SEA/SEIU Local 1984 issued the following press release after filing an unfair labor practice complaint against the state of New Hampshire.
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SEA/SEIU Local 1984 files unfair labor practice complaint
Union asking state to return to bargaining table
Concord, N.H. – March 24, 2017 – This morning, SEA/SEIU Local 1984 filed an unfair labor practice complaint against the state of New Hampshire and Gov. Chris Sununu with the N.H. Public Employee Labor Relations Board (PELRB). The SEA is asking the state to return to the bargaining table and continue negotiating a new contract on behalf of the state employees it represents.
Recently, a problem arose between the state, the SEA and the other unions who represent state employees during coalition bargaining. Two other unions felt they could not proceed and declared an impasse in negotiations. Despite this, the SEA did not declare impasse and sought to continue with contract talks. However, Gov. Sununu’s bargaining team asserted that because some union teams declared impasse, all the union teams must go to impasse. As a result, contract talks came to a complete halt during a critical time in the state’s budget process.
“It boils down to this fact: we’d like to continue negotiations on our next contract,” said SEA President Richard Gulla. “The position Gov. Sununu’s administration has taken is unprecedented. Our bargaining team is eager to return to negotiations to continue to fight for the rights of New Hampshire workers.”
“The SEA disagrees with the state team’s actions and sees their refusal to continue negotiations as a violation of the law. It is for this reason the SEA has filed the complaint with the labor board.”