GALLERY: Unions March to Protest Benefits Reform

Members walked to show their displeasure with Gov. Chris Christie's proposed changes to public workers' benefits.

Members of several large unions marched along Lacey Road earlier today, protesting Gov. Chris Christie's pension plan and benefits proposal, which, among other changes, would require public workers to contribute more money toward their benefits.

Communication Workers of America, AFL-CIO, Retired Teachers and the New Jersey Education Association participated in the action. Carrying placards that proclaimed, "We are the middle class," the marchers said they understand that times are hard, but they resent being made into scapegoats for the troubled economy.


Middle Class Poor June 18, 2011 at 08:24 PM
Pay for your benefits like the rest of the Middle Class!
Frank June 18, 2011 at 10:19 PM
This goes to show you how out of touch & spoiled these union thugs are. They have know clue that in the real working world workers have been paying for their benefits for years now. More & more every year for less coverage and no raises either. What a bunch of greedy ba#ta$ds!
Tim June 19, 2011 at 02:06 AM
I have no problem with anyone exercising thier rights of assembly and freedom of speach. If I were in thier shoes I would be right thier with them.
Tim June 19, 2011 at 02:10 AM
Hooligan it seems all you can do is criticizie -so where is your intelligent addition
lets go giants June 19, 2011 at 11:31 AM
Well TIMBO. If I remember correctly..I was coming up with ideas for this town to bring in much needed revenue..You and ANN where the ones critizing my efforts..Not a very good memory span
Tim June 19, 2011 at 12:25 PM
Talk about a short memory all I did was bring up facts such a labor costs something you forgot to mention. I didn't realizie nobody gets to question you.
lets go giants June 19, 2011 at 12:57 PM
And I showed you that you have no facts..TIMMY, we already have to file the registrations..We already have a building inspector..People will mail there registrations in..The only labor is opening an envelope and depositing a check..I probably came up with $10,000.00 in revenue,,Now it is your turn Timmy
Tim June 19, 2011 at 02:19 PM
What happens if they don't register and pay the $25? How about tracking and enforcing this fee every year ? I am not against your idea. Administering your idea may not be as simple as you think.
Capt. Kirk June 19, 2011 at 05:36 PM
overtaxed you state no one paid for your benefits but you only paid half. who paid the other 50% ? . i believe public sector employees should make concessions in hard times but now school teachers are thugs? if you can get past your hatred frank look into your history books a bit and find the triangle factory fire . the thugs in that case were the owners who padlocked the emergency exits dooming 114 people to burn alive and in places like india where unions dont exist these things still happen.for years unions have set safety standards. they are the reason you get a lunch break or even bathrooms . the thugs are those like christie who take $2400 an hour copter rides to junior's game then tells people its none of their business . $400 million mistakes filling out a form and then being in disneyworld during the worst nj blizzard in yrs and coming home from vacation like a neighbor who finds someone else shoveled his sidewalk. he supports the millionaires with the bush tax cuts while telling everyone the school teachers are to blame for our economy. sheesh what flavor kool aid is he selling?
lets go giants June 20, 2011 at 12:14 AM
Like I said earlier Little Timmy..The neighborhoods could police this..Lets add a late fee too..How is that Little Timmy...So where are your grest money making ideas Little Timmy..You might as well run for township comittee too. Because you are useless...Flapping your gums but contributing nothing
Capt. Kirk June 20, 2011 at 03:57 AM
my comment about hatred was directed at frank not you overtaxed. yes its your opinion and right to say whatever you wish. thats why we live in america. my point was yes unions have to make concessions in hard times but it was the deregulation of banks and wall st that led to the economic disaster that is now global. these big bank ceos and toxic fund gamblers on wall st sank us then they give themselves big bonuses for their failures with our tax dollars . and who do these governors go after? the middle class thats who. they are experts on places like fox to set the middle class on each other while the fat cats are spending their summers in st barts.its your right of free speech but you still never answered who paid the other half of your benefits.
Frank June 20, 2011 at 11:08 AM
Poor James, sounds like your a bit of a hater. Shame, shame. The Lib mantra sunk into your skull, did it?? Big Wall Street, Big Banks, Fat Cats vs the middle class. Ever think most politicians are in bed with them?? including your beloved dems like Corzine & Obama. Corzine bought his election with how many millions of his own $$. Doesn't he have millions if not billions in his pocket from Wall Street?? Didn't he come from Wall STreet. Didn't the majority of Wall Street Contributions go to Obama. Didn't Obama recently meet with the fat cats to shake them down for more campaign contributions. Fox shows both sides of the issues if you'd ever actually watch it and not just spew the talking points of the libs. You might also want to check out Drudge Report on line for real news. Or just keep hating those with more $ than you. Poor James.
lets go giants June 20, 2011 at 11:18 AM
Well little Timmy. This all seems like minimal effort, maximum return..Where are your ideas little guy...Don't worry.. Keep hoping free money falls out of the sky into the township accounts
Capt. Kirk June 20, 2011 at 11:48 PM
frank frank frank just because you saw it on glen beck's blackboard or hannity doesnt mean it is anything close to fact .fox has both sides of the equation? really who on fox takes the non conservative side on anything on there instead we get people like sarah palin as talking heads or ann coulter bashing 9/11 widows . there are more than two sources of info the drudge report and fox frankie trying changing the channel once in a while and i do watch fox until i cant take the hypocrisy anymore from people who spent from 2001 to now getting us into this mess saying we have to repeat it all over again. and as you should know frankie us "union thugs" in construction make a decent buck so i would say i,m middle class if youre making middle class pay and are making firemen, teachers etc the bad guy to protect some wall st types then you are a little out there with your thinking
Capt. Kirk June 20, 2011 at 11:54 PM
overtaxed you,d be surprised a union although not all are the same work the same way your small business does . it just does it with more people hundreds of contractors all contributing into the medical benefits . and in hard times there are furloughs for months at a time till the economy picks up again. our economy has gone up and done for decades and adjustments were made such as not taking in apprentices etc. do i think union members should contribute for their own benefits? yes i do . in my union they designed it that way.no different than your job.to listen to frankie's logic here and money can buy you an election there would be a different gov in california right now.
Capt. Kirk June 21, 2011 at 12:01 AM
meg whitman was the ceo of e bay with big time bucks but she couldnt buy her way to gov. thats why jerry brown is gov of california today. sorry frank youll have to wait for glen beck to come on to come up with a reply. btw glen beck and the u.s constitution? havent heard someone get it so wrong since palin and her paul revere story or michelle bachman who said the founding fathers made sure slavery ended . they were spry old coots because at the end of the civil war jefferson, franklin etc would have been around 140 yrs old . lol


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