My name is Stephen Bright the Transportation Department stewart and I'm running the 2015 Boston Marathon for Team MR8, the Richard family, and for their son Martin.
I am running this race because I have never felt more powerless than I did after the 2013 Boston Marathon. The finish line is about a mile from my apartment and I felt like just a scared bystander to such a terrible tragedy. I wanted to do something to help those impacted, but what?
The answer came to me during the 2014 Marathon. I went for the first time last year to support some friends and I was overwhelmed by the atmosphere. Rather than being your typical race with people only cheering for those that they knew, spectators were going crazy for complete strangers. The raw emotion was palpable, and rather than it being a somber occasion, it was a triumph.
I knew then that I wanted to run for Team MR8 in 2015. I am running so that people remember the tragedy that happened that day and the selflessness and courage that many responded with. I am running to honor the Richard family, whose strength and resolve in dealing with the innumerable challenges they have faced has been extraordinary. But most importantly, I want to run for Martin to ensure that his message of peace is not forgotten.
Please help me reach my goal of raising $7,500 (and hopefully more) for Team MR8. Running this race is an incredible honor and supporting the Richard family and Martin's memory is very important to me. I appreciate any and all contributions, and I cannot thank you enough for your support. Please help by clicking below.
December 25, 2014
Dear SENA Member
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 GIC or where throughout the Country premium splits are nearing 50-50 with high deductibles, we will be paying less than 20% at the conclusion of this agreement for our health care benefit with no new deductibles.
As Mayor Walsh indicated at our recent retirement banquet, health care is a critical benefit provided to city workers and their families and that he would work to ensure that costs remain low. While the negotiations for a successor agreement were long, it never reached the threatening point. It showed how sitting at the table and negotiating in good faith goes a long way in eliminating frustration and confrontation.
Those having spouses and friends working in other cities and towns in the Commonwealth know the full impact the GIC has on them and their families. This coupled with the fact that State legislation established GIC benchmarks, and allowed cities and towns to basically forego negotiations to enter the GIC makes this agreement one to be proud of. The next step is awaiting submission by health care providers of the new RFP's.
In closing while health care benefits are set until FY21, we now turn our attention to any retirement & pension language changes that may be introduced next year in Congress. As always we will keep our membership informed.
On behalf of our Executive Board along with our Officers and Stewards we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Safe New Year.
Season's Greetings & Happy Holiday's
John Zuccaro Jr., President
It was recently
brought to the attention of the union and confirmed by the City that in certain
instances exceptions are made to the ten day vacation carryover provision
in our collective bargaining agreement.Due to this acknowledgement and based on this
past practice, we asked our attorney to send a letter of clarification to the
Office of Labor Relations. In it we reiterated what was said at the table
in that SENA members rejected for accrued vacation usage were able to carryover
more than ten vacation days into the next calendar year. This clarification
comes with the stipulation that the request is done in advance and approved by
the department head in a letter forwarded to the City’s Director of Human
Resources.We wish to be clear that the union is not
advocating not taking accrued vacation time, but in such instances as working
on a department or city-wide projects that prevents usage we do not wish you to
lose your accrued time.As always keep your steward informed and provide
a copy of the letter in which you have requested carryover. In closing
the request must be approved by your department head in a letter to the City’s
John Zuccaro Jr., President
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.