Today, the Public Employee Labor Relations Board (PELRB) ruled 2–1 in opposition to SEA/SEIU Local 1984’s Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) filed against the state. We filed a ULP in disagreement with the state’s assertion all unions had to go to impasse after the Troopers and Teamsters declared.
At this time, we are reviewing all available options. The ultimate goal—as it has always been—is to get back to the bargaining table to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement for the dedicated state workforce.
“Our goal is to negotiate a contract that ensures we have the best possible workforce to serve the citizens of New Hampshire,” said Richard Gulla, President, SEA/SEIU Local 1984. “Our members—who plow our roads, keep our streets safe and care for our elderly and mentally ill—do important work. That’s why we filed this ULP. We need a contract that helps them do their jobs, take care of their families and keeps us competitive. Despite the PELRB’s decision, we will continue fighting for a contract on behalf of New Hampshire workers.”
In a dissenting opinion, former Sen. Mark Hounsell writes in favor of SEA/SEIU Local 1984, stating the State should be ordered back to the bargaining table to resume negotiations.
“…the State’s refusal to continue to meet the SEA and the NEPBA at the bargaining table to discuss common terms and conditions as demanded is a clear violation of the State’s bargaining obligations, and the State has committed an unfair labor practice as charged.”
While all five unions have approached collective bargaining from various angles, we are all in the same place in terms of reaching a contract deal.
We hope Gov. Sununu will work with us to get back to the table and provide a suitable contract for New Hampshire state employees.