SEA News – Nov. 6, 2019


Join us for a town hall with Elizabeth Warren

Click the image above to watch a video to SEA/SEIU Local 1984 members from presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren. The Massachusetts senator will take part in a town hall with SEA members on Wednesday, Nov. 13.

We invite you to join us next Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 5:15 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in Concord for a town hall with Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren. Registration is required and details can be found here.  We are very excited to be able to offer this opportunity to members, as just yesterday Sen. Warren penned an op-ed recognizing our win at Rockingham County nursing home, and highlighting the importance of unions and her plan to strengthen unions and improve the lives of workers.

Recently, Warren also submitted her answers to the 10 questions that our Political Education Committee designed. We encourage you to read through her responses and use them to inspire your questions for the town hall.


Quarterly Council meeting set for Dec. 12

Our fourth quarter December Council meeting is set for Thursday, December 12. Registration begins at 6 p.m. and the meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. To view the agenda that was sent out to all councilors, click here. As a reminder, chapter-elected Councilors are constitutionally responsible to attend Council meetings.


Open enrollment period has now begun

The annual benefits open enrollment period has begun for state employees and will run through Wednesday, Nov. 20. This is your opportunity to review your benefits elections and make the changes you need for 2020 to best meet your needs.

We strongly suggest you read through your options on the state’s open enrollment page on the Employee Portal.

Reminder: Use your HAT money by Dec. 31

Just a reminder to state employees: With the end of the year coming, you’ll need to use money earned by taking the HAT or risk losing it. The balance of the $200 earned will remain on your HRA debit card through year end – meaning you can use the card until Dec. 31. However, you have until March 31 to seek reimbursement for any expense incurred before the end of this year.

The HAT program will start over on Jan. 1, so you’ll be able to log in to your Anthem account and start the process over. Just remember that while the HAT continues, Healthy Rewards does not. Make sure that you make use of your 2019 HAT funds and take the HAT first thing next year.


Upcoming SEA/SEIU Local 1984 events

Black Friday event: The Department of Corrections Retail Showroom is holding a one-day Black Friday sale on Friday, Nov. 29, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The entire store is 25 percent off – fill out your gift list with artwork, furniture, leather goods, novelties and games. The showroom is at 312 N. State St., Concord.

Veterans Day volunteering: The New Hampshire Veterans Home needs help transporting veterans from their rooms to their Veterans Day event in a function area at the facility on Monday, Nov. 11, from 1:30-4 p.m. If you’d like to help out, you can send an email to

Interfaith Women of NH event: The group is hosting a holiday event on Dec. 9 at the St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral where presenters of many faiths are invited to share their spiritual connection to the holiday season. For more information, click here.

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