Late last week, the four members of the SEA/SEIU Local 1984 sub-unit bargaining team for the NH State Liquor Commission reached a tentative agreement (TA) with the state, ending a period of impasse in contract negotiations. The members unanimously called the TA a victory for NH Liquor Commission workers.
“We see this tentative agreement as hugely successful,” said team member Rich Gulla. “It restores and memorializes some of the past practices that were in place for years but were removed by the state two years ago.”
One key element of the TA has to do with “fill-in” pay for employees that stand in for managers at certain times. Another focuses on sweepstakes incentives; changed practices related to banking deposits were also viewed as positive moves by the team.
Attn: Part-time employees! Another benefit, if the TA is voted in, is that eligible part-time workers will be paid time-and-a-half on Sundays and holidays.
“This TA actually contains language that corrects practices that led members to file grievances over the last couple of years,” said bargaining team member Cindy Sanborn-Dubey.
Some of the grievances had to do with part-time workers and whether they were eligible to be in the bargaining unit. The SEA won that legal challenge and has been working with the state ever since to reach agreement on a settlement. The outcome of that process is being finalized now and reaching this subunit tentative agreement is just one more important step forward in resolving the prior disputes.
“Part time retail liquor store employees that work an average of at least 10 hours a week and work at least 26 weeks a year for the commission are planned for inclusion in the bargaining unit,” said SEA President Diana Lacey. The SEA and state will be filing a modification petition with the Public Employee Labor Relations Board, the entity that handled some of these disputes, to formalize the bargaining unit change. It is estimated that the change will impact more than 400 part-time workers.
Retroactive pay will be made, where appropriate, in final settlement of the grievances, as well.
The bargaining team will be getting more information about the TA, as well as ballots, out to sub-unit members over the next few weeks. It is important to remember that only SEA/SEIU Local 1984 members are permitted to vote for the contract.
In the meantime, if you have questions about the TA, please contact one of the following:
Cindy Sanborn-Dubey, Store #54 – (603) 383-9000 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tony Perras, Store #8 – (603) 543-0200 or email@example.com
Rich Gulla, Store #72 – (603) 224-5955 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Norm Girouard, Store #52 – (603) 466-3367 or email@example.com
Ryan Beauchesne, Store #17 – (603) 934-3523 or firstname.lastname@example.org