SEA News – July 31, 2019


2019 Convention set for October in Plymouth

Delegates to elect officers and directors, vote on amendments, resolutions

The 2019 SEA/SEIU Local 1984 Annual Convention will be held on Saturday, Oct. 19, at Merrill Place Conference Center in Plymouth. Members in good standing can now file self-nomination forms for positions on the Board of Directors as well as proposed amendments and resolutions to be considered by delegates.

This one-day convention will include annual awards, and we are also seeking nominations for the John B. Parker Award for Outstanding Member. You can find all necessary forms on the Convention 2019 page on our website.


Author, organizer shares story of Seattle win

Jonathan Rosenblum will be at SEA office to discuss minimum wage fight

You’re invited to join us at noon on Friday, Aug. 9, to meet Jonathan Rosenblum, a veteran union organizer and author of “Beyond $15 Immigrant Workers, Faith Activists and the Revival of the Labor Movement”

Rosenblum, a veteran union organizer, played a leading role in the successful effort to raise the minimum wage at SeaTac and wrote “Beyond $15” about his experiences with that campaign. If you’re going to join us, we suggest arriving at about 11:45 a.m. to settle in for a light lunch.  Rosenblum will begin presenting just after noon, followed by a Q&A. This event is co-hosted by various faith organizations. You can RSVP here.


Join us for dedication of Ken Roos memorial

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. If you’d like to join us, you’re asked to RSVP here.

Register now for 2nd Ken Roos blood drive

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 again took part in the camping weekend on the Pemi River earlier this month. The member-run event is sponsored by the Social Activities Committee and has been happening for several years. We’d like to thank the members who attended and especially those who planned and volunteered to help keep this event going.


Are you registered to vote? Elections coming

While the New Hampshire primaries are seven months away, municipal elections are coming up this fall all around the state. With that in mind, it’s never too early to make sure you’re properly registered to vote to ensure a smooth voting day for all. To register you must be 18 years of age or older on Election Day, domiciled in the town or ward where you seek to vote, and a U.S citizen. Read more on our website.


Results are in: Employee viewpoints survey

Thank you to all those who took the time to complete the State Employee Viewpoints Survey. We reviewed the results and are pleased to share them with you. This is the second year that this survey has been distributed and we used the data from 2018 to compare it with the answers received in 2019. If you’d like to give us feedback on ways to improve next year’s survey, please send your comments to You can find a link to our analysis on our website.


Lend a hand at Vets Home classic car show

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

Volunteer opportunity – Classic Car Cruise Night at the NH Veterans Home: Join with other SEA members tomorrow, Thursday, Aug. 1, 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. The event includes entertainment, light refreshments, 50-50 drawing and veteran-voted best car selections. Volunteers are needed 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 is Aug. 8, with times remaining the same. You can sign up here.

Lavender Caucus action discussion: All are invited to join us Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (doors open at 10:30) for a meeting to discuss a wide range of issues, including how union members can lift up LGBTQ+ issues in the presidential election cycle. We’re meeting locally and participating in a conference call with the SEIU and other locals in the eastern region. The Lavender Caucus is a committee at our local, and you can also join at the international level – for a limited time, the IU is waiving the $25 fee to become part of the caucus.

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.

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.

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