Help Us Be Union Strong at 73rd Convention

Chapter presidents gathered for a photo during the SEA's 72nd Annual Convention in 2012.

Chapter presidents gathered for a photo during the SEA’s 72nd Annual Convention in 2012. This year’s convention will be held Nov. 9 at the Executive Court, 1199 S. Mammoth Road, in Manchester.

Delegates are set to gather Nov. 9 for the 73rd Annual SEA Convention – will you be among them?

This year’s convention includes elections for seven openings on the Board of Directors, along with other business. Convention will be held Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Executive Court, 1199 S. Mammoth Road, Manchester. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the call to order is at 9 a.m. Nominations will begin at 10 a.m., and balloting will be held from noon to 1 p.m.

Click here to jump down to Board of Directors candidates.

SEA member Dianne Blodgett, who’s on the Convention Arrangements Committee, said it’s important that all delegates attend.

“It’s one of the most important times of year for us as union members to get together to be union strong,” Blodgett said, noting that Union Strong is the theme of this convention. “The more support we can give each other, the stronger we can all be.”

Jen Day, another member of the Convention Arrangements Committee, echoed Blodgett’s sentiment.

“The convention is the one time during the year when we make stuff happen through voting on amendments to our constitution and resolutions, and we have to live with what happens for the rest of the year,” Day said.

As you may have guessed, the annual convention requires a good deal of planning and effort. Blodgett said it’s a year-round process.

“We’ve already started planning for the two-year convention next year,” Blodgett said. “It’s a long process. You’ve got to get a lot of quotes, then meet with different hotels and facilities and pick a spot.”

Day noted several other requirements when looking at possible locations.

“We’re looking at who can handle 200 or 250 people, and we also want to see if they can provide meals in a separate room,” she said.

“We also try to be centrally located, so it makes it easier to attend,” she said, noting this year’s location in Manchester. “Sometimes, as we did last year, we go to the North Country to contribute to the economy up there.”

Blodgett said there are director positions and resolutions to vote on, but there’s more to convention than just voting.

“I like going to convention and seeing people I wouldn’t see other than at convention,” she said.

That said, there is plenty to vote on this year. Without any further ado, here are the director positions that will be voted on, along with any candidates who submitted a nomination form ahead of the Oct. 11 deadline.

State, one position, remainder of a three-year term 2014

Cindy Perkins
Cindy believes that unions must fight the declining standard of living, not each other. Unions must include and recruit part-time and temporary employees, because they are the new exploited class of workers. In bad times, union membership and activity falls. But these bad times have not hurt everyone; wealth inequality is higher than it has been in decades. She believes this is the time unions are needed most, now more than ever.

State, four positions, three-year term

Tammy Clark
Tammy is a current member of the Board. She has been influential in creating training programs to assist new member leaders of the Association. She has served as Chair of the Member Benefits and Social Activities committees. She was elected to attend the biennium SEIU Convention representing SEIU Local 1984. She has also helped achieve the goals of the association’s 10 year vision by recruiting new members. Tammy is the President of Chapter 45.

Heather M. Fairchild
Heather has had the honor and pleasure of sitting on the Board for the last quarter and she asks for your vote to continue serving. She is the current president of Chapter 16 and has served as vice president and councilor, as well. In the past, she has served on the Political Education Committee and Lavender Caucus; and she currently serves on the Ethics Committee. She thanks you for considering her as a worthy candidate for a Director’s seat.

Brian Howard
Brian grew up all his life in a union family. He believes in unity and equality for all state workers. He has been an evening shift manager at a dealership which gave him strong people skills. He believes he can add some fresh ideas to help the union become stronger.

Kevin Myers
Kevin is one of the driving forces behind the successful New Hampshire’s Emerging Workforce ad-hoc committee. The group has been working on increasing leadership involvement, education and growth of members. The things Kevin would like to bring to the board if elected as a Director are the drive he has to reach out to those who do not think they have a place and a voice to be involved.

Cheryl Towne
Cheryl has been an SEA member since 1998, and has been a Councilor since 1999. She has worked at Glencliff Home for 15 years and takes pride in giving 110% every day for the taxpayers, the Glencliff residents, and her co-workers. Cheryl is President of Chapter 9, as well as a steward. If elected, Cheryl will work hard for all SEA members.

Bruce Vanlandingham
Bruce is currently on the Board of Directors, Vice President of Chapter 3, and a Steward. He looks forward to continuing on the Board of Directors to improve working conditions and maintain the blue collar representation on the Board. He is also a member of our Navy’s construction battalion known as the SeaBees. He is dedicated to service, and he thanks members for their support.

Retirees, one position, three-year term

John V. Amrol
John is running because he feels with his past experience – President for 9 years, member of many past and present committees, and having worked with the legislature on many issues – he can contribute much. He believes his past experience with this union can greatly add to the decision-making of our Board of Directors. He is asking the Convention to allow him to work for you, his SEA brothers and sisters, by once again giving him your vote.

Constitutional amendment and resolutions

Delegates will also be asked to vote on one constitutional amendment and two resolutions. Click here to find the full text of all three proposals.

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