On Wednesday evening, workers from the Office of Professional Licensure and Certification (OPLC) had the opportunity to meet with Peter Danles, who is Gov. Maggie Hassan’s nominee to lead the office.
OPLC combines a wide array of small boards, and employees there voted last month to organize under SEA/SEIU Local 1984. The meeting Wednesday, which took place at the SEA/SEIU Local 1984 office, is standard when the governor nominates someone for a high-level position. It’s an opportunity for workers to meet their potential new boss before the Executive Council votes on the nomination.
Tina Kelley, an SEA/SEIU Local 1984 member who works at OPLC, said the meeting was helpful in getting a sense who Danles is and alleviating any worries about a new boss coming in and making wholesale changes. Indeed, Danles told the group he’d bring objectivity to the position and would work to learn the people and boards before suggesting any changes.
“Overall, it was a very good experience, and we never would have had that opportunity before,” Kelley said, referencing workers’ recent vote to organize with SEA/SEIU Local 1984. “We were all happy we got the opportunity to do it, and when we got back here people were asking us how it went, so there was definitely interest.”
Danles has a varied background in criminal justice, education and, importantly, training and licensure. He told the workers in attendance he was drawn to the complexity of OPLC and a love of the Granite State.
After meeting with Danles, members conferred and SEA/SEIU Local 1984 political staff will bring members’ opinions to the Executive Council. The Council is set to vote on the nomination next Wednesday, June 15.