“Right to Work” Wrong for New Hampshire Working Families

What New Hampshire Working Families Should Know

About So-Called “Right to Work”

  • So-called “Right to Work” isn’t what it seems. It is a confusing, complicated and controversial proposal that is wrong for workers and their families.
  • Proponents of  “Right to Work”say that it will expand workplace freedom. “Right to Work” is political overreach at its worst. Politicians shouldn’t get between or interfere with agreements made between employers and their employees. Instead, politicians should respect those agreements and focus on real priorities like creating good jobs, investing in education, and lowering energy rates.
  • Under current state and federal law, no worker can be forced to join a union or to pay union dues. Moreover, it is illegal for union members to pressure non-union members to join.
  • So-called “Right to Work” legislation is not a job creation or economic development effort – it is specifically designed to weaken collective bargaining rights for working families. Over 60% of New Hampshire residents support workers’ rights to collectively bargain for wages, benefits, and better working conditions.
  • The effort to make New Hampshire the next “Right to Work” state is politically motivated and largely driven by out-of-state corporate special interest groups like Americans for Prosperity and the National Right to Work Committee, and is not a result of problems facing Granite State businesses or workers.
  • There is a long history of bi-partisan opposition to passing “Right to Work” in New Hampshire. In 2012, over 40 Republican State Representatives joined Democrats in voting to uphold the Governor’s veto of “Right to Work.” In March 2015, bi-partisan opposition in the State Senate killed a so-called “Right to Work” bill in a floor vote.
  • Granite State business experts agree that so-called “Right to Work” legislation does not address the factors that are most important in business location descisions, and that it will not create quality jobs in New Hampshire (Sig Sauer is sending new jobs to Arkansas instead of New Hampshire because of the high cost of energy in our state, not a lack of “Right to Work” legislation).

The Facts

Lower Wages

  • On average workers in states with “Right to Work” laws earn $6,109 (12.1%) a year less than workers in other states ($44,401 comparted with $50,511).
  • Twelve of the fourteen states with the worst pay gap between men and women are “Right to Work” states.
  • Of the ten states with the lowest minimum wages, eight are “Right to Work” states.

Less Investment in Education

  • States with “Right to Work” laws spend 32.5% less per pupil on elementary and secondary education than other states.

Unions Improve Living Standards. “Right to Work” Laws Don’t

  • Overall, union members earn 26.3% ($204) more per week than non-union workers. Hispanic union members earn 47.1% ($276) more each week than non-union Hispanic workers and African Americans workers earn 29.7% more each week if they are union members.
  • Some 79% of union workers participate in job-provided health insurance, compared with 49% of non-union workers.
  • 75% of union workers participate in guarenteed (defined-benefit) retirement plans, compared to just 15% of non-union workers.

Higher Workplace Fatality Rates

  • The rate of workplace deaths is 49% higher in states with “Right to Work” laws, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

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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!

 

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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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: SENATOR BERNIE SANDERS TO SPEAK AT NH AFL-CIO LABOR DAY BREAKFAST

Bernie Sanders to Speak at NH AFL-CIO Labor Day Breakfast 

Concord, NH — U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont will be the keynote speaker at the New Hampshire AFL-CIO Labor Day Breakfast on Monday, September 5th in Manchester, New Hampshire.

At the breakfast, Senator Sanders will discuss the challenges facing working Americans and why we need to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour, enact paid family medical leave, oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership and create new jobs rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure.

He also will talk about why he supports Hillary Clinton for President and Governor Maggie Hassan for the U.S. Senate and discuss their shared vision of how to build an economy that works for everyone — not just those at the top.

Media interested in attending this event are kindly asked to RSVP to vreyes@hillaryclinton.com 

New Hampshire AFL-CIO Labor Day Breakfast with Senator Bernie Sanders 

WHEN: Monday, September 5th, 2016 (Breakfast starts at 9:00 AM EDT) (Senator Sanders Scheduled to Speak at 11:00 AM EDT)

WHERE: Saint George Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 650 Hanover Street, Manchester, NH

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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

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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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TOMORROW: MA AFL-CIO & NH AFL-CIO Joint Labor 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 TOMORROW (Tuesday, August 23rd) for a late afternoon (4:00 PM -8:00 PM) Labor 2016 walk in Manchester. 

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 tomorrow in

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

Staging location: 161 Londonderry Turnpike, Hooksett
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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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Vote for a Better Life: NH AFL-CIO Labor Day Breakfast

This Labor Day, the New Hampshire AFL-CIO will hold its annual Labor Day Breakast at Saint George Greek Orthodox Cathedral to celebrate the achievements of working people throughout the year. Local union leaders and elected officials will recognize the importance of the November elections in our community and pledge to be active this election cycle to ensure we are all exercising out right to Vote. For a Better Life.

This event is open to the public. The suggested donation is $30.00 (kids under 5 eat free). To order your tickets, please call Billie Jo Schreiber at (603)623-7302, Ext. 17 or email at bschreiber@nhaflcio.org

Breakfast Details

Monday, September 5th

9:00 AM

Saint George Greek Orthodox Cathedral

650 Hanover Street, Manchester, New Hampshire 

Click here to view the 2016 New Hampshire AFL-CIO Labor Day Breakfast flyer 

 

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TOMORROW: Please join Senator Bernie Sanders and Secretary Hillary Clinton in Portsmouth

TOMORROW: Please join us as we stand in solidarity with Senator Bernie Sanders and Secretary Hillary Clinton, in Portsmouth, as they join together to fight for New Hampshire working families against the Republican Party and Donald Trump.

 

Event Details:

 

When: TOMORROW: Doors Open: 9:00 AM/Event Start: 11:00 AM
Where: Portsmouth High School, 50 Andrew Jarvis Drive, Portsmouth, New Hampshire

You can RSVP by clicking HERE 

 

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PRESS RELEASE: NH AFL-CIO PRESIDENT BRACKETT’S STATEMENT ON HILLARY CLINTON ENDORSEMENT

June 21, 2016 

NH AFL-CIO PRESIDENT BRACKETT'S STATEMENT

ON HILLARY CLINTON ENDORSEMENT

HOOKSETT—New Hampshire AFL-CIO President Glenn Brackett released the following statement on the organization’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton.

“The choice in this election is stark. Hillary Clinton has fought for American families and their ability to make ends meet throughout her career in public service. She knows that workers are the backbone of our country and her commitment to our nation’s working men and women is reflected in her record of fighting for higher wages, better workplace protections, and the elimination of the wage gap.”

“On the other hand, Donald Trump is a fraud who has actively worked to stiff his own employees in order to make himself richer. He gets up in front of crowds and makes them believe that he will fight for them. When in reality, we know that he has spent his life stepping on whoever he needed to promote and elevate himself–even when it meant lying and taking from working folks. I am proud that the AFL-CIO is supporting a candidate like Hillary Clinton who will work to build an economy that works for all of us.”

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CALL TO ACTION THURSDAY 5/5: Stand in Solidarity with Verizon Workers in Manchester

Brothers and Sisters, we ask you to join us this THURSDAY, MAY 5 AT 9:30 AM AT Verizon Wireless, 1111 South Willow Street, Manchester, New Hampshire, as we stand in solidarity with members of the CWA and IBEW to fight for good jobs and protect the rights of working Americans. This demonstration is part of a National Day of Action, where thousands of members and allies of labor organizations will stand up for Verizon workers across the United States.

40,000 men and women are still on strike at Verizon and Verizon Wireless determined to fight for as long as it takes to protect good, respectable jobs. This strike is bigger than Verizon. It’s about protecting good, hometown jobs in this country. It’s about securing a brighter future for our families and our communities. It’s about standing up to a handful of rich and powerful interests to make sure the needs of working families are met.

That's why it's so important for all of us to stand with the working people at Verizon and Verizon Wireless, and that's why we need you to stand with us this THURSDAY, MAY 5 AT 9:30 AM AT Verizon Wireless, 1111 South Willow Street, Manchester New Hampshire. Please spread the word and help us protect American working families. 

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AFL-CIO Will Hold Off On Presidential Endorsement

Source: Dave Jamieson, Labor Reporter, Huffington Post (Click Here for link to article)

The AFL-CIO will not be handing out their endorsement in the 2016 Presidential Primary, at least not yet. This comes from an email that President Trumka sent to members that was obtained by various news outlets. In the email President Trumka stated:

“Following recent discussion at the AFL-CIO’s Executive Committee meeting and subsequent conversations with many of you, I have concluded that there is broad consensus for the AFL-CIO to remain neutral in the presidential primaries for the time being and refrain from endorsing any candidate at this moment.” 

Under the AFL-CIO’s procedure, if the Executive Council gives an endorsement recommendation, the endorsement must be ratified by leaders of the federation’s member unions. President Trumka also stated in the email that the Executive Council would “continue its ongoing discussion” about the 2016 campaign.

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