On November 17th, the New Hampshire Labor Relations Board certified the New England Police Benevolent Association as the exclusive bargaining unit representative for the Newport (NH) Police Department bargaining unit. The Newport Police Association wanted to disaffiliate itself from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFCME) and join the New England P.B.A. The members wanted a union that would be able to address all the needs of Police Officers twenty-four hours a day. In speaking with several officers, they were concerned that the AFCME did not provide the overall organizational expertise that NEPBA has to offer to police officers, and after careful consideration the members took the necessary steps to change unions. They are now members of the largest police union in New England.
New England PBA Secretary / Treasurer Sean R. McArdle stated; “The Officers of the Newport Police Association are the utmost professionals and their decision to join with a professional all law enforcement organization like New England PBA is obviously the right choice. I look forward to working with these dedicated law enforcement professionals and can’t wait to start negotiations with the Town.”
New England PBA New Hampshire Director Steve Arnold called the election, “a great day for the hard working and dedicated members of the Newport Police Department, who clearly want to be represented by a law enforcement union who respects and understands the needs of police officers. I wish them all a happy and safe Thanksgiving.”
New England PBA Executive Director Jerry Flynn stated; “We are proud of our organizing team and their continued record of accomplishment in the Granite State. Yet, our continued growth in New Hampshire is predicated on our ability to deliver quality contracts and by continuing to provide the stellar legal services for all those we represent, including now the Newport Police Union.”