Pushing for Better Sick Leave Policies

Pushing for Better Sick Leave Policies

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy Jersey City and Newark are the first two cities in the state to pass laws requiring businesses with 10 or more employees to let workers earn up to five paid sick days a year to care for themselves or ailing family members. AARP New Jersey, which pushed for the municipal ordinances, hopes to take the policy statewide. “Sick leave is critical not only for working parents with young children, but for workers caring for grandchildren or aging parents,” said Marilyn …

AARP to BPU: Crucial defects continue to plague fatally-flawed “Energy Strong” proposal

Posted on 02/27/2014 by | AARP New Jersey | Comments

Advocacy TRENTON- Today, on behalf of AARP, Barbara R. Alexander testified at evidentiary hearings on PSE&G’s multi-billion “Energy Strong” proposal, which would represent the largest rate increase in New Jersey history, yet would only provide modest benefit to a small minority of customers. Yet 100% of PSE&G customers would pay. Alexander served for 10 years as Director of the Consumer Assistance Division of the Maine Public Utilities Commission. Since 1996, she has served as an independent consultant focusing on issues concerning …

AARP Applauds Governor Christie, Legislative Sponsors for New Law Establishing Strong Consumer Protections in NJ’s Emerging Energy Market

AARP Applauds Governor Christie, Legislative Sponsors for New Law Establishing Strong Consumer Protections in NJ’s Emerging Energy Market

Posted on 01/29/2014 by | AARP New Jersey | Comments

Advocacy AARP applauds the recent enactment of A-3422, legislation to protect utility consumers in the state’s rapidly emerging third party energy supply market. The bill prohibits certain energy suppliers from making false and misleading claims to potential customers and prohibits suppliers’ calls to customers where no business relationship exists. The bill, sponsored by Assemblyman Dan Benson (D – Mercer, Middlesex) and Senator Linda Greenstein (D- Mercer, Middlesex) passed the legislature with near-unanimous bi-partisan support. The bill was signed into law by …

Consumer Advocates Say Landline Service Is a 'Lifeline'

Consumer Advocates Say Landline Service Is a ‘Lifeline’

Posted on 01/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy Superstorm Sandy had a devastating impact on the Garden State, and now some residents are facing another possible blow. Verizon Communications has decided not to rebuild the copper wire network in storm-stricken communities, instead replacing it with Voice Link—a service that connects home handsets to a wireless network. Voice Link does not support broadband Internet access or medical alert systems, and during disasters, 911 calls may be blocked by network congestion. AARP New Jersey has asked the state Board of …

Affordable Utilities in New Jersey

Affordable Utilities in New Jersey

Posted on 11/13/2013 by | AARP New Jersey | Comments

Advocacy   AARP member Suad A. (not pictured here) has been volunteering with AARP for many years because she supports the AARP mission to “help people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthening communities in New Jersey and fighting for the issues that matter most to families.” But some fights are personal, she says. Unaffordable utility bills are a real challenge. Suad has joined thousands of AARP members in calling for fair and affordable utility rates. Below is the text …

Consumer Advocates Help Keep Utility Rates Affordable

Posted on 11/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy AARP and other consumer advocates worked to block most of a $70 million rate hike proposed by Atlantic City Electric, which provides power to about 547,000 customers. The state Board of Public Utilities decided in June to hold the increase to $25.5 million. “This win boosts morale as AARP volunteers continue to fight rate hikes sought by the state’s two largest utilities,” said Jeff Abramo, AARP New Jersey spokesman. State residents pay the seventh-highest electric rates in the country, and …