Membership Has Its Benefits: Educational Opportunities Available to Members

Joining a union gets you something most workers don’t have: the ability to collectively bargain with your employer to improve your working conditions. Beyond that, though, membership in a union — your union — has many benefits. Some of these benefits can save you money, while others could save your job.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll highlight some of the benefits provided by the SEA/SEIU Local 1984 in a series we’re calling “Membership Has Its Benefits.” We’ll start this week with the educational opportunities available to members.

Educational benefits

Estate planning … smartphone photography … spokesperson training … those are just a few of the free educational opportunities provided for members and family in the last few months.

That doesn’t even include the popular Retirewise retirement planning courses (which will return in May — see below) or equally popular Women & Investing courses (which will also return in April and May — see below). The SEA works hard to coordinate these educational offerings, because we believe you should be able to enrich your life without emptying your wallet.

Below are a few of the upcoming educational opportunities available; you can email Beth D’Ovidio at to sign up:

Retirewise retirement planning: This four-part course, which helps members set goals and establish or refine their plan for retirement, is presented in partnership with MetLife. Courses will be available in Portsmouth and Concord. The Portsmouth course is set for Wednesdays, May 6, 13, 20 and 27 from 6-8 p.m. in Room 220 of the Portsmouth campus of Great Bay Community College. The Concord course is set for Tuesdays, May 5, 12, 19, 26 from 6-8 p.m. at NHTI.

Estate planning: This course, which discusses revocable trusts and common estate planning mistakes, is presented in partnership with Echelon Planning Group. The course is March 25 at 6 p.m. at 11 S. Main St., Concord.

College planning I: The topic of this course, which is presented in partnership with Echelon Planning Group, is “Understanding the Financial Aid System and Helping You Reduce Your College Costs.” The course is April 21 at 6 p.m. at 11 S. Main St., Concord.

College planning II: This course, which is also presented in partnership with Echelon Planning Group, will discuss potential costs associated with a college education and ways they can help increase qualifications for scholarships and merit-based aid, regardless of your income. Bring your high-school aged child. This course is April 23 at 6 p.m. at 11 S. Main St., Concord.

Women & Investing: This two-part course will take place April 28 and May 5 from 6-8 p.m. at the SEA/SEIU Local 1984 office, 207 N. Main St., Concord.

We include all educational opportunities in our weekly SEA Notices. If you don’t receive Notices, you can sign up to get it here.

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