NHHEU Update

August 15, 2017

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome back! We hope you’ve all had a wonderful summer and are ready for what promises to be a busy fall semester on multiple fronts. We wanted to share a brief update on what we’ve been working on this summer and let you know about an important event later this month.

Bargaining Update

We met in the spring to review our existing contract and the tentative agreements reached by our predecessors so that we can present the strongest possible proposals to CCSNH management. Our next bargaining sessions will take place August 17th and 24th. To stay up-to-date on our progress in bargaining and learn more about how you can support our efforts, download the new NHHEU App to your smartphone (search for NHHEU in Google Play or the App Store) or join our private Facebook group by clicking here.

Please note that because our contract contains an Evergreen Clause, the provisions of our current collective agreement will remain in place until we ratify a new one. In the meantime, our pensions–the provisions of which are defined by state law–will not be affected.

One of our top priorities in bargaining is to improve our health insurance coverage. We’re preparing a proposal to switch to the Family Medical Care Plan (FMCP), which would provide a higher level of coverage at a lower cost.

SAVE THE DATE: August 25, 10am

In May 2016, under pressure from CCSNH faculty, students, and community members, the state Legislature’s Public Higher Education Study Committee called for a performance audit of the Community College System. Although the audit was completed last spring, it has not yet been made public and the Chancellor has already had an opportunity to rebut its conclusions. We are hopeful the audit reveals the serious issues so many of our colleagues brought to the attention of the Legislature. It was the engagement by faculty from all seven colleges that led the Legislature to call for the audit. This report is an important step toward improving transparency and accountability at CCSNH and toward making  fundamental improvements at every college in the system.

Please join us at the Legislative Office Building in Concord, room 210, at 10am on Friday, August 25, where the Legislative Budget Assistant will make public the audit before the Legislative Fiscal Committee. We need as many faculty members as possible to attend this event to demonstrate our support for positive changes at our colleges.

If you have any questions about the bargaining process or how you can get more involved in NHHEU, please click here to send us an email message. Remember, to follow our progress in bargaining and learn more about how you can help improve the Community College System for students and faculty, download the new NHHEU App (search for NHHEU on Google Play or the App Store) or join our private Facebook group by clicking here.

Best wishes for a great start to the academic year.