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78th annual SEA/SEIU Local 1984 Convention recap

President Rich Gulla swears in the newly elected members of the Board of Directors at the close of the 78th Annual Convention.

President Rich Gulla swears in the newly elected members of the Board of Directors at the close of the 78th Annual Convention. You can find a gallery of photos here.

On Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, the member leaders of SEA/SEIU Local 1984 met in Plymouth for the union’s 78th annual convention. The jam-packed one-day convention included the election of several members of the board and votes on numerous proposed constitutional amendments and resolutions.

The venue, the newly opened Barn on the Pemi, gave the proceedings the feel of a town hall meeting, with all the debate and political calls-to-action you’d expect at such a gathering. Elections were uncontested, though there was much thoughtful debate on the nine proposed amendments and six proposed resolutions. There were also some tears shed in memory of all those we’ve lost in the past year, including Ken Roos.  

Call to order and moment of silence

From the start, former First Vice President Ken Roos’ absence was felt. Roos, who died this summer after a brief illness, had served as the emcee – and chief planner – of the SEA’s yearly conventions. This year, Second Vice President John Hattan filled in ably at the lectern and directors chose to leave the late leader’s customary seat at the head table open.

Directors left an open seat at the table and placard for the late Ken Roos.

Directors left an open seat at the table and placard for the late Ken Roos.

Roos was one of many members to pass away in the year since the last convention, and all were honored with a moment of silence and video memorial.

Among the guests in attendance was Jodi Roos, Ken’s widow. A bit later in the day, President Rich Gulla presented Jodi with a posthumous award for Ken, for SEA’s outstanding member.

President Rich Gulla hugs Jodi Roos as he presents a posthumous award for her late husband, Ken.

President Rich Gulla hugs Jodi Roos as he presents a posthumous award for her late husband, Ken.

Elections

With no contested races for the Board of Directors, all candidates were officially elected by acclamation. Germano Martins and Mikayla Bourque were re-elected to the board, joined by Mike Derderian and Laura Drew, who were elected for the first time. Current Director Mary Fields was the sole candidate for first vice president and will serve the remainder of the term, which expires next fall..

There will be a special election in the coming months to fill the remainder of Fields’ term on the board (expiring next fall) as well as the private sector position on the board, for which there were no candidates.

Amendments and resolutions

The most lively debate of the day centered on proposed constitutional amendments. Of nine proposed amendments, four were approved, including one to create an associate membership. Here is a quick rundown of amendments, with links to the language as proposed:

Five out of six resolutions were approved on a single vote, as all dealt with retirement. The final resolution, dealing with collective bargaining policy, was rejected. Here is a rundown of resolutions, with links to the language as proposed:

Special guests

Senate candidate Bill Bolton, a longtime SEA member and Plymouth resident, welcomed delegates to the 78th Annual Convention.

Senate candidate Bill Bolton, a longtime SEA member and Plymouth resident, welcomed delegates to the 78th Annual Convention.

Members were treated to three special guest speakers, including one of our own members Bill Bolton, who’s currently running for Senate. Bolton welcomed delegates at the start of the day and his remarks focused on how his career as a state employee will make him a strong advocate for workers.

SEIU President Mary Kay Henry was among the guest speakers.

SEIU President Mary Kay Henry was among the guest speakers.

SEIU President Mary Kay Henry, visiting from Washington, D.C., was our second guest speaker. Henry noted she was making stops around the country to help get out the vote. Her stay in New Hampshire also included writing postcards to members who haven’t voted in recent elections and canvassing with Bolton on Sunday.

Former Sen. Molly Kelly, the SEA's recommended candidate for governor, addressed delegates.

Former Sen. Molly Kelly, the SEA’s recommended candidate for governor, addressed delegates.

Our final guest speaker was our endorsed gubernatorial candidate, Molly Kelly, who pledged to fight for workers’ rights and slammed the lack of leadership that left state employees without a contract for nearly a year. The common theme across all three speeches was simple: we need a state and a nation that works for all, not just the rich and powerful.

Awards

Chapter 44, the Department of Education, won chapter of the year.

Chapter 44, the Department of Education, won chapter of the year.

In addition to the outstanding member award, three other pieces of hardware were handed out. Dan Coughlin, of Chapter 70 (Hampton), won the Charlie Stevens Award for chapter president of the year. Dennis Etchells, of Chapter 47 (Department of Fish and Game), won the Ray Proulx Award for Political Action, and the members of Chapter 44 took home the award for chapter of the year. We congratulate all of our award winners and thank them for their service to their union.

Closing

President Rich Gulla asks for a "second" on the motion to adjourn convention.

President Rich Gulla asks for a “second” on the motion to adjourn convention.

After delegates voted on resolutions in the afternoon and the newly elected directors took the oath of office, President Rich Gulla gaveled the 78th annual convention to a close.

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Endorsement: Chynoweth for Executive Council

Executive Council candidate Gray Chynoweth, fourth from left, poses for a photo with SEA member leaders including President Rich Gulla (third from left).

Executive Council candidate Gray Chynoweth, fourth from left, poses for a photo with SEA member leaders including President Rich Gulla (third from left).

On Wednesday, the SEA/SEIU Local 1984 Board of Directors announced its endorsement of Gray Chynoweth for Executive Council in District 4. As an accomplished business and community leader, understands how to use his business acumen to serve the needs of New Hampshire residents.

“Gray’s innovative ideas and impressive background are what New Hampshire needs at this moment,” said SEA President Richard Gulla. “I know we can trust him to place the needs of New Hampshire residents over partisan politics.”

The 4th district includes the cities and towns of Allenstown, Auburn, Barrington, Bedford, Bow, Candia, Chichester, Deerfield, Epsom, Goffstown, Hooksett, Lee, Londonderry, Loudon, Northwood, Nottingham, Pembroke, Pittsfield, and Manchester.

“The men and women of the SEA help provide essential services that make our communities strong,” Chynoweth said. “As an Executive Councilor, I will always stand with working families to make sure state government is working for them, that they are being treated fairly and that they have a seat at the table. If we do that and focus on innovative and common sense solutions, New Hampshire will be a stronger place.”

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Job posting: Internal organizer

Come join our team!

We’re currently seeking qualified applicants for an internal organizer. If you’ve got a background in organizing and an interest in empowering workers, this opportunity is for you.

You can find the full posting on our employment page. The closing date for the position is Nov. 5.

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2018 General Election recommendations

SEA/SEIU Local 1984 has recommended candidates up and down the ballot in the upcoming General Election on Tuesday, Nov. 6. You can enter your street address in the tool below to see all of the candidates we’ve recommended in your district. You can find our full list of recommendations at the bottom of this page.

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The following is our complete list of endorsements in the 2018 General Election.
You can read more about our endorsement process here.

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Endorsement: Donovan for Senate District 7

Mason Donovan

Mason Donovan

The SEA/SEIU Local 1984 Board of Directors on Thursday announced its endorsement of Mason Donovan for state Senate in District 7, noting that Donovan’s experience and background make him the best fit to represent the district in Concord.

“We are proud to endorse Mason Donovan for the New Hampshire State Senate District 7,” SEA/SEIU Local 1984 President Rich Gulla said. “Our state will benefit from Mason’s experience in local government and business, and his dedication to public service mirrors that of our membership. We are confident Mason is the right choice who’ll always put people first.”

Senate District 7 includes the cities of Laconia and Franklin and the towns of Andover, Belmont, Canterbury, Gilford, Northfield, Salisbury, Webster and Boscawen, where Donovan currently resides.

“I’m proud to receive the support of SEA/SEIU Local 1984 and its hard-working members,” Donovan said. “Working people need a strong advocate in Concord and I’m ready to get to work to ensure no one is left behind.”

You can read about the our political endorsement process here.

 

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Candidates for Board of Directors 2018

Delegates to the 2018 SEA/SEIU Local 1984 convention will be asked to vote on candidates for numerous positions on the Board of Directors. The following candidates submitted self-nomination forms by the deadline of Sept. 20, ensuring their names will be printed on the ballot. Nominations are accepted from the floor, however those members nominated from the floor would need to run as write-in candidates.

1st Vice President

(One position for the remainder of two-year term)

Mary Fields

Chapter 45

Mary Fields

Mary Fields

Remarks about other activities or qualifications: I have served on the Board of Directors for over 3 1/2 years. I’m currently the VP for chapter 45 and was previously the President for the chapter. I’m the labor chair for the DHHS LMC and also sit on 2 other LMCs. I’ve been a steward for over 10 years and have served on various committees.


Director

(State, three positions, three-year term)

Germano Martins

Chapter 45

Germano Martins

Germano Martins

Remarks about other activities or qualifications: I have been a SEA member 30 years. I am currently member of the Political Education Committee, Retirement Committee, and serve as chair of the Resolutions Committee. I served at NH Retirement System as Trustee, 10 years, serving at the Member Benefits Committee, Legislative Committee and Audit Committee. I also serve as Board member at the International Institute of New England in Manchester, and as Board member at the Healthcare for the Homeless Clinic at New Horizons Homeless Shelter in Manchester. I believe it is our job to fight for an economy that works for everyone, not just the millionaires.

Mike Derderian

Chapter 54

Mikayla Bourque

Chapter 37

Remarks about other activities or qualifications: I would like to serve on the board again. I feel I can bring forward a different view.


Director

(Private sector, one position, three-year term)

No self-nominations


Director

(County and municipal, one position, three-year term)

Laura Drew

Chapter 52

Laura Drew

Laura Drew

Remarks about other activities or qualifications: I’m hoping to be part of and learn more about employee rights in the workplace. To be part of enacting change for the betterment of employees. I’m an avid supporter of employee rights and ability to directly address workplace concerns. I’m a Labor Management Committee member who encourages staff and administration communications to provide a healthy work environment. Also: Safety Committee member. Veteran. Participate in charity organizations such as Special Olympics and volunteer at Veterans for Child Rescue (V4CR) as a F.A.S.T Leader in Maine (also covering NH).  Recipient of the Meritorious Service Award, Life Saving and Officer of the Year. Instructor at NH Corrections Academy. American Jail Association Certified Jail Officer, CJO.

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Proposed constitutional amendments and resolutions 2018

Delegates to the 2018 SEA/SEIU Local 1984 convention will be asked to vote on numerous proposed constitutional amendments and resolutions. To better prepare you for those votes, we’ve provided those amendments and resolutions below in PDF form. Proposals below include the member making the proposal, the language of that proposal, and the committees’ recommendation.

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Endorsement: Andru Volinsky for District 2

IMG_1083Concord, NH – On Tuesday, the SEA/SEIU Local 1984 Board of Directors announced its endorsement of incumbent Andru Volinsky from Concord for Executive Council in District 2. Councilor Volinsky has served since 2017 and his enthusiastic support for state employees along with his successful career of supporting the public sector make him the best choice for District 2.

“I can think of no one better than Councilor Volinsky to stand alongside our members,” said SEA President Richard Gulla. “He’s not afraid to ask tough questions and to hold state government accountable. He’s a true ally to public employees.”

District 2 represents the cities of Concord, Dover, Franklin, Keene, Rochester, and Somersworth and its 43 surrounding towns.

“If re-elected, I’m going to continue to stand up for what’s right and that includes protecting workers and their families,” Volinsky said. “I’m honored to receive the SEA’s endorsement.”

 

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Response to spending question from SEA Treasurer Avis Crane

Dear members,

It was wonderful to participate from Berlin at our quarterly Council meeting last week. I’ve heard from a few of you that some of my answers were not audible to members at the remote site concerning the legal defense savings account as noted on the Treasurer’s Report.

For clarification, as reported in the Finance Committee minutes from March 6, 2018, the committee considered an expenditure to represent a member who needed legal expertise that we could not supply in-house. The member’s name and exact circumstances were not discussed in order to preserve that member’s confidentiality, but it was made clear that it was a rank-and-file member, not a member of the Board. The committee decided to recommend an expenditure up to $9,999.00, to provide an absolute upper limit to the expenditure. The amount chosen has no specific significance to the SEA, since any unbudgeted expense over $5,000.00 must be approved by the Board.

The committee voted to take this request to the Board (moved by Ken Roos and seconded by John Amrol), and to recommend that, if approved, the money be transferred from our legal defense savings account. As recorded in the March 15th Board minutes, that motion was made by Avis Crane, and was duly seconded, after the Board had met in executive session to discuss the confidential details of the request. The motion to “transfer up to $9999 from the legal defense fund savings acct (line 1024) to outside firms (line 5710) for the purpose of representing a member” was passed.

Thank you,
Avis Crane

 

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Press release: Molly Kelly for Governor

Rich Molly

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 26, 2018

Contact: Melissa Moriarty

mmoriarty@seiu1984.org

(603) 271-3411 ext. 105

 

Concord, NH – Today, the SEA/SEIU Local 1984 Board of Directors announced its endorsement of Molly Kelly for Governor at a press conference.

“Molly knows the struggles working families in our state face because she’s lived them,” said SEA President Richard Gulla. “Molly was a strong supporter of state employees throughout her five terms in the State Senate, consistently voting against efforts to limit our ability to organize. We know we can count on her to improve the lives of SEA members and to always oppose so called right to work legislation. We need a governor who will stand with working families over corporate special interests. Molly will be that governor, and we will do everything we can to elect her on Nov. 6.”

“My priority as Governor will be standing up for working families, because I know firsthand the challenges they face,” said Kelly. “We need to put the best interests of the people of New Hampshire ahead of the corporate special interests once again. I will never sign right to work legislation, or any bill that hurts working families. Instead, I will improve people’s lives by making paid family and medical leave a reality, strengthening public education, expanding job training, making college affordable, and defending access to health care for Granite Staters with pre-existing conditions.”  

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SEA/SEIU Local 1984 represents thousands of 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 two million members, SEIU is the fastest-growing union in the Americas.

 

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