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Executive Branch Bargaining Senate meeting postponed

The Executive Branch Bargaining Senate meeting scheduled for this Wednesday, Aug. 22, has been postponed and will be rescheduled for after Labor Day. There is a high number of members unavailable for this Wednesday’s meeting and we are unlikely to reach the needed quorum.

This meeting – to select our bargaining team – is very important and there is some urgency, as the team will have a large amount of work to do in preparation for contract negotiations. That said, we must respect the time of members who travel upwards of two hours to Concord. It’s not fair to ask them to make the trip if we’re not confident we will have the required number of members present.

We will send a follow-up message as soon as the meeting has been rescheduled.Thank you for your interest and involvement in the bargaining process. We can’t do this without you.

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Executive Branch Bargaining Senate is Wednesday – RSVP here

This Wednesday evening, all members of the Executive Branch Collective Bargaining Senate are called to a meeting to elect the next bargaining team. All members can attend, though only Bargaining Senate members can vote (click here to see who’s in the Bargaining Senate).

We can’t do this without you – in order to hold a vote, we need a quorum (the minimum amount of Senate members) present.

WHEN: Wednesday, Aug. 22 (registration at 6 p.m., meeting at 6:30 p.m.)
WHERE: DES auditorium, 29 Hazen Drive
WHO: All members of the Bargaining Senate

If you’re a member of the Bargaining Senate and have yet to RSVP, please click here.

If you cannot attend, please email SEA Business Administrator Kristen Cocuzzo at kcocuzzo@seiu1984.org as soon as possible to designate an alternate member-in-good-standing from your chapter to vote in your place.

The road to the next contract begins here. Please join us.

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‘Norma Rae’ featured at our next movie night

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The Social Activities Committee and Campaign for Public Good’s movie night returns Friday, Aug. 24, with another great union film: “Norma Rae.”

“Norma Rae” tells the story of a textile worker (played by Sally Field) who fought to organize her textile factory after she and her co-workers developed health issues. The movie won six Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actress for Sally Field.

We’ll have a reception starting at 5 p.m., followed by the movie at 6 p.m. We’ll provide the popcorn – you can bring other snacks to share. We hope to see you there.

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Executive Branch to pick next bargaining team

Collective Bargaining Senate meeting is next Wednesday

The next round of bargaining for the Executive Branch is coming up quickly, and members of the Executive Branch Collective Bargaining Senate will select the members of the bargaining team. Elections are set at the next meeting of the Bargaining Senate on Wednesday, Aug. 22, at at the DES auditorium, 29 Hazen Drive (registration at 6 p.m., meeting at 6:30 p.m.).

Electing the bargaining team is one of the Bargaining Senate’s most important roles (click here to see who’s in the Bargaining Senate), and in order to hold a vote, we need a quorum (the minimum amount of Senate members) present. Remember that some members of the Senate travel long distances to attend, so it’s important we respect their time.

If you’re a member of the Bargaining Senate and will attend, please click here to RSVP.

If you cannot attend, you can email kcocuzzo@seiu1984.org to designate an alternate member-in-good-standing from your chapter to vote in your place. We hope to see all Senate members there.

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Tickets available for annual Labor Day Breakfast

Members took part in a visibility before the 2017 Labor Day Breakfast.

Members took part in a visibility before the 2017 Labor Day Breakfast.

The annual AFL-CIO Labor Day Breakfast is coming up on Monday, Sept. 3, with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders again a featured speaker. SEA/SEIU Local 1984 will have a limited number of tickets for members who want to attend.

The breakfast will be held at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 650 Hanover St., Manchester, at 9 a.m. on Sept. 3. It’s a good day to gather together with our labor allies, and remember not only what we’re fighting for, but that we’re not alone in the fight. If you’re interested in attending, please send an email to bhawkins@seiu1984.org.

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At DES, members take lead to grow the union

This week, members at the Department of Environmental Services took part in daylong activities to talk to their co-workers about SEA/SEIU Local 1984 and our new contract. The one-on-one conversations resulted in six new members!

The activities, all held on Tuesday, included a noontime question-and-answer session run by members, and members also signed up for shifts throughout the day to sit in the lobby with SEA Organizer Jean Chellis to answer questions on the new contract.

We point this effort out because it’s a great member-led example of the huge impact you can make with a small amount of effort. Since the Janus Supreme Court ruling, we’ve seen an increased interest in non-members joining the union, and this wouldn’t happen without those important one-on-one conversations.

Our strength is in numbers, and our union is better with more voices involved. If you’d like to plan an activity like this at your worksite, we encourage you to talk with your SEA organizer today.

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Convention 2018: General information

Convention photo headerThe 78th annual convention of SEA/SEIU Local 1984 will be held Saturday, Oct. 20 at The Barn on the Pemi in Plymouth. Note: This page will be updated with information on the convention as it becomes available, including links to board candidates and proposed resolutions and amendments.

Important forms
  • Nomination and election notice (PDF)
  • Nomination form for Board of Directors (Online form | PDF)
  • Constitutional amendment form (Online form | PDFNote: submission deadline has passed
  • Resolution form (Online formPDFNote: submission deadline has passed
  • John B. Parker Outstanding Member nomination form (Online formPDF)
Elections information

This one-day convention will include elections for numerous seats on the Board of Directors, including:

1st Vice President (One position for the remainder of two-year term)

Director (State, three positions, three-year term)

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

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

Nominations will begin at 10 a.m. with voting taking place from noon-1 p.m. If you’re interested in running for one of these offices, you can fill out a self-nomination form online (click here) or by filling out and returning a physical copy (PDF) to the SEA/SEIU Local 1984 office by the deadline: 5 p.m. on Sept. 20. Doing so will get your name printed on the ballot and your information printed in SEA News.

As a reminder: all candidates, regardless of whether you’ve submitted a self-nomination form, must be nominated from the floor.

Awards nominations

We are seeking nominations for the John B. Parker Outstanding Member award, which is given out yearly. Members can submit nominations using this form (Online formPDF). Deadline is Sept. 4.

Venue information

The 2018 convention will be held at The Barn on the Pemi, a newly opened events facility owned by The Common Man, that’s nestled between Route 3 and the Pemigewasset River in Plymouth. The venue is a short five-minute drive from downtown Plymouth.

While the venue is newly opened, the building is hardly new. The barn itself dates to the 1850s and was transported from Canterbury and reassembled on site.

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Endorsement: Corriveau for Executive Council

SEA/SEIU Local 1984 has endorsed Garth Corriveau for Executive Council District 4.

SEA/SEIU Local 1984 has endorsed Garth Corriveau for Executive Council District 4.

On Thursday, SEA/SEIU Local 1984 announced it has endorsed Garth Corriveau in his campaign to represent District 4 on New Hampshire’s Executive Council.

“We are proud to support Garth Corriveau for the Executive Council because he’s an impressive community leader with an outstanding record of fighting for the Granite State’s middle class,” said SEA President Rich Gulla.

“As a Manchester alderman, Garth worked tirelessly to bring people together to get results,” Gulla said. “His proven record of fighting for working families has shown us that he will be a strong advocate for public employees and working people’s rights in the State House. Garth Corriveau will be a passionate voice for progress.”

Corriveau is running to replace Executive Councilor Chris Pappas, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for the state’s 1st Congressional District.

“Our state employees deliver exceptional service to Granite Staters. I’m honored to receive the SEA’s endorsement,” Corriveau said. “It’s time for an Executive Council that focuses on strengthening our middle class, providing financial security for families and delivering affordable access to health care. I look forward to working with the members of the SEA to make government work for everyone.”

Executive Council District 4 includes the city of Manchester and the towns of Allenstown, Auburn, Barrington, Bedford, Bow, Candia, Chichester, Deerfield, Epsom, Goffstown, Hooksett, Lee, Londonderry, Loudon, Northwood, Nottingham, Pembroke, and Pittsfield.

A fourth-generation resident of Manchester, Corriveau served on the city’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen from 2010 to 2016. He works as a small business attorney with Mesmer & Deleault and an educator with Southern New Hampshire University. Garth and his wife, Kate, live in Manchester with their three young sons.

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Endorsement: Natch Greyes for Grafton county attorney

NGHeadshotThe State Employees’ Association is pleased to endorse Natch Greyes, SEA member, for Grafton county attorney. As the prosecutor for the town of Littleton, Sugar Hill, and Franconia, Greyes has been instrumental in identifying the needs of his community and working with law enforcement, the court system, and private organizations to improve the quality of life for all.

He helped pass legislation that gives law enforcement the tools they need to combat human trafficking. His work as a prosecutor has given him a holistic perspective in tackling the opioid crisis, including advocating for alternative sentencing programs that are cost effective for the community and help rehabilitate the user, along with expanding Grafton’s drug court to include early intervention in its approach.

As an SEA member, Greyes is active in his chapter, having served in various leadership roles, and is currently president of Chapter 57.

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Planning a blood drive in honor of Ken Roos

We’re in the process of planning a blood drive in honor of our late First Vice President Ken Roos. Part of that planning process is determining the interest level. For that reason, we’re asking anyone who would be interested in taking part in such a blood drive to click here and send an email.

Ken regularly donated blood and was a volunteer for Red Cross disaster recovery. We hope you’ll consider following in his footsteps to honor his legacy of service and give back. Once we have more details, we’ll be sure to send them along.

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