The new collective bargaining agreement between the state and SEA/SEIU Local 1984 covering Executive Branch employees has been signed and is now in effect. You can find information on the new agreement below:
Contract: You can find a signed version of the new contract here.
Short-term disability plan: You can read more about the state’s new short-term disability plan here. You can find a frequently asked questions section here. Please note that question #14 will be changed to show that all leave usage is available, not just annual. This will go into effect Jan. 1.
Health rewards: Anthem’s Healthy Rewards is once again active. You can find information here.
More information: Our informational page on the tentative agreement, which includes frequently asked questions and other information on the TA, has been archived here.
If you have questions on the new contract, or are interested in getting involved in the upcoming round of bargaining, you can email Randy Hunneyman at email@example.com.
Free barbeque dinner starting at 5:30
The SEA/SEIU Local 1984 June Council meeting is set for June 14th at 7 p.m, registration begins at 6:30 p.m. The location for the meeting is the DES auditorium at 29 Hazen Drive in Concord. There will not be a satellite location elsewhere.
Our expected guest speaker is Andru Volinsky.
Chapter 1 members will be hosting a barbeque starting at 5:30 p.m.
In reponse to recent inquiries, the SEA has sent a letter to NH State Liquor employees regarding the large volume sales controversies and the potential criminal activity surrounding it. The letter directly addresses that the Commission’s large volume cash sales’ policies are not aligned with IRS requirements and jeopardizes employee and citizen safety. The SEA continues to urge the IRS and the NH Attorney General’s office to conduct an independent investigation that results in effective policy change and training methods.
To read the letter in full, click here.
The annual Stay and Play weekend returns! We welcome you and your guests to join us the weekend of July 20-22 at Pemi River Campground in Thornton.
This year will be our best year yet and we want you all there whether you come for the whole weekend or just for the a day.
Food: A special catered BBQ dinner on Saturday – bring desserts or appetizers to share (all other meals are on your own).
Activities: We’ll have a free live band on Saturday night playing in the pavillion, and we’ll bring along some games. The campsite offers plenty to do, including swimming, boating and mini golf (additional fees may apply).
Theme: Yup, this year we’ve got a theme! It’s going to be Holidays in Summer, so you’re encouraged to decorate your campsite for your favorite holiday! We’ll keep the theme going with a Yankee swap (keep gifts around $20).
The cost is $10 per adult per night or $15 per family for each night you stay. If you’re coming only for the BBQ, cost is $5.
Save your spot by RSVPing today at http://bit.ly/SEAcamping2018.
When Martin Luther King Jr. was killed in Memphis in 1968, he was leading an initiative called the Poor People’s Campaign to demand economic justice for all. Now, 50 years later, a revival of his Poor People’s Campaign is under way, and SEA/SEIU Local 1984 is proud to support this bold initiative.
We’re joining with community allies and faith groups in pursuit of a moral revival, challenging systemic racism, poverty, the war economy and militarism, and ecological devastation. Our nation’s distorted moral narrative must change and it starts with us. Our collective efforts have already had a rippling effect: when state employees were fighting for a contract from Gov. Chris Sununu, these same allies and faith groups stood beside us and urged the governor and his team to consider the issue from a moral perspective. Working together, we can impact not only our workplaces but our communities as well.
The SEIU international union is supporting this campaign and is encouraging Locals to get involved. In May, the SEA’s Board of Directors voted to support the campaign, as well. In the coming months, we’ll be participating in actions as part of the Poor People’s Campaign and we invite you to join us!
Please contact David Holt at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how you can get involved, and visit the Poor People’s Campaign website for more information.
Editor’s note: We’ll be highlighting different member benefits every few weeks, starting today with this opportunity to save on heating fuel.
The weather is finally starting to heat up, but it’s actually a good time to think about heating your home. That’s because SEA/SEIU Local 1984 members get an extra discount when joining Our Town Energy Alliance. This membership-based group works with local vendors to save you money on heating fuels, including oil, propane and kerosene.
Right now, SEA/SEIU Local 1984 members who are new to Our Town Energy Alliance can save $10 off the annual fee (normally $30) for the first year. Most enrollment programs for the 2018-19 season end June 30, so you’ll have to act quickly. New members will need call 603-435-3077 to sign up, and provide this code SEIU1984. You can find more information on the program at www.otchoice.com.
If you have an idea for a new discount or benefit, you can send an email to email@example.com.
SEA/SEIU Local 1984 members are entitled to discounts at several regional theme parks, including Canobie Lake Park, Six Flags New England, Story Land (available at the end of May) and Water Country. Theme parks are a blast, but costs can add up quickly. Discounts like these make it a bit easier to bring the whole family along for the fun.
All tickets, with the exception of Story Land, can be purchased at the SEA office, and we accept payments in cash, check or charge. You can find more information on these discounts on our Member Discounts page.
Occasionally, when those covered by the state employee health plan spend less than anticipated, employees get what’s known as a working rate holiday. What this means, in short, is that subscribers can expect to see more take-home pay in the May 25 paycheck. The amount varies just a bit depending on your normal deduction.
This is all made possible by state employees making good use of programs such as Vitals SmartShopper and Anthem’s Health Assessment Test to bend the cost curve downward. So, good work!
The following is the message sent to state employees about the working rate holiday:
Active employees, not including New Hampshire Trooper Association employees, enrolled in a HMO or POS health plan as of March 31, 2018 will receive the health benefit working rate holiday in the May 25th paycheck in an amount equal to 1.29 times the employee’s normal biweekly health plan deduction. Employees will see their normal biweekly deductions under Deductions on their paycheck remittance detail. You will also see the health benefit working rate holiday credit as a negative deduction amount, labeled HLTHHOLE. A negative deduction is, in fact, a payment that will increase your gross pay and therefore taxable income.
Employees who have any questions regarding the health benefit working rate holiday should contact their human resources and/or payroll staff.
SEA celebrates win for CPSWs and continues push for caseload standards
SEA celebrates the significant milestone that the state legislature achieved today for Child Protective Service Workers in passing SB 592. The bill funds 25 new CPSW positions, including eight designated specifically as resource workers, and two supervisor positions. Two clerical worker positions have also been added to help CPSWs with their administrative burdens.
“Our CPSW members worked really hard to make sure legislators understood the critical urgency to fund more positions,” said President Richard Gulla of SEA/SEIU Local 1984. “This funding is the next significant step in addressing the need to lower caseloads to manageable levels in order to best serve New Hampshire’s children and their families. That’s not something we’re going to stop fighting for.”
The bill also requires the Department of Health and Human Services to submit a specific appropriation for additional child protective service worker positions in its biennial budget request so it can meet nationally accepted caseload and workload standards.
The bill received bipartisan support and is now waiting Governor Sununu’s signature.
COLA victory for state retirees
The SEA applauds the passage of HB 1756. The bill grants a $500 one time allowance for those in the retirement system that have been retired for at least 5 years prior to July 1, 2018 with at least 20 years of service and have a pension lower than $30k.
“Given that the House and Senate committees at one point both recommended that this bill be killed, I congratulate the m
embers whose advocacy influenced the revival of this bill and ultimately this win,” said President Richard Gulla of SEA/SEIU Local 1984. “This is the first increase retirees have received of any kind in the past eight years and we hope that in the future we can achieve more permanent allowances.”
The bill is now waiting Governor Sununu’s signature and we urge him to sign this legislation and give our lowest pensioners some relief.
If you’re interested in running for federal, state or county office this fall, the filing period is just around the corner. This year, New Hampshire will hold elections for U.S. House of Representatives, governor, Executive Council, state House of Representatives, state Senate, and county-level positions.
If you’d like to have your name on the primary ballot for any of these, you’ll need to file between June 6 and June 15. You can find more information about filing for office on the Secretary of State’s website.
We’d like to hear from any members of SEA/SEIU Local 1984 – or family members – who are interested in running. If you’re interested or have questions, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.