NEA-New Hampshire announced today that the University of New Hampshire Professional, Administrative, and Technical staff and Operating Staff are now in the process of organizing with NEA-NH under the guidelines of RSA 273-A.
Earlier this year, the staff at Keene State College voted to organize with NEA-NH into three associations; Keene State College Administrative Staff Association (KSCASA), Keene State College Staff Association (KSCSA), and the Keene State College Directors and Supervisors Association (KSCDSA).
“When employees organize to exercise their legal right to collectively bargain, they see better job security, working conditions, benefits, and increased democracy in the workplace as compared to non-organized employees in the same profession,” said Scott McGilvray, President of NEA-New Hampshire. “We are excited and honored to have this opportunity to work with the hard-working and dedicated staff of this great university.”
“Organizing into a professional association gives us a voice. It guarantees we have a seat at the table as decisions that have a direct impact on the University campus we love so dearly are made. It gives us the ability to stand up for the dignity of our colleagues and sustain the caring community we have at UNH,” said Monique Couillard, former UNH Operating Staff Council Chair.
“Our counterparts at Keene State College recently completed their organizing efforts, and we hope to obtain the same protections, representation and benefits that come from collective bargaining as they now enjoy,” continued Couillard.
For more than 150 years, NEA-NH has been a strong advocate for the children of New Hampshire and for public school employees.
“The fundamental questions are these: Do we want an equal voice at UNH? Do we want a seat as equals at the decision-making table? Organizing would provide us that legally protected seat. Our belief is that being organized will help to protect and improve the strength and integrity of our campus community,” said Penny Gould, Sr. Program Support Assistant and OS Council member. “I want to help give a voice to choice on our campus, and am looking forward to learning as much as I can about how a relationship with NEA-NH will benefit the UNH staff.”
More information is available at UNHPA.org.