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.
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.
(One position for the remainder of two-year term)
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.
(State, three positions, three-year term)
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.
Remarks about other activities or qualifications: I would like to serve on the board again. I feel I can bring forward a different view.
(Private sector, one position, three-year term)
(County and municipal, one position, three-year term)
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.
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.
Concord, 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.”
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.
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September 26, 2018
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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.”
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.
On Monday afternoon, SEA/SEIU Local 1984 members joined community activists for the launch of Raise Up NH, an initiative that grew out of the Fight for $15. The name change came largely due to the realization that raising the minimum wage is not enough – to ensure all have a fair chance we need to promote a living wage and protect workers’ rights.
The SEA is taking part in this initiative as part of the Alliance for a Moral Economy, and speakers on Monday included our President Rich Gulla and member Jeremy Dupuis. Over and over again, attendees were reminded that there is dignity in all labor and that as a society, we’re all in this together. We’re proud to stand up as part of this effort.
On Tuesday, the SEA/SEIU Local 1984 Board of Directors announced its endorsement of Joe Pace, of Kensington, in his campaign for Executive Council in District 3. Pace’s career and public sector experience make him the right choice to represent the district on the Executive Council.
“Public employees are the backbone of our state and towns,” Pace said. “Instead of undermining their right to organize and collectively bargain, we should we working together to ensure that our public employees are working safe jobs for good wages with quality health care. I’m excited and proud to stand with SEA/SEIU 1984 in that fight.”
Executive Council District 3 covers the southeast corner of the state, including Derry, Portsmouth, Exeter and Hampton, among other towns.
“During his three terms on the Select Board in Exeter, Joe worked with public unions and their members on the tough process of contract negotiations, and he understands the vital importance of collective bargaining,” said SEA President Richard Gulla. “We know he’ll bring his experience to building a New Hampshire that works for all of us.”
You can read more about the SEA’s endorsement process here.
All SEA/SEIU Local 1984 Councilors are asked to attend the Fourth Quarterly Council Meeting on Sept. 22, with two locations available: Berlin and Concord. For this meeting, the Board of Directors will be heading to the North Country, with the main meeting taking place at White Mountains Community College. Members can also attend a satellite meeting at the SEA office in Concord.
Here are the details:
SEA Fourth Quarterly Council Meeting
When: Saturday, Sept. 22; registration at 9:30 a.m., meeting at 10 a.m.
Where: White Mountains Community College, 2020 Riverside Drive, Berlin; SEA office, 207 N. Main St., Concord.
Who: All SEA/SEIU Local 1984 Council members.