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Important: Bargaining Senate meeting on Sept. 13

All members of the Executive Branch Bargaining Senate are asked to attend the upcoming meeting on Thursday, Sept. 13, to elect the next bargaining team.

For members of the Bargaining Senate, please be aware that your attendance plays a very key role in this process. We can’t do this without you.

If you’re not sure if you’re in the Bargaining Senate, you can click here.

You can find the candidates for the bargaining team here.

You can find the meeting agenda here. 

Here are the meeting details:

Where: DES auditorium, 29 Hazen Drive, Concord NH
When: Thursday, September 13 – registration at 6 p.m., meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.
Who: All members of the Collective Bargaining Senate

Pre-register to attend

If you can’t be there, please email kcocuzzo@seiu1984.org to designate an alternate member-in-good-standing from your chapter to vote in your place.

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Op-ed: On the importance of unions

As published in the Union Leader on 8/31/2018

As president of one of New Hampshire’s largest labor unions, I have had the honor of speaking with countless state and municipal employees regarding their number one concern–  protecting their families’ economic health. They want wages that can support their families, and assurances that their employer will not tamper with their health insurance. The key to achieving these goals and more is for workers to unite against the political forces that want to divide us.

Earlier this summer, the U.S Supreme Court reversed a 40-year precedent that threatens a union’s ability to stay in business.  The Court’s decision creates an economic incentive for public sector employees to become “free-riders” who reap the benefits of contract negotiations without financially supporting the effort. If a worker can gain all the benefits of a service without paying, where is the incentive to pay? Once enough workers make the choice to become free-riders, the union will cease to exist. Without a union, there is no contract to protect wages, benefits, and job security. Make no mistake: the death of labor unions is the goal of anti-labor groups.

The union saying, “united we bargain, divided we beg” has never been more applicable than today. Lately, much has been written about New Hampshire’s booming economy. But little has been said about why this economic boom doesn’t match the lived experiences of many of New Hampshire’s working people. The governor likes to tout impressive statistics, such as New Hampshire’s low unemployment rates. But a state cannot continue to measure its economic success on what it’s not lacking. It would be akin to a restaurant measuring its success on low incidences of reported food poisoning. It’s a low barometer that says nothing about the quality of the food or experiences of its patrons. Likewise, we need our state’s statistics to match the lived experiences of all Granite Staters.

In the coming months, a group of state employees will be working toward this goal by creating a new state contract. The number of hours required to negotiate a state contract on behalf of their fellow workers is like working a part-time job with no immediate compensation. These volunteers dedicate their time because they want all state employees to win.  Anyone who benefits from a new state contract must support their work by becoming a union member. Anything less is simply unfair to those pulling their weight.

The free-rider dilemma presents an interesting paradox: it allows those who don’t want to contribute to ride off the coattails of others’ efforts. But what happens when people continuously take something for free? It stops being free when it ceases to exist. Just take a look at what happened to the teachers’ union in Wisconsin after their union was gutted in 2011. Teachers’ pay, benefits and pensions took a nosedive and as a result the state began to see a high turnover rate in the profession, especially in rural districts.

As American pause this Labor Day to recall and acknowledge the sacrifices made by those in the labor movement who came before us, we must remember that those sacrifices came with a cost. Workers need to band together now more than ever. Otherwise, they’ll pay later with interest in the form of wages and benefits.  

-President Richard Gulla

 

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2018 SEA/SEIU Local 1984 Political Endorsements

SEA/SEIU Local 1984 has endorsed the following candidates in the Sept. 11 partisan primary. The winners of the primary races will be on the ballot in the general election in November. This page will be updated, so please check back.

Notes: In some races, we have not endorsed any candidates before the primary; in other races, we have not made a recommendation between primary opponents. Candidates with an affiliation to SEA/SEIU Local 1984 are noted with SEA.

You can read more about our endorsement process here.


Congressional District 1

Chris Pappas

Congressional District 2

Annie Kuster

Governor

No recommendation in Democrat primary

Executive Council

District 1 – Mike Cryans (D); Joe Kenney (R)
District 2 – Andru Volinsky (D)
District 3 – Joe Pace (D)
District 5 – Deb Pignatelli (D)

State Senate

District 2 – Bill Bolton (D)
District 4 – David Watters (D)
District 5 – Martha Hennessey (D)
District 6 – Anne Grassie (D)
District 7 – Mason Donovan (D)
District 8 – Jenn Alford-Teaster (D)
District 10 – Jay Kahn (D)
District 11 – Shannon Chandley (D)
District 13 – Cindy Rosenwald (D)
District 14 – Sharon Carson (R)
District 15 – Dan Feltes (D)
District 16 – Kevin Cavanaugh (D)
District 17 – Chris Roundy (D)
District 18 – Donna Soucy  (D)
District 20 – Lou D’Allesandro (D)
District 21 – Martha Fuller-Clark (D)
District 22 – Richard O’Shaughnessy (D)
District 23 – Jon Morgan (D)
District 24 – Tom Sherman (D)

State House of Representatives

Belknap 4 – Charles Mitchell (D), Stanley Robinson (D)

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Cheshire 16 – William Pearson (D)

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Coos 7 – Troy Merner (R)

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Grafton 6 – Kevin Maes (D) SEA
Grafton 8 – Sallie Fellows (D) SEA, Suzanne Smith (D)

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Hillsborough 2 – Gary Hopper (R)
Hillsborough 7 – Sue Mullen (D)
Hillsborough 8 – Jeff Goley (D), Diane Langley (D) SEA
Hillsborough 9 – Linda DiSilvestro (D)
Hillsborough 11 – Don Bouchard (D)
Hillsborough 13 – Kathy Desjardins (D) SEA
Hillsborough 14 – Mary Frietas (D) SEA, Mary Heath (D) SEA
Hillsborough 16 – Barbara Shaw (D)
Hillsborough 24 – Peter Leishman (D), Ivy Vann (D)
Hillsborough 29 – Paul Bergeron (D), Sue Newman (D), Michael McCarthy (R)
Hillsborough 31 – David Cote (D)
Hillsborough 44 – Mark Proulx (R)
Hillsborough 45 – Connie Van Houten (D) SEA

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Merrimack 9 – Howard Moffett (D) SEA
Merrimack 10 – David Luneau (D), Mel Myler (D), Mary Jane Wallner (D)
Merrimack 11 – Steve Shurtleff (D)
Merrimack 14 – Jim MacKay (D)
Merrimack 19 – Christy Bartlett (D) SEA
Merrimack 20 – Dianne Schuett (D) SEA
Merrimack 21 – John Klose (R)
Merrimack 22 – Alan Turcotte (D) SEA
Merrimack 23 – Mary Beth Walz (D), Gary Woods (D), Paul Brassard (R)
Merrimack 24 – Kathleen Martins (D) SEA
Merrimack 27 – Art Ellison (D) SEA

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Rockingham 6 – Steve Pearson (R), Brian Chirichiello (R), Phyllis Katsakiores (R), David Milz (R), Frank Sapareto (R), Jim Webb (R), Brenda Willis (R) 
Rockingham 8 – Arthur Barnes (R), Fred Doucette (R)
Rockingham 21 – Phil Bean (R), Renny Cushing (D)
Rockingham 34 – Mark Pearson (R)

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Strafford 6 – Timothy Horrigan (D), Marjorie Smith (D), Judith Spang (D), Janet Wall (D)
Strafford 7 – Timothy Fontneau (D) SEA
Strafford 12 – Pam Hubbard (D) SEA

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Sullivan 6 – Virginia O’Brien Irwin

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Endorsement: Mark Fernald for district 9

Mark FernaldThe State Employees’ Association (SEA/SEIU Local 1984) is pleased to announce its endorsement of Mark Fernald in the Democratic primary for state senate district 9. Having previously served two terms in the state senate, Mark is uniquely qualified to advocate for the issues facing workers, including supporting unions and raising the minimum wage. “We are excited to recommend Mark Fernald in this primary because of his strong track record fighting for working families,” said SEA President Rich Gulla.

“I am very pleased to earn the SEA’s support, said Fernald. “Its hard-working members promote the general good through their work for all of us. They understand my strong record in support of working families, public schools, and tax fairness.”

Mark is a graduate of Boston College of Law and has a private law practice in Peterborough.

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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

NormaRae

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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