21 Running for Executive Branch Bargaining Team

Election Will Be Held at the Collective Bargaining Senate Meeting on July 14

The election for the Executive Branch Master Bargaining Team will take place next Thursday, July 14, during a meeting of the Collective Bargaining Senate in the DES/DHHS Auditorium at 29 Hazen Drive in Concord.  The meeting will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m.

All members of the Collective Bargaining Senate are strongly urged to attend this important meeting, and we highly recommend reviewing the following candidate information as this is the largest group of nominees we’ve had in several bargaining cycles. Thank you to all of the members who have sought a position on the team.

The Senate will vote on the 11 members who will comprise the team. Members at large are encouraged to review the brief candidate resumes that follow and make your recommendations to the Bargaining Senate members who represent you.


Barbara Bishop, Chapter 60

Agency: Dept. of Health and Human Services     Title: CPSW
Years as a member:  1

Any current or past union titles or positions: none but I have been an HR professional for 20 years and worked with unions on many occasions

Additional experience, knowledge or special background that you have that you feel would be beneficial to the union during bargaining: I feel that I understand union protocols well and would be well suited to be part of this committee. I understand the art of negotiation and have been on the flip side of bargaining previously. I am also a strong speaker and understand reading and interpreting policies and legal documents.

What are you hoping to learn and/or accomplish by being chosen to serve as a member of the executive branch bargaining team: More skills based learning and interaction with our Union.


Eugene Bois, Chapter 45

Agency: Dept. of Health and Human Services     Title: Licensing & Evaluation Coordinator
Years as a member:  1.5

Any current or past union titles or positions: Was a steward at the VA facility at Togus Me. AFGE Union Local

Additional experience, knowledge or special background that you have that you feel would be beneficial to the union during bargaining: I have little negotiating experience. I do have a MBA in healthcare.

What are you hoping to learn and/or accomplish by being chosen to serve as a member of the executive branch bargaining team: I hope to learn the bargaining process with contract negotiation. I also have concerns about those of us who travel for most of the week and the fact we need to have a voice. Per diems for one are lagging behind what it costs to eat a decent meal while on the road. The Commuter miles rule needs to be lifted in cases in which your supervisor calls you back to the office from a distant location. There are a few other issues that I can be supportive of.


Daniel Brennen, Chapter 17

Agency: Dept. of Transportation     Title: Highway Maintainer II
Years as a member:  2

Any current or past union titles or positions: Current – Chapter 17 President, Past councilor / steward

Additional experience, knowledge or special background that you have that you feel would be beneficial to the union during bargaining: Detail oriented and strong supporter of a common voice. I have drive to get people involved.

What are you hoping to learn and/or accomplish by being chosen to serve as a member of the executive branch bargaining team: The process and negotiations tactics to better our position as a union.


Corey Dearborn, Chapter 21

Agency: Juvenile Justice Services     Title: Youth Counselor III
Years as a member:  19+

Any current or past union titles or positions:  Chapter 21 Councilor. Union Steward (10 years).

Additional experience, knowledge or special background that you have that you feel would be beneficial to the union during bargaining: Sub-Unit Bargaining Team member. Labor Management Committee, Delegate to the 2016 Quadrennial National SEIU Convention, Fight for $15 Committee, Organizational Committee Ignite/MLA leader/trainer

What are you hoping to learn and/or accomplish by being chosen to serve as a member of the executive branch bargaining team: I am hoping to advocate for the nearly 10,000 state employees and negotiate the best contract that fairly represents the majority of our membership.


Dick de Seve, Chapter 50

Agency: NH Dept. of Environmental Services     Title: Compliance Supervisor
Years as a member:  18

Any current or past union titles or positions:  Chapter 50 President, Past Chapter Vice-president, Steward.

Additional experience, knowledge or special background that you have that you feel would be beneficial to the union during bargaining: Former attorney, member of 7 past bargaining teams, good listener, able to find and articulate support for bargaining positions.

What are you hoping to learn and/or accomplish by being chosen to serve as a member of the executive branch bargaining team: Learn what other employees seek in the contract, help formulate positive, attainable contract positions.


Alisa Druzba, Chapter 16

Agency: Dept. of Health and Human Services     Title: Administrator
Years as a member:  11

Any current or past union titles or positions: Most recent Master Bargaining Team

Additional experience, knowledge or special background that you have that you feel would be beneficial to the union during bargaining: I specialize in health policy, quality of care and access issues. I am very detail oriented and a good editor/proof reader. I am very good at facilitating discussions, working with diverse groups and resolving conflicts.

What are you hoping to learn and/or accomplish by being chosen to serve as a member of the executive branch bargaining team: I would like to build on my experience from the last Collective Bargaining Agreement. I would like to continue to learn more about the work and work environments of my fellow employees and how to support them.


Shelley Elmes, Chapter 40

Agency: Dept. Of Safety     Title: Title Examiner
Years as a member:  10

Any current or past union titles or positions: Former Board of Directors Executive Officer: Secretary, Chapter vice-president 6 years. Union Steward 6 years, Chapter councilor 6 years.

Additional experience, knowledge or special background that you have that you feel would be beneficial to the union during bargaining: Sub-unit bargaining team 5+ years for chapter 4.


Heather Fairchild, Chapter 16

Agency: Dept. of Health and Human Services     Title: Occupational Health/Safety/Wellness Coordinator
Years as a member:  20

Any current or past union titles or positions: Over the past 20 years I have held the following positions within the Union: Counselor, Chapter VP, Chapter President (currently), Director (currently); past member of the Poli-Ed committee and current co-chair of the Ethics Committee, of which I have been a member for several years. I am also a member of the DHHS Labor/Management Committee and have been for several years.

Additional experience, knowledge or special background that you have that you feel would be beneficial to the union during bargaining: My line of work has me in direct contact with front line employees, mid-managers and Commissioner level managers on a daily basis. I am an active member of the Health Benefits Committee Workgroup which helps formulate our benefits package each bargaining cycle. I have keen observational skills and am known for being pragmatic, rational and fair-minded.

What are you hoping to learn and/or accomplish by being chosen to serve as a member of the executive branch bargaining team: After 20 years of watching my fellow brothers and sisters within our Union go through the sometimes thankless process of creating a Collective Bargaining Agreement that we can all live with, I have decided it is about time for me to throw my hat in the ring. I hope to use my logical sensibilities and my insight into the health, safety and wellness concerns within our departments to help open the eyes of both the Union and States bargaining teams. I personally also hope to learn how to better work within a team that is striving for a common goal.


Marie Elaina Guthro, Chapter 19

Agency: NH Employment Security   Title: Certifying Officer 3
Years as a member:  15

Any current or past union titles or positions:  Master Bargaining Team, Chapter President, Councilor, Steward, Agency LMC

Additional experience, knowledge or special background that you have that you feel would be beneficial to the union during bargaining: Bargaining team experience, knowledge of what members need and want that I hope to accomplish.

What are you hoping to learn and/or accomplish by being chosen to serve as a member of the executive branch bargaining team: Hoping to give those who reached their pay grade limit a major voice.


Linda Huard, Chapter 19

Agency: NH Employment Security     Title: Adjudicator / Certifying Officer
Years as a member:  15

Any current or past union titles or positions: Steward 14 years, Councilor 14 years, NHES LMC 8 years, NHES Safety Committee 2 years, Executive LMC 7 years, Executive Health and Benefits Committee 10 years (5 years as the chairperson), Master Bargaining Team 9 years.

Additional experience, knowledge or special background that you have that you feel would be beneficial to the union during bargaining: Human resources background = 20 years

What are you hoping to learn and/or accomplish by being chosen to serve as a member of the executive branch bargaining team: To negotiate a fair and equitable contract for employees.


Justin Jardine, Chapter 255

Agency: Dept.Of Corrections     Title: Captain
Years as a member:  19

Any current or past union titles or positions: Current Chapter President; Former Chapter Vice President; Former Chapter Treasurer; 4-Time member of Master Bargaining Team w/ SEA; Former Head of Master Bargaining for NEPBA.

Additional experience, knowledge or special background that you have that you feel would be beneficial to the union during bargaining: I feel that my previous experience on the MBT helped me gain a comprehensive understanding of this process, and I look forward to representing the members of this union.

What are you hoping to learn and/or accomplish by being chosen to serve as a member of the executive branch bargaining team: I hope to carry out the will of the membership, and bring the members back the contract that they want and deserve.


Brent Ladman, Chapter 45

Agency: Dept. of Health and Human Services     Title: Family Service Specialist
Years as a member: 13

Any current or past union titles or positions: Prior SEA Steward to Chapter 4.

Additional experience, knowledge or special background that you have that you feel would be beneficial to the union during bargaining: Knowledge of NH politics, union history, healthcare reform and ongoing developments, close ties to union bargaining via close friend and president of the CUNY Graduate Center Union.

What are you hoping to learn and/or accomplish by being chosen to serve as a member of the executive branch bargaining team: I think being part of the collective bargaining team would be invaluable experience for future potential political endeavors, and I would like to assist SEA members in achieving contractual pay increases that are beneficial to the lower-rung of the labor grade schedule more than the top grades.


Kristen Marabella, Chapter 16

Agency: Dept. of Health and Human Services     Title: FSS II
Years as a member:  16

Any current or past union titles or positions:  Board of Directors Executive Officer -Secretary, Union Steward, Chapter Councilor, Master Bargaining Team Member, DHHS LMC, Fight for $15 Committee, Poli-Ed Committee.

Additional experience, knowledge or special background that you have that you feel would be beneficial to the union during bargaining: Master/Sub-unit bargaining Team, 2016 Delegate to SEIU Quadrennial Convention, Ignite/MLA Leader + Trainer.

What are you hoping to learn and/or accomplish by being chosen to serve as a member of the executive branch bargaining team: I am hoping to represent our entire membership in bargaining for the best contract we can get while also informing our membership of the process.


Kathy Minaert, Chapter 45

Agency: Dept. of Health and Human Services/Quality     Title: Program Planning & Review Specialist
Years as a member:  30

Any current or past union titles or positions: Councilor.

Additional experience, knowledge or special background that you have that you feel would be beneficial to the union during bargaining: I have been a supervisor, a manager, an administrator. I have worked in many areas of DHHS for the past 36 years.

What are you hoping to learn and/or accomplish by being chosen to serve as a member of the executive branch bargaining team: I am hoping to help the union move forward in protecting and advancing members.


Leah McKenna, Chapter 50

Agency:  Dept. of Environmental Services     Title: Supervisor VII
Years as a member:  12

Any current or past union titles or positions: I am currently a councilor, steward, and vice president of Chapter 50. I am a member of both the DES Labor Management Committee and State Level Labor Management Committee. Finally, I have been on the two previous master bargaining teams and am a member of the Collective Bargaining Advisory Committee.

Additional experience, knowledge or special background that you have that you feel would be beneficial to the union during bargaining: My organizational skills, my sense of humor, the fact that I don’t take things personally, and I’m not afraid of uncomfortable or in-your-face discussions. These usually garner the most progress. I’m comfortable playing Devil’s advocate to explore a topic further. I voice my opinions and opinions of members that I speak with. I am an active team member.

What are you hoping to learn and/or accomplish by being chosen to serve as a member of the executive branch bargaining team: I take a realistic view of what we can achieve at the bargaining table in the current climate. I work for incremental changes that will benefit current and future employees. I respect the process by showing up on time to all meetings, by engaging in sometimes contentious dialogue as a team member, by engaging with members and coworkers on the contract and soliciting ideas. I have no personal agenda on the team. I’d simply like the opportunity to work as part of the team again to negotiate a fair contract for State Employees.


John Morin, Chapter 255

Agency: Dept. Of Corrections     Title: Lieutenant
Years as a member:  20

Any current or past union titles or positions: Chapter 255 President, Chapter 255 Vice President, member of the SEA Master Bargaining Team.

Additional experience, knowledge or special background that you have that you feel would be beneficial to the union during bargaining: I have been a member of the last 3 SEA Master Bargaining Teams.

What are you hoping to learn and/or accomplish by being chosen to serve as a member of the executive branch bargaining team: Being a member of the team that can get the State Employee’s a fair and equitable contract.


Kenneth Muske, Chapter 19

Agency: NH Employment Security     Title: Interviewer
Years as a member:  10

Any current or past union titles or positions: Master Bargaining Team 2015-2016; Steward; Chapter 19 Treasurer; Counselor; Steward Committee; Finance Committee; Contract Bargaining Advisory Committee Employment Security Safety Committee; Employment Security Labor Management Committee;

Additional experience, knowledge or special background that you have that you feel would be beneficial to the union during bargaining: I have experience as a member of a number of non-profit boards of directors since retiring from the armed forces in 1991. I have served in the roles of treasurer, vice president and president on most of these boards at different times. My educational background includes a Bachelors in Engineering, a Master’s in Business Administration and a Master’s in Education.

What are you hoping to learn and/or accomplish by being chosen to serve as a member of the executive branch bargaining team: The union has to become more active and relevant in our actions towards management in our state agencies. Bargaining will be harder this year. We must recruit and negotiate some protections for our part time workers. If we do not in a number of years we will no longer be viable or represent the majority of state workers.


David Rys, Chapter 5

Agency: Dept. Of Information Technology     Title: Tech Support Specialist VI
Years as a member:  8

Any current or past union titles or positions: Councilor; Chapter President

Additional experience, knowledge or special background that you have that you feel would be beneficial to the union during bargaining: I have previously served on the Master Bargaining Team twice. I value being able to work with the team and negotiate with State’s representatives to provide a better contract for everyone.

What are you hoping to learn and/or accomplish by being chosen to serve as a member of the executive branch bargaining team: My hope is that as part of the team, I can assist in securing a contract to increase wages, address hiring shortages, and improve the work place environment.


Todd Sheehan, Chapter 24

Agency: Dept. of Corrections    Title: Supervisor Food Services
Years as a member:  29

Any current or past union titles or positions: I currently serve as Vice President of Chapter #24 and have also served as a councilor.

Additional experience, knowledge or special background that you have that you feel would be beneficial to the union during bargaining: NH-Certified Public Manager; Taken classes in Negotiation Techniques, Diversity, Understanding & Valuing Differences; Directly negotiate purchases & prices negotiations with vendors to process as opportunity buys — This is to ensure our department receives the best possible price.(This is different than simply making purchases off current state contracts as I must procure items at an even greater cost savings than the listed price on current state contracts offer; I’ve worked at both NHHS & NHDOC for the past 29 years. I’m well aware of the challenges faced by multiple state departments/agencies.

What are you hoping to learn and/or accomplish by being chosen to serve as a member of the executive branch bargaining team: To obtain the best possible contract for all members and their families of SEIU 1984; Help the team foster fresh ideas, value what’s truly important to our members. We need to approach negotiations from a perspective that’s not jaded and pre-conceived with the “this is the way it’s always been done” mindset; Present a contract to our membership for vote, that we all be truly proud of and reflects the work employees do daily from all state agencies; I have strong knowledge of what’s important to our members and what a great contract looks like and the perseverance to ensure we obtain nothing less for everyone.


Betty Thomas, Chapter 37

Agency: NH Employment Security     Title: Appeal Chairman
Years as a member:  29

Any current or past union titles or positions: Chapter president. Chapter councilor for many years. Union steward for 11 years. Director, SEA Board of Directors, 5 years 2nd Vice-President, SEA Board of Directors, 2 years.

Additional experience, knowledge or special background that you have that you feel would be beneficial to the union during bargaining: I have worked my way up in state service and am familiar with the struggles of all labor grades. As an appeal chairman, I am familiar with dealing with people in tense situations. I’m extremely detail oriented. As a steward for 11 years, I am very familiar with the CBA. I believe my unique skills would be an asset to the bargaining team.

What are you hoping to learn and/or accomplish by being chosen to serve as a member of the executive branch bargaining team: I hope to be able to use my skill set to work collaboratively with the bargaining team to obtain the best possible contract for the state’s most valuable asset, our employees.


Scott J. Winslow, Chapter 38

Agency: Adjutant General     Title: Firefighter
Years as a member:  4

Any current or past union titles or positions: Current Union Steward

Additional experience, knowledge or special background that you have that you feel would be beneficial to the union during bargaining: I have a BA in Communications & Rhetoric and have taken active roles within the union since joining just over four years ago. I truly enjoy the challenge of working with the state to make state employment more enjoyable and rewarding.

What are you hoping to learn and/or accomplish by being chosen to serve as a member of the executive branch bargaining team: On a local level I have helped in making large strides within my department through the establishment of an LMC, but I would like the opportunity to assist our union on a larger scale. Like all of us I have a vested interest in how our retirement works, insurance prices and benefits, etc. as well as concerns with what the state will be attempting to reduce or eliminate. Given the opportunity I would give my all to this bargaining committee and to the state employees’ it will effect.

 

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