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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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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TODAY!: MA AFL-CIO & NH AFL-CIO Joint Labor 2016 Walk in Manchester!

Please join our Brothers & Sisters from the Boston Central Labor Council, Massachusetts AFL-CIO, New Hampshire AFL-CIO members and community allies TODAY! (Tuesday, August 23rd) for a late afternoon (4:00 PM -8:00 PM) Labor 2016 walk in Manchester/Hooksett. 

We want to have a strong showing from our New Hampshire affiliates to welcome our friends from Massachusetts that are taking the time out of their own schedules to support our Electoral Program.

We hope to see you TODAY in

MANCHESTER/HOOKSETT | Tuesday, August 23 | 4pm-8pm | 

Staging location: 161 Londonderry Turnpike, Hooksett

https://www.facebook.com/events/542928549232347/

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 one or more NH 2016 labor walks.

For more information about our 2016 Labor Election Program, click here. 

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