Earlier this week, nearly 50 SEA/SEIU 1984 Stewards came together for a formal training day at 29 Hazen Drive, home to the Department of Environmental Services and the Division of Public Health Services.
Most units’ collective bargaining agreements have a provision that Stewards are allowed a certain number of training days per year from which they will be excused from work. These times allow for brand new stewards to receive basic instruction as to how to carry out their representational work; and more seasoned stewards are provided with more complicated instruction, which may include updates on current events that may affect their duties as a steward.
Marie Morgan, a recently retired Dept. of Education employee, who was instrumental in the development of HB591 addressed the advanced stewards. She provided information about the process that took place leading up to the development of the bill, finding a sponsor, and following the bill through the NH legislative process.
Marie is quick to include that there was a core group of public employees and SEA/SEIU 1984 staff who worked collaboratively on this effort, including Bruce Vanlandingham, Chapter 3, Anne Keach, Chapter 50; Brenda Thomas, Chapter 20; NH Representative Dianne Schuett, prime bill sponsor and Chapter 1 member; and others assisted in the passing of this key piece of legislation that if signed into law will provide safe and healthy worksites that are free of bullying either by a co-worker or by a supervisor. SEIU Political Director, Jay Ward also presented to the group regarding this topic.
SEA/SEIU’s General Counsel Mike Reynolds and Grievance Representative Sean Bolton presented for the remainder of the program for advanced stewards.
SEA/SEIU Field Representative Neil Smith provided the instruction for the basic steward training.