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GSP Report: 30 Years Of ALEC Model “Right To Work For Less” Legislation In NH

 New report documents three decades of corporate-written model legislation to undermine workers rights and the middle class
Concord, NH – One day before a possible New Hampshire House vote on right to work for less legislation, a new report by Granite State Progress documents more than three decades of model legislation by the corporate-funded American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) to undermine workers rights and the middle class in New Hampshire.
According to The Nation, ALEC is “a critical arm of the right wing network of policy shops that, with infusions of corporate cash, has evolved to shape American politics … ALEC’s model legislation reflects long term goals … priorities for the 2011 session included bills to privatize education, break unions, deregulate major industries, pass voter id laws and more.”1
For more than 30 years, legislation that has the sole intent of busting organized work forces and unions in New Hampshire has been introduced every legislative session, sometimes in both the House and Senate. Granite State Progress research now reveals that whenever right to work for less legislation was introduced during this time period, it was nearly always verbatim to ALEC model legislation.
“Big corporations have influenced our elections for decades, but just as dangerous is the way they have quietly drafted legislation introduced in State Houses across the country,” said Zandra Rice Hawkins, Director of Granite State Progress. “ALEC is a corporate-funded entity that allows corporate special interests to sit next to legislators and draft legislation by and for the wealthiest one percent of Americans. This must be exposed, and it must be stopped.”
Granite State Progress has issued periodic reports and exposes about ALEC since the summer of 2011, using the tools provided on www.ALECExposed.com. The following report narrows in on right to work for less legislation designed to undermine workers rights; the report compares ALEC Right to Work for Less model legislation to real New Hampshire legislation over a span of three decades. It additionally includes a supplement on sponsors and cosponsors of ALEC model legislation.
The current House version of right to work for less legislation is HB 1677. It is on the House calendar for tomorrow’s session day.
The report can be found online here.
 

Granite State Progress is a progressive advocacy organization that addresses issues of immediate state and local concern. Granite State Progress works as a communications hub for the progressive community to provide a strong, credible voice in advancing progressive solutions to critical community problems.

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Granite State Progress is a progressive advocacy organization that addresses issues of immediate state and local concern. Granite State Progress works as a communications hub for the progressive community to provide a strong, credible voice in advancing progressive solutions to critical community problems.
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