Special Election Just One Part of Busy Quarterly Gathering
A busy June Quarterly Council meeting saw the election of a new director, a report out from delegates to the SEIU convention, a visit from a gubernatorial candidate and a free barbecue that started everything off.
The evening began with a free barbecue for councilors, with food cooked up by Chapter 1 members. Chapter 1 also won the prize for the chapter with the best attendance, taking home a $100 gift card to the Puritan Backroom. After dining and socializing, councilors headed inside for the official business of the night.
Jennifer Hunt, the president of Chapter 39, won the special election for the open Board of Directors position over Jose Luna, a member of Chapter 21. Hunt has been involved in the union in many ways, and currently serves her chapter as a steward and a member of the bargaining team.
Hunt will fill the director position for the remainder of a three-year term, which ends in 2018.
Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern, a Democratic candidate for governor, was the guest speaker, and took the opportunity to introduce himself. In speaking, he touched on not just some of the major issues of his campaign, but zeroed in on issues of critical importance to those in attendance. His background includes campaign work, as well as several years at Stonyfield in Londonderry before he helped launch the College for America at Southern New Hampshire University.
Van Ostern noted he stood with union members in the Right to Work fight during the O’Brien years and he helped stop privatization of the Department of Corrections. He also added that his father-in-law was a state employee for more than 30 years, so retiree issues are close to home for him and something he’d work to defend.
“I’m going to stand up to make sure that we stand up for the benefits that were promised,” said Van Ostern, who also took part in this Monday’s gubernatorial forum.
Councilors also heard from their fellow members who attended the quadrennial SEIU Convention in Detroit last month. You can read our story on the convention from last week’s SEA News here, and you can watch a video of convention highlights produced by SEIU here.
Thank you to all of the Councilors who took part in this meeting, especially the Chapter 1 members who volunteered to do the cooking.