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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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SEA/SEIU Local 1984 Convention 2017

Convention 2017

The 2017 annual SEA/SEIU Local 1984 convention is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 28 and Sunday, Oct. 29 at Attitash Grand Summit Hotel in Bartlett.

This is a two-day convention, which means there will be elections for officers (president, 1st vice president, 2nd vice president, secretary and treasurer) as well as four total seats on the Board of Directors. In addition, there may be constitutional amendments or resolutions to vote on.

You can see a list of nominees for Board officers and Directors here.

You can see a list of proposed resolutions and constitutional amendments here.

Please note that the filing period for resolutions and amendments has passed. In addition, the filing period for candidates to be listed on the ballot has passed, though members can still be nominated from the floor at convention. 

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Member Presented with Political Action Award

Chapter 1 Member Bob Joseph Jr. ‘a One-Man Political Education Committee’

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Bob Joseph Jr., center, reacts as Director John Hattan, left, and President Rich Gulla present him with the Ray Proulx Award for political action.

Every year, the Ray Proulx Award for political action is handed out at convention to a deserving SEA/SEIU Local 1984 member. This year’s winner — Chapter 1 member Bob Joseph Jr. — was not able to attend convention due to illness, so this week he was presented with his award at the union office in Concord.

As Political Education Committee Chair John Hattan noted, Bob is “a one-man political education committee.” Joseph, who happily describes himself as a “small-R” Republican played a key role in the Republican gubernatorial forum and arranged to bring Jim Reubens, who challenged Sen. Kelly Ayotte in the primary, in to meet with the Poli Ed Committee.

Bob is a fixture at Political Education Committee meetings, and often takes part in visibility events, standing shoulder to shoulder with fellow members and speaking truth to power regardless of the cause or location. He said he’s happy to help make a difference, and in a union we make a difference because we’re all in it together.

“It’s a good feeling to make a difference for many,” he said. “During my college years, I was always encouraged to help people, especially those less fortunate. Having spent thirty-some years in EMS-firefighting, it was rewarding to be there in times of need. Being a member of the Political Education Committee has taught and helped me to do more.”

While the award was his alone, Bob was quick to share the credit with his fellow committee members.

“We, the members, see no ‘I’ in the things we do,” Bob said. “It takes more than me, as it takes a whole committee to make things work. Being a part of the Poli-Ed committee is enriching as well as educational. The plaque represents not only my efforts, but the group’s as a whole. This could not have been done alone. Deming’s concept as written in “Quality Based Management” is simple: We are all in this together, and hence this committee strives to make things better for the members of SEA/SEIU Local 1984.”

“Thank you again so much for your kind thoughts and having me as a member,” he said.

Hattan and President Rich Gulla were able to surprise Bob with his award this week. You can watch a video of the award presentation by clicking the link below:

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Five Nominated for Seats on Board of Directors

The 76th annual SEA/SEIU Local 1984 Convention is Oct. 22 at the Wentworth by the Sea, and among the important business of the day is the election of five seats on the Board of Directors.

Those seats include one retiree board position, as well as four state employee board positions. Nominees for the Board of Directors were required to submit a self-nomination form one month prior to the convention in order to get their name printed on the ballot, however nominations can also be accepted from the floor at Convention.

The five candidates who submitted self-nomination forms by the deadline include: John Amrol (retiree), Peter Brunette (state), Heather Fairchild (state), Mary Fields (state), and Cynthia Sanborn-Dubey (state). 

Director (Retiree, one position, three-year term)

John Amrol, Chapter 1

I am running again for the Retiree Director’s position because I feel that, with my past experience — President for nine years, member of many past and present committees, many years on the Board, and having worked with the Legislature on many issues — I can continue to contribute a great deal. I believe my past experience assists in the decision-making of our Board of Directors. I have always been very concerned about how our retirees have been treated, and I hope my past actions as the Retiree Director have demonstrated to retirees and members alike that I have been working for them and doing what i can to protect what they have earned. I am asking the Convention to allow me to work for you again, my SEA brothers and sisters, by once again giving me your vote.

Director (State, four positions, three-year term)

Peter Brunette, Chapter 41

Peter Brunette is a certified child welfare attorney employed by DHHS. Peter is an active Steward and Chapter President (41), and serves on the Collective Bargaining Advisory and Stewards Committees and as Chair of the Dispute Resolution Committee. A former SEA Director, Master Bargaining Team member and Chair of the Ethics Committee, Peter serves on the DHHS Workloads Standards Committee and the DHHS Sub-Unit Bargaining Team.

Heather Fairchild, Chapter 16

Current Director; active member of the Collective Bargaining Advisory Committee (CBAC); current member of the Master Bargaining Team; current Chapter 16 President, past Vice President and Councilor for Chapters 16 and 2.

Mary Fields, Chapter 45

Current Director (2 years), DHHS Labor Management Committee Chair (3 years), Steward, Chapter 45 Vice President.

Cynthia Sanborn-Dubey, Chapter 54

Steward, Subunit and Master Bargaining Team member, Chapter vice president and Member Political Organizer.

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76th Annual Convention Set for October

Wentworth

The SEA/SEIU Local 1984’s 76th Annual Convention is set to take place on Oct. 22 at the Wentworth by the Sea in New Castle. This one-day convention will include elections of five directors. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the call to order comes at 9 a.m.

SEA/SEIU Local 1984 First Vice President Ken Roos, who chairs the Convention Arrangements Committee, encouraged all delegates to attend (you can read more about delegates below).

“We recognize that SEA/SEIU Local 1984 members cover every corner of the state, which is why we bring our annual meeting to the SEAcoast,” Roos said. “There’s no more fitting location to close out our 75th year than at the glorious Wentworth by the SEA!”

Nominations being accepted

Nominations are currently being accepted for five positions on the Board of Directors; there are four open state employee positions and one open retiree position. Nominations are also being accepted for the John B. Parker Award for Outstanding Member.

In addition, members can submit proposals for constitutional amendments and resolutions. Below, you’ll find links to all forms, as well as the due date (please note that due dates differ). You can fill out the forms entirely online by clicking “Submit online” or you may print out and return a PDF copy electronically or by mail by clicking “Download PDF.”

Nominations for Board of Directors: (due Sept. 22)  Submit online  |  Download PDF

Nominations for John B. Parker Award: (due Aug. 29)  Submit online  |  Download PDF

Constitutional Amendments: (due Aug. 23)  Submit online  |  Download PDF

Resolutions: (due Aug. 23)  Submit online  |  Download PDF

About the location

The Wentworth by the Sea is located at 588 Wentworth Road in New Castle. Because this is a one-day convention, SEA/SEIU Local 1984 will not cover the cost of accommodations at the hotel. Delegates to the convention are advised that the Wentworth requires a two-night stay for weekends, so if you choose to stay in the area you may want to seek alternate accommodations.

Delegates and registration information

Delegates to the convention include duly elected chapter presidents and councilors, or designated duly elected alternate councilors. Informational packets will be sent to all delegates as soon as possible.

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Delegates Reflect on SEIU Convention

The delegates from SEA/SEIU Local 1984 began each day with a meeting over breakfast.

The delegates from SEA/SEIU Local 1984 began each day with a meeting over breakfast.

Late last month, a 12-member delegation from SEA/SEIU Local 1984 traveled to Detroit to take part in the SEIU Quadrennial Convention. The convention, which took place across five days, happens once every four years and brings together SEIU locals from all around the country.

Delegates took part in various workshops each day of the convention.

Delegates took part in various workshops each day of the convention.

For the SEA/SEIU Local 1984 delegation, each 12-14 hour day began with a breakfast meeting before the group members headed off to presentations and workshops on topics such as health care and the Fight for $15. Delegates voted on a series of resolutions as well as leaders for the International Executive Board. In that way, the convention sets in motion what the international union will focus on over the next four years. In addition to looking ahead, the convention also took a look back at some of the victories over the last four years.

Delegate and SEA/SEIU Local 1984 Director Jim Nall speaks. You can watch a video here.

Delegate and SEA/SEIU Local 1984 Director Jim Nall speaks. You can watch a video here.

“It was very enlightening to see and hear in action the things other unions have done,” said Kathleen Cintavey of Chapter 65. “That was a very motivating experience.”

One such victory that struck a chord with Cintavey is the Fight for $15, which aims to ensure that all workers earn a living wage.

“When you hear how (raising wages) has the potential to change people’s lives, I think that’s very important,” she said. “In our society, there are large groups of people who’ve lost hope all together. When you’re able to implement a $15 minimum wage, you’re giving hope to a lot of people.”

Cintavey said the days were long but the experience was well put together. She had high praise for the other members of the delegation.

“I felt a part of it all because our team of delegates was extremely welcoming to me,” she said. “I’ve never been to a convention like that, and they were very good at answering questions based on their previous experiences. It was a good opportunity for me to get to know the other people in the union, especially those who do quite a bit with the union.”

While the aim of the convention is to energize delegates and send them home with the tools and motivation to effect change, Cintavey said she found value in just talking with her fellow SEA/SEIU Local 1984 delegates.

“I do negotiations for my unit, and I was very happy to get to know Jim Nall,” Cintavey said. Nall is the chair of the Collective Bargaining Advisory Committee as well as the Master Bargaining Team. “He and I will be doing some work together.”

Lynn Ducasse, of Chapter 20, is another one of the new members who took part, and she agreed with Cintavey that the delegation helped make the experience more valuable.

“The group was fantastic, and I’m very glad I’m part of the union,” she said. “I felt like I could contribute. Everyone listened and wanted feedback, President Rich Gulla listened and everybody was able to contribute.”

Ducasse has been a member for just over two years and is increasingly involved in the union. She said she’s now motivated to do even more.

“There’s a lot that I’d like to get more into, and learn some more,” she said. “I’d like to continue to get more involved.”

The 2016 SEIU International Convention took place Friday, May 20 through Tuesday, May 24. The delegation included (in alphabetical order): Kathleen Cintavey (Chapter 65), Second Vice President Tammy Clark (Chapter 45), Corey Dearborn (Chapter 21), Lynn Ducasse (Chapter 20), President Rich Gulla (Chapter 54), Jonathan Hallet (Chapter 21), Secretary Kristen Marabella (Chapter 16), Director Jim Nall (Chapter 9), Director Cindy Perkins (Chapter 37), First Vice President Ken Roos (Chapter 16), Brenda Thomas (Chapter 20) and Director Cheryl Towne (Chapter 9).

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Convention 2015: Special Guests Address Delegates

Sen. Bernie Sanders addresses delegates to the 75th convention.

Sen. Bernie Sanders addresses delegates to the 75th convention.

Director and Chair of the Political Education Committee John Hattan introduced Sen. Bernie Sanders. It’s important to note that Sanders was there speaking as an invited guest. The SEA/SEIU Local 1984 has not endorsed a candidate in the presidential primary.

Sanders told members that “you are the backbone of this country. Thank you for what you do.”He elaborated on the necessity of overturning the Supreme Court’s decision that has remade how political campaigns are run in this country – the Citizens United case. The decision basically means that corporations can spend unlimited amounts of money on political activities – Super PACs. According to Senator Sanders the wealthy and connected Koch brothers have pumped $900 million into just this campaign cycle, which is far more than either of the national Democratic and Republican parties has been able to raise.  “No president is able alone to address the issues because corporate America and Wall Street are so powerful,” he said.

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SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry addresses delegates at the 75th convention. Later, she presided over the installation of new officers.

We were also honored to have special guest SEIU President Mary Kay Henry with us this year. She addressed the delegates in an overview of the challenges workers and unions currently face. And, she commended the SEA/SEIU Local 1984 for being the first Local nationwide to form a working Fight for $15 committee.  President Henry attended the convention from start to finish, and led the installation of our new Board members. You can see the installation here.

After President Henry’s remarks, attendees participated in an interactive exercise that focused on how to have recruitment conversations with non-members, which is something all SEIU locals will be engaging in over the coming months, including our local.

When various reports were given to the delegates and door prizes were distributed, the Convention closed for another year.

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Convention 2015: Award Winners

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Burrett McBee, of Chapter 30, was presented with the John B. Parker Award for outstanding member.

The Chapter of the Year was awarded to Chapter 52, Strafford County Corrections. Over the last year, they embodied the spirit of the labor movement by creating their own chapter and successfully putting together a Labor Management Committee.

Director Jim Nall presented the John B. Parker Award to this year’s outstanding member, Burrett McBee, chapter 30, Plymouth State lecturers.  McBee serves on multiple volunteer committees, pushed organizing with his peers, works with the Fresh Air program and immigrants causes, and was deeply involved in securing the unit’s first collective bargaining agreement.

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Members of the Fight for $15 Committee accept the Ray Proulx Award for Political Activism.

Director John Hattan presented the Ray Proulx Award, which is given to the political activist of the year, to the Fight for $15 Committee for their work over the last year. This was the first time this award was given to a committee rather than an individual.  If you would like to know more about this committee you can read it here.

President Rich Gulla presented the Charles Stevens Award for chapter president of the year to Jennifer Hunt, president of Chapter 39, Judicial Branch. Gulla said, “This chapter president inspires others and has clearly not hesitated under difficult times; and advocates for her chapter’s members.”

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Convention 2015: Board of Directors Elections

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SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry leads the installation of officers to the Board of Directors. From right, Jeremy Dupuis, Germano Martins, Frank Wike-Clerk and John Hattan are sworn in as directors. Terry Locke, who was elected to the board’s County and Municipal seat, was unable to attend convention due to work requirements.

Nominations for one Board Director from private sector, one Board Director for County and Municipalities, and three Directors opened. Each person nominating a candidate was allowed three minutes to present information about their candidate.

Nominated candidates were then allotted five minutes each to address the delegates.  In lieu of a traditional candidate’s speech, incumbent Director Germano Martins launched into an impassioned address regarding the issue of the extremely wealthy and powerful stealing the money of working class Americans saying, “We are at a crossroads here – years ago I had all benefits – a little at a time, they took it back. The wealthy and powerful one percent owns everything.  They don’t own that stuff, they stole it. Now we want it back.” This sentiment was voiced again later in the morning by guest speaker and presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders.

The outcomes of the elections were:  Director Private Sector – Frank Wike-Clerk; Director County and Municipality – Terry Locke; Directors – Jeremy Dupuis, John Hattan and Germano Martins. One hundred thirteen delegates voted.

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