At 101, dedicated union rep is finally calling it quits after spending 77 years with his local

Associated Press

At 101, Charlie Ponti has finally decided to retire for good — probably.

On Dec. 31, he will officially finish up a 77-year stint with the Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 153. He started as a business representative and organizer and ended as the president of the local's retirees association.

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The Rutherford, New Jersey, resident started working for what was then the Bookkeepers, Stenographers and Accountants Union in 1937. He retired for the first time in 1977. He then took over the retirees association.

His three children thought Ponti would retire once he hit 100 and still aren't sure it's going to take now.

His son says: "After the holidays come and go, and January comes, I believe he'll be back."