NHHEU Bargaining update

Welcome to the New Hampshire Higher Education Union

The officers and staff of IBEW Local 2320 warmly welcome all new members of the New Hampshire Higher Education Union (NHHEU). We’re honored to represent you, and we look forward to working with you to support your goals. Although your spring semester is coming to a close, there have been recent contract and legislative developments that affect the work you do on campus.

Bargaining: NHHEU and CCSNH Cooperate Toward Common Goals

The bargaining process is now underway between NHHEU and CCSNH. Our union sees an opportunity to work together with the System, which hasn’t been the case in the past. We understand that we don’t share all the same goals, but we believe we have more in common than not. We’re hopeful that this new approach will help all our members.
We see the creation of the NHHEU as a chance for both parties in bargaining to cooperate and work together to help improve the educational experience of the students at the Colleges . We believe that a cooperative relationship is better for everyone. Representatives of NHHEU have already been meeting with members of the Senate Finance Committee to seek more money to support full-time faculty members. We hope to work closely with the Chancellor on this and similar goals.
Budget Update: What’s on the Line in Proposed Education Funding?
For the first time in modern history, the New Hampshire House of Representatives failed to pass a version of the state budget. Opposition from libertarian-leaning Republicans and a united Democratic caucus defeated the bill.
All fiscal bills must originate in the House, but nothing prevents the Senate from attaching its own budget bill to a separate House appropriation bill, which is the plan underway in the Senate. Hoping to get the budget process back on track, the New Hampshire Senate Finance Committee is now crafting a spending plan based on the $12.1 billion plan introduced by Governor Sununu.
After the Senate’s version of a budget bill is passed, the House must agree to it, usually through a procedure in a committee of conference. But this time the House doesn’t have its own version of the budget to pursue as part of the negotiations.
Time pressure will play a role because both the Senate and the House must pass the final spending plan, and it must be signed by Gov. Sununu by June 30.
The Governor’s budget request included a $3 million operating funding boost for the Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH) each year, but the System was funded at $2.48 million below the State Fiscal Year 2018 Efficiency Budget request. Gov. Sununu’s original written budget neglected to include any additional operating funding for the CCSNH. But the Governor later suggested that the Legislature allocate $6 million over the biennium to the CCSNH, which amounts to a 7% increase.
Besides the $6 million, Sununu’s budget also calls for $10 million in new money for capital investments. This amount still falls short of Chancellor Ross Gittell’s request. Gittell seeks additional
funds to cover personnel costs and to stabilize tuition. But Senate support for additional funds is uncertain at this point.

Meet the Local Leadership

IBEW Local 2320 is led by Steve Soule. He was elected to the union’s top office, Business Manager, in 2015.
Steve is a passionate advocate for his membership. In addition to his union service, he has also been in service to the country. Steve is a combat veteran of the US Navy, having served his last deployment during the 2004 Battle of Fallujah. He is the recipient of the Iraq Campaign Medal with the Eagle Globe and Anchor and campaign star for participation in combat operations. He currently lives in Manchester with his wife Bonnie and their daughter Isabella.
Kevin Cavanaugh is the Assistant Business Manager for the Local 2320. Kevin is a 30 year member of Local 2320 and has acted as lead negotiator since 1999 with Bell Atlantic, Verizon, Avaya, AT&T and FairPoint Communications. Currently Kevin is the Alderman of Ward 1 in Manchester and Chairman of the Special Committee on Solid Waste and sits on the Committees of Administration/ Information Systems and Lands and Buildings for the City of Manchester. He lives in Manchester with his wife Kerri and their three children.

During his time in office Steve has helped increase Local 2320 membership by 52%. As our union grows, our resources increase and so does our ability to effect positive change for all our members. In addition to members of NHHEU, Local 2320 include employees at FairPoint Communications (soon to become Consolidated Communications) and the security officers of the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant.
IBEW Local 2320 is a New Hampshire-based union operating in Manchester, but is just one affiliate of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Other IBEW locals represent about 4,000 workers in New Hampshire, including construction workers, utility workers, and men and women employed in broadcast television. Our parent union represents more than 750,000 members in the United States and Canada. Locally and nationally, IBEW harnesses all its collective power to fight on behalf of working families.

Meet Your Counsel

Peter Perroni is a partner in the law firm of Nolan Perroni, with offices in Manchester, New Hampshire, and Chelmsford, Massachusetts. Perroni has been practicing law since the early 1990s and been working with IBEW Local 2320 for many years. The firm represents thousands of union members across New England.
Throughout his career, Peter Perroni has focused his efforts on representing working people. In addition to being a seasoned trial lawyer, he is an expert in union-side labor law and is Chief Legal Counsel to more than 60 local law enforcement unions in New England. He regularly represents unions and union members in arbitration proceedings and in cases before state and federal administrative agencies. In addition, Perroni often represents union members and their families in matters unrelated to labor, including personal injury claims and criminal defense matters.
Perroni holds an adjunct professorship at New England Law, where he has taught since 1997. He is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, Maine, and New Hampshire.

NHHEU’s Continued Work

We are determined to keep each and every member of NHHEU up to date on all of our efforts. Although you may be away during the summer, our union will remain fully engaged and continue to work on your behalf.