On behalf of the membership of SENA 9158 I wish to extend our thoughts and prayers to the Menino family on the loss of Mayor Thomas M. Menino.
While not shocked by the news, the reality of it still does not seem real. Mayor Menino served this City for twenty years with the upmost of love for its residents. He looked upon all as an extension of his immediate family. As the song “My Way” played in the background upon his announcement not to seek re-election, we can all truly say he did it “his way”. May you always rest in eternal peace.
John Zuccaro Jr., President
On Friday evening October 17, SENA held its 28th annual retirement party at Florian Hall in Dorchester. A crowd of over 300 members celebrated a number of retired employees along with enjoying some great food and entertainment.
At the start of the festivities, members in attendance were surprised honored by the fact that Mayor Marty Walsh not only stopped to extend his best wishes, but actually addressed the membership. We are hopeful that our working relationship with this administration will only strengthen in the future.
On behalf of the Executive Board, our Officers and Stewards and the entire membership we thank the Mayor for appearing and wish the retiring members of SENA 9158 a long, happy and healthy retirement.
Due to the State-wide election scheduled for Tuesday, September 9th we have to reschedule our monthly membership meeting to Tuesday September 16th at 6pm. In respect for the Veterans Day Holiday on Tuesday November 11, we will reschedule this membership meeting to Tuesday November 18th at 6pm. Sorry for any inconvenience.
Are you a Baby Boomer who has worked for both the public and private sector during your working career? If so, you are probably feeling pretty good about your retirement options, which very likely include a public pension, as well as Social Security. Unfortunately, under the Windfall Elimination Provision, you may not be eligible for all
the Social Security benefits you think are coming to you.
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