Local Strength Teams

Be the Difference!

SEA Members from state, judicial, county, municipal, private sector, and community college bargaining units have formed grassroots “Local Strength Teams” (LST’s) in ten 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.  Please see below for a description of the ten LST’s, and contact the Field Representative listed for information about joining the team and upcoming events.

Join a team in your area – Get involved – Make an impact!

Claremont

The Claremont LST is newly formed.  SEA Members have held a planning meeting with members from other unions.  Redistricting for the House was an important topic of discussion.

Contact: Michelle McCord (271-3411 x 112; mmccord@seiu1984.org)

Concord

Members in the Concord team have held educational discussions on the legislative process; called their legislators; and have been very active attending “lobby days” at the State House and phone banking at the SEA office on a regular basis.

Contact: Jean Chellis (271-3411 x 118; jchellis@seiu1984.org)

Grafton

SEA Members held a planning meeting with members from other unions.  Come join the effort to build a stronger, unified SEA presence in Grafton!

Contact: Joe Cicirelli (271-3411; jcicirelli@seiu1984.org)

Keene

The Keene team has focused recently on organizing a “Cheshire County Legislator Appreciation Night” on May 1st at River Valley Community College for legislators who have defended workers’ retirements, benefits, and the right to organize.  More info coming soon!

Contact: Michelle McCord (271-3411 x 112; mccord@seiu1984.org)

Lakes Region

Since the team convened last November, members have: sent cards to area legislators thanking them for past support; organized and held a meeting with Rep. Peter Bolster; called other area SEA Members to invite them to upcoming events; and held workshops on the legislative process and possibilities for future actions.

Contact: Jean Chellis (271-3411 x 118; jchellis@seiu1984.org)

Manchester

As the largest city in the state, Manchester presents numerous opportunities for visibility, advocacy, and collaboration with community organizations.  One of the hot topics for this group will be the redistricting proposal for the House, which splits Manchester and presents various challenges regarding the districts in surrounding towns.

Contact: Joe Meagher (271-3411 x 115; jmeagher@seiu1984.org)

Nashua

The Nashua team has held educational workshops on legislation and written holiday cards to legislators.  Working with members from other unions, they organized and held a meeting with Representatives Mike McCarthy, David Robbins, and Tim Twombly.  A unity group that includes members from other unions has made plans for a Nashua Labor Rally on May 5.  Stay tuned for more details!

Contact: Andy Capen (271-3411 x 107; acapen@seiu1984.org)

North Country

SEA Members had an appreciation dinner with Lancaster Representatives before the HB 474 veto override vote last Nov. 30.   Members are organizing for upcoming actions and looking for others to join them!

Contact: Joe Meagher (271-3411 x 115; jmeagher@seiu1984.org)

Salem

Earlier this year in Salem, SEA Members joined members from other unions to meet and discuss the legislative agenda with Sen. Chuck Morse.  It was a thoughtful and engaging discussion.  We are actively looking for members to join the team and plan how we can have an impact in Salem!

Contact: Andy Capen (271-3411 x 107; acapen@seiu1984.org)

Seacoast

Highlights from the Seacoast team include: sending holiday cards to supportive legislators; holding a meeting with Representatives Tim Copeland and Julie Brown; getting Letters to the Editor published in various newspapers; and spreading the word about tax fairness this Tuesday in Dover!

Contact: Joe Cicirelli (271-3411; jcicirelli@seiu1984.org)

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