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New Hampshire
Correctional Officers
Look to UE for Aid


Responding to the loss of benefits, a Grafton County correctional officer circulated a petition endorsing a meeting with a union organizer. Nineteen of the 30 officers signed that petition — and then contacted UE.

The correctional officers voted overwhelmingly to join UE in an election conducted Sept. 30.

Grafton County, in northwestern New Hampshire, encompasses an area that includes a portion of the White Mountains region and the Connecticut River Valley.

In May, Grafton County officials imposed several changes in benefits on the correctional and sheriffs’ departments, and nursing home and court house employees. These included increased prescription co-payments from $1 to $10, $20 or $30, depending on the type of medication; the loss of a holiday and a $2 fee for meals at the county cafeteria.

The corrections officers are now preparing for contract negotiations — and assisting UE organizers in organizing more than 150 county nursing home employees into the union. An election date is pending.

Field Organizers Rachel Clough and Rachel Wells assisted with the correction officers’ organizing efforts.

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