We have great news to share: Both New Jersey State AFL-CIO Public Employee Committee-endorsed candidates have won their elections to the Public Employees’ Retirement System Board of Trustees!
The election of Tracy Smith of AFSCME Council 73 to the County seat and Carey Brown of CWA Local 1037 to the State seat means that our brothers and sisters in the public sector maintain their majority on the nine-member PERS board – and increase that majority by one vote!
Keeping a majority on the PERS board allows labor to move forward with an independent audit of alternative pension investment fees and lets us continue to retain counsel for the pension funding lawsuit now before the state Supreme Court. Labor representatives on the board push for an agenda that protects benefits and serves pensioners.
Tracy received more than 6,200 votes from county employees and Carey received more than 11,000 from state workers. Congratulations to Tracy and Carey, and thanks to you for all of your hard work in making sure public employees received their ballots and encouraging your members to vote. This is a labor victory we all can be proud of!