The SEA’s Board of Directors on Thursday granted ad-hoc status to the group of new and younger workers that’s been in the organizing stages for a little more than a year. The ad-hoc status means the group can now officially move forward with its business as it works to engage more members to help build a stronger future for workers and the SEA.
Kevin Myers, an SEA member who works at Employment Security, has been helping drive the effort to create the group since last year. In a brief presentation before the board, Myers — who was joined by fellow SEA member Tracy Rousseau — explained that the idea for the group came from the SEIU’s International Convention last year in Colorado. Since then, he said, he and others have been working to bring the group along, noting they’ve expanded the scope of who they’re seeking to involve.
“What we’ve come up with is not gearing this toward any one specific age group,” Myers said. “It’s geared toward getting greater involvement from some of the newer members of the association.”
In giving these newer and younger workers a voice, he said the hope is to develop the next generation of leaders.
“We’re trying to get them ready for our future,” Myers said.
Board members offered suggestions and feedback before making a motion to form the ad-hoc committee, and eventually voting in favor.
Board member John Hattan said he attended a social networking event promoted by the group last month and liked the energy of the group.
First Vice President Ken Roos agreed.
“I like that you’ve developed all this enthusiasm, and molded it to New Hampshire and our needs,” Roos said.
Ad-hoc status can be conferred to a group by the Board of Directors, but creation of a standing committee would require an amendment to the SEA’s constitution at the annual convention.
While the group doesn’t have an official name yet, it will continue meeting and the core members are planning an educational event. If you’re interested in being involved in the group, you can contact Field Representative Andy Capen, who’s the staff liaison to the group.