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Union pride, on loan from Arkansas

DHHS main building

Members of Chapter 45, including Roxanne Hunter and her sister visiting from Arkansas, posed for a union pride photo last week.

Last Thursday we saw a whole lot of union pride on display, and it wasn’t just pride in SEA/SEIU Local 1984.

When members of Chapter 45 (DHHS) gathered for a photo at the Main Building, there were a couple of unions represented. Member Roxanne Hunter brought along her sister Valeri Rodriguez, who’s a grand lodge representative for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

“She’s here visiting from Arkansas, and she’s big into her union,” Hunter said. “I was actually on vacation too, because she was visiting, but I told her I was going to come in and left it up to her.”

There’s a lot to love about this story. 1. That Hunter came in for a show of union pride and solidarity while on vacation (1-A being that Hunter brought her adorable dog, Starski, too). 2. That even 1,500 miles from home, Rodriguez was happy to take the opportunity to show her pride in being a union member. Thanks to both of you this gesture, and thanks to 2nd Vice President Tammy Clark for relaying this story to us.

Tomorrow, and every Thursday until the Executive Branch gets a new contract, we’ll be continuing with our union pride days. Be sure to wear your SEIU purple and a button or sticker. If you still need a button or sticker, you can request one at bit.ly/SEAbuttonOrder. If you haven’t already, send along a picture to comms@seiu1984.org, tweet at us at @seiu1984 or post it on our Facebook page.

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2017 Board of Directors candidates

This is a running list of candidates for officer and director for the SEA/SEIU Local 1984 Board of Directors. The election will be held at the annual convention in October. You can find more information on convention, including self-nomination forms, here.

President

One position  two-year term

Rich Gulla
“I am writing to tell you that I am excited to run for another term as your President. I am grateful for the confidence you have shown me.
We are living in uncertain times, with challenging state legislators, a Governor who does not recognize the worth of workers, and a Federal government that is in disarray. We are building a flexible organization that will be ready to face these challenges. I feel confident I am the person to lead us through what lies ahead. I am so very proud of your leadership and what we have done together in three short years. I ask for your vote and continued support.”

 

First Vice President

One position  two-year term

Ken Roos (Chapter 16)
“I would appreciated the opportunity of serving the membership of our growing union if you elect me to another term as your First Vice President. I am a strong voice for those who feel they don’t have a voice!”

 

Second Vice President

One position  two-year term

Tammy Clark (Chapter 45)
“Member since 2002, held many leadership roles including chapter president, councilor, steward, Director for BOD, Secretary for BOD and 2nd VP, current role. Would like to continue to work toward the 10-year vision to grow our union.”

 

Secretary

One position  two-year term

Cindy Perkins (Chapter 37)
“1) I can spell and use traditional grammar. 2) I have kept minutes on an as-needed basis and I take pride in being accurate and very quick. Minutes shall be completed and submitted within one week of each meeting to allow for review at leisure.”

 

Dawn O’Brien (Chapter 2)
“I am proficient in transcribing, spelling, and use of traditional/non-traditional (slang, abbreviations) grammar. My proficiency with Microsoft Office excels standards as I use these programs daily. I will do my best to ensure that all minutes for the meetings will be transcribed, reviewed and submitted within 3-4 days of each meeting to allow ample time for the committee’s review. I have been a part of a very active union family for 10 and I believe that this background provides me with the knowledge needed for a successful and resourceful Union Board Member.”

 

Treasurer

One position – two-year term

Avis Crane (Chapter 5)

 

Director – state

Three positions  three-year term

James Nall (Chapter 9)
“Chairman master barg. Exec. Branch – Ch 9 VP – steward – Chairman Dues Assistance – Board Director – Chairman state LMC – Member Health Benefits Comm. – Councilor.”

 

Phillip Burt (Chapter 45)
“I believe I possess these qualities and why I want to serve as a Director: Integrity, decisiveness, commitment, willingness to listen, remaining open and engaging and will ask and seek out information. I learn from my mistakes. I am committed to our mission our objectives and our members. As a long time member, activist, public employee I am certain I have the skills and knowledge to serve in standard you would expect from a Director on the Board.”

 

Corey Dearborn (Chapter 21)
“Union steward, Chapter 21 vice president and councilor, worksite LMC, current B.O.D., Fight for $15 committee, Master Bargaining Team, Sub-Unit Bargaining Team, C.A.T. member, delegate to the 2016 Quadrennial. Being on the Board of Directors was very important to me. I enjoyed being a part of the leadership of our union. I believe I’m a strong voice for our membership and will always fight for what’s right.”

 

Director – CCSNH

One position – three-year term

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SEA Statement on Transgender Military Ban

Following President Trump’s announcement of banning transgender Americans from military service on July 26, 2017, President Rich Gulla released the following statement.

SEA/SEIU Local 1984 condemns the remarks made by President Trump this morning. Anyone who signs up to risk their life for their country should be respected, not discriminated against. Policy based on bigotry has no place in 2017 – and we stand in solidarity with transgender Americans both here in New Hampshire and across the county.

Any SEA member who wishes to be involved in promoting LGBTQ rights, please contact Mikayla Bourque, Chairman of the Lavender Caucus at mikayla.j.bourque@nhes.nh.gov.

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Contract Buttons

 

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Respect button | H: 1.77″ W: 2.75″

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Proud to be Union button | H: 2″ W: 2″

 

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Bargaining bulletin July 20, 2017

Once the state budget was approved, legislators headed off to summer vacation. The thing everyone seems to have forgotten is that state employees never got a contract. Gov. Chris Sununu continues to say no to state employees – the people he depends on every day to keep New Hampshire running.

State employees deserve a fair contract, and we will continue to fight until we get one. Here’s a brief update on where we are, what we’ve been doing so far, and most importantly, how you can get involved.

Where we are now. Bargaining with the state is currently in the “fact-finding” phase. Fact-finding comes when negotiations and mediation fail to yield a contract agreement. In fact-finding, each side provides arguments to a neutral party, who in turn prepares a report that each side can either support or reject. If either side rejects that report, then it’s back to negotiations. You can see a visual representation of this process here.

What we’ve been doing. Our contract expired on June 30. And while most of the terms and conditions remain in effect, our bargaining team has continued to work to get a contract – first through mediation and now in preparing for fact-finding. We’ve held calls with contract action team members (CAT), are developing visibility events and planning Union Pride days in your worksite. We’ve ordered buttons for these Union Pride days. In addition, President Gulla has been vocal about Gov. Sununu’s unwillingness to cooperate with state employees. See Pres. Gulla’s interview with the Union Leader here. See his video statement here.

 

What’s next (how you can take action). We need to keep the pressure up on Gov. Sununu, and to do that, we need as many members involved as possible. Here’s how to help.

  1. Join the contract action team (CAT) at http://bit.ly/catSEA.
  2. Tell us (and Gov. Sununu) why getting a fair contract is important to you at http://bit.ly/SEAstory.
  3. Commit to stand with SEA/SEIU Local 1984 and fight for a fair contract. Paper forms have been distributed during worksite visits, or you can sign up online at http://bit.ly/seaaction.
    See the individuals who have already committed to fight.

We have a long road ahead of us, but as always, we’re committed to fight for you. Thank you for your continual hard work and service to the state of New Hampshire.

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OSC Garden Dedication

On July 17, SEA/SEIU 1984 President Rich Gulla held a garden dedication ceremony on 207 North Main Street in Concord to Operation Santa Claus.

For over 50 years, Operation Santa Claus (OSC) has provided New Hampshire’s most vulnerable children with gifts during the holiday season. Starting with delivering gifts to 14 children when the program began in 1960, OSC now provides gifts to more than 3,000 children over the holidays.

President Rich Gulla and the Operation Santa Claus Committee

President Rich Gulla and the Operation Santa Claus Committee

Individuals recognized at the ceremony were Becky Baker, Chair of the Operation Santa Claus committee and Phil Burt, Chapter 45 President. Chapter 45 will maintain the garden.

About Operation Santa Claus 
Operation Santa Claus is a non-profit organization run by members of the State Employees’ Association/SEIU Local 1984. The program began in 1960 when Councilors from the State Employees’ Association voted to help children in need during the holidays. In December of that year, fourteen children received gifts delivered by State Troopers. Over the years, the program has grown exponentially and now provides gifts to more than 3,000 NH children over the holidays.

OSC Adopt a Spot sign on 207 N. Main Street

OSC Adopt a Spot sign on 207 N. Main Street

The success of the OSC program is due to the generous efforts of individuals throughout the state of NH. Employees at many state agencies, individuals, and businesses sponsor children and families each year. If you have participated in the program before, we thank you and hope you will be able to help out again. If you have not helped before, there are no words to describe how good you will feel when you shop for your sponsored child(ren) or write that check.

Learn more about OSC here.

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Ken Muske Joins SEA Board of Directors

Ken Muske and SEA/SEIU Local 1984 President Richard Gulla

Ken Muske and SEA/SEIU Local 1984 President Richard Gulla

Ken Muske, of Chapter 37 is the newest member of the SEA Board of Directors. Muske won in a special election during a quarterly meeting of the Council on June 8.

Muske was one of four candidates for the position, filling a seat vacated when Cindy Sanborn-Dubey moved out of state. Muske serves as a steward at his workplace, Employment Security based in Portsmouth.

Welcome, Ken!

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SEA Hires Communications Administrator

Lauren Smith has joined the management of SEA/SEIU Local 1984 as communications administrator

Lauren Smith has joined the management of SEA/SEIU Local 1984 as communications administrator

Concord, N.H. – July 11, 2017 — SEA/SEIU Local 1984 announced this week the hiring of Lauren Smith as communications administrator.

Smith, who joined the organization in May, has a background in corporate, nonprofit and crisis communications. She will lead the union’s communications department – managing member communication and political messaging.

“I’m thrilled to join the organization that represents so many hard-working Granite Staters,” said Smith. “Members of SEA/SEIU Local 1984 keep our state running – from the Department of Transportation to the Department of Corrections to New Hampshire Hospital. It’s an honor to be a part of the team fighting for the individuals who support everyone in the state.”

Prior to joining SEA, Smith worked for public relations agencies in Portsmouth, N.H. and Minneapolis, Minn. A Midwest native, she attended Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, earning a B.A. in both advertising and history.

“Lauren’s talent and natural affinity in communication strategy have already been a huge asset to our organization,” said SEA/SEIU Local 1984 President Rich Gulla. “In the last few years, we’ve seen remarkable amounts of anti-labor legislation. I’m excited to see her thoughtfulness and insight in leading our union through this era of misinformation.”

About The State Employees’ Association/SEIU Local 1984
SEA/SEIU Local 1984 represents over 10,000 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.

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Coverage Update – 3-D Mammograms

This Coverage Update is to inform you that effective June 6, 2017, Anthem BlueCross BlueShield of New Hampshire began covering the 3-D-digital mammograms for members of the State of New Hampshire Anthem BlueCross BlueShield medical plan.

Under the State’s Anthem plan, the cost of a mammogram is not subject to your deductible, nor should you be balanced billed for the service. If you have been billed for a mammogram, contact Anthem Member Services at (800) 933-8415 for more information.

Please note the following:

  • For members covered under the Point of Service (POS) plan: Services are covered up to the Maximum Allowable Benefit (MAB). Network providers agree to accept the MAB as payment in full. However, if you receive services from a non-network provider, under Self-Referred benefits, it is your responsibility to pay the difference between the MAB and the provider’s charge.
  • Members can log on to their Anthem.com personal account to view the Explanation of Benefits (EOB) for the mammogram claim to determine how the claim was processed. As a reminder, an EOB is not a bill.
  • Members can always contact Anthem Member Services at (800) 933-8415 for any questions related to their State of New Hampshire medical benefits.
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July 3, 2017 – SEA Office Closing at 1 p.m.

fireworks-227383_1280To celebrate our hard-working staff, the SEA/SEIU Local 1984 office will close today at 1 p.m. for the holiday. Our office will reopen on Wednesday, July 5 at 8 a.m. If you need immediate assistance during this time, please contact President Rich Gulla at 603.856.4463.

Happy Independence Day!
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