did gather outside the Statehouse here this morning, planning on emphasizing the need to legislators to reach agreement on pensions and health care benefits through collective bargaining.

“We are going to go to the various committee hearings and talk to them as they go in and out of committee meetings,” said Lucy Millerand, who heads Local 1766, which represents various Rutgers University employees. “The Sweeney-Christie bill is bad health policy. It puts a heavy cost on employees.”

She said the 1.5 percent of the salaries that employees already have to pay toward their benefits is enough.

The members appeared today as part of Legislative Action Day, Millerand said.

The AFT members wore buttons reading “Got Ethics.”

A little before 9:30 a.m., approximately 10 members gathered outside, huddling to plan their course of action for the day that follows.

 

Teachers rally against pension/health benefits reform, plan to lobby legislators