New discount: Save 15% at


Just in time for mud season, we’re happy to offer a new discount to SEA/SEIU Local 1984 members – 15 percent off at The website specializing in work footwear, apparel and equipment from brands including Carhartt, Dickies, Timberland Pro and Wolverine.

SEA members receive a 15 percent discount to, excluding sale and clearance items. To get the discount code, you’ll need to call 1-636-680-8051.

You can see our full list of member discounts here.

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Learn Excel at skill-sharing session

The Campaign for Public Good will present a skill-sharing session on Microsoft Excel on Wednesday, March 13, at 5:30 p.m. at the SEA office, 207 N. Main St., Concord.

This introductory session will be led by Director Mikayla Bourque of NH Employment Security. Members are asked to bring their own laptop. If you have a specific need or question, you can email


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Retiree releases book, to take part in discussion

Kate McGovern

Kate McGovern

Retiree Kate McGovern, a longtime active SEA member, recently released a book on the Lean Process, which she spent years teaching about as an instructor at the state’s Bureau of Education and Training. McGovern is the guest at the next edition of Coffee & Conversations at the UNH School of Law on Wednesday, March 20.

The event starts at 8:15 a.m. for refreshments and networking, followed by the presentation and discussion at 8:30. You can RSVP by emailing

You can read more about the state’s Lean Process program here.

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What’s a freerider?

After the adverse ruling in Janus v AFSCME, it is up to all of us to ensure a stronger union. This includes making sure your coworkers are members. Watch this video to learn just how important being a member is and make sure you share it with your coworkers.


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Council meeting is set for March 14

The next Council meeting of SEA/SEIU Local 1984 is set for Thursday, March 14, at the SEA office, 207. N. Main St. Concord. Registration begins at 6 p.m. and the meeting will start at 6:30. There will be no remote location.

Guest speakers will include Administrative Services Commissioner Charlie Arlinghaus, Deputy Commissioner Cassie Keane and Director of Personnel Lorrie Rudis, as well as House Speaker Steve Shurtleff and Senate Majority Leader Dan Feltes.

A reminder to chapter presidents that you and your Councilors are constitutionally responsible to attend Council meetings. Please also inform your chapter’s members that they are encouraged to attend Council Meeting at any time in a non-voting capacity. We’ll see you on the 14th.

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The Organizer

Our organizers have put together a monthly paper newsletter to be distributed during their routine worksite visits for members. You can download a a pdf version here.

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Housing aid available for veterans

Know a veteran in need of affordable housing? The Community Loan Fund based in NH is encouraging anyone with veteran status who may need low-cost housing to contact Jen Hopkins at 1-603-856-0714.

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Retirewise can help you plan for retirement

The program is offered free for SEA/SEIU Local 1984 members and their spouses

The popular Retirewise workshop series, presented by MetLife and SEA/SEIU Local 1984, is set to return this March in Concord. The four-part series, which is free for SEA members and spouses, will help you create a realistic plan for retirement.

The series begins March 20 and continues over the following three weeks. Since space is limited, you’ll want to act quickly and sign up today.

You can register for the series and find more information here.

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Run, walk and raise money for OSC

SEA 5K 2019

SEA 5K returns in April with a new fundraising component

The 2019 SEA 5K Road Race and Fitness Walk is back on Saturday, April 6, and as always, the event is a fundraiser for our Operation Santa Claus program. The big change for 2019 is that participants can solicit donations for OSC in support of their participation.

Whether you plan to run or walk, you’ll get your own fundraising page. You can then use the included fundraising tools to ask your friends, colleagues and family to support your participation. Our overall fundraising goal is $5,000, and all proceeds go to the SEA’s Operation Santa Claus, which helps provide gifts for 3,000 children around the state every Christmas. You can also help us reach our fundraising goal by making a direct donation at

The SEA 5K, now in its 26th year, is presented by SEA/SEIU Local 1984 and is a fundraiser for Operation Santa Claus. The course runs through the State Office Park East on Hazen Drive in Concord. The SEA 5K is the second race in the Capital Area Race Series.

There’s always an element of friendly competition among SEA members in this race, and this year we’ve issued a challenge to chapter presidents to step up, form a team and see who can raise the most money. Operation Santa Claus is run entirely by SEA member volunteers, and it requires a lot of fundraising to keep it going. Our hope is, with your help, we can make this event into our biggest fundraiser for OSC.

You can sign up for the race at

2019 SEA 5K information
Saturday, April 6
Start time: 10 a.m.
Cost: Adult ($22); SEA member ($20); student ($18); youth under 10 (free)
Sign up: Register online at

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SEA, other unions declare impasse with state

On Tuesday, SEA/SEIU Local 1984 and all other unions that represent state employees declared impasse in negotiations with the state over a new contract. The sides had been negotiating for months, however Gov. Chris Sununu’s team remained rigid with proposals seeking more concessions from state employees.

“The economy of New Hampshire is stronger than it’s been in years – something Gov. Chris Sununu celebrates regularly – but our experience bargaining with the state does not reflect or acknowledge that reality,” said SEA President Rich Gulla said. “In response, our state’s workforce continues to see issues with hiring and retention.”

James Nall, co-chair of the SEA’s bargaining team along with Leah McKenna, echoed President Gulla’s statement and noted that the team worked hard to craft proposals grounded in reality.

“Our bargaining team laid out thoroughly researched proposals that would benefit not just state employees, but most importantly, the people that they serve every day,” Nall said. “What we saw from Gov. Sununu’s team in negotiations were unrealistic, concessionary proposals that would harm state employees’ ability to deliver on their mission.”

The bargaining team will present a detailed explanation of what led to impasse during a meeting of the Bargaining Senate on Thursday night, immediately after the Special Convention that is set to start at 7 p.m. at 29 Hazen Drive in Concord.

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