Over the past month, we’ve been introducing you to members of the Executive Branch Master Bargaining Team so you can learn a bit more about the workers who will represent you at the bargaining table. This week, we introduce you to Peter Brunette, who works for the Department of Health and Human Services.
Brunette has two periods of state service, four years in the 1990s and more recently since April 2006. He’s been an SEA member in that time, and has served in a variety of leadership roles, including Director and chapter president. Brunette works as an attorney for the Division of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) out of the Rochester District Office.
“I represent DCYF in court proceedings regarding abused and neglected children, and provide legal advice to child protection field staff,” Brunette said. “DCYF is the front line agency involved in protecting children from parental maltreatment and neglect, and under the supervision of the courts, provides services to parents to assist them in correcting the conditions that led to court involvement.”
Currently, Brunette is a councilor, the president of Chapter 41, chair of the Dispute Resolution Committee, a steward and member of the Steward Committee. In addition to his role on the master bargaining team, he is also a member of the Collective Bargaining Advisory Committee and Collective Bargaining Senate.
Brunette is a resident of the Lakes Region village of Lakeport, which is part of Laconia.
“I live in a 175-year-old home in the village of Lakeport with my dog Buck and three surly mongrel cats,” Brunette said. “My parents live nearby in Gilford, and mom is a retired telephone company worker and IBEW member. My 30-year-old son currently lives in Barrington.”
He was a Peace Corps volunteer and is active in his community, including many years serving on the Laconia Planning Board.
“I am also involved in community theatre as an actor, director, stage tech and producer, and play guitar and sing in a band,” Brunette said. “I am an active member of several 12-Steps-based recovery groups.”
Brunette said some of his fellow members encouraged him to run for the Master Bargaining Team.
“They thought that my experience and training as a union activist and lawyer would be a good addition to the team,” he said.
“It remains to be seen whether they were right,” Brunette joked, “but I am committed to learning as much as possible about the process and attending every work session in order to be most useful to our members.”
He encouraged his fellow union members to get All in to Win and help make change happen.
“Decisions are made by those who show up,” Brunette said. “Complaints are made by those who don’t.”