SEA Members Are Making a Difference in Their Communities Through Local Strength Teams
There will always be a need for sustained involvement from members in their communities. We will only win legislative or contract battles when we can demonstrate a strong, committed, collective voice.
SEA Members from state, judicial, county, municipal, private sector, and community college bargaining units have formed grassroots “Local Strength Teams” (LST’s) in 10 areas across New Hampshire to carry this work forward. Each team is working with a member of the SEA Field Staff who offers support, resources, and guidance. We are actively looking for members to join the teams and enhance their capacities. Check out descriptions of the 10 LST’s, and contact the Field Representative listed for information about joining the team and upcoming events.
There’s a Local Strength Team near you. Give it a try and join us! Read more about LST’s here.
Meet a Candidate for NH State Senate
The Lakes Region Local Strength Team (LST) is hosting a meeting with Andrew Hosmer, candidate for NH State Senate, this Thursday, July 12 at Lakes Region Community College, Room 151, 379 Belmont Road in Laconia. (Please use the main entrance.)
The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. We urge members living in the area to take advantage of this opportunity and attend if able.
Please R.S.V.P. to Brian Hawkins at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 271-3411 x 120.
“Solid As Granite” Rally Rocks
“We have a right to organize” was the underlying theme during the “Solid as Granite” rally held on Saturday, May 5th at Greeley Park in Nashua. More than one hundred union and community activists and their families from the Nashua area enjoyed a great afternoon recognizing the role that collective bargaining and the right to organize have played in building New Hampshire’s strong middle class.
The event was organized as a collaborative effort among several unions, including SEA, whose members have successfully fought off numerous attacks on the rights of workers since the 2011-12 legislative session began. Members of SEA’s Nashua Local Strength Team were heavily involved in the event’s planning and operation. Magnus Pardoe, SEA Chapter 59 President from Nashua Community College, was one of the organizers and also helped to emcee the rally.
Along with information tables and food venders, there was a bouncy house for kids, as well as face painting.
Speakers included representatives from over a half-dozen unions including: the SEA, Nashua Teachers’ Union, the Metal Trades Council, NH AFL-CIO, Sheet Metal Workers Local 17, National Postal Mail Handlers Union, and the American Federation of Teachers (NH). SEA President Diana Lacey spoke, along with Craig Lange, an adjunct professor from Nashua Community College, who is a member of the newly-organized SEA bargaining unit representing adjunct faculty at New Hampshire’s community colleges.
Participants were encouraged to work together by harnessing their energy and enthusiasm in positive ways that will effect change. Together they sent a loud and clear message to New Hampshire lawmakers, “New Hampshire’s working people will not let an extreme Legislature take away what New Hampshire workers have fought and died for over the last 100 years.”
“A lot of people had great conversations and prepared to take further action,” said Andy Capen, SEA Field Representative and one of the organizers. “That kind of energy flowing between and among people will help us to tackle the challenges of whatever lies ahead.”