As Governor Sununu Misleads on Bargaining Role, Dedicated Workers Wait for a Contract
Sen. Feltes, Rep. Bartlett stand in solidarity with state employees
October 19, 2017 – Concord, N.H. – Over the weekend, Gov. Sununu falsely claimed he couldn’t meet with members of SEA/SEIU Local 1984 – calling the union “disingenuous” and claiming the SEA is demanding he “bend the rules.”
“We don’t know what law or policies the governor believes he’s limited by, but as often has been the case with collective bargaining, he’s ignorant of his role in the process,” said Rich Gulla, SEA/SEIU Local 1984 President. “The governor continues to hide behind false pretenses instead of holding discussions with the state’s unions to attempt to fix labor relations in New Hampshire. The hiring and retention issue continues, and we’re now 110 days without a contract. The governor refuses to responsibly manage state employees—not only jeopardizing the welfare of employees who keep the state running—but the residents they serve.”
This morning, state employees and elected officials held a contract visibility outside the Department of Transportation to raise awareness of the 110 days state employees have worked without a contract.
“State employees do so much – people don’t realize how many services state employees provide,” said Christy Bartlett, State Representative, Merrimack 19. “It’s important the public sees us and understands how important it is for state employees to get a contract.”
“The failure to have a state contract is both bad fiscal management by the governor and sends a bad message when we need to attain and attract a workforce,” added District 15 State Senator, Dan Feltes.
About SEA/SEIU Local 1984
SEA/SEIU Local 1984 represents over 11,000 public and private-sector employees across the Granite State. First formed in 1940 as a social organization, the SEA won passage of New Hampshire’s Public Employee Labor Relations Law in 1975. Since then, the union has negotiated hundreds of contracts with state, county, municipal and private-sector employers. The SEA affiliated with the Service Employees’ International Union in 1984. With 2 million members, SEIU is the fastest-growing union in the Americas