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Holiday open house pushed back to Jan.

Our annual holiday open house usually takes place in the month of December, but we’re pushing it back slightly this year to Wednesday, Jan. 3.

We typically invite a number of legislators, and that’s the next date the Legislature will be in session.

Instead of being a holiday open house, we’re dubbing it our New Year’s Celebration. Members and allies are invited to join us at the SEA office, 207 N. Main St., from 4:30-7:30 p.m. for food, drinks and good company as we look ahead at the year to come.

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Members can save on Monarchs tickets

MonarchsThe Manchester Monarchs are off to a hot start this season, and SEA/SEIU Local 1984 members can get great ticket deals on select games. Kids can even join the high-five tunnel in-between periods!

Tickets are $16 for adults (13+) and $12 for youth (12 and younger), and you can pick from six selected games – Dec. 31, Jan. 19, Feb. 11, March 3 and April 7. If you’ve never been to a Monarchs’ game, it’s a great family experience at an affordable price, right in the heart of downtown Manchester.

To find more information and order tickets, visit this website.

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2018 chapter election announcements

Some SEA/SEIU Local 1984 chapters will have elections in 2018, including Chapter 1. We’ve sent out election notices and self-nomination forms to all members of the affected chapters

Chapter 1 – retirees

A notice of chapter election/self-nomination form has been sent to members of Chapter 1. These self-nomination forms are due back by 5 p.m. Feb. 9. You can find that notice here.

The positions available include:

  • Vice president (one position)
  • Membership secretary (one position)
  • Recording secretary  (one position)
  • Councilor  (multiple positions)
  • Alternate councilor (multiple positions)
All other chapters

We’ve sent out election notices/nomination forms for all other chapters holding regular elections in 2018 (see the full list here). These self-nomination forms are due by 5 p.m. on Feb. 9. You can find that notice here.

The positions available include:

  • President
  • Vice president
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Councilor
  • Alternate councilor

You can read more about the role of different positions in each chapter in this downloadable PDF. 

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Thanksgiving Message from Pres. Gulla

Thanksgiving is a time for us all to gather together to reflect on all the last year has brought us. It’s a time to give thanks.

On this Thanksgiving, please allow me — on behalf of our Board of Directors and staff — to thank you for your dedication and tireless work to make New Hampshire a better place to live for working people and their families. Thank you to the men and women who are spending their holiday caring for our incarcerated, keeping our roadways clear and making sure our communities are safe. Our union—and our state—is better because of your dedication.

I’m proud of everything we’ve accomplished in the last year. Together, we’ve faced some incredible challenges. We’ve fought back.

SEA/SEIU Local 1984 President Rich Gulla

SEA/SEIU Local 1984 President Rich Gulla

But, it’s not over. This next year will bring forth a myriad of challenges for labor unions across the country. And no matter what we face, I want everyone across the Granite State to know we are stronger when we fight together. We are united.

I wish you all a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.

In unity,

Richard Gulla
President, SEA/SEIU Local 1984

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ACA Marketplace Open Nov. 1 – Dec. 15

If you need health insurance coverage for 2018, the open enrollment period for 2018 ACA Marketplace insurance plans runs from November 1 through December 15, 2017.

Download ‘5 Health Insurance Facts You Need to Know’ flyer

This is a shorter enrollment period than in previous years, so it’s important to act quickly. If you don’t pick a plan by December 15, you may be unable to receive coverage for 2018, unless you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period during the coming year.

It’s more important than ever to shop around due to premium increases and fewer available plans for 2018. As a result, many previous enrollees may find they need to select a new plan, which makes doing research into the best plan available vastly important.

Despite these rising premiums, many consumers will be eligible for even more generous Marketplace subsidies than before, helping to make coverage affordable.

SEA members and their families who need help enrolling in a plan or have questions about the process may contact our in-house enrollment specialist, Chris Porter (cporter@seiu1984.org).

(The general public can find trained professionals to help with the enrollment process at localhelp.healthcare.gov)

For more information, visit healthcare.gov or coveringnewhampshire.org.

SEA/SEIU Local 1984 is proud to be a part of efforts designed to protect and advance health care coverage. All Americans should have access to quality, affordable health care.

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Chapter 1 member continues to serve in his community

Chapter 1 member Alan Goode was elected chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Manchester Transit Authority.

Chapter 1 member Alan Goode was elected chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Manchester Transit Authority. Goode has been a member of the board since 2013.

Goode, a native of Manchester, served as a senior insurance examiner/regulator for the New Hampshire Insurance Department for 37 years before his retirement in 2013. Before serving the state and his city, he also served his country as a 1st lieutenant in the U.S. Army field artillery.

The Manchester Transit Authority was established by the state of New Hampshire on May 1, 1973. The Transit Authority operates both fixed route and pupil transportation for the City of Manchester. The Manchester Transit Authority’s bus service travels throughout Manchester, providing connections to Nashua and Concord for commuters.

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National Retirement Security Month

What’s your whole life story look like?

NHDCP

October was National Retirement Security Month, but it’s not too late to acquaint yourself with the NH Deferred Compensation Plan. This year, Retirement Security Month encouraged workers to take the long view, looking at your whole life story.

Enrollment in the Deferred Compensation Plan is easier than ever. You can find an enrollment form here.

You can see the fall newsletter of the Deferred Compensation Plan here.

You can watch the video produced in conjunction with Empower Retirement here.

Find more information about the Deferred Compensation Plan online at www.nhdp.com.

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77th annual SEA/SEIU Local 1984 Convention recap

General Counsel Glenn Milner swears in newly elected officers and directors at the 77th annual convention of SEA/SEIU Local 1984.

General Counsel Glenn Milner swears in newly elected officers and directors at the 77th annual convention of SEA/SEIU Local 1984. You can find a gallery of photos from convention here.

The member leaders of SEA/SEIU Local 1984 gathered the weekend of Oct. 28-29 at Attitash Grand Summit in Bartlett to take part in the organization’s 77th annual convention.

Delegates were there to decide on union leadership and several major questions facing the organization, in the form of constitutional amendments and resolutions. As it turned out, elections weren’t needed as all candidates were unopposed — including Rich Gulla, who returns for another term as president.

Beginning with a moment of silence

First Vice President Ken Roos called the convention to order just after 10 a.m., and after going through the nuts and bolts details, handed off the podium to President Rich Gulla. Gulla began on a somber note.

A place at the head table was set in memory of Wendy Parent, a director and longtime member leader who died unexpectedly this year.

A place at the head table was set in memory of Wendy Parent, a director and longtime member leader who died unexpectedly  this year. You can find a gallery of photos from convention here.

“Each year, we pause to remember those members we’ve lost in the last year,” Gulla said. “I’d like to direct your attention to the stage, where we’ve placed an empty seat in honor of Wendy Parent.”

Parent, a longtime member leader, passed away unexpectedly in June. Parent was a director, steward, chapter president at Lakes Region Community College, and a member of the CCSNH staff bargaining team. Her loss was immense.

“Wendy’s spark, toughness and kind heart are greatly missed,” Gulla said.

Gulla then directed members’ attention to a short video, honoring all of those members who had passed in the last year.

Note: We tried hard to make sure we included all who we lost in the last year, but inevitably we missed two. Tom Bruner, Chapter 5, passed away in August. Deborah Perkins, Chapter 54, passed away just a few days before convention, and we were not able to add her to the video.


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Election of leadership

Directors Jim Nall, left, and Corey Dearborn shake hands after winning re-election.

Directors Jim Nall, left, and Corey Dearborn shake hands after winning re-election. You can find a gallery of photos from convention here.

Going into convention, it appeared there would be just one contested election, but that changed when an expected candidate for secretary wasn’t nominated. With just one candidate for each position, there was no need for an election — parliamentarian Glenn Milner declared the nominated candidates winners by acclamation.

“Here we are, together,” Gulla said after his election. “Three years ago, I stood before you and promised we would move forward together … that not one of us was as smart or as strong as all of us. Only together could we forge ahead into a time of uncertainty with our union. It has been an honor and a privilege to lead our union and watch as so many of you have risen to meet the challenges we face.”

Some of those elected are new to the board, but all have years of union activism and state service. The winners have served New Hampshire for a combined 190 years, across a variety of state agencies and facilities, including DHHS, DOIT, NHES, Glencliff Home, Sununu Youth Services Center, White Mountains Community College and the Liquor Commission. All officers won two-year terms, while directors won three-year terms. The winning candidates are:

  • President: Rich Gulla, Chapter 54
  • First VP: Ken Ross, Chapter 16
  • Second VP: John Hattan, Chapter 45
  • Secretary: Cindy Perkins, Chapter 37
  • Treasurer: Avis Crane, Chapter 5
  • Director: Jim Nall, Chapter 9
  • Director: Phil Burt, Chapter 45
  • Director: Corey Dearborn, Chapter 21
  • Director (CCSNH): Sylvie Pratte, Chapter 46


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Resolutions and amendments

At each convention, SEA members have the ability to bring forward proposed constitutional amendments and resolutions, and this convention was no exception. Delegates to the convention were asked to consider six proposed amendments and five proposed resolutions. You can find all of the proposals here.

Amendments were considered on Saturday, with all but two being rejected. After lengthy debate, proposed amendments 1, 2, 3 and 4 were rejected. Amendments 5 and 6, which dealt with chapter rebates, were swiftly approved.

As for resolutions, the first two of five were approved as is; the fifth was amended slightly. The first asks the SEA to find a sponsor for legislation to set the minimum wage at $15 while the second encourages all bargaining units to push for a $15/hour floor in all contracts. The third and fourth resolutions — which were related to two of the rejected amendment proposals — were withdrawn. The final amendment centers on remote participation in union meetings at all levels.

Awards

Chapter 17 President Dan Brennan accepts the award for Outstanding Chapter President.

Chapter 17 President Dan Brennan accepts the award for Outstanding Chapter President. You can find a gallery of photos from convention here.

No convention would be complete without handing out a bit of hardware. Award presentations were split up across two days, with the Chapter of the Year and Outstanding Chapter President awards being handed out on Saturday. On Sunday, the award for political action was distributed.

Chapter 45, led by newly-elected Director Phil Burt, was honored with the Chapter of the Year Award. The Outstanding Chapter President award — named for longtime DOT member leader Charlie Stevens — was presented to a current DOT member leader Dan Brennan, of Chapter 17.

Newly-elected Second Vice President John Hattan presented the Ray Proulx award for political action to our retirees in Chapter 1, calling them a “force to be reckoned with.”

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Chapter 1 President Peter Bartlett accepts the Ray Proulx Award for Political Action on behalf of his chapter. You can find a gallery of photos from convention here.

“They turned out for major hearings, and had a huge presence at the legislature,” Hattan said. “They contacted their elected officials and had huge sway in this last legislative session. If every chapter did what they did this year, we’d be quite the formidable organization.”

The member of the year award was not handed out at convention, as the winner was not able to attend. We’ll be sure to report when it is handed out (and nope, no hints on who the winner is).

Without any elections on Sunday morning and bad weather on the way, delegates opted to wrap things up early. We thank all who attended and offer our sincere appreciation to the members of the Convention Arrangements Committee, who put in many hour of work to make this event happen.


 

Notes and trivia: The officers just completed three-year terms, a one-time change made to ensure the two-day convention wouldn’t fall just days before statewide elections … Guest speakers for the weekend included Executive Councilor Joe Kenney, Senate Minority Leader Jeff Woodburn, and gubernatorial hopeful Steve Marchand … This was the second time in recent years that the convention was held at Attitash, the last time being in 2012

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SEA/SEIU Local 1984 President Gulla wins second term

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.”

Officers Convention 2017

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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