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Dear Union Colleagues and Supporters,

Your Union colleagues around the state have spent countless hours negotiating fair and reasonable contracts with their employers. On Tuesday, March 14th contracts will be presented to voters in many districts. There are five AFT-NH contracts on ballots on this date. There will also be important votes to approve budgets, stop outsourcing and save police department positions. On Saturday, March 18th, there will be an important town meeting in Pittsfield where we are asking people to show up and vote to restore the two police officer positions which are being cut. Public safety matters! We are asking that if you live in one the towns below that you take the time to be sure to vote in support of these contracts and encourage your friends and family to vote. When we act in unity, we make a difference every time!

Together by supporting those who work with our children and adequately funding our schools, we can reclaim the promise of public education. We also must make certain that vital public safety services are funded appropriately.

Please remind folks that they can register to vote at the polls with proper identification and proof of residency! There’s still time to get an absentee ballot for voting on 3/14 if you will be out of town or unable to vote. Voting locations and times are provided below!

Thank you for supporting your fellow union members or for being a supporter of AFT-NH members.

In Solidarity,

Doug Ley

AFT-NH President

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This past week the House was once again, not in session, while House committees finished work on a tidal wave of bills, which will hit the House floor for votes beginning Wednesday, March 8.  Still, even without the House in full session, there were some interesting developments, including some good news! March 9th is the last day for the House to act on house bills not referred to a second committee. March 16th is the last day to act on all bills going to a second committee except budget bills. In addition, the last day for budget bills to be acted upon is April 6th.

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This week and next week the House will not be in session, due to school winter vacations, though the Senate is holding sessions and many committee hearings continue to be held.  So, business continues to be done, though we are in a bit of a pause in the House, before the deluge of bills hits the floor on March 8 & 9.  Due to the pause, and  trying to closely monitor committee actions, this bulletin is intended to provide a snapshot of where we are and what lies ahead the next few weeks. 

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2017 AFT-NH Honey Cascio Scholarships-Deadline April 15, 2017

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AFT-NH is proud to award two $1,000 scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic year. The scholarships will be offered to one graduating senior who has been accepted at an institution of higher learning, and to one continuing student at an accredited institution of higher learning for the 2017-2018 academic year. 

Applicant’s parent or guardian must be a current member of AFT-NH.  Winners will need to provide proof of enrollment (continuing or as a new student) for the 2017-18 academic year in order to receive their scholarship check.  All applications must be postmarked by April 15, 2017.

Please mail the completed application and supporting documentation to:


AFT-NH

ATTN: SCHOLARSHIP

785 Route 3A, Unit 102

Ruggles IV

Bow, NH  03304

                                                                                      

 

Please click the following link for a copy fo the application- 2017 AFT-NH HONEY CASCIO SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION.  Please feel free to photocopy this application for distribution. 

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.

ROLL CALL VOTE ON DEFEAT OF RTW

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Yesterday was a good day, a very good day for us in the NH House.  As you most likely know by now, a coalition of Democrats and courageous Republican representatives thwarted out-of-state corporate interests and defeated so-called ‘right to work’ legislation (SB 11) on a 200-177 vote.  Defying Governor Sununu and his anti-worker agenda, Representatives also blocked Republican plans to bring forward another so-called ‘right to work’ bill in March, thereby effectively killing the issue for the next two years.  This was a hard-fought victory, produced by the hard work of a broad coalition of labor unions, faith-based and community action organizations working together, designing an effective strategy, and carrying it out through the work of thousands of individuals writing and calling their State Representatives.  The parliamentary maneuvers on the floor of the House were carried out with nary a hitch, but it all would be for naught without the work of so many of you.  Thank you!

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