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Once again, OSC helps Christmas happen

SEA/SEIU Local 1984 members pose for a photo during Truck Day 2017, when gifts collected through our Operation Santa Claus program are distributed to children across the state. You can see a gallery of photos here.

SEA/SEIU Local 1984 members pose for a photo during Truck Day 2017, when gifts collected through our Operation Santa Claus program are distributed to children across the state. You can see a gallery of photos here.

In the span of a few hours Wednesday morning, volunteers loaded gifts for more than 2,700 children in trucks to be delivered across the state.

Just like that, Christmas happened for thousands of children across the state.

Of course, there’s a bit more to it than that. Operation Santa Claus – a volunteer run group of SEA/SEIU Local 1984 members– is a massive community effort. Wednesday was OSC’s Truck Day, when a busload of National Guard troops joined OSC volunteers to load gifts into trucks. Guard troops then trucked the gifts to DHHS district offices, where they’ll be unloaded and sorted so caseworkers can get them to kids in time for the holiday. (You can see a gallery of photos from the event here)

Along with National Guard troops and our own volunteers, we were joined by special guests Executive Councilor Andru Volinsky, Adjutant General David Mikolaities, and Miss NH Lauren Percy. Our good friends at WMUR – who sponsor children themselves – were there to cover Truck Day, as well. (You can watch their report here) We appreciate all who took time out to be with us.

It’s tough to describe how much of a community effort Operation Santa Claus is. It’s a process that involves a lot of love, hundreds of DHHS caseworkers, thousands of sponsors, and a whole lot of time. Our volunteers – many of whom are retirees – give so generously of their time. Thanks to all of this, OSC again delivered for children around the state.

Drawing winner

For the last four years, OSC has held a drawing for some piece of high-tech gear – this year, it was a 50-inch television. We held the drawing at Truck Day on Wednesday, and the winner is:

Kathleen Weber, an SEA member at the Department of Environmental Services

Congratulations, Kathleen, and thank you to all who bought raffle tickets!

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Chapters holding elections in 2018

Chapter 1 – Retirees

Chapter 2 – Labor

Chapter 3 – DOT

Chapter 9 – Glencliff

Chapter 10 – Liquor Commission

Chapter 12 – Seabrook

Chapter 14 –  Manchester Community College

Chapter 17 – DOT

Chapter 20 – Concord area

Chapter 26 – Rochester

Chapter 29 – Great Bay Community Colelge

Chapter 30 – Plymouth State Teaching Lecturers

Chapter 32 – CCSNH adjunct faculty

Chapter 33 – Northern Correctional Facility

Chapter 35 – Derry Police Supervisors

Chapter 37 – Employment Security

Chapter 40 – State Police civilians

Chapter 41 – Seacoast regional

Chapter 43 – DRED – Franconia Notch State Park

Chapter 44 – Education

Chapter 49 – Franklin

Chapter 52 – Strafford Corrections

Chapter 56 – Belknap County

Chapter 57 – Littleton Police

Chapter 60 – Keene regional

Chapter 64 – Bedford Police

Chapter 67 – Derry PATE

Chapter 69 – Laconia

Chapter 70 – Hampton Highway Department

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Special election for Board of Directors

There will be a special election for the SEA/SEIU Local 1984 Board of Directors at the March Council meeting. The special election is needed to fill the seat vacated when John Hattan was elected Second Vice President. This election will fill out the remainder of a three-year term, which ends this fall.

Any interested candidates must submit a self-nomination form by no later than 5 p.m. on Feb. 6. The March Council meeting will be on Saturday, March 10.

A special election notice, which includes the self-nomination form, was sent to all eligible members. You can also find a pdf version on that form here.

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Reminder: Council meeting in Concord and Berlin

The SEA/SEIU Local 1984 December Council meeting is set for Monday, Dec. 11. The central location for the meeting is the DES auditorium at 29 Hazen Drive in Concord, but we’ll also have the satellite location available in Berlin at White Mountains Community College, in Room 137.

Our guest speaker for this meeting is Manchester’s Mayor-elect Joyce Craig.

If you’re attending in Concord, we’ll have a light dinner starting at 5:30 p.m., with the meeting starting at 7 p.m.

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Retirewise to return in January

Retirewise is scheduled to return to Concord early next year. Starting in January, SEA members will have access to a step-by-step approach to creating a realistic financial and retirement strategy.

The four-part course is scheduled for Jan. 9, 16, 23 and 30 from 6-8 p.m. at the SEA office, 207 N. Main St., Concord.

Click here to see the full flyer with more information

This series of workshops is co-sponsored by SEA and MetLife and helps members set goals and establish a retirement plan.

Space is limited, so reserve your place now by registering online.  

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Holiday open house pushed back to Jan.

Our annual holiday open house usually takes place in the month of December, but we’re pushing it back slightly this year to Wednesday, Jan. 3.

We typically invite a number of legislators, and that’s the next date the Legislature will be in session.

Instead of being a holiday open house, we’re dubbing it our New Year’s Celebration. Members and allies are invited to join us at the SEA office, 207 N. Main St., from 4:30-7:30 p.m. for food, drinks and good company as we look ahead at the year to come.

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Members can save on Monarchs tickets

MonarchsThe Manchester Monarchs are off to a hot start this season, and SEA/SEIU Local 1984 members can get great ticket deals on select games. Kids can even join the high-five tunnel in-between periods!

Tickets are $16 for adults (13+) and $12 for youth (12 and younger), and you can pick from six selected games – Dec. 31, Jan. 19, Feb. 11, March 3 and April 7. If you’ve never been to a Monarchs’ game, it’s a great family experience at an affordable price, right in the heart of downtown Manchester.

To find more information and order tickets, visit this website.

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2018 chapter election announcements

Some SEA/SEIU Local 1984 chapters will have elections in 2018, including Chapter 1. We’ve sent out election notices and self-nomination forms to all members of the affected chapters

Chapter 1 – retirees

A notice of chapter election/self-nomination form has been sent to members of Chapter 1. These self-nomination forms are due back by 5 p.m. Feb. 9. You can find that notice here.

The positions available include:

  • Vice president (one position)
  • Membership secretary (one position)
  • Recording secretary  (one position)
  • Councilor  (multiple positions)
  • Alternate councilor (multiple positions)
All other chapters

We’ve sent out election notices/nomination forms for all other chapters holding regular elections in 2018 (see the full list here). These self-nomination forms are due by 5 p.m. on Feb. 9. You can find that notice here.

The positions available include:

  • President
  • Vice president
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Councilor
  • Alternate councilor

You can read more about the role of different positions in each chapter in this downloadable PDF. 

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Thanksgiving Message from Pres. Gulla

Thanksgiving is a time for us all to gather together to reflect on all the last year has brought us. It’s a time to give thanks.

On this Thanksgiving, please allow me — on behalf of our Board of Directors and staff — to thank you for your dedication and tireless work to make New Hampshire a better place to live for working people and their families. Thank you to the men and women who are spending their holiday caring for our incarcerated, keeping our roadways clear and making sure our communities are safe. Our union—and our state—is better because of your dedication.

I’m proud of everything we’ve accomplished in the last year. Together, we’ve faced some incredible challenges. We’ve fought back.

SEA/SEIU Local 1984 President Rich Gulla

SEA/SEIU Local 1984 President Rich Gulla

But, it’s not over. This next year will bring forth a myriad of challenges for labor unions across the country. And no matter what we face, I want everyone across the Granite State to know we are stronger when we fight together. We are united.

I wish you all a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.

In unity,

Richard Gulla
President, SEA/SEIU Local 1984

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