FMBA 21 would like to congratulate Lt. Gary Warcholik and FF Ken Prior for their years of service.
Good luck in your future endeavors!
Retirement Audio Clip from Clifton Fire Department Radio
This year’s Coat Drive, organized by Clifton Fire – FMBA Local 21 Firefighters Union, will run the month of OCTOBER.
We utilize the six firehouses in Clifton as collection points for the Coat Drive.
Sign-A-Rama on VanHouten Avenue in Clifton donated the signs that we post outside of the firehouses.
Deluxe Cleaners on Main Avenue and Saveway Cleaners on Allwood Road in Clifton donate their laundering services before the coats are delivered to St. Peter’s Haven on Clifton Avenue in Clifton, and other charity organizations.
We also run a Toys for Tots drive in November/December and a Food Drive in May.
On Friday December 4th the NJ FMBA will be having a Fund Raising game at the Prudential Center. All the money raised will go towards the NJ FMBA PAC. See the flyer below for information on how to get your tickets.
This is a special night in that it is Firefighter Appreciation Night and all firefighters are invited to attend. The NJ FMBA will present the Colors before the game and one of our FMBA members will sing the National Anthem! We are looking for a talented FMBA member for this special song! Please call Bob Hill at the FMBA Office at 732-499-9250 if you have someone who can do this.
You can order your tickets by clicking on the link in the flyer or go to www.newjerseydevils.com/njfmba
The Promo Code is: NJFMBA
Tickets are 100 level -$55.10 and the 200 level -$50.77 each.
If you have any questions you can call Zach Johnston with the Devils at 973-757-6122 or at email@example.com
We do not have any tickets in the State office!
New Jersey State Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association
1447 Campbell St, Rahway NJ 07065-3212
Jim Keady Fund Raiser Sunday October 4 at 4pm
Please remember to check the calendar on the right for events that our union supports. Tickets are available free of charge to our membership. Just click on the event and read the notes. It will tell you who to contact and how many tickets are available.
Also on the homepage there is a box where you can type in your email address. Each time that the FMBA 21 Homepage is updated it will send the new information (posts) to your email so you can keep up with events we support or attend. I would encourage all active and retired members to sign up.
This is a screenshot of where to signup:
Photos are courtesy of Karolina Hoogmoed.
Update of COLA litigation from NJFMBA Chief State Counsel
On March 27, 2012, the NJFMBA and other public sector labor organizations filed a declaratory judgment action alleging that Chapter 78 is unconstitutional because, effective June 28, 2011, it suspended COLAs for all pension funds including active and retired members of PERS, TPAF and PFRS. On May 25, 2012, the lower court dismissed the action on the basis that COLA funding was subject to legislative appropriations and one legislature could not bind another.
The parties appealed the decision to the appellate court and oral argument was heard by the Appellate Court on January 28, 2014.
On June 26, 2014, the appellate court issued its decision in the COLA lawsuit. The court found that the statute created a contractual, non-forfeitable right to pension benefits, inclusive of COLA. Since the appeals court found that current and future retirees have a contractual right to COLA, and the lower court did not address whether the 2011 statute impaired that contractual right in violation of the Constitution, the case was sent back to the lower court to make that determination.
On July 16, 2014, the State filed a cross-petition for certification to the NJ Supreme Court appealing the decision of the Appellate Division disputing whether Chapter 78 created a contractual right to the receipt of COLA.
On July 14, 2014, one of the pro se plaintiffs, Charles Ouslander, filed a petition for certification to the NJ Supreme Court to review the federal Contracts Clause and equitable estoppel claims which were dismissed by the appellate court.
On July 31, 2015, the Supreme Court granted the Ouslander petition and State cross-petition for certification. The NJFMBA continues to be actively participating in the case. Oral argument will be scheduled shortly. The Court hears oral argument 2-5 times per month beginning in September and ending in April.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact the State office.