SEA News – July 17, 2019


Memorial event planned to honor Ken Roos

All are invited to join us at 10 a.m. on Aug. 10 to dedicate a permanent memorial to Ken Roos. Ken was the heart and soul of SEA/SEIU Local 1984, and his death last summer shook the organization. The memorial – a granite bench – will be placed under the shade of a tree next to the SEA office.

The day, Aug. 10, is significant as it would have been Ken’s 65th birthday. The bench, which is a gift from Ken’s family, will stand as a reminder of his contributions and a reflection of his constant presence at the union. If you’d like to join us, you’re asked to RSVP here.

Second Ken Roos blood drive set for Sept. 5

Mark your calendars and reserve your spot: the Ken Roos Memorial Blood Drive will return for a second year on Thursday, Sept. 5. Our first blood drive last year exceeded expectations and we’re hoping for an even better year this year. In addition to blood donations, we’ll need volunteers as well as contributions of food and door prize items. Read more on our website.


Members at NHRS reach bargaining impasse

The SEA/SEIU Local 1984 members at New Hampshire Retirement System have been attempting to negotiate a contract since early February. While parties have made progress on some important areas of the CBA, negotiations stalled when it came to wages. The SEA is attempting to negotiate raises to the wage scale that keep pace with the rate of inflation in New Hampshire. Read more on our website.


SEA member at Pease Fire fighting cancer

You can help his family by making a contribution today

One of our own, Mike Galimberti, has been fighting cancer since earlier this year. Mike is a firefighter at Pease AFB, and that community has rallied around him raising money to help his family through this crisis. Unfortunately, those fundraising efforts have fallen short of the goal and we’re hoping that his fellow SEA members can help push it over the top.  Any amount will help – you can make a contribution at


Conservative members find voice in union

About a dozen conservative members shared their thoughts at the first-ever listening session for conservative members where SEA staff facilitated group discussion and activities designed to generate conversation around political topics and personal experiences. Read more on our website.


Summer healthy living tips from Anthem

Anthem’s health coach for state employees recently sent out some helpful healthy living tips to help get through the dog days of summer:

– Find out how to spot if you’re having a lung or breathing issue due to the humid weather: flyer

– Learn more about the health benefits of garlic and find a great recipe for garlic walnut dip: flyer

– Get a better idea of where to seek medical attention (for example, when you can visit urgent care instead of the emergency room: flyer


Camping trip is this weekend – sign up today

SEA/SEIU Local 1984 office members are planning the following events in the coming months:

Play and Stay Weekend: The annual Play and Stay Weekend returns for a few days of family fun in the sun from July 19-21 at the Pemi River Campground in Thornton. There will be plenty to do for all between activities planned by our members – there’s an ‘80s theme this year – and everything the campground has to offer. The cost of camping is $10 a night per adult – kids are free. And this year, you can sign up and pay for your reservation online. You can find more information and an RSVP form on our website. If you want to let your friends and colleagues know you’ll be coming, you can RSVP on Facebook.

Movie Night: Our monthly movie night returns on Thursday, July 25, with a showing of “9500 Liberty,” documents the eight weeks in American history where a draconian Arizona-style immigration law was actually implemented. The event is co-sponsored by the Campaign for Public Good and Social Activities Committee. There will be a reception at 5 p.m. and the movie will begin at 6 p.m. We’ll supply the popcorn, and you can bring snacks to share, too. You can RSVP on Facebook.

Volunteer opportunity – Classic Car Cruise Night at the NH Veterans Home: Join with other SEA members to volunteer to support the residents and staff of the New Hampshire Veterans Home and enjoy some great pre-1980 classics from Detroit’s Golden Age of Horsepower. Plus doo-wop entertainment, light refreshments, 50-50 drawing and veteran-voted best car selections. We’re looking for volunteers to help with parking the classic cars or with transporting residents through the show. Public welcome, free admission, no entry fees (vehicle registration starts at 5). Rain date August 8, same times. You can sign up here.

Mohegan Sun bus trip: You’re invited to join us for an all-day excursion to Mohegan Sun in Connecticut on Saturday, Sept. 28. The trip, which is sponsored by the Social Activities Committee, is a great deal at $35 per person. That covers round-trip transportation (with six hours on site), plus a $15 meal voucher and a $15 betting voucher. This trip is a benefit for SEA/SEIU Local 1984 members, but you can bring guests with you. You can get your tickets here.

DHHS Culture of Health and Safety Fair: The Department of Health and Human Services is planning a wellness fair for Wednesday, Aug. 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the state office park on Pleasant Street in Concord. The event is sponsored by the DHHS Health and Safety Committee, which is a partnership between the agency and the SEA. We’ll be there along with a number of vendors to provide helpful information, and when you go, be sure to enter for a chance to win prizes.

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