Membership Has Its Benefits: Social Activities

Joining a union gets you something many 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.

Today, we’re bringing the third installment in a series we’re calling “Membership Has Its Benefits” — focusing on the perks of full membership in the SEA/SEIU Local 1984.

History buffs may recall that the SEA/SEIU Local 1984 began as a social organization. While the association has evolved over the years, it still honors that heritage by organizing fun, inexpensive social activities for members. This is important, because these days we tend to separate our work and home lives. Social activities provide an opportunity for members to interact with colleagues in a stress-free environment, and maybe even have some fun.

One of the most successful recent activities was last summer’s Stay and Play Weekend, an overnight camping trip to a family oriented campground on the Pemigewasset River. A couple dozen members and their family took part in the free weekend event, which included a community dinner and plenty of family fun. If you missed out last year, a camping weekend is in the works for this summer, too.

Another popular members-only activity is coming up in a few weeks: a bus trip to Mohegan Sun on May 2. The all-day excursion costs $30, but that includes round-trip bus transportation to Mohegan Sun with six hours on-site as well as a $15 meal voucher and $10 betting coupon. If you’re interested, please contact Kristen Blais ASAP at 271-3411, ext. 122, or via email at

While these kinds of light-hearted activities aren’t the principal function of the SEA these days, they’re an opportunity to unwind with the people you see all the time at work or union meetings, and they’re just one more benefit of being a full union member.

You can also see our previous installments in this series on educational opportunities and member discounts.


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