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.
It’s been 100 days since state employees’ contract expired.
On June 30, 2017, SEA/SEIU Local 1984’s contract covering state employees expired. For months, these state employees have been working without a new contract – unable to receive cost-of-living wage increases and address important recruitment and retention issues.
“Throughout all this time, Gov. Sununu refused to meet with labor leaders to discuss the state of the contract,” said Rich Gulla, President, SEA/SEIU Local 1984. “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 preventative health care – even though it’s mutually beneficial,” added Gulla. “They’re willing to threaten the health and safety of state employees just to ‘get a win.’”
These are resolutions and constitutional amendments proposed for consideration at the 2017 convention, as provided by the Constitution and By-Laws Committee. These will be mailed to convention delegates. You can find more information on convention here.
On June 30, 2017, our executive branch contract expired with the State of New Hampshire. For months, state employees have been working without a new contract – unable to receive wage increases and address must-needed recruitment and retention issues.
Throughout all this time, Gov. Sununu refused to meet with labor leaders to discuss the state of the contract. 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 preventative 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.”
So now, we’re holding weekly visibility events around Concord to raise awareness about the status of our contract to both members and the general public.
Upcoming contract visibilities:
*No visibilities scheduled at this time*
Continue to check back for future scheduled visibilities. For a full list of SEA/SEIU Local 1984 events, check out our calendar.
Coming on the heels of the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma remains on a path to do serious damage in the Caribbean, Florida and the East Coast. With Harvey already having strained resources, it’s as important as ever that we support our fellow SEIU members at Locals in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.