AP: Union to sue NJ over skipped pension payments

(AP) - A public worker union local plans to takeNew Jersey to court over missed pension payments.Communications Workers of America Local 1033 tells TheAssociated Press

TRENTON - (AP) - A public worker union local plans to takeNew Jersey to court over missed pension payments.

Communications Workers of America Local 1033 tells TheAssociated Press it will file suit in U.S. District CourtWednesday.

The union wants the court to find the state's continued failureto make required annual pension payments a violation of workers'and retirees' rights.

Past litigation on pension funding has failed.

However, the union opposes a proposed law that would allow thestate to phase in pension payments over seven years and a pendingfreeze on cost-of-living pension increases for retirees.

The teachers union says the measure would have a cripplingeffect on retirees. It says retirement benefits will lose valueevery year without cost-of-living adjustments.

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