2017 Board of Directors candidates

This is a 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 here.


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 appreciate 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

John Hattan (Chapter 45)
“I currently am a member of the Organization Committee and also work/volunteer to assist with ballot counting. I currently chair the Poli-Ed Committee and have always worked very closely with Tammy Clark and Mary Fields.”



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.”



One position – two-year term

Avis Crane (Chapter 5)
“I started State service in 1976 (41 years), and have been an SEA member since May 1, 1978 (39 years). I have served as a Chapter Councilor or Alternate Councilor, as well as Chapter Treasurer, for most of those years, first for Chapter 45, then for Chapter 5. I have also served on the Finance Committee since 1985, plus many years on the Constitution and Bylaws and Retirement Committees, and now on the IT Advisory Committee. Also, I started the original Dues Assistance committee, served a term on the Board of Directors back in the 1980s, and served one and a half terms on the Collective Bargaining team. I have been serving as the Association’s Treasurer since December 2015.”


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

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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
  2. Tell us (and Gov. Sununu) why getting a fair contract is important to you at
  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
    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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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 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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2017 Contract Expiration Statement

Today, our contract expires.

After months of bargaining, all Gov. Sununu can say is, “no.”

On June 28, 2017, our bargaining team met with the state for one last attempt in securing a contract. However, Gov. Sununu has shut the master bargaining team down at every turn – refusing any wage increases and responding with outrageous demands in return.

Wage increases? “No.” Keeping health care cost-saving incentives? “No.” The master bargaining team is even facing opposition in changing the capitalization of certain letters in the contract. Gov. Sununu’s team keeps saying “no.”

The governor and his team have made it clear they have no intention of working together to better the working conditions of state employees. They’re refusing to do anything to aid in recruitment and retention, dismissing improved standards for part-time workers, and threatening to end aspects of our preventive health care – even though it’s mutually beneficial. They’re willing to threaten the health and safety of state employees just to “get a win” for the governor.

We thought our top elected official would eventually work with us. We believed he had his employees’ best interests at heart. Our master bargaining team has worked tirelessly for over 10 months to develop a contract that benefits both state employees and the people they serve. We’re disappointed this administration doesn’t see the value in the individuals who keep this state running.

When it comes to helping real people—the people he depends on—Gov. Sununu’s favorite word is no.

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SEA/SEIU 1984 Election Notice

SEA/SEIU Local 1984 is currently accepting self-nominations for the annual election. In order to have your name appear on the printed ballot, nominations must be received by 5:00 p.m. on September 28, 2017. Please send all completed forms to SEA/SEIU Local 1984, 207 North Main Street, Concord, NH 03301.

On Sunday, October 29 voting will take place for the following positions:

  1. President (one position, two-year term)
  2. 1st Vice President (One position two-year term)
  3. 2nd Vice President (One position two-year term)
  4. Secretary (One position two-year term)
  5. Treasurer (One position two-year term)
  6. Director (State, three positions, three-year term)
  7. Director (Community College System of NH, one position, three-year term)

If you are interested in running for any of the positions listed above, please follow the instructions on the nomination and notice form, linked here.

Elections will take place during Convention at Attitash Grand Summit Hotel in Bartlett. Nominations will begin on Saturday, October 28 at 2:00 p.m. and elections will take place starting at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 29.


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