State Retirement Board elections will be held this fall. Ballots are mailed mid-October to all state workers and retirees — and are due back before December 2.
As you may know, longtime workers’ rights advocate Ralph White has decided to step down from his position on the State Retirement Board after more than 20 years of service. Alongside many other public sector unions, SEIU Local 509 has endorsed Frank Valeri, current President of the Mass Retirees Association for this important seat.
The 1996 Pension Reform law created a second elected seat on the State Retirement Board — an entity that is responsible for administering retirement benefits for public sector employees, now totaling over 149,000 retired and active individuals.
It is critical that we elect someone who truly understands the challenges facing state workers and retirees — and that person is Frank Valeri. In supporting Frank, current and future retirees will maintain excellent representation on the Board, someone who is dedicated to providing the best possible personal service to retirees and survivors.
Prior to his service as president of the Mass Retirees Association, Valeri spent nearly four decades in state government, including eight years as as the Deputy Executive Director of PERAC (the oversight agency responsible for implementation of the Pension Reforms Acts passed in 2009 and 2011).
“I feel that at this point in my career I can provide the best possible representation to protect the earned retirement benefits of the retirees and employees of the State system,” said Valeri. “From where I have been and where I now sit, I certainly understand that public pensions remain under scrutiny and feel confident in my ability to fight for the members rights.”
For more information on the work of the Mass Retirees Association, visit http://massretirees.com.