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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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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AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler to Join U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Governor Maggie Hassan, and Former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter at NH AFL-CIO Labor Day Breakfast

This Monday we are going to celebrate the achievements of working people throughout the year. Local Union leaders from across the Granite State will be joined by U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Governor Maggie Hassan, Former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, and our newest edition to the event program, AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer, Elizabeth Shuler to recognize the importance of the November elections in our community and pledge to be active this election cycle to ensure we are all exercising our right to

Vote. For a Better Life. 

We hope that you can join us! 

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TOMORROW: NH AFL-CIO LABOR WALK IN LONDONDERRY

 

Brothers & Sisters, 

We need your support!

Please stand in Solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the New Hampshire labor movement in speaking to members in the Londonderry area about the importance of this upcoming election.

There are 73 days left until the November General Election. New Hampshire’s contests are some of the most important in the country. There has never been a more crucial time to get involved and speak to fellow members about what is at stake. We hope we will see you tomorrow!

TOMORROW IN LONDONDERRY | Saturday, August 27 from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
** Join volunteers and allies of the New Hampshire Labor Community**

Staging location: 4 Orchard View Drive, Apple Tree Mall (Next to Shaws), Londonderry, NH

https://www.facebook.com/events/1747164602168056/

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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