This morning, the Communications Workers of America formally filed a lawsuit against Governor Chris Christie for refusing to make promised pension payments.
The suit seeks to stop Christie from grabbing $900 million from the 2014 budget’s appropriated pension payment and his intent to reduce a $2.24 billion payment for Fiscal Year 2015 to less than $700 million.
“Governor Chris Christie already broke New Jersey’s economy. Now, he’s not only broken his word by failing to make promised pension payment…he’s breaking the law in the process,” said Hetty Rosenstein, CWA NJ State Director. “Workers have done their part and are paying more. Governor Christie needs to do his part, by following the very law he touted and signed.”
The CWA lawsuit is joined by the Professional Firefighters Association of NJ (PFANJ) the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), International Federation of Professional & Technical Engineers (IFTPE) and Service Employees International Union (SEIU). The hearing on a combined lawsuit will be Wednesday, June 25th. Steve Weissman – managing attorney for the law firm of Weissman & Mintz – will represent these unions in the lawsuit.