SEA News – May 22


Quarterly Council meeting set for June 13

A special election will be held for board seats; BBQ starts at 5 p.m.

The next quarterly Council meeting of SEA/SEIU Local 1984 is set for Thursday, June 13, and will include a special election for two seats on the Board of Directors. As has become a tradition, we’ll hold our annual barbecue for councilors before the meeting.

The special election is being held to fill two seats: the private sector seat that went unfilled at convention last year, and the at-large seat that was left vacated when Mary Fields was elected First Vice President at that same convention. You can find more on the election on our website.


Action alert: Contact senators about COLA

The Senate is set to vote Thursday on HB 616, our pension cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) bill, and we need you to contact your senator and make it clear that our retirees need a COLA.

Members of NHRS have not received a COLA since 2010. As expenses rise, these retirees who dedicated their careers to public service find themselves left further and further behind. You can easily send a message to your senator using our updated online action form, which you can find here. If you’d prefer to call your senator, you can find their contact information hereWe’re close to the finish line – let’s keep this moving.


Play and Stay camping weekend back in July

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.

Limited seats left for Foxwoods casino trip

There are limited seats available for the Social Activities Committee’s all-day excursion to the Foxwoods Resort Casino on Saturday, June 8. For just $35, you’ll get transportation to and from the casino, a $10 meal voucher and a $15 bonus slot play. The trip is open to SEA members and guests – you’ll want to act fast to reserve your seats. Read more on our website.


Members head to Trouble Makers School

A group of SEA/SEIU Local 1984 members is set to join labor leaders and activists at the Labor Notes Trouble Makers School in Worcester, Mass., on Saturday, June 1. The SEA reached out to chapter leaders recently offering to cover the cost for the training, and the 15 available spots filled up quickly.

Trouble Makers School brings together rank and file union members and activists to learn and share how we can fight back against structural inequality in our work lives. While this session filled up quickly, we’d like to gauge interest in a future session. Please enter your information on this form to let us know whether you’d be interested. You can see the full workshop description provided by the Labor Notes professionals for the June 1 session to get an idea of what it would include.


Paddle for Ken Roos is this weekend

SEA members are planning the following events, which are open to SEA members and their families along with friends in the community. Unless otherwise noted, all events are at the SEA office in Concord.

Paddle in memory of Ken Roos is set for Sunday, May 26, on the Contoocook River in Concord. Ken’s family has invited SEA members to join them for this event in his memory. Even if you don’t want to hit the water in a kayak or canoe, you can join the group for a picnic on Daisy Beach. More information, including RSVP and rental availability, is available on our website.

Knitting for the Public Good returns at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 23. You can RSVP on Facebook.

Movie Night returns at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 31, with “The Hand that Feeds,” a documentary that tells the story of 12 undocumented immigrants who face an uphill battle and the threat of deportation when they take on the popular restaurant in New York City where they work. You can RSVP on Facebook.

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