The 2022 NH AFL-CIO Linda Horan Scholarship Awards


Dear Brothers and Sisters:

We are pleased to announce that to help with the constantly increasing costs of higher education, the NH AFL-CIO will this year award a minimum of three scholarship awards: the first for $1500, second for $1000 and third for $750 for the 2022-2023 school year. Additional scholarships may be awarded, subject to funds raised.

The Executive Council of the New Hampshire AFL-CIO named our scholarship program in honor of Sister Linda Horan, longtime IBEW member and former Chair of the Scholarship Committee, who lost her hard-fought battle with cancer in early 2016. The scholarship program was a labor of love for Linda, who was always committed to “leaving the ladder down” for the next generation. It is our hope to honor Linda’s passionate advocacy for workers again this year by making it a banner year for the Linda Horan Scholarship Program. We can only do that with your help!

We are asking at this time for any financial assistance that your local is able to provide to help us maintain our successful AFL-CIO scholarship essay program and maximize the amount of scholarship aid we can offer. Through the generosity of our affiliates, we were able to offer a record amount of assistance last year and we hope to help even more students in their quest for higher education this fall.

We hope you will also encourage your members to contribute to the Linda Horan Scholarship Program and that you will share with them the enclosed contribution form. Making a tax-deductible contribution to help fund the Scholarship Program is a great way for us all to lead by example and to leave the ladder down for others to follow. In the words of labor’s great friend, the late Senator Paul Wellstone, “Never separate the life you live from the words you speak.”

Most importantly, please help to get the word out to your members about the scholarship program so that they are aware of this great benefit available to members and their families. It pays to belong!

Enclosed you will find the contribution forms, the scholarship application, and the announcement (this includes the 2022 essay topic and the rules).

Winners are selected based on essays that are submitted on a topic selected by the Scholarship Committee. Essays are judged on understanding, writing style, content and significance to Labor Unions. Applicants are encouraged to draw on the experiences of their families and communities which will provide an opportunity for students to discuss unions with their parents and for members to think about what their union means to them.

In keeping with our tradition, scholarship winners will be honored at our Labor Day Breakfast, which will be held at St. George’s Cathedral in Manchester on September 5th. Winners and their families will be invited to attend as our guests.

This year the deadline for receipt of applications and essays is Monday, June 20, 2022, at 4 p.m. Winners will be announced on or before July 25, 2022.

We thank you in advance for your help and support in making this a special year to honor Sister Linda and carry on her passion for many years ahead.

If you have questions, please contact us at 603-623-7302. Rules and applications will also be made available on the NH AFL-CIO website.

Thank you!

In Solidarity,

2022 Scholarship Committee:

Glenn Brackett, NH AFL-CIO President
Janice Kelble, Deb Howes, James Lemay, Rachel Horan, Mike Smith, Kevin Longtin, Dave Spechuilli, Bobby Jones

Both local and individual contributions to the scholarship fund can be sent to:

Linda Horan Scholarship Fund
P.O. Box 801
Enfield, NH 03748

*NH EAP Services is a charitable tax-exempt organization, so contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.




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Pres. Glenn Brackett appeared with Congressman Chris Pappas and addressed voting rights activists and other allies on the importance of passing the Richard L. Trumka PRO Act. Watch his and Rep. Pappas’s remarks by following this link.

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Please Support our Endorsed Candidates in Tuesday’s Manchester Primary!


Manchester’s municipal primary election is Tuesday, September 21st. Please be sure to vote and to support the NH AFL-CIO’s endorsed candidates!
Joyce Craig – Mayor of Manchester
Dan O’Neil – Alderman-at-Large
June Trisciani – Alderman-at-Large
Dan Goonan – Alderman-at-Large
Kevin Cavanaugh – Alderman Ward 1
Christine Fajardo – Alderman Ward 4
Nicole Klein-Knight – Alderman Ward 4
Billy Barry – Alderman Ward 10
Norm Gamache – Alderman Ward 11
Erin Kelly – Alderman Ward 12
Peter Argeropoulos – Board of School Committee At Large
Sean Parr – Board of School Committee Ward 2
Gary Hamer – Board of School Committee Ward 10
Ken Roy – Board of School Committee Ward 12
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Congratulations to our 2021 Linda Horan Scholarship Winners!


Congratulations to our 2021 Linda Horan Scholarship Winners!
1st place Christopher Van Natta $2,000 (Michael Van Natta, IBEW 104)
2nd place Devon Moulton $1,250 (Jody Watson, IBEW 2320)
3rd place Alysse Cleasby $1,000 (Brian Cleasby, AFGE #948)
4th place Fiona Doherty $750 (Leo Doherty IBEW #2320)
tied 5th & 6th Ty Gallagher $500 (Eric Gallagher NALC Branch 44)
tied 5th & 6th Claire Reynold $500 (Maria Reynold AFT 1044)
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UPDATED – New Deadline (8/24/21) 2021 NH AFL-CIO Linda Horan Scholarship Program


This year, in honor of Sister Linda Horan, the NH AFL-CIO will again award scholarship assistance

Linda Horan Scholarship Program

This year, in honor of Sister Linda Horan, the NH AFL-CIO will again award scholarship assistance. Members in good standing of an affiliated local union, their spouses, children, grandchildren, stepchildren, or legal wards are encouraged to apply. A minimum of three scholarships will be awarded; one for $1,500, one for $1,000 and one for $750. Additional prizes may be awarded contingent on funding available.

Scholarship applicants must submit a 750-1,000 word (3 to 4 pages double-spaced) essay on the following topic:

The Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act addresses many of the major shortcomings with our current law. Passing the PRO Act would help restore workers’ ability to organize with their co-workers and negotiate for better pay, benefits, and fairness on the job. How would passing the PRO Act also promote greater racial & gender economic justice and bring greater fairness to the workplace?

Essays will be judged on understanding, writing style, and significance to Labor Unions. Applicants are encouraged to draw on the experiences of their families and communities. Two copies of the essay must be submitted – one may be a photocopy. All wording identifying the union member, or the name of the member’s union will be redacted, so please avoid use of such identifying information in your essay.

Those eligible are members in good standing, or the spouses, children, grandchildren, stepchildren, or legal wards of a member in good standing, of unions affiliated with the NH AFL-CIO. The union member must live or work in New Hampshire.

A completed application form must be verified by your local union official and must accompany the essay. Application forms are available from your local union or the NH AFL-CIO, 161 Londonderry Turnpike, Hooksett, NH 03106 (or you can call 603-623-7302 or 603-513-8176).

Traditionally scholarships have been awarded at the NH AFL-CIO Annual Labor Day Breakfast, but due to the uncertainty of in-person events this year, the announcement of 2021 Scholarship Winners will be posted on the NH AFL-CIO website, as well as our Facebook page, on or before August 31st, 2021.

Winners must provide proof of undergraduate enrollment in a college, community college, university, or recognized trade school for the fall semester, 2021.

Essays and application forms must be received by the NH AFL-CIO Scholarship Committee, no later than 4:00 p.m., TUESDAY, August 24th, 2021 at: NH AFL-CIO, 161 Londonderry Turnpike, Hooksett, NH 03106. WE ARE ALSO ASKING AFFILIATED LOCALS TO CONSIDER CONTRIBUTING TO OUR SCHOLARSHIP FUND.

Please contact, your local affiliate, or the NH AFL-CIO Facebook page for copies of the necessary forms or with any questions or concerns.

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Let the House hear your voice! “NO!” on SB 61


Brothers & Sisters, Allies & Friends:

As you might know, our fight against SB 61 is headed to the New Hampshire House of Representatives. The bill is scheduled to be heard in the House Labor Committee next week on THURSDAY, MARCH 25th at 10:00AM. It is crucial that we take this opportunity to make sure that our voices are heard and that the members of the House Labor Committee hear LOUD AND CLEAR that the citizens of New Hampshire oppose so-called “right-to-work!”

You can express your opposition to SB 61 easily from your computer by using the directions below. If you have any questions about how to sign-in in opposition, how to testify via ZOOM at the hearing, or how to submit written testimony to the committee, please contact us at

To view the House Labor Committee Hearing on Senate Bill 61 on 3/25/21 @ 10:00 AM, use the following information:

1. To join the webinar:

2. Or Telephone: Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): 1-929-205-6099

3. Webinar ID: 98630616522

The following email will be monitored throughout the meeting by someone who can assist with and alert the committee to any technical issues: or call (603-271-3600). Executive session on pending legislation may be held throughout the day, time permitting, from the time the committee is initially convened.

Here is the information/instructions for those that wish to sign up and testify:

1. To sign in to speak, register your position on a bill and/or submit testimony, use this link:

2.     After clicking the link, select the date of the House hearing during which you wish to testify on the calendar (March 25th).

3.     In the dropbox below “Select the Committee,” select House Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services.”

4.     In the dropbox below “Choose the Bill,” select “10:00 am – SB61.”

5.     Select the appropriate option for the “I am” dropbox (likely “Member of the Public”)

6.     Fill in the content box under “I’m Representing” with the business, organization, or group you are representing. If you are representing yourself only, write “myself.”

7.     Under the “Indicate Your Position on this Bill,” check the circle stating “I oppose this Bill.”

8.     If you wish to speak during the hearing to present your testimony, check the box next to “I Wish to Speak on this Bill.”

9. Click “Continue” at the bottom of the webpage.

10. Fill in your first name, last name, phone number, and email address, and click “Continue.”

11. Check the box next to “By clicking this checkbox, you agree that the information you have provided is truthful to the best of your knowledge.”

12. Click “Continue.”

13. To submit your written testimony to the Labor Committee, send it to:

You will see that on the bills Docket Page that there is also an executive session scheduled for the House Labor Committee to vote on Senate Bill 61 scheduled for March 30th at 9:00 AM.You may view this executive session by using the following link (I will send this out in email updates over the coming days as well):

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Statement by New Hampshire AFL-CIO President Glenn Brackett Regarding Federal Court Order for Remote Access to House Session


For Immediate Release
Feb. 17, 2021
Contact: Kalina Newman,

Statement by New Hampshire AFL-CIO President Glenn Brackett Regarding Federal Court Order for Remote Access to House Session

“Next week, the New Hampshire House of Representatives will meet for a two-day House session. As of right now, all House members are required to attend this session in person.

The New Hampshire AFL-CIO strongly urges our state representatives to provide remote accommodations for lawmakers who have special vulnerability to COVID-19, as defined by the ADA and Rehabilitation Act. No person should fear going to work. By not allowing these legislators to safely participate, they are essentially disenfranchising thousands of Granite Staters who voted for these representatives. This pandemic is not over. Until our communities are sufficiently vaccinated, we must continue to take necessary precautions to ensure the safety of us all.

Our state government is one of the oldest in the nation. And it’s worked, year after year, because it is a system founded on ‘principles of equality, and representation.’ Let’s make sure to honor these values by allowing remote access for lawmakers ahead of next week’s House session.”

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Statement by New Hampshire AFL-CIO President Glenn Brackett on the Re-Introduction of Protecting the Right (PRO) Act


“The New Hampshire AFL-CIO stands in solidarity with our union siblings across the country in support of the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to transform New Hampshire’s labor movement for the better. Here in New Hampshire, labor unions have been an essential asset to our state’s economy. Just take IBEW Local 490, for example. This local union boasts the largest comprehensive electrical training facility in the state of New Hampshire, and for decades, businesses from across the state have contracted employees out of this training program. Just imagine what we could do for our state if we were able to reform our country’s woefully inadequate labor laws. Speaking up for labor rights is within every worker’s rights—and workers shouldn’t lose our jobs for it. This legislation does it all for our working people: it removes barriers to organizing and bargaining, it holds employers and corporations accountable, and will make our economy work for everyone. 

America must build back better with unions by ensuring passage of the PRO Act.”

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