- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 31, 2016

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - The Latest on the Christie administration’s legal action against the New Jersey Education Association. (all times local):

4:30 p.m.

The state’s largest teacher’s union says it will fight the Christie administration’s legal attempt to force the labor group to participate in meetings to help determine benefits for public school teachers and retirees.

New Jersey Education Association President Wendell Steinhauer said Wednesday that the union will oppose Attorney General Christopher Porrino’s effort to compel the group’s three representatives to attend a meeting about health benefits for teachers.

Judge Mary Jacobson on Wednesday granted the Porrino’s request to require the NJEA to explain why it missed meetings to set rates.

Porrino said in court papers filed Tuesday that the union’s failure to attend meetings delayed efforts to set rates before open enrollment on Oct. 3.

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1:20 p.m.

A New Jersey judge has ordered the state’s biggest teachers union to appear in court to explain why it skipped meetings to help determine public health benefits.

Judge Mary Jacobson on Wednesday granted the New Jersey attorney general’s request to require representatives from the New Jersey Education Association to explain why it missed meetings to set rates.

Attorney General Christopher Porrino said in court papers filed Tuesday that the union’s failure to attend meetings delayed efforts to set rates before open enrollment on Oct. 3.

Porrino says the School Employees’ Health Benefits Commission cannot vote on a proposal to save taxpayers $70 million.

NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer said Porrino’s filing was under review and the union was preparing a response.

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Noon.

New Jersey’s attorney general is asking a judge to force the state’s biggest teachers union to attend meetings it has skipped to help determine public health benefits.

It’s the latest in a fight between the Republican Christie administration and the New Jersey Education Association over setting pensioners’ benefit rates. Christie wants to reduce benefits to save $250 million. The union is opposed.

Attorney General Christopher Porrino said in court papers filed Tuesday that the union’s failure to attend meetings delayed efforts to set rates before open enrollment on Oct. 3.

Porrino says the School Employees’ Health Benefits Commission cannot vote on a proposal to save taxpayers $70 million.

Last week the union said the board could not do its job because the governor failed to fill a labor vacancy.


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