NH AFL-CIO President Glenn Brackett Testifies In Opposition To HB 1341, Another Version of “Right To Work” Legislation

 

Yesterday New Hampshire AFL-CIO President Glenn Brackett stood with numerous members of the New Hampshire labor community in opposition to HB 1341, a bill relative to employee payments to unions. HB 1341 is another attempt by the anti-union wing of the New Hampshire legislature to undermine the existence of organized labor in the Granite State. Below is an excerpt from President Brackett’s testimony:

“House Bill 1341 would establish a statutory right for all public and private sector workers, who are not union members but are covered by a collective bargaining agreement, to divert payment for the total amount of their union agency fees to a charity, for any personal reason, regardless of the negotiated terms of the agreement.

All New Hampshire employees covered under a collective bargaining contract already have a full legal right to redirect their union fees to charity based on legitimate religious objections. We are forced to conclude, therefore, that the true intent of House Bill 1341 is to weaken the collective voice of New Hampshire workers who benefit from representation by a labor union.”

House Bill 1341 is not a legitimate mechanism for increasing aid to charitable causes. To paraphrase William Shakespeare, so-called “right-to work” legislation called by any other name still smells like “right-to-work.” This bill, if passed, would allow those individuals that choose to have their union fees diverted to charity, to still take full advantage of the protections given by the union and collective bargaining agreement. The members that pay into their labor organization so that they can both protect and be protected in the workplace would be forced to shoulder the cost of those who opt out of the payments. This is not a fair burden to place on working families that already struggle to make ends meet and provide for their loved ones. 

 As New Hampshire
AFL-CIO President Brackett put it:

“House Bill 1341 offers no meaningful benefits to New Hampshire’s economy, workers or businesses. I urge members of the committee to vote this legislation ‘Inexpedient to Legislate.’”

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Welcome to the new home of Granite State Solidarity!

 

Happy first in the nation primary! Not only is this your opportunity to take part in New Hampshire’s historical first in the nation primary, it is the launch of the New Hampshire AFL-CIO’s new website. We are proud to launch this new labor platform in the hope that it will further unite us and provide an outlet for communication between New Hampshire’s working families.  

The website will feature New Hampshire AFL-CIO Labor News
Updates and will enable members to keep up to speed on issues impacting working
families in New Hampshire, and around the country. Additionally, visitors can
comment and discuss labor topics as they develop.

Our new website will also educate workers on how to organize their workplace and advocate for their fellow workers.

Make sure to sign up for New Hampshire AFL-CIO labor updates to stay up to date with labor and legislative events. Welcome to the new home of Granite State Solidarity!

 

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More Than 150,000 Strong for Postal Banking: Winners and Losers of the Week

Each week, we take a look at the biggest friends and foes of labor. We celebrate the workers who are winning big and small battles, and we shame the companies or people who are trying to deny working people their rights. 

Source: AFL-CIO Now Blog

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President Brackett’s Statement on DNC & NHDP Remove WMUR as Co-Sponsors of December 19th Democratic Debate

New-NH-AFL-CIO-LogoHooksett – Glenn Brackett, President of the New Hampshire AFL-CIO issued the following statement in support of the Democratic National Committee and the New Hampshire Democratic Party’s decision to remove WMUR as a sponsor of the December 19th Democratic Debate due to WMUR’s refusal to negotiate in good faith with their workers.

“I am proud of our brothers and sisters of IBEW 1228 for standing up for their rights as WMUR workers. I am grateful to the DNC, New Hampshire Democratic Party, and the Presidential candidates for their decision to stand with New Hampshire workers and hold Hearst Corp. accountable for their refusal to negotiate in good faith with their employees. I would like to thank DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Shultz and NHDP chair Ray Buckley for their support throughout this endeavor. The New Hampshire AFL-CIO would also like to thank Democratic Presidential candidate Martin O’Malley for the statement he released yesterday calling on WMUR to be removed as a sponsor of this debate.

Although we regret the Hearst Corporation’s repeated unwillingness to move contract negotiations forward with their employees, the New Hampshire AFL-CIO and its fellow brothers and sisters in organized labor look forward to the upcoming debate and the opportunity to see three great candidates make their case to New Hampshire, and working men and women across the country.”

In Solidarity,

Glenn Brackett

President, NH AFL-CIO

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STOP STAPLES

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On December 7, The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it would seek to stop the proposed mergers of Staples and Office Depot, the country’s two largest office-supply chains. The agency has filed an administrative complaint asserting that the merger would violate America’s anti-trust laws by substantially reducing competition across the country.

This is an important step in the fight for consumers and workers across the nation.

We will continute to boycott Staples with our brothers and sisters in Solidarity. Please stand with us.

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