Randy Hunneyman has recently been promoted to the position of Executive Branch Negotiator at SEA/SEIU Local 1984.
Many members know Hunnyeman through his position as a Field Representative here at SEA/SEIU Local 1984, which he has held for the past three years. In his new position, he’ll be working with members as they prepare for, and negotiate, their next executive branch agreements as well as the unit specific sub-unit bargaining agreements.
Prior to working for SEA/SEIU Local 1984, Hunneyman was a Technical College Professor working at the Men’s Prison in Concord. During his 21 year career as a NH Department of Corrections employee, he also served in many leadership roles for SEA/SEIU Local 1984. Most notably, Randy served as the chair of the Master Bargaining Team during the controversial Gov. Craig Benson administration.
In October 2014, while working as an SEA/SEIU Local 1984 Field Representative, Randy was tasked to work with the members of the Executive Branch Bargaining Team in negotiating the current contract. Jim Nall, chair of the Master Bargaining Team, had high praise for Hunneyman.
“He came on board and he worked really hard to pull things together, and he did an amazing job,” Nall said. “In tough situations, Randy was able to keep his cool. He treated me, as chairman, with the utmost respect and he was able to work with everyone to make them feel their input was of great importance.”
As the next bargaining period approaches, Hunneyman said he’s interested in broadening the knowledge members have about the importance of collective bargaining and growing the involvement of the membership at large with the process.
“I want to significantly broaden the member-at-large understanding of how the SEA prepares for and conducts contract bargaining,” Hunneyman said. “With this knowledge comes the power of influence and ownership of the process.”
Much that will happen this year sets the stage for the next round of bargaining, especially the elections in November.
“Over the last decade, New Hampshire state employees have had to struggle against the extreme changes in priorities of our public policy makers,” Hunneyman said. “Some believe that state employee rights and benefits are too costly and excessive. Overall, SEA/SEIU Local 1984 members have done well to maintain their rights and health coverage benefits. But the challenge is ongoing.”