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The Right To Work Editorial The NH Union Leader Would Not Publish!!!

Right To Work: No Spin, Just Facts

By Matt Murray

This is a letter to the editor that I submitted to the Union Leader the day after they published their terrible support editorial of Right To Work.  They claimed that Right To Work only was defeated because we (opponents of RTW) spun it.  I say “Justs the facts ma’m”

Right To Work: No Spin, Just Facts
To the Editor:
I am writing in reference to your recent editorial on Right To Work for Less titled “A Win For Spin: Right To Work Loses”.  This editorial consists of facts and statistics, all of which are true if you were looking at the propaganda of the Right To Work National Campaign.  Even then, your own statistics show that if you take the averages of both sides they are within one-half a percentage point of each other.
Now lets talk about New Hampshire versus Right To Work states.  No spin just facts.   
New Hampshire has always had a very strong economy and strong union background.  Traditionally we have a lower unemployment rate than most states.  In 1990 the unemployment in NH was 5.7% while the average was 5.3%.  Yes, New Hampshire was a little higher than the national average, however it was also one of the highest unemployment rates in the last 20 years. As we move forward New Hampshire continued to grow and employ more people.  By 1995 New Hampshire had an unemployment rate of 4.0%. The national average was again 5.3%.  Only five of the twenty one right to work states (IA, NE, ND, SD, UT) had a lower rate than NH. After a time of great economic expansion in the 1990s, our state had an unemployment rate of 2.7% in July of 2000.  New Hampshire was over a full point below the national average at that point.  That year, only one RTW state (VA) had a lower unemployment rate than us.  
Some people might say: that was before, we are talking about jobs now.  In 2001 we experienced a national tragedy. This also created instability in stock markets and the nation was slowly starting its downward trend into the economic recession we are currently in. The New Hampshire economy held strong with a 3.6% unemployment while national average began its upward climb to 4.8%. 
Again, New Hampshire beat out twenty of the twenty-two RTW states (ND, VA were lower).   
The real question is where does NH stand now?  In 2011 NH’s unemployment was 5.2%, a full 3% less than the national average of 8.2%.  And once again NH fared better than 20 of the 22 RTW States.
I am not an economist, I am a simple middle class worker who likes to do research before I decide what to vote for.  Here is something that no other state in the US can say;  New Hampshire is the only state that has a lower unemployment rate in 2011 than they had in 1990.  Right To Work will not help our economy.  We do not need help that will actually hurt our state.  Other states should strive to be more like New Hampshire and less like those Right to Work states that are faring poorly.  People should be learning from our economy and not using unemployment statistics as a way to try to break down local unions.

 I have include a graph of the BLS.GOV chart used to make all of these statements. Right Click — Save As to download for closer viewing. RTW States are in Bold



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  1. workingclassheroes says:

    Of the 10 richest states in the nation (highest median family income) only 2 – Virginia and Utah – are among those with RTW laws. Conversely, among the 10 poorest (lowest median family income) states, only 3 do NOT have such laws – West Virginia, Kentucky and Montana. this data from the U.S. Census Bureau (2006).

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