Every single payday you’ve contributed to your pension. But for over 15 years the state has shirked its responsibility to fully fund the pension system. Here’s your chance to remind lawmakers to do their part; and build support from the public to hold the legislature accountable. NJEA members have begun the Great Twitter Payday Campaign.
Don’t have a Twitter account? Signing up is easy, just go to http://www.twitter.com/signup and create an account, feel free to use as much or as little personal information as you’re comfortable with. Then, starting on Friday and continuing through the rest of the year, let your elected officials know that you expect them to pay their share of the pension. You can even set up automatic tweets through NJBATs using Thunderclap https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/26999-fundnjpension
One of the great ideas we’re asking members to participate in is to wear black every payday through the end of the school year, and share pictures of themselves with signs like the one below letting everyone know how many payments you’ve made. Taking pictures as a group or even your whole school make a really strong statement as well.
Aside from Twitter, we can make our voices heard on other social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram. We can also contact lawmakers and the media by emailing, calling, faxing, writing, or even showing up at their offices and the statehouse to let them know that they’re responsible for following the law.
Heidi Maria Brown