Despite a driving snowstorm, voters headed to Town Meeting polls in communities around the state on Tuesday. To those who voted, we thank you. SEA/SEIU Local 1984 had several contracts on the ballot and at least two of our members were running for town office. Stan Freeda, Chapter 44, won election to the School Board in Farmington. In Hampton, voters approved a new contract for Public Works employees by a comfortable margin.
Last year (also during a snowstorm), voters rejected the Hampton contract, so this time around members there organized, held visibilities and built support for their contract. Sadly, voters in other communities didn’t approve the contracts we had on the ballot. This is a pitfall of the Town Meeting process, in which we must first negotiate a contract with the town, then win the approval of voters.
Another member running for office, Director Germano Martins, sadly didn’t win election Tuesday. He was running for Budget Committee in Hooksett, and fell around 60 votes short. We thank him and Stan Freeda for stepping forward to serve their communities. We already know they’re dedicated state employees, but this effort shows their dedication to public service knows no bounds.