New Jersey unions, public workers sue over pension, benefits changes

    Dozens of New Jersey unions and public workers have filed a federal lawsuit to stop the state’s overhaul of employees’ pensions and benefits.

    Calling the pension/benefits legislation a “violation,” unions like the CWA and NJEA filed the 58-page suit today. reports the suit claims the following changes violate state and federal constitutions:

    suspending cost of living adjustments for at least 30 years
    failing to make full payments into the pension system for the last decade
    handing administration of the systems to committees

    Amid union opposition, Gov. Chris Christie signed the bill in June as part of his cost-cutting budget.

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