DOT bargaining power strengthened in legal triumph
In June 2020, the Public Employee Labor Relations Board (PLRB) ruled in favor of SEA and Department of Transportation workers and issued a cease and desist for a policy requiring employees to obtain medical cards for a promotion, lateral transfer, or demotion.
This is a huge victory for DOT workers. Not only did the state try to circumvent bargaining, they also held employees financially responsible for the cards.
The judge ruled that the medical cards placed an undue burden on workers and made little to no impact on public safety. Read the decision here.
Members at the state liquor stores speak out against unfair practices and win
Last week, SEA member and liquor store employee Bob Walker spoke up regarding pressure from the Liquor Commission to return to work, despite a letter from his doctor advising him otherwise. Thanks to members’ activism, the SEA was able to secure a victory for liquor workers at risk. This was the video they were featured in: Workers in Pain. Based on that video, it piqued reporters’ interest and Bob’s story was featured in the following publications:
The activism saved 87 jobs at the New Hampshire Liquor Commission.
Rally for state workers highlights governor’s failings; huge win for members’ contract at the Legislature
On Tuesday, June 16 dozens of SEA members gathered in their cars and online to remind Gov. Sununu that state employees have worked without a contract for 350 days. This week, the House and the Senate voted in favor of the independent Fact Finder’s report, which recommended a modest wage increase that adequately rewards employees for their labor. The car horns could be heard well inside the Governor’s office, and Sununu did not appreciate our less than gentle reminder. However, Gov. Sununu has made it clear that he is not in favor of supporting state workers, pandemic or not.
In a press conference later that day, he dismissed members’ pleas for a contract, referring to them as ‘union bosses’ who ‘need to get your priorities straight’, and used the pandemic as a cover for why he continues to withhold compensation to the state’s workforce. Click here to watch the video clip on our Facebook page. Regardless of the governor’s words, both chambers of the Legislature voted in favor of state employees to receive the fair compensation owed to them.
More information will be forthcoming on next steps. Thanks to the House and Senate vote this week, we plan to take every necessary action to implement this contract for our members.
New Chapter at Plymouth State University
After two weeks of voting, the non-tenure track faculty at Plymouth State University (PSU) voted to join SEA/SEIU Local 1984 as our newest chapter! We welcome our new members knowing full well that higher education is an industry with growing wage gaps and declining representation.
The administration at PSU attempted to deter faculty from voting for representation. The administration dismissed the wage benefits and bargaining efficacy of representation.
It is impossible to foster support for unions without a dedicated and involved membership. Thank you to all our members who keep our union strong!