On March 1,2015 longtime Staff Representative and current Assistant District Director Al Polk announced his retirement from the USW. While Al served the USW since the days it was referred to as the USWA and since our inception, he was more of a "friend" to our local. So it was with mixed emotions that we greeted this announcement. But on behalf of the entire membership, we wish Al a long, happy and healthy retirement.
I am pleased to inform all SENA members that at the membership meeting of March 13, all Officers and Stewards were nominated for election and went without opposition. This achievement is recognition of the commitment and dedication these men and women have shown to the membership over the past three years. They have provided all with a means of communication and to fulfill my promise that all SENA members would be provided the best representation of any union. On behalf of all Officers and Stewards we look forward to assisting you over the next three years. In addition, USW staff representative Joe Carlson attended the meeting in lieu of long serving staff representative and Assistant USW District Director Al Polk who announced his retirement.
In regards to this benefit and as a point of clarification, SENA has never agreed to a definite date for submission of vacation buyback. If a SENA member meets the twenty year rule and did not take more than five sick days in the previous year, he/she is eligible at anytime during this year to sell back upwards of five vacation days.
For example, if you took no sick time in calendar year 2014 and you become a 20 year employee in September or December 2015 you are eligible to buyback five vacation days. This is a pension enhancer if you are within your last three years. If you are denied this opportunity please see your steward. In closing the City was specific at the bargaining table that they did not want to install an open enrollment date for this benefit.
The April meeting will take place on Thursday April 23rd, 2015
In conjunction with the 2024 Committee, SENA 9158 will begin providing our members, particularly those residing in our City neighborhoods with information pertaining to upcoming meetings. While acknowledging the Olympics are still years away, infrastructure topics like logistics and transportation will begin to be discussed. As we have see over the past month any assistance that can be provided to improve transportation in and out of Boston should be open for discussion. In addition these meeting provide a forum as to what impact it may have in our daily lives.
For those of us who have worked decades for the City you may remember when Mayor Kevin White sponsored "The Great Cities of The World" back in 1978. At that time it was in conjunction with Boston's 350th birthday and a time when Mayor's from across the world came to Boston to celebrate our history. It will be interesting to see whether 50 years later if Boston is the Olympics host City.