SENA IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE PERKS CARD
SENA 9158 IS PROUD TO ANNOUCE THE NEW PERKS PROGRAM TO OUR MEMBERS
SENA Local 9158,
In association with PerksCard, is proud to provide you with your PerksCard. This entitles you and your family to discounts from “Featured Merchants” right where you live and work. Once registered you will be able to view discounts from local “Featured Merchants” specifically for
SENA Local 9158. New discounts are added every week, so check the site often.
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2. Click on "Register Now" located on top of the homepage
3. In the field labeled "Your Group Code" simply enter:
4. Fill out your profile information and click "Register" at the bottom
of the page
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The primary election had candidates supported by SENA victorious in their run for Boston City Council. Stephen Murphy, Ayanna Pressley, and Michael Flaherty finished in the top three for At Large Councillor while candidate and current SENA member Tim McCarthy of Hyde Park took the top spot in District 5.
Finally, remember the candidacy of Bill Linehan a former SENA member from South Boston in his attempt for reelection to the Boston City Council.
Thanks to our Union
SENA 9158 Members
In June 2011 after almost 32 years with the Parks Department I was notified that I was being terminated. I am happy to inform all members that I returned this month after being off the job for the past two years.
During this period SENA’s Executive Board strongly supported me and fought tooth and nail for me. I would like to personally thank our Attorneys Al Gordon and Jill Ryan and Executive Board member Bernie Killarney for supporting and being with me during every step of the grievance and arbitration process. I am not sure I could have done it without them.
I am back on the job and hope that I can serve as an example to all members that we have rights and our union will make sure that we will be provided these protections and rights each and every working day. During the arbitration one of our members had an opportunity to tell the truth and exonerate me. Unfortunately he chose not to, and along with Deputy Commissioner Bernie Lynch, he adamantly supported the City and my termination. It is unfortunate that the union is unable to do something about members who do harm to other members.
HEALTH CARE BULLETIN UPDATE
On Tuesday August 13th the City’s Health Benefit Division held an informational meeting with all unions regarding new state health care requirements. It was announced that employees who maintain a “family insurance plan” must prove that they are (1) married and (2) if applicable, that their dependent children meet the necessary eligibility requirements. Notices to this effect will be only be forwarded to SENA members who maintain a family plan. No notice will be issued to those maintaining individual plans. I wish to emphasize that representatives of the administration made it abundantly clear, by not complying with the law you could lose your health care benefits.
An independent audit company hired by the City will require you to provide proof; 1) a copy of your marriage certificate, and 2) either a copy of your state tax form showing your dependents with the social security numbers and wages redacted, or a reoccurring bill having the name of your spouse on it. For eligible children you will need to provide copies of their birth certificates. Union officials asked whether the city would waive charges for birth and marriage certificates and they indicated they would look into its cost and take it under advisement. In addition they rejected paid release time for employees working outside City Hall to get their required documents. The offered the ability to purchase said documents on line at an additional charge and get it directly mailed to your home.
Please note this is not a union issue but one of state law. Over the next few weeks we will provide as much information as necessary to ensure that you have all the information necessary to maintain your health care benefits.