NJ FOP Announcements

  • Sweeney bill would have Police & Fire Unions Manage their own Pension Investments June 8, 2018 TRENTON – The Senate today approved bipartisan legislation authored by Senate President Steve Sweeney that would authorize the police and firefighter unions to manage their own pension funds. The bill, S5, would transfer management of the Police and Firemen’s Retirement System from the Division of Pensions and Benefits in the
  • Governor Murphy recommends positive changes to Senate Bill No. 5 May 10, 2018 On behalf of NJFOP’S 14,000 members, I want to thank Governor Phil Murphy for demonstrating his support for police and firemen to have their own PFRS Board of Trustees to oversee the investment, policy-making and management of our pension system. For three-and-a-half years, the FOP has worked strenuously with the
  • Personal Message from President Fox… March 25, 2018 Dear Brothers and Sisters, In our daily work lives, we are totally aware of danger and how fragile life is.  But, we often become oblivious to how fragile our lives are because of some undiagnosed health issue.  That was my status a week ago and I am grateful to be

A Note From Your State President, Robert W.
Fox

Honoring Sacrifice, Facing Challenges and Celebrating Successes

I would like to thank all my brothers and sisters in blue for their kind thoughts, prayers, cards, texts, phone calls and visits during my emergency hospital stay last month. It’s not until an emergency happens that you realize how fragile life really is. Let’s remember, the Lord gave us yesterday for the memories and today to live, but no one promised us tomorrow.
As we observe National Police Week in May, let us never forget the 199 members of the law enforcement community who made the supreme sacrifice last year for the citizens of this great country. Among the heroes we lost are two from New Jersey. Never forget their families, who return home from the memorial in Washington, D.C., without their loved ones, with only their memories.
Right now, we have a serious labor case in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, Janus v. AFSCME out of Illinois. The decision is due in May or June. Current law requires all members to choose whether or not to join the bargaining unit. However, the bargaining unit is required to negotiate on behalf of all workers, regardless of whether they belong or not. Since everyone benefits from the bargaining unit’s gains, it’s only fair that everyone contributes toward the cost. This contribution is known as the fair-share fee. Fair-share members are known as the 85-percenters in New Jersey. This cost-sharing arrangement has been in effect for over 40 years, since it was unanimously approved by the U.S. Supreme Court. This case challenges that precedent under the First Amendment (freedom of speech), arguing that non–bargaining unit members pay their fair share but don’t have their voices heard because they are not members. A similar case was heard in 2016, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, and the court’s decision was 4–4 (when there were only eight judges following the death of Antonin Scalia), so nothing changed. We don’t think this case will have the same conclusion. The FOP feels that the unions will lose 5–4. This will make bargaining units responsible for all fees, without monetary help from non-members.
Our major pieces of legislation since the beginning of the year have been S-5 and A-3671. These are companion bills that will transfer the control of your PFRS pension to a board of trustees that we, the membership, control. These bills were pushed through their respective houses of the Legislature, passing in the Senate 34–2 and in the Assembly 67–2 in late March. The bill is now on Governor Murphy’s desk, awaiting his signature. At the time I am writing this article, we have heard rumors that the governor may have some concerns with the bill. If this is true, we are hoping that we can resolve the issues and he can sign the bill into law.
In closing, I want to remind you that it’s still a tough time for the law enforcement community today on the street. Be safe and remember that every situation has the potential of being filmed and scrutinized.

NJ FOP News

  • The following bills had action recently March 14, 2018 S2201 – Establishes criminal penalties for unlawful control over weapons of any law enforcement officer and interference with equipment or duties of law enforcement officers and emergency services personnel. 03/08/2018 Introduced and referred to Senate Law and Public Safety Committee S2245 – Prohibits possession of ammunition capable of penetrating body
  • Surviving Officer shot in Camden receives visit from FOP Pres and call from Gov-elect! November 14, 2017 Today was a great day for NJ FOP!!! You may recall that one of our Camden County Metro brothers was shot in the line of duty on November 1, 2017 in the City of Camden. Officer Patrick O’Hanlon survived that shooting and was able to disarm and subdue assailant, 19-year
  • NJFOP awards Member of the Year and Lodge of the Year! September 19, 2017 (ROEBLING) NJFOP Board of Trustees awarded its Sergeant of Arms Kenneth Hawkins with NJFOP Member of the Year and New Jersey Lodge No. 46 Lodge of the Year! Congrats to both of them.
  • Newark Mayor jeopardizes police and fire unions’ healthcare! August 18, 2017 The first responders of New Jersey have been on the front lines for us all, always there to answer the call. Now another politician, this time the Mayor of Newark, has used his position to criticize and scapegoat those very same men and women who day in and day out
  • NJFOP-initiated bill that expands the list of retired officers who can handguns becomes Law! July 17, 2017 Governor Chris Christie has signed Assembly Bill No. 2690/Senate Bill No. 1944 that expands list of Retired Law Enforcement Officers Eligible to Carry Handguns. This NJFOP-initiated law expands the eligible list to include: State Park Police Officers; Special Agents of the Division of Taxation; Human Services Police Officers; New Jersey

Legislative Corner

  • The following bills had action recently March 14, 2018 S2201 – Establishes criminal penalties for unlawful control over weapons of any law enforcement officer and interference with equipment or duties of law enforcement officers and emergency services personnel. 03/08/2018 Introduced and referred to Senate Law and Public Safety Committee S2245 – Prohibits possession of ammunition capable of penetrating body
  • Summer, 2017 Legislative Report July 13, 2017 FOP LEGISLATIVE UPDATE FOR JULY3, 2017 FOP LEGISLATIVE UPDATE FOR JULY 3, 2017: EYE ON TRENTON The New Jersey State Legislature broke for the Summer at the end of June (other than remaining in Trenton to deal with the unresolved State Budget) with several accomplishments for the New Jersey State
  • Assemblyman Benson continues to work for fair compensation for public employees injured by inmates or detainees May 4, 2017 TRENTON) -Last month, we reported that an FOP-initiated piece of legislation (S596/A3422) that would allow certain public employees continue to receive fair compensation after being forced out of work because of injuries resulting from being attacked while supervising inmates or detainees had advanced to the Governor’s desk. This week Governor
  • FOP Legislative Report January 9, 2017 NEW JERSEY STATE FOP 2016 – 2017 LEGISLATIVE SESSION LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES January 2017 *FOP INITIATIVES IN BOLD Click Here to Read the Complete FOP LegislativeReport January 2017
  • FOP DECEMBER 23, 2016 LEGISLATIVE UPDATE December 23, 2016 By Peter Guzzo PHD The New Jersey State Legislature ended the year 2016 with several accomplishments for the New Jersey State FOP but also with several pieces of FOP priority legislation still pending. In 2017 the FOP will be working to move its priorities before the Legislature adjourns at the

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