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Committee Assignments 2018-19

The following lists the standing and ad hoc committees as adopted by the Board on November 2018.

To inquire about joining any of these committees, please contact the chair or call the union office.

Campaign for Public Good

Chair: Mikayla Bourque

Charge and Trial Board

Whenever charges are pressed against any member or the SEA, the charges are processed by the members of the Charge and Trial Board.

Chair: Melissa Kelleher

Collective Bargaining Advisory Committee

Studies, prepares and initiates all union policies and programs relative to collective bargaining.

Chair: Jim Nall

Constitution and By-Laws Committee

Studies and makes recommendations in regard to the union Constitution and all chapter by-laws.

Chair: Heather Fairchild

Convention Arrangements Committee

Makes arrangements for accommodations and program planning for the annual Convention.

Chair: Mary Fields

Communications Committee

Chair: Heather Fairchild

Conservative Member Committee

Chair: Dennis Etchells

Dispute Resolution

The association’s goal is to resolve disputes between members at the lowest possible level. All parties involved in a dispute that may result in the filing of formal charges are requested to exhaust all informal dispute resolution remedies before filing charges under this procedure.

Chair: Peter Brunette

Dues Assistance Committee

Accepts applications and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors on requests for dues assistance.

Chairs: Jim Nall

Electronic Voting

Chair: John Hattan

Ethics Committee

Reviews and oversees the union’s Code of Ethics.

Chairs: Peter Brunette

Financial Advisory Committee

Considers all requests for expenditures not included in the budget that are referred to it by the Board of Directors, and submits its recommendations to the Board of Directors. Reviews the fiscal practices of the Association and makes recommendations regarding investments, disbursements, and other management issues as to the finances of SEA. Prepares the annual budget for the Association and submits it to the Board of Directors for approval.

SEA Treasurer: Avis Crane

Grievance Committee

Chair: Mary Fields

Honorary Membership Committee

Reviews all persons recommended for honorary membership in the union.

Chair: Deb Wheeler

IT Committee

Chair: vacant

Lavender Caucus

Works to protect and empower our LGBTQ members through political and social activism. Members testify in support of legislation supporting LGBTQ rights and take part in public events around the state to raise awareness.

Chair: Mikayla Bourque

Member Benefits Committee

Maintains all member-benefit programs.

Chair: Philip Burt

Operation Santa Claus Committee

Coordinates the union’s fund raising efforts at Christmas time for needy children throughout the state.

Chair: Becky Baker

Organization Committee

Studies, prepares and carries out such activities as will build up the membership of the union. Responsible for all aspects of chapter formation, dissolution, and constitutional chapter meeting requirements.

Chair: John Hattan

Political Education Committee

Studies, prepares and initiates the political education and political action programs of the union.

Chair: John Hattan

Religious Objector Policy Committee

Chair: Germano Martins

Resolutions Committee

Studies all resolutions presented to the convention.

Chair: Germano Martins

Retirement Committee

Studies retirement laws of this state and such other matters affecting these laws.

Chair: vacant

Road Race Committee

Chair: Jennifer Day

Social Activities Committee

Develops the social activities of the union.

Chair: Becky Ladd

Steward Committee

Coordinates and plans steward training.

Chair: Kevin Muske

Informal Dispute Resolution

Chair: Heather Fairchild

Fight for $15.00

Chair: Cindy Perkins

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Next Council meeting set for Dec. 13

The next Council meeting of SEA/SEIU Local 1984 is set for Thursday, Dec. 13.

The meeting will be held at the SEA office, 207. N. Main St. Concord, with a remote location to be set up in Keene. Registration will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting will start at 7 p.m.

We’ll have more information to come.

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Members delivered on Election Day

Eight SEA members elected to state House of Representatives

As election results continue to come in, SEA/SEIU Local 1984 offers congratulations to its endorsed candidates and thanks to its members who stepped up to run for office and volunteered their time knocking on doors and making phone calls.

“Our members made thousands of phone calls and knocked on thousands of doors, and we clearly saw the results of their hard work with the results,” said SEA President Rich Gulla. “I also want to thank all of our members who ran for office, a majority of whom won, including Art Ellison, Diane Langley, Kathy Desjardin, Al Turcotte, Mary Heath, Connie Van Houten, Dianne Schuett and Sallie Fellows.”

All of this work reinforces SEA members’ commitment to serving the state of New Hampshire and making sure that our state works for everyone, not just a select few.

“We’re looking forward to working with the Governor and the new majorities in the state legislature to move our state forward on critical issues like securing better staffing at our state agencies, finally achieving a cost of living increases for retired state and local employees, and protecting access to affordable health care for all Granite Staters,” Gulla said.

We are also excited to be sending two pro-worker candidates to Congress with Annie Kuster and Chris Pappas and are confident they will represent working families well in Washington.

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Blood drive honoring Ken Roos set for Dec. 5

Ken Roos blood drive

Mark your calendar: SEA/SEIU Local 1984 is co-hosting a blood drive in honor of our late First Vice President Ken Roos on Wednesday, Dec. 5. The blood drive will take place at Temple Beth Jacob in Concord from 1-6 p.m.

You can click here to reserve a time slot for the blood drive.

Ken donated blood regularly and was also a Red Cross board member and volunteered in disaster recovery. We hope that you’ll join us in honoring Ken’s legacy by taking part in this drive.

If you’d like to help out in another way, you can send an email to atoland@seiu1984.org.

 

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78th annual SEA/SEIU Local 1984 Convention recap

President Rich Gulla swears in the newly elected members of the Board of Directors at the close of the 78th Annual Convention.

President Rich Gulla swears in the newly elected members of the Board of Directors at the close of the 78th Annual Convention. You can find a gallery of photos here.

On Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, the member leaders of SEA/SEIU Local 1984 met in Plymouth for the union’s 78th annual convention. The jam-packed one-day convention included the election of several members of the board and votes on numerous proposed constitutional amendments and resolutions.

The venue, the newly opened Barn on the Pemi, gave the proceedings the feel of a town hall meeting, with all the debate and political calls-to-action you’d expect at such a gathering. Elections were uncontested, though there was much thoughtful debate on the nine proposed amendments and six proposed resolutions. There were also some tears shed in memory of all those we’ve lost in the past year, including Ken Roos.  

Call to order and moment of silence

From the start, former First Vice President Ken Roos’ absence was felt. Roos, who died this summer after a brief illness, had served as the emcee – and chief planner – of the SEA’s yearly conventions. This year, Second Vice President John Hattan filled in ably at the lectern and directors chose to leave the late leader’s customary seat at the head table open.

Directors left an open seat at the table and placard for the late Ken Roos.

Directors left an open seat at the table and placard for the late Ken Roos.

Roos was one of many members to pass away in the year since the last convention, and all were honored with a moment of silence and video memorial.

Among the guests in attendance was Jodi Roos, Ken’s widow. A bit later in the day, President Rich Gulla presented Jodi with a posthumous award for Ken, for SEA’s outstanding member.

President Rich Gulla hugs Jodi Roos as he presents a posthumous award for her late husband, Ken.

President Rich Gulla hugs Jodi Roos as he presents a posthumous award for her late husband, Ken.

Elections

With no contested races for the Board of Directors, all candidates were officially elected by acclamation. Germano Martins and Mikayla Bourque were re-elected to the board, joined by Mike Derderian and Laura Drew, who were elected for the first time. Current Director Mary Fields was the sole candidate for first vice president and will serve the remainder of the term, which expires next fall..

There will be a special election in the coming months to fill the remainder of Fields’ term on the board (expiring next fall) as well as the private sector position on the board, for which there were no candidates.

Amendments and resolutions

The most lively debate of the day centered on proposed constitutional amendments. Of nine proposed amendments, four were approved, including one to create an associate membership. Here is a quick rundown of amendments, with links to the language as proposed:

Five out of six resolutions were approved on a single vote, as all dealt with retirement. The final resolution, dealing with collective bargaining policy, was rejected. Here is a rundown of resolutions, with links to the language as proposed:

Special guests

Senate candidate Bill Bolton, a longtime SEA member and Plymouth resident, welcomed delegates to the 78th Annual Convention.

Senate candidate Bill Bolton, a longtime SEA member and Plymouth resident, welcomed delegates to the 78th Annual Convention.

Members were treated to three special guest speakers, including one of our own members Bill Bolton, who’s currently running for Senate. Bolton welcomed delegates at the start of the day and his remarks focused on how his career as a state employee will make him a strong advocate for workers.

SEIU President Mary Kay Henry was among the guest speakers.

SEIU President Mary Kay Henry was among the guest speakers.

SEIU President Mary Kay Henry, visiting from Washington, D.C., was our second guest speaker. Henry noted she was making stops around the country to help get out the vote. Her stay in New Hampshire also included writing postcards to members who haven’t voted in recent elections and canvassing with Bolton on Sunday.

Former Sen. Molly Kelly, the SEA's recommended candidate for governor, addressed delegates.

Former Sen. Molly Kelly, the SEA’s recommended candidate for governor, addressed delegates.

Our final guest speaker was our endorsed gubernatorial candidate, Molly Kelly, who pledged to fight for workers’ rights and slammed the lack of leadership that left state employees without a contract for nearly a year. The common theme across all three speeches was simple: we need a state and a nation that works for all, not just the rich and powerful.

Awards

Chapter 44, the Department of Education, won chapter of the year.

Chapter 44, the Department of Education, won chapter of the year.

In addition to the outstanding member award, three other pieces of hardware were handed out. Dan Coughlin, of Chapter 70 (Hampton), won the Charlie Stevens Award for chapter president of the year. Dennis Etchells, of Chapter 47 (Department of Fish and Game), won the Ray Proulx Award for Political Action, and the members of Chapter 44 took home the award for chapter of the year. We congratulate all of our award winners and thank them for their service to their union.

Closing

President Rich Gulla asks for a "second" on the motion to adjourn convention.

President Rich Gulla asks for a “second” on the motion to adjourn convention.

After delegates voted on resolutions in the afternoon and the newly elected directors took the oath of office, President Rich Gulla gaveled the 78th annual convention to a close.

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Endorsement: Chynoweth for Executive Council

Executive Council candidate Gray Chynoweth, fourth from left, poses for a photo with SEA member leaders including President Rich Gulla (third from left).

Executive Council candidate Gray Chynoweth, fourth from left, poses for a photo with SEA member leaders including President Rich Gulla (third from left).

On Wednesday, the SEA/SEIU Local 1984 Board of Directors announced its endorsement of Gray Chynoweth for Executive Council in District 4. As an accomplished business and community leader, understands how to use his business acumen to serve the needs of New Hampshire residents.

“Gray’s innovative ideas and impressive background are what New Hampshire needs at this moment,” said SEA President Richard Gulla. “I know we can trust him to place the needs of New Hampshire residents over partisan politics.”

The 4th district includes the cities and towns of Allenstown, Auburn, Barrington, Bedford, Bow, Candia, Chichester, Deerfield, Epsom, Goffstown, Hooksett, Lee, Londonderry, Loudon, Northwood, Nottingham, Pembroke, Pittsfield, and Manchester.

“The men and women of the SEA help provide essential services that make our communities strong,” Chynoweth said. “As an Executive Councilor, I will always stand with working families to make sure state government is working for them, that they are being treated fairly and that they have a seat at the table. If we do that and focus on innovative and common sense solutions, New Hampshire will be a stronger place.”

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Job posting: Internal organizer

Come join our team!

We’re currently seeking qualified applicants for an internal organizer. If you’ve got a background in organizing and an interest in empowering workers, this opportunity is for you.

You can find the full posting on our employment page. The closing date for the position is Nov. 5.

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2018 General Election recommendations

SEA/SEIU Local 1984 has recommended candidates up and down the ballot in the upcoming General Election on Tuesday, Nov. 6. You can enter your street address in the tool below to see all of the candidates we’ve recommended in your district. You can find our full list of recommendations at the bottom of this page.

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The following is our complete list of endorsements in the 2018 General Election.
You can read more about our endorsement process here.

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Endorsement: Donovan for Senate District 7

Mason Donovan

Mason Donovan

The SEA/SEIU Local 1984 Board of Directors on Thursday announced its endorsement of Mason Donovan for state Senate in District 7, noting that Donovan’s experience and background make him the best fit to represent the district in Concord.

“We are proud to endorse Mason Donovan for the New Hampshire State Senate District 7,” SEA/SEIU Local 1984 President Rich Gulla said. “Our state will benefit from Mason’s experience in local government and business, and his dedication to public service mirrors that of our membership. We are confident Mason is the right choice who’ll always put people first.”

Senate District 7 includes the cities of Laconia and Franklin and the towns of Andover, Belmont, Canterbury, Gilford, Northfield, Salisbury, Webster and Boscawen, where Donovan currently resides.

“I’m proud to receive the support of SEA/SEIU Local 1984 and its hard-working members,” Donovan said. “Working people need a strong advocate in Concord and I’m ready to get to work to ensure no one is left behind.”

You can read about the our political endorsement process here.

 

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Candidates for Board of Directors 2018

Delegates to the 2018 SEA/SEIU Local 1984 convention will be asked to vote on candidates for numerous positions on the Board of Directors. The following candidates submitted self-nomination forms by the deadline of Sept. 20, ensuring their names will be printed on the ballot. Nominations are accepted from the floor, however those members nominated from the floor would need to run as write-in candidates.

1st Vice President

(One position for the remainder of two-year term)

Mary Fields

Chapter 45

Mary Fields

Mary Fields

Remarks about other activities or qualifications: I have served on the Board of Directors for over 3 1/2 years. I’m currently the VP for chapter 45 and was previously the President for the chapter. I’m the labor chair for the DHHS LMC and also sit on 2 other LMCs. I’ve been a steward for over 10 years and have served on various committees.


Director

(State, three positions, three-year term)

Germano Martins

Chapter 45

Germano Martins

Germano Martins

Remarks about other activities or qualifications: I have been a SEA member 30 years. I am currently member of the Political Education Committee, Retirement Committee, and serve as chair of the Resolutions Committee. I served at NH Retirement System as Trustee, 10 years, serving at the Member Benefits Committee, Legislative Committee and Audit Committee. I also serve as Board member at the International Institute of New England in Manchester, and as Board member at the Healthcare for the Homeless Clinic at New Horizons Homeless Shelter in Manchester. I believe it is our job to fight for an economy that works for everyone, not just the millionaires.

Mike Derderian

Chapter 54

Mikayla Bourque

Chapter 37

Remarks about other activities or qualifications: I would like to serve on the board again. I feel I can bring forward a different view.


Director

(Private sector, one position, three-year term)

No self-nominations


Director

(County and municipal, one position, three-year term)

Laura Drew

Chapter 52

Laura Drew

Laura Drew

Remarks about other activities or qualifications: I’m hoping to be part of and learn more about employee rights in the workplace. To be part of enacting change for the betterment of employees. I’m an avid supporter of employee rights and ability to directly address workplace concerns. I’m a Labor Management Committee member who encourages staff and administration communications to provide a healthy work environment. Also: Safety Committee member. Veteran. Participate in charity organizations such as Special Olympics and volunteer at Veterans for Child Rescue (V4CR) as a F.A.S.T Leader in Maine (also covering NH).  Recipient of the Meritorious Service Award, Life Saving and Officer of the Year. Instructor at NH Corrections Academy. American Jail Association Certified Jail Officer, CJO.

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