SEA News – Sept. 11, 2019


Reminder: Council meeting is tomorrow

The fourth quarterly Council meeting of 2019 is set for tomorrow night at the SEA/SEIU Local 1984 office at 207 N. Main St. Registration begins at 6 p.m. and the meeting will start at 6:30. Chapter presidents are reminded that you and your Councilors are constitutionally responsible to attend Council meetings.

SEA/SEIU Local 1984 Quarterly Council Meeting

Date: Thursday, Sept. 12, registration begins at 6 p.m., meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.
Location: SEA office, 207 N. Main St. Concord NH


Unions for All message heard loud and clear

 SEA activists drive pro-worker message at NH Democratic Convention

About a dozen SEA/SEIU Local 1984 members plus staff united together at the NH Democratic Convention for one common goal: to share our Unions For All message with the presidential candidates, their staff and fellow Granite Staters. The day was a huge success as participants were eager to receive our message – we handed out hundreds of Unions for All T-shirts, buttons, signs, stickers within a few hours. You can read more on our website.


Filing period ends soon for Board elections 

Time is running out to file a self-nomination form to run for positions on the SEA/SEIU Local 1984 Board of Directors at this year’s convention. Filing by the deadline means you’ll get your information published in SEA News and your name printed on the ballot – if you miss the deadline, you can still run as a write-in candidate if you’re nominated from the floor.

Elections will be held at the Annual Convention on Saturday, Oct. 19, at Merrill Place Conference Center in Plymouth. 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.


Correction: Toastmasters club is open to all

If you’re interested in building leadership and speaking skills, we encourage you to consider joining the SEA-based Toastmasters, called the Spellbinders Club. The club meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month from 5:30-7 p.m. at the SEA office.

The Spellbinders is open to the public; the previous edition of SEA News incorrectly stated the opposite. You can contact Heather Fairchild, the club co-sponsor, at for more information. If you’d like to share this in your worksite, you can find a printable PDF flyer here.


What you need to know about the COLA

Gov. Sununu signed pension bill in a ceremony Friday in Manchester

Late last week, Gov. Chris Sununu signed HB 616 into law, granting the first permanent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) to public retirees since 2010. There are a couple of caveats for this 1.5 percent COLA that will impact if and when a New Hampshire Retirement System (NHRS) member will receive it. You can read more on our website.


Second memorial blood drive a success

On Thursday, the second edition of the Ken Roos blood drive collected 48 units, honoring the legacy of our late first vice president who was an avid blood donor. Roos passed away last summer after a brief illness. The blood drive was co-hosted by SEA/SEIU Local 1984 and Temple Beth Jacob, where the blood drive was held. The 48 units collected – a unit is roughly equal to a pint – will help close to 150 different people. You can read more on our website.


Join us for NH premiere of voting rights film

Our movie night returns on Sept. 26 with the New Hampshire premiere screening of “Supressed: The Right to Vote.” The film uses first-hand accounts to paint a picture of massive voter suppression efforts for the 2018 election in Georgia. Brave New Films provided us with the opportunity to host this premiere, which the SEA is co-sponsoring with a number of our community allies and our own Lavender Caucus, Campaign for Public Good and Social Activities Committee. The event begins at 5 p.m. for a social hour to be followed by the screening and discussion. You can RSVP on Facebook.


Upcoming SEA/SEIU Local 1984 events

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

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.

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.

End 68 Hours of Hunger: During September and October, SEA/SEIU Local 1984 and the state Liquor Commission are teaming up to support End 68 Hours of Hunger. For children suffering from food insecurity, free lunch and breakfast provided at school can be their only food source. That leaves a 68-hour gap between lunch on Friday and breakfast on Monday. End 68 Hours of Hunger provides food staples to children in need and you can help by donating specific food items at any state liquor store during September and October:

– Peanut butter (plastic, 10–18oz. jars)
– Canned tuna (5 oz. cans)
– Canned fruit (14–16oz. cans)
– Canned soup (15–19oz. cans)

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