Senator Lou D’Allesandro has always stood with New Hampshire working families. His words on the Senate floor regarding the Senate Commerce Committee’s decision to immediately vote to pass SB11-FN (so-called “Right-to-Work”) out of committee before reading or researching any of the submitted testimony show that he understands the importance of unions to a prosperous middle class in the Granite State. Sadly a majority of his fellow Senators don’t care about good wages and benefits for the working class and passed the bill 12-11.
The New Hampshire AFL-CIO would like to thank those Senators who voted to defeat the fraudulently-labeled “Right-to-Work” bill in the Senate.
We will need your assistance, voice, and leadership to defeat this in the House of Representatives.
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).
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.
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).
- 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.
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.
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
For more information or to RSVP please contact:
Cameron Koob, Campaign Manager, Joe Casey for State Senate
Phone: (603) 931-2030
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 email@example.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
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
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.