In 2017, we saw our union continue to grow and new members take the lead in all parts of the organization. One of the parts we’re proudest of seeing members take the lead is in bringing new members into the organization. We want to thank the 67 current members who recruited new members in 2017:
Richard de Seve
Ray Gordon III
Terry Locke Jr
Elmer Sevier Jr
We know there is strength in numbers, so it’s important that as a union, we continue to grow. Last month, 161 members joined our union. We welcome them and look forward to their involvement.
Here are all of our new members from the month of December:
Carl Harris Jr
Robert Walsh Jr
Staci Van Curen
Vicki Lynn Simonds
Justin Litchfield Dole
We’re seeking candidates for member release program
The SEA/SEIU Local 1984 Organization Committee is excited to announce we are seeking candidates for our member release program! We have secured funding from SEIU for release of a member from work for a period of 12 months at the SEA office. The member release position will participate in our internal organizing program to build power and capacity in our union.
Detailed information can be found in the Guiding Principles on our website. Here are a few of the basics:
What is the pay rate? The pay rate is $49,147.76 annually. This is a professional, exempt position.
What are the work hours? Hours will vary but will not exceed 40 hours a week. Some nights and weekends will be required. Schedule will be flexible and allowances for adjusting hours will be made.
How does the release work? Depending on the language in the applicable collective bargaining agreement, there may be a release clause. For example, the State of NH Executive Branch allows for release of an employee for two years. Pay and benefits continue to be paid by the employer, reimbursed by the union. The exceptions are leave accrual and retirement payments (which stop upon release.) Note: Individual circumstances will be reviewed and clearly communicated for those interested in applying.
What is the selection process? The recruitment period will be open from January 10 through January 24. Members may self-nominate or be nominated by a chapter leader. In either case, a completed application form must be submitted. The Organization Committee will establish a selection committee to review each application and check on all contractual issues with the applicant’s employer, and conduct interviews. One or more names will be submitted to the SEA president for final approval.
When will this happen? The recruitment process is open through January 24, 2018. A final selection will be made by February 5. The selected candidate will start once all necessary arrangements have been made with their employer.
Please feel free to nominate members you believe would make excellent candidates.
Contact John Thyng at email@example.com with any questions.
Members of the NH House pulled HB 438 from the consent calendar for an individual vote. HB 438 prohibits all public employers from deducting union dues from paychecks. It received a 19-0 vote in Labor committee as Inexpedient to Legislate and was included in the consent calendar for a routine vote to confirm the committee vote.
This bill creates no jobs and solves no challenges facing the state. Its one purpose is to weaken unions by reducing the dues we are able to collect. Fewer dues equals fewer resources dedicated to gaining and protecting wages and benefits for hard-working public servants. In states where such laws have passed, unions have lost power at the bargaining table and public employers have slashed benefits.
We need members to call their representatives to ask them to reject this bill. Here are some talking points to help get the conversation started:
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.
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!
The following chapters are holding elections in 2018. You can find information on running for chapter office here.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.