On March 24, SEA/SEIU Local 1984 filed an unfair labor practice complaint against the state and Gov. Chris Sununu related to collective bargaining.
Our goal is simply this: to get the state to return to the bargaining table.
SEA President Rich Gulla made just that case in a video message to membership:
After our filing with the Public Employee Labor Relations Board (PELRB), Gov. Sununu’s office attempted to portray the dispute as one between unions, but that’s not the case.
“I said this last week and I’ll say it again: the position the state is taking is unprecedented,” said SEA President Rich Gulla. “We’ve never before been forced to go to impasse, and we don’t intend to do so now. We believe we should be able to sit down with the state and reach an agreement that is best for the state and its dedicated employees. We’re not ready to throw up our hands and declare impasse.”
Gov. Sununu’s team has until April 10 to formally file a response with the PELRB. The PELRB has scheduled a prehearing conference for April 21 and an adjudicatory hearing for May 11. The process will take a while to play out, so the hope is that the governor’s team changes its position and comes back to the table.
We’ll continue to provide updates on the process as it unfolds. You can see our complete press release and access a copy of the unfair labor practice complaint here.