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NH Labor News 7/10/12: NH AFL-CIO Leaflet At Guinta’s Office Today, Prison Privatization, And More

The outsourcing of jobs has spread from manufacturing to services and other sectors of the economy, devastating working families and their communities. On Tuesday, July 10, Protect NH Families and our allies are taking action in support of legislation that will eliminate tax incentives for sending American jobs offshore. We’ll gather at noon at City Hall Plaza in Manchester, then walk over to Congressman Frank Guinta’s office and urge him to stand with Granite State working families by voting for legislation to keep American jobs in the U.S.

We’ll have plenty of rally signs and flyers to share – all you have to do is show up. And please bring a friend!

We hope to see you there!

Prison Consultant Deal Heads to Exec Council: “New Hampshire’s Executive Council will vote July 11 on a $171,347 contract with MGT of America to analyze proposals from four companies interested in taking over the state’s prisons and running them for profit.  You can read more about this at NHBusiness Review and at the blog InzaneTimes.  If you want to read the contract in its entirety, it is posted here.”

Is a Minimum Wage a Fair Wage?: “Sadly for the people of New Hampshire, the minimum hourly rate of pay is the lowest in all of New England. The per hour rate in New Hampshire is $7.25, which is the National minimum wage.

Want to earn more per hour? Just look to Vermont, where the rate is $8.46 or Connecticut where it is $8.25. Massachusetts’ minimum wage is $8.00, while in Maine it is only $7.50 – just twenty-five cents higher than New Hampshire’s rate.”

If board approves new contract, courts may not grant a special meeting: “BARTLETT — If the Bartlett School Board approves a new tentative contract with the teachers’ union Tuesday evening, it may still face a large hurdle getting that contract into law. The board would need to petition the New Hampshire Supreme Court for a special school meeting but would need to prove that there is an emergency need for such a meeting.
The Bartlett Education Association and the Bartlett School Board reached a tentative agreement on a new contract for the 2012-13 school year last week. The school board will hold a special meeting Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the library at the Josiah Bartlett Elementary School, where the full board will be asked to vote on the contract. Should the board approve the contract, the board will then petition to the courts to hold a special school district meeting to bring another vote to the citizens.
“If the board votes to pass the contract then they would need to petition the court for a special meeting,” superintendent Carl Nelson said.”

Letter: Ham-fisted move | Concord Monitor: “To House Speaker Bill O’Brien: As a former New Hampshire State House reporter who points with pride to the nearly five years I spent in the Granite State, I am appalled by your exclusion of a reporter from a press conference.

This move is all the more astounding because you did it in the very week we celebrate the freedom this country won 236 years ago. This is good time for you to ponder the words of the founding fathers – who put freedom of the press first among our liberties to be protected – who said: “The freedom of the press is one of the great bulwarks of liberty, and can never be restrained but by a despotic government.””

Letter: Other reporters enabled a bully | Concord Monitor: “What if a tin-horn dictator gave a press conference and nobody came?

The Monitor reported: “House spokeswoman Shannon Bettencourt declined to discuss the situation and shut the door after the other reporters had gone into the speaker’s office.”

Bully (or “Bull”) O’Brien only got away with this because these “other reporters” let him get away with it; they enabled him.

The credibility of news journalists depends first and foremost on their being detached and neutral observers. When these “other reporters” accepted the speaker’s “closed invitation” and dutifully marched into his “closed” Kabuki dance, and then marched back out again in lockstep to report it as news, they willingly became part of that Kabuki dance, and neither neutral or detached.”

U.S. pushes for more scientists, but the jobs aren’t there – The Washington Post: ““There have been many predictions of [science] labor shortages and . . . robust job growth,” said Jim Austin, editor of the online magazine ScienceCareers. “And yet, it seems awfully hard for people to find a job. Anyone who goes into science expecting employers to clamor for their services will be deeply disappointed.”

Union members go Door-To-Door to sign up Arizona Residents to vote for the first time. Story By Tula Connell — AFL-CIO Now blog

Voters’ Rights—Center Stage in Arizona, Across the Nation: “GOING DOOR TO DOOR IN A PHOENIX NEIGHBORHOOD to register voters, Mari Yepez, a canvasser with UNITEHERE!, met a man who told her he didn’t believe in voting. Yepez, a student at Arizona State University who has worked with the union to mobilize residents around such issues as the state’s harsh immigration law and the struggle to find good jobs, shared with him how she had come to realize the importance of voting.”

Is Union Busting to Blame for Power Outages in D.C.? – Working In These Times: “Yesterday, 15,091 Washington, D.C.-area residents were without power for the sixth day in a row, according to utility company Pepco spokesman Marcus Beal. As D.C. residents face record heat waves, many are upset and attribute the lack of power to incompetence on Pepco’s end. However, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1900 members claim the failure to restore power outages is due to chronic understaffing and Pepco’s shift from hiring union utility workers to non-union temporary contractors.

“We have half the linemen we had 15 years ago,” says IBEW Local 1900 Business Agent Jim Griffin, whose union represents 1,150 Pepco workers. “We have been complaining for a very long time. They have relied for a long time on contractors. They are transients, they don’t know our system, and we typically have to go behind them to fix their mistakes. It’s very frustrating. We take ownership in our work, we make careers out of this.””

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