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Roll Call Vote on SB 11 (Defeat of Right to Work)

Please take a moment to review the roll call of the state state representatives' vote on defeat of so-called Right to Work.  A "yea" vote was for defeat of RTW. If you click on the name, you can find the contact information for your representative. Please send a thank you note or give them a call and let them know their vote in support of working families is appreciated.


Statement by AFT-NH President Douglas Ley on Defeat of Right to Work

BOW, NH      FEBRUARY 16, 2017


AFT-NH President Douglas Ley released the following statement on the defeat of so-called Right to Work by the New Hampshire House.


“We are extremely pleased that the NH House defeated Right to Work by a 200-177 vote today. The defeat of this bill was the result of cooperation across party lines and hard work by our members, fellow union brothers and sisters in the labor movement and community allies. The actions by the NH House today puts to bed this divisive legislation for at least another 2 years. We thank legislators who stood with working families.”

AFT-NH represents approximately 4,000 teachers, school support staff, city and town employees, police officers, library employees, and higher education faculty. AFT-NH is a member of the New Hampshire AFL-CIO and is the state affiliate for the American Federation of Teachers with more than 3,000 local affiliates nationwide, 43 state affiliates, and more than 1.3 million members.



House Labor Committee Recommends Against RTW - Full NH House Vote Scheduled for Thursday, February 16th (Read AFT-NH Local Leader Testimony Here)

The NH House Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services Committee on February 8th recommended against both so-called Right to Work bills by a 14-17 vote. The first vote before the full house wil be on Thursday, February 16th. You can read written testimony submitted by local AFT-NH leaders by clicking on the below links.


Alex Luhtjarv, Hillsboro-Deering Federation of Teachers

Kelly D'Errico, Hillsboro-Deering Support Staff

Elizabeth Lavoie, Hudson Federation of Teachers

Joshua English, Keene Police Officers' Association

Adam Marcoux, Nashua Teachers' Union

Deirdre Conway, Newfound Teachers' Union

Sandra Lee Ellis, Raymond Educational Support Staff

Marie Bahlert, Rochester Federation of Teachers

Ryan Richman, Timberlane Teachers' Association


AFT-NH President and Local Leaders Oppose RTW "for less"

AFT-NH President Doug Ley and local presidents subbmitted strong testimony in opposition to so-called Right to Work at a hearing on Senate Bill 11 to the Commerce Committee last week. Hundreds appeared to oppose the bill which has been rejected for 30 years by both parties. The bill was recommended by the committee for passage with a 3-2 vote. The bill will be voted on by the full NH State Senate on Thursday, January 19th.

Please consider this thoughtful testimony as you reach out to your elected representatives.

To review the written testimony of these leaders, please click on the names below:

Doug Ley, AFT-NH President

Adam Marcoux, Nashua Teachers' Union

Elizabeth Lavoie, Hudson Federation of Teachers

Alex Luhtjarv, Hillsboro-Deering Federation of Teachers

Deirdre Conway, Newfound Teachers' Union

Ryan Richman, Timberlane Teachers' Association

New Report from EPI Makes It Clear-No Value to NH with RTW (for less)

A new report issued by the Economic Policy Institute, January 12, 2017 shows clearly that passing a so-called Right to Work law will only hurt the NH advantage. In 201l,  we successfully fought off attacks and were supported by Governor Hassan’s veto on RTW. In 2012,  Indiana passed a right to work bill. In a nutshell, “NH’s economy is stronger and our citizens are better off”.  The link to the article is provided below. You can link to the full report here.

“In 2011 and 2012 two states, New Hampshire and Indiana, debated the same bill: so-called “right-to-work” legislation, pushed by corporate lobbyists and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), designed to weaken unions financially and pave the way for greater corporate dominance of state politics. New Hampshire’s governor vetoed the bill in 2011. Indiana, by contrast, enacted it in 2012. It is instructive to compare the two states. By almost any measure, the economy of New Hampshire is stronger and its citizens are better off, on average, than the citizens of Indiana. Right-to-work did not improve the Indiana economy relative to New Hampshire’s, and no one should be fooled into thinking that passing right-to-work now will improve the New Hampshire economy."

Right to Work is Wrong for NH-Fact Sheets

Right to work for less legislation is back in NH. The first bill proposing this union busting law is Senate Bill 11.  In order to defeat this damaging legislation, it will require all of us to contact our NH State Senators and Representatives and asking them to vote against any and all forms of Right to Work and other legislation that hurts working families.

We have provided here a number of facts sheets and articles which will assist you as you communicate with your colleagues and elected representatives.

Unions Protect Workers and Working Families-AFT

Right_to_Work_Facts_to_Know--NH AFL-CIO

Tale of Two States: Randi Weingarten- March 2015

RTW States Still Have Lower Wages-Economic Policy Institute 2015

Deceptive Right to Work Laws Hurt Everyone

8 Things You Should Know About Right to Work

3 Core Points to Make About Right to Work

Paycheck_Deception_and the_attempt_to_silence_working_families

NEW Report from EPI- Tale of Two States NH and Indiana January 12, 2017



Defeat SB 11- Right to Work is Wrong for NH

The NH Senate Commerce Committee will be hearing a Right to Work (for less) bill, Senate Bill 11, on Tuesday, January 10th at 1pm. The hearing will be held at the NH State House in Representatives Hall. This bill has been scheduled quickly and has been cited as a priority by Governor Chris Sununu and the GOP majority.

We know this is wrong for NH and will hurt NH’s economy and working families. This bill has been defeated repeatedly for thirty years and nothing has changed to justify this legislation.  This a blatant attempt to weaken the voice of working familes and unions because the proponents know that when unions are strong all workers have highers wages not just union workers. To read more, please click here.

 Let's join union members and allies from across NH and stand together to help defeat this destructive legislation.