This week, we continue our regular feature in which we introduce you to different SEA members. In this, our third installment, we talked with longtime state employee and SEA member Alan Quimby.
Question: How long have you worked for the state?
Answer: I have worked for the state for 35 years, starting out at DOT in February 1979, then at DRED for 3 years and the rest of my time has been at Administrative Services.
Q: What do you do for work?
A: I am currently the Mailing Supervisor for the Centralized Mailing Services located in the State House Annex.
Q: What’s the most meaningful part of your job?
A: Interacting with state employees who use the mail services, working with our vendors like the USPS, UPS, and FedEx. These representatives assist the state with moving letters and packages all over the world.
Q: What do you do when you’re not working?
A: I like to spend time with my grandkids when I am not working, I have eight of them located in Bow, Pennsylvania and France. Skype is a great tool to visit with the kiddos in France. I am also the Fire Chief in Chichester, NH which keeps me very busy when I am not working for the state.
Q: How did you get involved in the SEA?
A: I joined the SEA when I was working at the DOT shed in Chichester I’m guessing back in 1980 or so.
Q: Why is it important to you to be a union member?
A: Union membership gives benefits from the union’s collective bargaining power to negotiate with the state. There is strength in numbers which would not be available in trying to negotiate individually. Even though some of the promises that were given when I was hired have disappeared, like paid retiree health insurance, and COLAs, I feel without the backing of the union a lot more benefits would have been taken away.
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