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Tell Gov. Murphy: “Veto the Horizon Bill”

Horizon bill passes Senate and Assembly; Call Gov. Murphy to Veto Now

Despite our collective efforts, the Horizon bill passed both the Senate and Assembly on Thursday and is now headed to the Governor’s office for a signature. Although amendments were made to improve the bill, many of our concerns have still not been addressed. 

We are calling on the Governor to conditionally veto this bill until important changes are made to fully protect Horizon’s public assets, increase the role of the Attorney General, and ensure the funds going to the state from Horizon’s reserves are dedicated to healthcare in NJ.
Call Governor Murphy to demand that he conditionally veto the Horizon bill. (609) 292‑6000

What to say: 

Hi, my name is ___ and I’m a constituent from (your town/city). I am calling on Governor Murphy to issue a conditional veto for A5119/S3218, which allows Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield to reorganize.
Horizon should not be allowed to use public assets to fund a for-profit expansion and avoid a charitable trust payment. Horizon’s $7 billion in public assets should be protected and dedicated to benefit community health. 

The conditional veto must fully protect Horizon’s public assets and ensure the funds going to the state from Horizon’s reserves are dedicated to the healthcare of New Jersey. 

Thank you for taking my call.”

Elections 2020: Member Volunteers Needed

How to volunteer and other membership resources

  1. It is more important than ever that we all vote this year. You can find all the information you need including where to cast your ballot at https://njaflcio.org/.  We are seeking volunteers to help with virtual phone banking with the Middlesex Somerset Central Labor Council. Phone banks will occur from Monday-Thursday, between 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    All phone banks will start with a brief training session over Zoom to familiarize participants with the virtual tools.Please contact Christine O’Connell (coconnell@ura-aft.org) with your availability and contact information. Any time you can give is much appreciated.
  2. Voter Information, resources and contactless volunteer opportunities

Union Endorsements 

  1. URA-AFT Endorsed Candidates and Ballot Questions
  2. Additional resources on public question #3:
    -Fair Districts New Jersey Analysis
    -Public Question #3 Interpretive Statement

UNDO FAKE RU FISCAL EMERGENCY

Write the New Jersey Legislative Budget Committee now!

The extraordinary FY21 budget process is moving very fast.  Instead of holding hearings, the Senate and Assembly budget committees are taking only written testimony.

Please speak up NOW to prevent and roll back layoffs and undo the “fiscal emergency” that is holding our raises hostage.  Below is a sample letter you can edit and send to the budget committees with the stroke of a keyboard.

Add your title, sign with your name and town– add any specific details you wish.

Then e‑mail to: lbfo@njleg.org.  

The job you save could literally be your own.

Sample letter on NJ Budget.