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NJECPAC is a Continuing Political Committee (CPC). A CPC is any group of two or more persons acting jointly, or any corporation, partnership, or any other incorporated or unincorporated association, civic association or other organization, which in any calendar year contributes to aid or promote the candidacy of an individual, or the candidacies of individuals, for elective public office, or the passage or defeat of a public question or public questions, lobby for the passage or defeat of certain legislative bills introduced in the NJ Legislature in accordance with N.J.S.A. 19:44A-8(b). A CPC is frequently referred to as Political Action Committee (PAC). The NJECPAC was formed to provide funding for legislative initiatives of its members and its member organizations representing the interests of Electrical Contractors, Small Businesses and Taxpayers throughout the State of New Jersey.

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Friday, February 11, 2011

Governor Rejects Dems Ineffective Civil Service Reforms

Sen. Bateman Praises Governor’s Rejection of Dems Weak Civil Service Reforms

Calls on Democrats to Support Legislation that Works

Senator Kip Bateman (R-16), the sponsor of legislation that would enact comprehensive reform to the state’s civil service laws, praised Governor Chris Christie for signing a conditional veto of weak civil service legislation sponsored by Democrats that the Governor called, “tepid, ineffective and meaningless change.”

In response to the conditional veto of A-3590, Senator Bateman issued the following statement:
“After working with Republicans to enact a two-percent property tax cap last year, it is disappointing that Democrats have repeatedly blocked legislation, including comprehensive civil service reform, which is needed to make the cap work.

“Rather than support comprehensive civil service reform, Democrats instead approved their own watered-down bill that fails to address the most serious problems that various studies and municipal leaders have repeatedly identified. Read More

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Obama Speaks To Business Leaders

President Obama walked from the White House to the Chamber of Commerce this week where he got a closer look at the J O B S banner that has been hanging on the front of the Chambers Headquarters directly across the street from the White House since he moved in.

He addressed business leaders so he could appear what he called “more neighborly.” He asked for cooperation between his administration and the Chamber moving forward to promote jobs.

Yet for all of his Presidency, he has targeted big business as the enemy. Now, after the staggering defeats at the ballot box, he had to limp over to the Chamber in order to try to make nice. The speech was more of the same. Obama called for companies to spend more money to create jobs, while at the same time called for government “investment” and firmly defended new healthcare and financial regulations which are seen by the business community as job killers.

Perhaps Obama never looked out his window to see that the Chamber is right across the street from the White House where he could have gone and spoken to them at any time over the last two years. 

Chamber Chief Lobbyist Bruce Josten responded to Obama’s remarks with some real world perspective.  “Companies first, unlike a government, have to sustain their operation and that requires being able to pay your employees, vendors, suppliers and bondholders," Josten said. "Bottom line, the most patriotic thing a company can do is ensure it is in business and take steps to stay in business; otherwise everyone loses and more people lose their jobs."

ALERT!!! NLRB Rule Will Require ALL Businesses to Alert Workers to Union Rights

A New National Labor Relations Board Rule Will Require "ALL" Businesses to Alert Workers to Union Rights

"Please Submit Your Comments On This Egregious Rule Today"
A Web Link Where You Can Make Your Comments Is Provided Below !!!!

In a move designed to help boost unions, the National Labor Relations Board on Tuesday proposed a new rule requiring private-sector employers to post notices telling workers about their right to unionize.

The Proposed Rule is sure to please Unions that are struggling to maintain membership, but will surely result in objections from businesses. Under the rule, businesses would be mandated to notify their employees about their union rights by posting a Department of Labor Appoved Poster regardless of whether a union already exists in the workplace.

Employees would have to be notified about their rights to form or join a union and to bargain collectively with their company for the purposes of improving pay and working conditions.

The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking was published in the Federal Register on December 22, 2010 and members of the public can submit comments on the proposal for 60 days, until February 22, 2011.
Under the NPRM, employers would face various sanctions for failing to post the notice, including:
  • Unfair Labor practice charges
  • Time limits for filing other unfair labor practice charges against the employer extended
  • The NLRB utilizing the failure to post the notice as evidence of unlawful motive in other unfair labor practice cases To View The DOL Poster, Click Here
    The NLRB, in explaining the idea, wrote in the proposed rule that it was concerned many employees are "unaware" of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Dems More Interested In Tax Increases Than Jobs

Senate Republican Budget Officer, Anthony Bucco, challenged NJ Democrats to take all tax increases off the table:

“If the New Jersey Democratic Party is serious about creating jobs then they will stop talking about potential tax increases. Under Governor Christie’s and Senator Tom Kean’s leadership New Jersey has finally begun to turn the corner.

“This state is digging itself out of a hole, more than a decade in the making, which was created by the Democrats and their 115 tax increases. The economy is slowly but surely recovering and the unemployment rate has finally fallen below the national average."  Read More

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Solar Zoning Goes To Full Assembly

NJ Solar Zoning Bills Poised For Full Assembly Vote

The New Jersey Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee cleared legislation that would limit the ability of any municipality to use local zoning to restrict the installation of residential solar-energy systems. The Legislation now move on to the full Assembly.

S-2006 (Smith) and A-3125 (Quijano) would limit the restrictions that a municipality could impose, through zoning ordinances, on the installation of residential energy panels.

The Bills allow municipalities to limit the installation of solar panels on the roof of a residential building or structure only if the installation 
rises more than 12 inches above the roof surface or extend more than 12 inches beyond the roof line.  

The legislation also limits restrictions on ground based Solar Installations as well as fees that municipalitiees may charge. 

The fee limitation also would apply to small wind-energy systems.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Unions Dished Dose Of Reality

Union membership Down Across the Board
The most recent numbers are in, and they are not pretty for organized labor in the United States. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recently released its annual survey of union membership. The survey revealed not only a decline in the number of union members, but yet another decline in the percentage of the work force that is organized.

Here are some interesting data points from the survey:
  • Only 11.9% of American employees are in a labor union, down from 12.3% last year.
  • Unions lost 612,000 members in 2010, bringing total union membership to 14.7 million.
  • The percentage of private sector employees who are union members fell to 6.9%, down from 7.3% last year.
  • Unions lost 339,000 members in the private sector. Read More
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