The premier event of this past week was the hearing this past Tuesday in the House Labor Committee on SB 61, the so-called “right to work” bill. Over the course of six hours of public testimony, committee members heard from out-of-state lobbyists advocating so-called “right to work” as well as scores of members of the public opposed to this flagrant attack on organized labor and the power of working people to have a voice in the workplace. The goal of “right to work” is simple—weaken labor unions by allowing for freeloaders to benefit from contract provisions but pay nothing towards negotiating or enforcing that very contract. It does not provide for jobs, and it does not prevent unions from requiring employees to join the union BECAUSE IT IS ALREADY ILLEGAL TO REQUIRE UNION MEMBERSHIP TO OBTAIN A JOB!!! Instead, the aim is to weaken organized labor and make it easier for employers to reduce wages and benefits, further widening the income and wealth inequality so prevalent here in NH and in the United States.
Senate Bill 61, the so-called Right to Work legislation, was heard before the House Labor Committee last week and was met with resounding public opposition. The Committee will be voting this week on a recommendation but we need to start contacting our own state representatives as they are poised to vote on SB 61 either on April 7th or 8th. W have defeated this bill 39 times before and for the sake of working families, we must be victorious one more time.
The House Labor Committee has scheduled a hearing on SB 61, the so-called “right to work” bill for Thursday, March 25. We need the committee members to know that there is substantial opposition to this bill, which could reduce the compensation and benefits of all workers in New Hampshire. Make your voice heard! Learn how.
Right to Work Action Needed. The top story this week is the impending hearing in the House Labor Committee on SB 61, the so-called “right to work” bill. The hearing is scheduled for the morning of March 25, and we urge you to register your opposition to this scheme to reduce the compensation and benefits of all workers in NH by registering at this link no later than 8am on Thursday, March 25 Register your opposition to SB 61 here.It is a quick and easy form to complete. Go to the date, March 25th, Select House Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services, 10:00 am, SB 61. Drop down menu for “I am a member of the public” and “representing myself”. Then you can click “I oppose this bill”. Click “Continue”. Fill in your first name, last name, phone number, and email address, and click "Continue." 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." Click "Continue."
Watching the snow fall and listening to the wind howl today, just a few days after we had temps in the 60s with bright sunshine. Ah, welcome to March in New Hampshire!
Senate Voucher bill. Our biggest story continues to be SB 130, the Senate version of the “voucher” bill shelved in the NH House. This past week, the Senate Education Committee voted along party lines to send SB 130 to the Senate for a vote on this coming Thursday, March 18. As explained below, SB 130 has been amended, but the effect is akin to putting lipstick on a pig—it is still a pig. And so, please contact your NH senator, whether Republican or Democrat, and urge her/him to vote against this giveaway of tax dollars which will result in raising your property taxes.