Leaders in Action for Justice

Corey Dearborn

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  • State Employees Association of NH Inc
  • Public Division
If there were a leadership yearbook, what would your yearbook superlative be and why?

I am a passionate Union member who is always willing to stand up for injustice no matter what the cause!!!!

What is one of your proudest leadership moments during the past year and why? Feel free to share more than one.

  1. I am a Youth Counselor at Sununu Youth Services Center in Manchester, New Hampshire. I have been doing this work for almost 20 years now. I love my job and the ability to change the lives of Juveniles I take care of. My proudest moment came several years ago when our division hired William Fenniman as our new Director. I┬ádoubted his commitment to the workers from the start. Before he stared working for the facility, all workers had good schedules ( 4 & 3). For no reason whatsoever he decided to change everyone’s schedule to a 5 & 2 and only gave everyone a 2 weeks notice to get prepared. But, myself along with the help of our chapter president and a few other strong members, we started passing out stickers (stop 5&2), (stop short-staffing). Which Fenniman told staff they couldn’t wear stickers cause they were too dangerous. So, then the employees along with the help from other brothers and sisters held an informational picket, after that we had nearly 100 employees sign a vote of no confidence against Director Fenniman. Through all this pressure we were able to force Fenniman out and ultimately some of the staff were given back their 4 & 3 schedules, not all the staff were given because during this time we had a huge layoff and no enough staff to properly operate the facility without some people being on a 5 & 2.

Looking ahead to this year, what do you want to be the next step in your development as a leader? How will that step help our movement for economic and racial justice?

The next step from me is to take back all the valuable information I’ve learned at the 2016 Quaddrenial Convention. I want to recruit new members to be leaders and activists not only at my facility but other facilities too. I will continue the Fight For $15, cause in New Hampshire no one can survive on $7.25

Anything else you would like to add?

We area member driven Union and there is strength in numbers. Power to the People!!!!