We continue this week introducing you to members of the Executive Branch Master Bargaining Team with a profile of Tracy Knieriemen.
Knieriemen is one of the newer members of the team, having been appointed by Chair Jim Nall, and she’s also a relatively new SEA member, having joined eight months ago. She currently works in the Department of Environmental Services as an accountant for the Winnipesaukee River Basin Waste Water Treatment Plant and the Inventory Coordinator for DES. She’s worked for the state for eight years.
“I started at the New Hampshire Lottery part time, working in their warehouse and have worked my way up to where I am now,” she said.
Outside of work, the Penacook resident is active in her church, having served on the stewardship committee, and worked on public suppers and in the soup kitchen. She and her husband live with their 13-year-old daughter, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren. Her son, 25, is entering the Marine Reserves in the new year. In her spare time, she said she likes spending time with her family and putting her financial expertise to work.
“I like to study the markets and the economy and invest,” she said.
Knieriemen is approaching the collective bargaining process not only as a state employee but as a taxpayer. In that sense, she said she can appreciate the state’s need to balance the budget and make things more efficient. At the same time, she said she wants to ensure the state and public have a realistic view of the working conditions of state employees and the sacrifices they make.
“I’ve met a lot of state employees that go above and beyond for our citizens,” she said. “We have a lot of employees that really care about their work. We’re not just here for a paycheck.”
For her part, she said she wants to have a say in the bargaining process.
“I hope to contribute valuable ideas and skills, and education and empower our members, citizens as well as our fair share members,” she said.
Knieriemen said that if we expect to earn a beneficial contract, everyone will need to work as one.
“We have more power if we stick together,” she said.