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Coverage Update – 3-D Mammograms

This Coverage Update is to inform you that effective June 6, 2017, Anthem BlueCross BlueShield of New Hampshire began covering the 3-D-digital mammograms for members of the State of New Hampshire Anthem BlueCross BlueShield medical plan.

Under the State’s Anthem plan, the cost of a mammogram is not subject to your deductible, nor should you be balanced billed for the service. If you have been billed for a mammogram, contact Anthem Member Services at (800) 933-8415 for more information.

Please note the following:

  • For members covered under the Point of Service (POS) plan: Services are covered up to the Maximum Allowable Benefit (MAB). Network providers agree to accept the MAB as payment in full. However, if you receive services from a non-network provider, under Self-Referred benefits, it is your responsibility to pay the difference between the MAB and the provider’s charge.
  • Members can log on to their Anthem.com personal account to view the Explanation of Benefits (EOB) for the mammogram claim to determine how the claim was processed. As a reminder, an EOB is not a bill.
  • Members can always contact Anthem Member Services at (800) 933-8415 for any questions related to their State of New Hampshire medical benefits.
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July 3, 2017 – SEA Office Closing at 1 p.m.

fireworks-227383_1280To celebrate our hard-working staff, the SEA/SEIU Local 1984 office will close today at 1 p.m. for the holiday. Our office will reopen on Wednesday, July 5 at 8 a.m. If you need immediate assistance during this time, please contact President Rich Gulla at 603.856.4463.

Happy Independence Day!
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2017 Contract Expiration Statement

Today, our contract expires.

After months of bargaining, all Gov. Sununu can say is, “no.”

On June 28, 2017, our bargaining team met with the state for one last attempt in securing a contract. However, Gov. Sununu has shut the master bargaining team down at every turn – refusing any wage increases and responding with outrageous demands in return.

Wage increases? “No.” Keeping health care cost-saving incentives? “No.” The master bargaining team is even facing opposition in changing the capitalization of certain letters in the contract. Gov. Sununu’s team keeps saying “no.”

The governor and his team have made it clear they have no intention of working together to better the working conditions of state employees. They’re refusing to do anything to aid in recruitment and retention, dismissing improved standards for part-time workers, and threatening to end aspects of our preventive health care – even though it’s mutually beneficial. They’re willing to threaten the health and safety of state employees just to “get a win” for the governor.

We thought our top elected official would eventually work with us. We believed he had his employees’ best interests at heart. Our master bargaining team has worked tirelessly for over 10 months to develop a contract that benefits both state employees and the people they serve. We’re disappointed this administration doesn’t see the value in the individuals who keep this state running.

When it comes to helping real people—the people he depends on—Gov. Sununu’s favorite word is no.

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SEA/SEIU 1984 Election Notice

SEA/SEIU Local 1984 is currently accepting self-nominations for the annual election. In order to have your name appear on the printed ballot, nominations must be received by 5:00 p.m. on September 28, 2017. Please send all completed forms to SEA/SEIU Local 1984, 207 North Main Street, Concord, NH 03301.

On Sunday, October 29 voting will take place for the following positions:

  1. President (one position, two-year term)
  2. 1st Vice President (One position two-year term)
  3. 2nd Vice President (One position two-year term)
  4. Secretary (One position two-year term)
  5. Treasurer (One position two-year term)
  6. Director (State, three positions, three-year term)
  7. Director (Community College System of NH, one position, three-year term)

If you are interested in running for any of the positions listed above, please follow the instructions on the nomination and notice form, linked here.

Elections will take place during Convention at Attitash Grand Summit Hotel in Bartlett. Nominations will begin on Saturday, October 28 at 2:00 p.m. and elections will take place starting at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 29.

 

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Statement on State Budget Passage

Following the passage of New Hampshire’s state budget on June 22, SEA/SEIU Local 1984 released the following statement.

The cynical budget passed by the New Hampshire House and Senate last week abandons the Granite State’s most vulnerable residents.

Gov. Sununu’s budget prioritizes business tax cuts over promises made to state retirees. It puts tax cuts to profitable corporations before funding staff for the women’s prison. It makes tax cuts instead of funding an adequate number of case workers at DCYF to protect our most vulnerable children. This budget is an alarming step in the wrong direction – giving tax breaks to the top 3% while shoving the costs on the remaining 97% of residents.

As New Hampshire residents suffer from the devastating impacts of this budget for years to come, we must continue to remind ourselves this is not right. It’s not right to cut taxes for big businesses instead of funding workforce training programs.  

The governor claims “New Hampshire is on a pathway to prosperity.” Yes, the only groups who “prosper” in this budget are those at the top. Our elected officials need to remember New Hampshire is run by Granite Staters – and Granite Staters are exactly who this budget is leaving behind.

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Stay and Play weekend returns in August

Fun family camping trip on the Pemi River back for a fourth year

The Stay and Play weekend returns from Aug. 18-21.

The Stay and Play weekend returns from Aug. 18-21.

It’s about that time — the SEA’s annual Stay and Play weekend is nearly here! We welcome you and your guests to join us the weekend of Aug. 18–20 at Pemi River Campground in Thornton. Family-friendly activities are available all weekend, including a community barbecue Saturday night.

Cost: $10 per adult per night if you pay in advance at the SEA office. If you pay on-site, the cost is $15 per adult per night.

Activities: That $10/$15 fee helps cover the expense of renting space for the event. It also helps us provide some fun, free activities for everyone – including a movie night and scavenger hunt. The campground itself also has a playground and lawn games for free. There are other activities, such as mini golf and kayak and tube rentals, that cost extra. You can check out all the campground offers here.

Community BBQ: Bring your own meat and a side dish to share for the Saturday night dinner. There will be ham, turkey, “redneck corn” (corn on the cob cooked in a cooler), and watermelon provided, as well as at least one grill to cook on.

If you’re going to join us, you’ll need to register online at http://bit.ly/seacamping. We’ll see you at the campground!

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Help the family of Sabrina Galusha

Sabrina

There are no words to express the immense sadness surrounding Sabrina Galusha’s tragic death this week. This is especially true at New Hampshire Hospital, where Sabrina worked in food service and where her father, Mark, dedicated years of service before his retirement.

As they always do, the members of Chapter 4 and the NH Hospital family are coming together to assist the Galusha family in this terrible time.

“All of us here at New Hampshire Hospital are remembering a sweet, free-spirited woman who had a smile for everyone she met.” recalls Laurie Aucoin, Chapter 4 President. “Sabrina Galusha will be missed by many.”

On top of dealing with Sabrina’s death, her family is also facing the financial burden of her funeral costs. Please join in coming together to help the Galusha family.

  1. Make a donation on GoFundMe.
    A fundraiser has been set up here.

  2. Make an in-person donation.
    The business office on the second floor at NH Hospital will be collecting donations for the family. The office is open from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday. Checks can be made out to Mark Galusha.

  3. Attend the memorial bake sale.
    On Friday, June 16 New Hampshire Hospital staff will hold a bake sale in memory of Sabrina from 6:30 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Chet Batchelder Conference Room. 100% of the proceeds will go to the Galusha family.

Thank you for helping in any way you can.

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Let’s stand up for locked-out union workers

There’s a picket-line rally tomorrow at 12:30 in Newington

LockoutThis month, union workers at Westinghouse Electric Co. in Newington were locked out of work after failing to reach a contract agreement with their employer. Their sticking point? Affordable health insurance for their families. Now, these hard-working Granite Staters are left without any health insurance or without income to support their families. This is unacceptable.

We know that the only way working people win is when we stand together, so we need to stand by the members of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Local 651. There’s a rally Friday at 12:30 p.m. at 178 Shattuck Way in Newington. 

Just as SEA members did for our friends at Fairpoint and Market Basket, we’re asking you to join these workers on the picket line on Friday. If you can’t be there and you’d like to help, you can also make a donation to help these workers through GoFundMe.

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Executive Branch bargaining timeline

Bargaining Timeline_updated 071417

Want a printable version? Click here for a PDF.

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Labor board dismisses SEA’s unfair labor practice complaint

Today, the Public Employee Labor Relations Board (PELRB) ruled 2–1 in opposition to SEA/SEIU Local 1984’s Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) filed against the state. We filed a ULP in disagreement with the state’s assertion all unions had to go to impasse after the Troopers and Teamsters declared.

At this time, we are reviewing all available options. The ultimate goal—as it has always been—is to get back to the bargaining table to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement for the dedicated state workforce.

“Our goal is to negotiate a contract that ensures we have the best possible workforce to serve the citizens of New Hampshire,” said Richard Gulla, President, SEA/SEIU Local 1984. “Our members—who plow our roads, keep our streets safe and care for our elderly and mentally ill—do important work. That’s why we filed this ULP. We need a contract that helps them do their jobs, take care of their families and keeps us competitive. Despite the PELRB’s decision, we will continue fighting for a contract on behalf of New Hampshire workers.”

In a dissenting opinion, former Sen. Mark Hounsell writes in favor of SEA/SEIU Local 1984, stating the State should be ordered back to the bargaining table to resume negotiations.

“…the State’s refusal to continue to meet the SEA and the NEPBA at the bargaining table to discuss common terms and conditions as demanded is a clear violation of the State’s bargaining obligations, and the State has committed an unfair labor practice as charged.”

While all five unions have approached collective bargaining from various angles, we are all in the same place in terms of reaching a contract deal.

We hope Gov. Sununu will work with us to get back to the table and provide a suitable contract for New Hampshire state employees.

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