With several departments notifying their employees of the ability of a four day workweek, we wish to highlight that pursuant to the collective bargaining agreement between SENA 9158 and the City of Boston all 4 day work week requests can be rescinded either by the City of Boston and/or the individual SENA member with a fourteen day advance notification. This proviso is stated on the submission sheet and no reason has to be provided for rescission by either party.
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
In conjunction with the Walsh Administration I am pleased to announce that all public sector employee unions within the City of Boston have unanimously agreed to a new health care plan. This successor agreement becomes effective on July 1, 2015 and remains in effect until June 30, 2020.
In part, the agreement calls for a one-time $5.00 increase in co-payments in FY2015, and 0.5% premium increase in FY 15, 16, & 17 with no further increases in 2018 & 2019. Whereas most city and towns within the Commonwealth are on the
On May 13th, after approval of the Executive Board and the Officer and Stewards the membership in attendance voted to approve the hiring of Stephen Roche, Esq. of the Victory Group to serve as our lobbyist at the State House. The agreement in principal will be for one year covering the period of May 2014-May 2015, with the ability to mutually extend the time frame.
Attorney Roche will provide us with institutional knowledge of the State House along with informing us of pending legislation and budget items of concern in both the House and Senate that may have a direct impact on the membership. He will also be assisting us in building a "presence" on Beacon Hill via meetings with key legislators and staff. As with our former media consultant Jan Saragoni, we look forward to working with Steve to advance and protect the interests of our union.
In addition, we are pleased to inform you that USW Locals 9360 and 9358 of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority and USW Local 5696 of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation will join us in this working legislative relationship. By combining the interests of our locals, it will bring our collective member total to approximately 1500 working men and woman. While each of the unions has their own separate issues and concerns, we will be united in ensuring that our hard earned benefits remain intact.
John Zuccaro Jr., President