2018 End of Legislative Session Recap from AFT-NH

AFT-New Hampshire President Doug Ley has posted an end-of-session look-back at significant education and labor legislation considered by the state legislature in 2018. Of special note, Senate Bill 193, which would have authorized redirecting taxpayer dollars earmarked for funding public education as “grants” (i.e., vouchers) to private households to pay for private school tuition or homeschooling costs, was finally put on the shelf after Senate members attempted to resurrect the bill after a bi-partisan majority of House members voted to send the bill to interim study (and voted again to keep it there). Senate Bill 193, described as the most radical school voucher bill to be introduced by any state legislature in the United States, was supported by Governor Chris Sununu. This wrong-headed and harmful bill deserved to be stopped in its tracks, and fortunately, it was.

On a less upbeat note, Senate Bill 318, a watered-down version of a bill that expands the maximum number of hours 16-and-17-year-old students are permitted to work during the school week and makes it harder for the Department of Labor to investigate suspected violations of youth employment regulations, was passed on the recommendation of a conference committee dominated by legislators with ties to the restaurant and hospitality industry. New Hampshire AFL-CIO actively fought the passage of the bill and similar 2018 bills to weaken wage & hour protections for teen employees.

Read more about these and other legislative developments on the AFT-NH web site.

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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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