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.
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.
President, SEA/SEIU Local 1984
If you need health insurance coverage for 2018, the open enrollment period for 2018 ACA Marketplace insurance plans runs from November 1 through December 15, 2017.
This is a shorter enrollment period than in previous years, so it’s important to act quickly. If you don’t pick a plan by December 15, you may be unable to receive coverage for 2018, unless you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period during the coming year.
It’s more important than ever to shop around due to premium increases and fewer available plans for 2018. As a result, many previous enrollees may find they need to select a new plan, which makes doing research into the best plan available vastly important.
Despite these rising premiums, many consumers will be eligible for even more generous Marketplace subsidies than before, helping to make coverage affordable.
SEA members and their families who need help enrolling in a plan or have questions about the process may contact our in-house enrollment specialist, Chris Porter (firstname.lastname@example.org).
(The general public can find trained professionals to help with the enrollment process at localhelp.healthcare.gov)
SEA/SEIU Local 1984 is proud to be a part of efforts designed to protect and advance health care coverage. All Americans should have access to quality, affordable health care.
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Chapter 1 member Alan Goode was elected chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Manchester Transit Authority. Goode has been a member of the board since 2013.
Goode, a native of Manchester, served as a senior insurance examiner/regulator for the New Hampshire Insurance Department for 37 years before his retirement in 2013. Before serving the state and his city, he also served his country as a 1st lieutenant in the U.S. Army field artillery.
The Manchester Transit Authority was established by the state of New Hampshire on May 1, 1973. The Transit Authority operates both fixed route and pupil transportation for the City of Manchester. The Manchester Transit Authority’s bus service travels throughout Manchester, providing connections to Nashua and Concord for commuters.
What’s your whole life story look like?
October was National Retirement Security Month, but it’s not too late to acquaint yourself with the NH Deferred Compensation Plan. This year, Retirement Security Month encouraged workers to take the long view, looking at your whole life story.
Enrollment in the Deferred Compensation Plan is easier than ever. You can find an enrollment form here.
Find more information about the Deferred Compensation Plan online at www.nhdp.com.
BARTLETT — On Saturday, Oct. 28, at the 77th annual convention of SEA/SEIU Local 1984, union members returned President Rich Gulla to office for another two-year term.
At the union’s annual convention, held at Attitash Grand Summit in Bartlett, members also elected four officers and four directors to the organization’s board. Gulla, who has led the organization through local and national fights, said he was eager to continue fighting.
“We’ve been through a lot in the last few years, but we’re not done,” Gulla said. “We’re fighting on a lot of fronts – for a new state contract, to maintain health benefits for retirees, and to fend off attacks on public employees, to name a few. I’m humbled to be able to help lead this organization through those challenges and what’s to come.”
The other officers and directors elected include Ken Roos (First Vice President), John Hattan (Second Vice President), Avis Crane (Treasurer), Cindy Perkins (Secretary), Jim Nall (Director), Phil Burt (Director), Corey Dearborn (Director) and Sylvie Pratte (Director – CCSNH).
“These men and women have shown their dedication to our union and our state in their decades of service,” Gulla said. “For those who’ve served before, I thank you for your continued dedication. For those who are new to the board, I’m excited for you to join us in advocating for working people across New Hampshire.
About SEA/SEIU Local 1984
SEA/SEIU Local 1984 represents over 11,000 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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On Wednesday morning, SEA/SEIU Local 1984 President Rich Gulla joined CCSNH Chancellor Ross Gittell and Paul Holloway, the chairman of the CCSNH board of trustees, to sign the recently ratified contracts for the CCSNH staff and adjunct faculty.
For our adjunct faculty members, the contract brings a wage increase of more than 10 percent over the life of the contract, including a raise that’s retroactive to the spring semester. The staff contract includes two wage increases: one increase of $0.75 to all hourly rates effective immediately and another 3 percent increase effective Sept. 28, 2018.
Each unit will see numerous beneficial changes, as well. For adjunct faculty, the credit cap has now been extended to 12 credits per semester and CCSNH now recognizes that the contract applies to adjuncts during summer semester. Staff will see health insurance plans remain the same for the next two years, and the insurance buy-out rates will increase. In addition, the dental insurance coverage will increase by $300 per person.
Both of these contracts are the result of a lot of hard work by our bargaining teams. They deserve our thanks and appreciation for a job well done. Thank you, as well, to the CCSNH teams. These agreements show that when you’re focused on finding common ground, everyone wins.
As Governor Sununu Misleads on Bargaining Role, Dedicated Workers Wait for a Contract
Sen. Feltes, Rep. Bartlett stand in solidarity with state employees
October 19, 2017 – Concord, N.H. – Over the weekend, Gov. Sununu falsely claimed he couldn’t meet with members of SEA/SEIU Local 1984 – calling the union “disingenuous” and claiming the SEA is demanding he “bend the rules.”
“We don’t know what law or policies the governor believes he’s limited by, but as often has been the case with collective bargaining, he’s ignorant of his role in the process,” said Rich Gulla, SEA/SEIU Local 1984 President. “The governor continues to hide behind false pretenses instead of holding discussions with the state’s unions to attempt to fix labor relations in New Hampshire. The hiring and retention issue continues, and we’re now 110 days without a contract. The governor refuses to responsibly manage state employees—not only jeopardizing the welfare of employees who keep the state running—but the residents they serve.”
This morning, state employees and elected officials held a contract visibility outside the Department of Transportation to raise awareness of the 110 days state employees have worked without a contract.
“State employees do so much – people don’t realize how many services state employees provide,” said Christy Bartlett, State Representative, Merrimack 19. “It’s important the public sees us and understands how important it is for state employees to get a contract.”
“The failure to have a state contract is both bad fiscal management by the governor and sends a bad message when we need to attain and attract a workforce,” added District 15 State Senator, Dan Feltes.
About SEA/SEIU Local 1984
SEA/SEIU Local 1984 represents over 11,000 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
To review the updated tentative agreement for CCSNH adjuncts, please click the link below.