Joint Statement of the NH Labor Leaders Following the Senate Passage of So-called “Right-to-Work” Legislation

PRESS RELEASE

Contact:          Alan Raff
                        araff@nhaflcio.org
                        (603) 714-0258

 

January 19, 2017
 
Joint Statement of the leaders of New Hampshire AFL-CIO and its affiliates,
the National Education Association of New Hampshire, the State Employees Association,
the New Hampshire Carpenters, and the New Hampshire Teamsters 
following the Senate passage of so-called “Right-to-Work” legislation

Concord – “Today the New Hampshire Senate passed the so-called “Right-to-Work” bill.  This bill is not about improving New Hampshire’s economy or increasing the freedoms of any worker in the Granite State. Instead it is an attack on all working families by special interests seeking to lower wages for everyone and undermine worker protections. This bill is designed to do one thing and one thing only:  limit employees’ ability to advocate on behalf of what’s best for their families and communities. 
This bill will silence the teachers who advocate on behalf of smaller class sizes for our children, the transportation employees who negotiate for the equipment they need to keep the roads clear after a blizzard and the police and firefighters who negotiate for the staffing levels they need to keep us safe. It would take away the voices of tradespeople like ironworkers, pipe-fitters and line workers who negotiate the safety standards that keep entire industries safe.
When working people aren’t able to have a voice in what’s best for our communities, we all lose.
New Hampshire deserves real solutions to real problems, not attempts to limit working people’s voice in their communities.  The legislature was elected to advocate for the best interests of all New Hampshire working families, and we urge them to remember that. As the bill moves to the House we’ll continue to do what we’ve always done: Stand with working families across the state to create a New Hampshire that works for everyone.”

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Call To Action: So-called “Right-to-Work” Senate Vote Solidarity Event

Brothers & Sisters,

 

Last week hundreds of you came to our side and helped us amplify the voice of all New Hampshire working families as we told our Legislators that we will not stand for fraudulently-labeled “Right-to-Work” laws in the Granite State. Despite heartfelt testimony and statistical evidence presented by many who gave attended, three of the five members of the Senate Commerce Committee voted to to pass SB11-FN. This means that the entire New Hampshire State Senate will vote on this so-called “Right-to-Work” law this THURSDAY, JANUARY 19TH AT 10:00 AM at the New Hampshire State House. We will be gathering together to hand out signs and information starting at 9:00 AM (before the State Senate session).

I know that it is unfortunate that many of us who will be impacted by this theft by deception legislation will be working during this crucial vote. But we are asking every ally, activist, member and community leader to once again join us on THURSDAY at the New Hampshire State House at 9:00 AM to send a message to the New Hampshire State Senate that workers will not sit by quietly while workers rights are being threatened. Together we can beat the corporate special interest pushing dangerous solutions to problems that we do not have!
 
WHAT: So-called “Right-to-Work” Senate Vote Solidarity Event 
 
WHEN: Thursday, January 19th 9:00 AM meet-up for the 10:00 AM Senate session
 
WHERE: New Hampshire State House, 107 North State Street, Concord, New Hampshire 
 
 
 
 
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NEW ECONOMIC POLICY INSTITUTE REPORT DISCREDITS CLAIMED SO-CALLED “RIGHT TO WORK” ECONOMIC BENEFITS

The Economic Policy Institute has published a New Hampshire update that discredits claims that so-called “Right to Work” will benefit the state’s economy, based on comparing the results of passing fraudulently-labeled “Right To Work” in Indiana in 2012. The analysis shows that New Hampshire’s economy is stronger, unemployment is lower and the rate of job growth in New Hampshire has matched job growth in Indiana since the state enacted the law. This is just more evidence that New Hampshire doesn’t need theft by deception legislation like “Right to Work,” to succeed. Many New Hampshire working families are still struggling to recover from the Great Recession, and so-called “Right to Work” will do nothing but make their lives even more difficult.

CLICK HERE TO READ UPDATED REPORT 

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“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. 

WANT TO FIND YOUR LEGISLATOR TO CONTACT THEM AND LET THEM KNOW THAT “RIGHT TO WORK” IS WRONG FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE WORKING FAMILIES? CLICK HERE!

For more information on “Right to Work” Click here 

 

 

 

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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!

 

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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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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