After a hiatus, our profiles of SEA/SEIU Local 1984 members return this week. We talked with longtime member Nancy Bickford, who serves as a councilor, chapter secretary, steward and on the sub-unit bargaining team. Here’s what she had to say:
How long have you worked for the state?
I have been a state employee for 27 years. I started at the Anna Philbrook Center/ADC Unit on July 8, 1987.
What do you do for work?
I currently work at NH Hospital (all connected with Anna Philbrook Center) in the Maintenance Department as their Program Assistant I. This position consists of multiple office tasks as well as work orders, writing, opening and closing.
What’s the most meaningful part of your job?
Being able to see the end results from jobs that our shops complete. My department does a superb job no matter what they are handed to do for a task.
What do you do when you’re not working?
I love spending time with my family, especially my two grandchildren. I also enjoy traveling not only in NH but other states and countries. My favorite place is Aruba!
How did you get involved in the SEA?
I became a member when my family was going to Disney World and they had some great discounts. Then I was told that I would be a great councilor so ran for that and somehow became a vice president of our chapter for a couple of years.
Things got pretty hectic in my family life so I stepped down again to become a councilor. One day I was asked about becoming a steward and I shied away from that but with constant asking and being told I would be good as a steward and I could do the steward job I did agree to try and am still a steward today.
Why is it important to you to be a union member?
To fight for what is right in the workplace not only for myself but for fellow co-workers as well. To listen and hear what they have to say about issues that concern them and others.