For NH Workers Facing Impending “Right to Work” Fight, Solidarity Has Never Been More Important

 

 

Brothers & Sisters,

 

As we begin the process of swearing in the winners of November’s election, I know that many of us feel discouraged and tired. Members across New England dedicated thousands of hours of their time to advocate for the election of leaders that would stand up for New Hampshire working families. In an election year where the entire country experienced a wave of GOP wins on the state and federal level, New Hampshire once again defied the norm and will be sending an all female Democratic delegation to Washington D.C.

Unfortunately, despite your tireless effort put into our Labor 2016 election campaign, we are faced with a New Hampshire Republican Party control of our legislature and the Governor’s Office. Although many of us are tired from a hard fought and seemingly endless campaign, we must stay active. We must stay engaged. And most of all, we must stay united. 

Governor-elect Sununu has already publicly stated (more than once) that Right to Work legislation is at the top of his agenda. Make no mistake, unless we come together and fight, New Hampshire will be a Right to Work state. Despite the misleading name, so-called “Right to Work” laws do not guarantee anyone a job and do not protect workers’ rights. Right to Work laws prohibit trade unions from collecting fees to cover the cost of contract administration from employees who benefit from the protections of a collective bargaining agreement, but do not join the union. There are different versions of Right to Work legislation, but all Right to Work laws are designed to limit the power of labor unions, and the workers they represent, to negotiate for better pay and working conditions. While supporters typically claim that Right to Work laws are necessary to attract new businesses and increase employment opportunities, rigorous economic studies have failed to validate such claims.

The labor community in the Granite State has an obligation to the rest of New Hampshire working families to fight Right to Work legislation using all of the resources and allies we can organize. And we cannot afford to wait until the new legislative session starts and the Governor-elect becomes Governor. We must start to lay the plans for our opposition today!

As Governor, Chris Sununu will not only have the help of a Republican controlled legislature, but also the help of dark money Super PACs such as those funded by the Koch Brothers and other conservative millionaires. Well-funded Right to Work proponents like the National Right to Work Committee, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and Americans for Prosperity will be spending millions of dollars to push an anti-labor agenda.

We all have connections to different allies and a wide variety of resources. The only way that New Hampshire will not become a Right to Work state is if we use our numbers and our voices to stand together, and stand up for New Hampshire working families.

Start talking to your colleagues, fellow members, family members, and friends about what we can do to protect New Hampshire workers and their families from the attacks that are sure to come this legislative session.

The New Hampshire AFL-CIO will stand with its fellow brothers and sisters in the rain, sleet, and snow to protect New Hampshire workers and their future. Let’s get to work!

 

For more information on Right to Work click here.

 

For more information on upcoming events regarding organizing our opposition to anti-union attacks, please continue to check our website or email araff@nhaflcio.org

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Today is “Giving Tuesday” & You Can Give to the Linda Horan Scholarship Fund!

 

Today is “Giving Tuesday” and your chance to help your fellow union members and their families, while teaching students about the importance of the Labor Movement. There is no better way to give this Tuesday. You know that Sister Horan would!

Contributions to the NH AFL-CIO Linda Horan Scholarship Fund are tax deductible and checks should be made out to:

NH AFL-CIO EAP Services

Please write “Linda Horan Scholarship Fund” in the memo line of your check.

 

As the scholarship fund grows through member donations, we hope to increase the amount and the number of scholarships we are able to award. Contributions to the Scholarship Fund will allow the NH AFL-CIO to assist in shaping the future by providing educational opportunities for eligible scholarship applicants. Through your contribution to NH AFL-CIO EAP Services, you will be advancing the educational opportunities of our future leaders by assisting them to pursue higher education, while at the same time, honoring our beloved labor warrior, Sister Linda Horan.

 

Click here to view the Linda Horan Scholarship Program’s rules
and eligibility requirements.
 

Click here for the 2016 Scholarship Application. 

Please click here to download a copy of the contribution
form.

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Most Of Us Are Just Leaving Work…And We Still Need To Vote!

Brothers & Sisters, 

Many of us are just about to leave our place of work. And if you had to be at work before your polling location opened, THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE TO VOTE! We are in the final hours of our 1+ Year of campaigning for leaders that will support America’s working families. The New Hampshire AFL-CIO thanks you for all that you have done to help advocate for progress and for the interests of our members, and we need you to VOTE. 

If you are unsure of where to VOTE after you get out of work, you can TEXT: POLL to 235246 or visit our website for selected New Hampshire polling locations and poll hours by CLICKING HERE

Your vote matters, and workers have never needed your vote more than they need it today. So please take the time to VOTE after you finish up a hard days work. 

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VOTE!!! TODAY IS WHEN WORKING FAMILIES MAKE THEIR VOICES HEARD!

Millions of working men and women are getting to the polls as we speak. This is the day we have worked so hard for.

All of our work talking to members, holding signs and having conversations about the future of American working families comes down to today.

If you haven’t voted yet make sure to make time between now and when the polls close to do so. If you are unsure about where your polling location is, you can TEXT POLL 235246 or CLICK HERE to see selected polling locations.

LET’S MAKE THE FINAL PUSH FOR OUR MEMBERS AND OUR FAMILIES! 

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Let’s Go For A Walk This Weekend For New Hampshire Working Families


Brothers & Sisters,
 
 
The polls are getting too close for us to sit this weekend out. We need the help of every member that has two hours to spare before Election Day. In two hours, you can make a difference and help us in our final push to elect leaders that will fight for working families.
 
 
 
I know that we’ve asked a lot of our labor family its allies over the past year. But it has never been more critical for us to engage our fellow union members and make sure they have a plan to vote on Tuesday.
 
 
Below you will find a list of our Get Out The Vote Canvass Events taking place in Nashua and Hooksett, everyday, through Election Day.
 
 
 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4 | 9am-6pm
Labor 2016 Get-Out-The-Vote Canvassing
America Votes Partners Nashua Field Office
4 John Tyler Road, Merrimack NH

 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4 | 9am-6pm 
Labor 2016 Get-Out-The-Vote Canvassing
NH AFL-CIO Offices
161 Londonderry Turnpike, Hooksett, NH

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5 | 9am to 6pm
Labor 2016 Get-Out-The-Vote Canvassing
America Votes Partners Nashua Field Office
4 John Tyler Road, Merrimack NH

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5 | 9am to 6pm
Labor 2016 Get-Out-The-Vote Canvassing
NH AFL-CIO Offices 
161 Londonderry Turnpike, Hooksett, NH

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6 | 9am to 6pm
Labor 2016 Get-Out-The-Vote Canvassing
America Votes Partners Nashua Field Office
4 John Tyler Road, Merrimack NH

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6 | 9am to 6pm 
Labor 2016 Get-OUT-The-Vote Canvassing
NH AFL-CIO Offices 
161 Londonderry Turnpike, Hooksett, NH

You can also use this secure online sign-up form to volunteer for multiple labor walk shifts from now to Election Day: 
https://goo.gl/forms/AbBezdGheWf87IO43

Please help us get out the vote for pro-labor candidates by joining us for our GET OUT THE VOTE Labor Walks.

 

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This is it. This is GOTV.

Brothers & Sisters,

This is it.

This is our last chance to engage our fellow union brothers and sisters in a conversation about our state and our country’s future. 

This is our last chance to leave everything out on the field.

This is our last chance to make sure that we don’t wake up on Wednesday, November 9th, and wish that we had done more.

This is GOTV.

Today we start the final push for workers across this country. And we need your help! 

Below are the details for Get Out The Vote Labor Walks:

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4 | 9am-6pm
Labor 2016 Get-Out-The-Vote Canvassing
America Votes Partners Nashua Field Office
4 John Tyler Road, Merrimack NH

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4 | 9am-6pm 
Labor 2016 Get-Out-The-Vote Canvassing
NH AFL-CIO Offices
161 Londonderry Turnpike, Hooksett, NH 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5 | 9am to 6pm
Labor 2016 Get-Out-The-Vote Canvassing
America Votes Partners Nashua Field Office
4 John Tyler Road, Merrimack NH

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5 | 9am to 6pm
Labor 2016 Get-Out-The-Vote Canvassing
NH AFL-CIO Offices 
161 Londonderry Turnpike, Hooksett, NH

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6 | 9am to 6pm
Labor 2016 Get-Out-The-Vote Canvassing
America Votes Partners Nashua Field Office
4 John Tyler Road, Merrimack NH

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6 | 9am to 6pm 
Labor 2016 Get-OUT-The-Vote Canvassing
NH AFL-CIO Offices 
161 Londonderry Turnpike, Hooksett, NH

You can also use this secure online sign-up form to volunteer for multiple labor walk shifts from now to Election Day: 
https://goo.gl/forms/AbBezdGheWf87IO43

Please help us get out the vote for pro-labor candidates by joining us for our GET OUT THE VOTE Labor Walks.

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Joe Casey is a member of the New Hampshire AFL-CIO Executive Council and former President of the New Hampshire Building and Construction Trades Council running for the open seat in State Senate District 6, which includes the cities of Rochester and Farmington. Joe has worked hard his entire life to represent the interests of working men and women in New Hampshire and he needs our help to continue that good work. Knocking doors, calling voters, and participating in visibility are easy ways you can help Joe win. Every vote will count in this district.

Just last week the New Hampshire GOP sent out a negative mailer about Joe that stated he was the embodiment of “special interest” in government. Now more than ever, Joe needs our help. Click here to help Joe get his message out to New Hampshire working families!

Joe is holding a Day of Action on Saturday, October 29th in Rochester and he needs the help of the New Hampshire Labor Community. We hope that you can join us to make sure that New Hampshire working families in District 6 get the representation they deserve. Details for the event are as follows:

WHAT: JOE CASEY DAY OF ACTION

WHEN: Saturday, October 29th: 10am Rally | 10:30am Canvas and Phone Bank | 11am Visibility & March | 1pm Lunch 

WHERE: Spaulding High School Cafeteria, 130 Wakefield St, Rochester, NH 03867

RSVP Online at joecaseynh.com/action

Come and stand is solidarity with the New Hampshire Labor community as we work to get one of our own elected to the New Hampshire State Senate.

For more information or to RSVP please contact:

Cameron Koob, Campaign Manager, Joe Casey for State Senate

Email: cameron@joecaseynh.com

Phone: (603) 931-2030 

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BRING YOUR PET TO A UNION VET!

Congratulations to the veterinarians, vet nurses, vet techs and office staff at Stratham-Newfields Veterinary Hospital who have become members of CWA Local 1400 via card check recognition!
 
In response to the lack of licensure requirements for veterinary technicians, Stratham-Newfields Veterinary Hospital spearheaded the effort to require licensure of all veterinary technicians in New Hampshire.
 
What is a veterinary technician?  In New Hampshire, anyone can be called a veterinary technician or “vet tech.”  SNVH requires that their nurses caring for your pets are credentialed veterinary technicians, which means they hold a college degree and have passed a national exam. 
 
 
Stratham-Newfields Veterinary Hospital 
 
8 Main Street, Newfields NH 03856 / Phone: 603-778-7687 
 
 
 
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: COLIN VAN OSTERN’S STATEMENT ON BEING ENDORSED BY THE NH AFL-CIO

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:       Alan Raff
                        (603) 714-0258
October 3, 2016
 
Colin Van Ostern’s Statement on Being Endorsed by the New Hampshire AFL-CIO in his Gubernatorial Race
Concord – New Hampshire Democratic Gubernatorial candidate, Colin Van Ostern, released the following statement after his recent endorsement by the New Hampshire AFL-CIO in his Gubernatorial race.



“I am proud to stand with the hardworking members of New Hampshire’s AFL-CIO,” said Democratic nominee, Colin Van Ostern. “Our next Governor must ensure New Hampshire’s economy works for everyone, not just those at the top and we’ll do that by safeguarding the bipartisan New Hampshire Health Protection plan, which has insured over 50,000 Granite Staters, investing in public education, raising New Hampshire’s lowest in the nation minimum wage and standing against the so-called ‘right to work’ legislation my opponent favors that strips hardworking people of their right to collectively bargain altogether. It’s critical that we work together to build on the progress we’ve made and move our state forward, not backward.”



For a complete list of New Hampshire AFL-CIO endorsed candidates, please visit our website by clicking here.

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PRESS RELEASE: NH AFL-CIO RELEASES FULL LIST OF ENDORSED CANDIDATES

PRESS RELEASE
Contact:      Alan Raff
                       araff@nhaflcio.org
                       (603) 714-0258 
             
October 3, 2016
 
New Hampshire AFL-CIO Releases List of Endorsed Candidates 
 
Hookett – The New Hampshire AFL-CIO is proud to release its list of endorsed candidates for the upcoming General Election on November 8th, 2016. At the New Hampshire AFL-CIO Legislative Conference on Saturday, September 17, the delegates from the New Hampshire AFL-CIO affiliates voted to endorse candidates for Governor, New Hampshire State Senate, and the New Hampshire House of Representatives. The New Hampshire AFL-CIO has endorsed candidates that we believe will be champions for New Hampshire working families and will continue to move New Hampshire forward!
 
The full list of New Hampshire AFL-CIO Endorsed candidates (Presidential, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Gubernatorial, State Senate, New Hampshire House of Representatives) can be found on our website by clicking here. 
 
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