New Hampshire Labor Has Lost One Of Its Strongest Voices

Today, our New Hampshire Labor Family lost one of its strongest voices, Senator Scott McGilvray. Scott’s service to New Hampshire working families began long before he succeeded in winning his Senate Seat. Scott served as a Social Studies teacher and coach in Manchester for decades. Coach McGilvray didn’t dedicate himself to his community because it was his job, he did it because of his passion for helping people, and helping people learn. One of Scott’s many gifts was his ability to see the potential in all of his students. There are hundreds of Granite Staters that were guided by Scott’s leadership and caring nature. He had the rare ability to relate to students on and off the field in a way that was different from other educators. To this day, students recall words of advice they received from Scott while they were at Memorial High School.
 
Scott didn’t just provide assistance to his students, Scott also never stopped fighting for his colleagues and their families. So often our teachers are not treated with the gratitude that they deserve. Scott made it his job, literally, to advocate for one of the most under-appreciated groups of professionals in the Granite State, educators. As President of the New Hampshire National Education Association, Scott got up every day to better our education system in New Hampshire. His priority was to ensure that every student and every teacher had the materials they needed to succeed.
 
Having Scott in the New Hampshire Senate gave all of the us in the New Hampshire Labor Community tremendous pride, and we will not falter in continuing his work. His dream of building a New Hampshire that provided a better future for his students will not be forgotten. His memory will live on through the students and teachers whom he cared for so much. Senator McGilvray embodies the meaning of “Public Servant,” and he should be honored as such. The New Hampshire AFL-CIO sends its thoughts, prayers, strength, and love to Scott’s family. We stand with you in these difficult times. Thank you for strength and Solidarity, Brother McGilvray.
 

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: SO-CALLED “RIGHT-TO-WORK” DEFEATED

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: February 16, 2017

Contact: Alan Raff, (603) 714-0258

New Hampshire AFL-CIO Reacts to House Vote on “Right to Work”

Concord – Following the House vote on so-called “Right to Work” today, Glenn Brackett, President of the New Hampshire AFL-CIO made the following statement: 

“Today a bi-partisan majority confirmed that ‘Right to Work’ is still wrong for New Hampshire, and this vote should be the final nail in the coffin.  Across the Granite State, working people stood together against this corporate-backed legislation that would cripple our ability to speak up on job. We thank the legislators who let workers’ voices rise above special interests’.”

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ICYMI: Right to Work Supporter Admits “Right to Work” is About Killing Unions

 

 
ICYMI: Right to Work Supporter Admits “Right to Work” is About Killing Unions
 
 

Jim Roche, President of the NH Business and Industry Association admits that so-called “Right-to-Work” is really about destroying unions. Tell you legislator to oppose Right to Work! http://bit.ly/NHrtw

 

 

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THURSDAY: New Hampshire House Vote on So-called “Right-to-Work” Legislation

 
We need Solidarity Now!
 

Brothers & Sisters,

On Thursday, we will have our biggest fight thus far, on so-called “Right-to-Work” laws in the Granite State. The New Hampshire House of Representatives will vote on a version of so-called “Right-to-Work” THIS THURSDAY (DAY AFTER TOMORROW), FEBRUARY 16TH. We need to make this our biggest action of the legislative session because New Hampshire working families are depending on us to defend and protect their rights. 

 
 

Governor Sununu has stated that if any form of so-called “Right-to-Work” reaches his desk, he will sign it. This means that it is absolutely crucial that we stand in Solidarity and let our legislators know that we will hold them accountable.

 

THIS THURSDAY we need to send a message that is so strong that the entire legislature takes notice. We need to make it clear that passing any form of this legislation will do nothing but make life more difficult for New Hampshire working families.

 
 

Out-of-state special interest groups from places like Michigan and Indiana are pushing “Right-to-Work” legislation to make it more difficult for us to come together, stand together, and stay together in the face of attacks against New Hampshire workers. 

 

WE NEED YOUR STRENGTH ON THURSDAY! RSVP ON OUR FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE!

Please join your brothers and sisters as they fight for working people this Thursday in Concord! 


WHAT: So-called “Right-to-Work” House Vote

WHEN: Thursday, February 16th, 2017 at 9:00 AM

(to gather before the vote at 10:00 AM)

WHERE: New Hampshire State House, Representatives Hall,

107 N Main Street, Concord, New Hampshire

If you are unable to attend, please make sure that you:

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– CLICK HERE TO TELL YOUR LEGISLATOR TO VOTE “NO” ON SO-CALLED “RIGHT-TO-WORK” 

– CLICK HERE TO SIGN OUR PETITION TELLING GOVERNOR SUNUNU THAT SO-CALLED “RIGHT-TO-WORK” IS STILL WRONG FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE WORKING FAMILIES!

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New Hampshire Working Families Deal So-Called “Right-to-Work” Legislation Its First Blow

New Hampshire Working Families Deal So-Called “Right-to-Work” 
Legislation Its First Blow In House Labor Committee Vote
 
 
Today, New Hampshire working families from across the Granite State stood together to protect workers from legislation that would have lowered their wages and exposed them to more dangerous work environments. The New Hampshire AFL-CIO would like to thank the 14 (ITL: 14/OTP: 7) members of the Committee that voted to defeat both the House and Senate versions of this deceptive “Right-to-Work” Legislation. Your support is not only appreciated but essential to defending our state against this anti-worker legislation.
 
 

Following today’s public hearing in the New Hampshire House of Representatives’ Labor Committee, New Hampshire labor leaders spoke out on the ant-worker legislation.

Glenn Brackett, President of the New Hampshire AFL-CIO: “The New Hampshire AFL-CIO was proud to stand with hundreds of working people across the state who are fighting to protect their rights at work. This legislation is an attack on working families by out-of-state special interests seeking to lower wages for everyone and undermine worker protections. The proponents of this legislation are playing politics with the future of our workforce, and New Hampshire working families deserve better.”

Richard Gulla, President of SEA/SEIU Local Union 1984: “So-called right to work has no place in the Granite State, and I’m proud we were able to pack this hall today with those who agree. Both of these bills are tired, recycled legislation that does nothing for the real problems facing our state. We need the House to reject these bills so we can get down to working together on legislation that helps – not hurts – New Hampshire families.”

Sarah Hirsch, President of the University of New Hampshire Lecturers Union: “The families of New Hampshire want the college students to be solidly prepared and ready to enter good careers. To do this, the faculty who teach and mentor them need to be protected, have job stability and security, good benefits, and a say in their working conditions!  Weakening unions ultimately weakens higher education, undercutting the development of a skilled workforce for New Hampshire at a time when we need more competitive workers in the state.”  

Frank Moroney, Executive Director AFSCME Council 93: “It’s a powerful statement that a majority of legislators, both Democrats and Republicans, voted against so-called “Right to Work” today. They stood together because they know protecting our right to speak up together on the job shouldn’t be a partisan issue. Right to Work would hurt working families across the Granite State, and we’ll continue to fight against this legislation as it moves to the House floor.”

Dennis Caza, President of Teamsters Local Union 633: “Today, hundreds of our brothers and sisters stood in Solidarity to defend the rights of New Hampshire’s workers. We hope that we have sent a message to the legislature that so-called “Right-to-Work” is not the solution that New Hampshire working families need. In the coming days, we urge workers in every industry across the state to contact their legislators and let them know that this so-called “Right-to-Work” legislation is wrong for New Hampshire.”

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So-called “Right-to-Work” is Wrong for New Hampshire

Extreme politicians and out-of-state corporate interests are trying to pass so-called “Right-to-Work” in New Hampshire. This bill is deceptive, confusing and will drive down wages for ALL New Hampshire families. Instead of controversial legislation like “Right-to-Work”, we should be working together to improve wages and benefits for New Hampshire’s working families.  Tell your legislator to vote NO on so-called “Right-to-Work!” 

CLICK HERE to stand up for New Hampshire working families! 

CLICK HERE for more information on so-called “Right-to-Work,” and learn why it is STILL wrong for New Hampshire. 

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Tell New Hampshire Legislators That Right to Work Is Wrong for Our State

Extremist Republicans in our state, along with corporate lobbyists and special interest groups, are once again pushing dangerous “right to work” laws, which will cut our wages and benefits and make our workplaces less safe.

Sign the petition to tell Gov.-elect Chris Sununu and state legislators that right to work is wrong for New Hampshire.

 

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Senator Lou D’Allesandro Slams “Right-to-Work” Supporters For Not Listening To Concerned Citizens

Senator Lou D’Allesandro Slams “Right-to-Work” Supporters 
For Not Listening To Concerned Citizens
 
 
 

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.

 

For more information on the fraudulently labeled “Right-to-Work” legislation, CLICK HERE

 

Find your State Representative and contact them to let them know that

 

so-called “Right-to-Work” is STILL wrong for New Hampshire working families

 

 

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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!

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