SEA News – Oct. 9, 2019


Victory for Rockingham County workers

Nursing home staff vote to organize a union with SEA/SEIU Local 1984

On Thursday, workers at Rockingham County Rehabilitation and Nursing Center voted by nearly a 2-1 margin (75-42) to organize a union with SEA/SEIU Local 1984. The six-month effort to organize was marked by extraordinary support from presidential campaigns and driven by the passionate leadership of nursing home employees. You can continue reading on our website.


The big event is just 10 days away 

The Annual Convention of SEA/SEIU Local 1984 is set for Saturday, Oct. 19, at Merrill Place Conference Center in Plymouth. It’ll be a jam-packed, one-day event with annual awards, votes on proposed amendments and resolutions, and elections for numerous positions of the Board of Directors.

We have information on all candidates who submitted self-nomination forms, as well as proposed resolutions and amendments on the Convention 2019 page on our website. We’ll see you in Plymouth on Oct. 19.

SEA/SEIU Local 1984 Annual Convention
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 19,  from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (registration begins at 8 a.m.)
WHERE: Merrill Place Conference Center, 14 Merrill St., Plymouth, NH
WHO: All duly-elected councilors of SEA/SEIU Local 1984 are required to attend


Join us for a town hall with Pete Buttigieg

Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg will be joining us for a town hall with members on Thursday, Oct. 24 at 4:30 p.m. in Concord. Interest in this event is high, so you’ll want to RSVP today to secure one of the remaining spots.

This event is exclusive to SEA/SEIU Local 1984, and is the first of several we’re arranging with presidential contenders. We are aware that members are very interested in these events, and are doing our best to share these opportunities with you – keep an eye on your email for more to come.

Delaney roundtable discussion canceled

Unfortunately, the roundtable discussion we’ve been organizing with presidential hopeful John Delaney for this Sunday has been canceled.

Candidates’ schedules tend to be jam-packed when they visit the state, so it’s difficult to find times that would provide opportunities for meaningful conversations. Ultimately, we were unable to make this event happen. We thank you for your patience as we work to organize as many of these opportunities as possible.


DOT workers bring message to Exec. Council

On Oct. 2, workers from the Department of Transportation greeted Gov. Chris Sununu, members of the Executive Council and state agency heads as they entered the regular council meeting at the Seacoast Science Center in Rye. The DOT sub-unit bargaining team declared impasse in September and were trying to raise awareness of the reasons why.

Workers were able to have a quick conversation with Sununu outside before the meeting, and used breaks in the meeting to have individual conversations inside. This kind of member-led action should be commended – we appreciate their work to improve working conditions for all DOT employees.


Reminder: Help End 68 Hours of Hunger

Through the end of this month, SEA/SEIU Local 1984 and the New Hampshire Liquor Commission are teaming up to benefit End 68 Hours of Hunger. You can drop off food and financial donations at liquor outlets throughout the state to help fight childhood hunger.

A quarter of children in the U.S. live in food-insecure homes – those children depend on free and reduced school lunch and breakfast. End 68 Hours of Hunger works to fill the 68-hour gap between school lunch on Friday and breakfast on Monday by providing bags of non-perishable food to these children. This partnership came about thanks to those members at the Liquor Commission working with the SEA’s Campaign for Public Good and Liquor Commission leadership. In addition to financial contributions, we are specifically seeking the following items for this drive:

  • Peanut butter (plastic, 10-18 oz. jars)

  • Canned tuna (5 oz. cans)

  • Canned fruit (14-16 oz. cans)

  • Canned soup (15-19 oz. cans)


Upcoming SEA/SEIU Local 1984 events

Here’s some of what’s happening in the coming weeks and months:

Sgt. Bettens memorial 5K race: Members at the Department of Corrections are organizing a 5K road race on Oct. 26 to benefit the children of Sgt. Patrick Bettens. Bettens was killed on Sept. 5, 2018, while riding his bike on North Main Street in Concord. You can pre-register for the race online and save $5. You can find a signup link and more information on our website.

Best Crockpot Dish cookoff: Workers at the Department of Environmental Services are again raising money to sponsor children through Operation Santa Claus. This year, they’ve expanded their chili cook-off to a crockpot-centric cook-off, which means there will be a wider variety of entries. The event is set for Friday, Oct. 25 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the atrium of the DES/DPHS building at 29 Hazen Drive in Concord. The cost is $5, with all proceeds supporting Operation Santa Claus, and as always, you’re asked to bring your own bowl and spoon. If you’d like to enter the cookoff, you can contact Shelley Marshall at 271-1386 or no later than Oct. 15.

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