Oct 28, 2015

NAGE Hosts Mass. Stewards Conference

More than 200 stewards from the state and Trial Court sectors came from across Massachusetts for a day-long stewards conference in Quincy on October 23. The conference featured several trainings, guest speakers, and updates from NAGE leaders and staff about the ways the union is striving to help members.
NAGE National President David J. Holway welcomed stewards and local executive board members to the Neighborhood Club near NAGE headquarters in Quincy and thanked them for their service to their fellow NAGE members. “I know you don’t hear ‘thank you’ enough for the work that you do, so I want to start the day by saying ‘thank you’ to you and to your families, because they give up time with you so that you can help your fellow members.”
Massachusetts AFL-CIO President Steven Tolman urged the crowd to get involved politically. “The best candidates for the legislature are all of you!” he urged. “You are the leaders of this union, people who understand the needs of your fellow workers and your communities. I ask you to consider running for office to make a difference for the working people, to level the playing field for the middle class and for those in need.”
State Representative Paul Brodeur (D-Melrose) reminded stewards that, before he was an elected official, he was a NAGE member. “I’ve been working closely with NAGE on health and safety legislation to protect employees across state government since I got elected, because I was a NAGE member. I know how important it is.”
David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center and noted political pollster, presented his findings from a recent poll of NAGE members about their satisfaction with their union and a number of observations about current politics. (The political races for 2016 may be in flux right now, but an overwhelming majority of NAGE members are happy with the contracts and benefits NAGE negotiates.)
State Treasurer Deb Goldberg talked to the stewards about using the power of the state treasury and the state pension system to help workers and families—and did it while on crutches and in a cast to her knee, after having broken her foot in several places in a recent fall. “We’ve enacted the best and most progressive proxy voting policy for our pension fund across the country. We’ve been looking at CEO compensation and board diversity and gender with all the investments in our fund. We’re looking internally to ensure gender pay equity at PRIM and implemented a 12-week paid parental leave, as well, because we need to be leaders on economic justice.”
Stewards also received legal updates and trainings, legislative updates on a variety of bills impacting worker safety and workplace bullying, and presentations from NAGE Charities.

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NAGE National President David J. Holway enjoys a lighter moment during the Massachusetts statewide stewards conference on October 23.
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