Once a month, we profile a different active SEA member (not to be confused with our monthly profiles of retirees). For this month’s edition, we talked with Laurie Aucoin, who works at New Hampshire Hospital and is president of Chapter 4.
Question: How long have you worked for the state?
Answer: I have been an employee at New Hampshire Hospital for 13 years.
Q: What do you do for work?
A: I work in the Business and Financial Services Office as an accountant technician. I have also worked in the Cashiers’ Office taking care of patient banking.
Q: What’s the most meaningful part of your job?
A: I love where I work and I enjoy the people that I work with. We strive to make a difference in the lives of individuals on a daily basis.
Q: What do you do when you’re not working?
A: When I am not at work, I enjoy spending time with my 2½-year-old grandson, who I am currently raising. Time spent with friends is an important thing for me. I enjoy being outside and looking for new things to do. Where else can you drive to the ocean in the morning and then be in the mountains for the afternoon?
Q: How did you get involved in the SEA?
A: I became involved in the SEA through coworkers who asked me sign up as a councilor, then vice president of my chapter, followed by steward.
From that point forward, I found myself involved in many things, including having been on the Board of Directors, committees, and serving as chair of committees and on the negotiating team for the current contract.
Q: Why is it important to you to be a union member?
A: Being a member of the union is important to me because it is the union that negotiates our contracts and employee rights. Businesses without a union do not always allow employees the rights that we have negotiated. I enjoy being a steward because it allows me to represent employees and to make sure that their rights are not being violated.
Who should we profile next in this space? Is it a co-worker? How about you? Let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.