Public workers rally outside State House to protest health care premium increase

Members of 14 public worker unions rallied outside the New Jersey State House in Trenton on Tuesday to protest against a 20% increase in health care premiums.

News 12 Staff

Sep 13, 2022, 8:42 PM

Updated 651 days ago

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Members of 14 public worker unions rallied outside the New Jersey State House in Trenton on Tuesday to protest against a 20% increase in health care premiums.
The group says that the increase could cost families hundreds or even thousands of dollars per year.
“They’re outraged. They’re absolutely outraged,” says Debbie White, president of Health Professionals and Allied Employees.
“We want the best, affordable benefits we can find for our people,” says Kevin Lyons, of the New Jersey Policemen’s Benevolent Association.
Rallies like this were a common sight about 10 years ago when Republican Gov. Chris Christie went to war with New Jersey's public worker unions. But today the governor is Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy, who has been pro-union.
“They're the people that voted Murphy in, to be fair. And now, you’re doing this turnaround, you know, for corporate greed,” says Tuwanna Brown, of CWA Local 1037.
Murphy has said up to 21% increases are part of a formula and are largely a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
These increases may also hit towns and school districts and could be passed down to New Jersey taxpayers.
“The cities pay 70% of health care benefits, our costs go up,” says Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora.


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