The New Hampshire AFL-CIO, the confederation of local labor unions, has honored retiring State Senator John Gallus (R-Berlin) for his ten years of service on behalf of working people in the North Country and thrown their support behind Democratic State Senate candidate Jeff Woodburn.
Mark MacKenzie, President of the NH AFL-CIO praised Gallus for opposing so-called right-to-work legislation, that would weaken unions and cut wages, and benefits for all working families in New Hampshire. “John has never forgotten organized labor. We’ll miss his leadership,” he said.
MacKenzie said that Democratic State Senate Candidate Jeff Woodburn is a good choice to replace Gallus. “Jeff Woodburn has alway been a friend and strong voice for working people,” said McKenzie. He noted that he has known and worked with Woodburn for 25 years — since he served in the Legislature’s Labor commitee in the 1980s.
“There is a clear choice in this race,” MacKenzie said. “Debi Warner is anti-union, supports so-called right-to-work legislation, and her election would be bad news for wage-earners.” Coos County legislators from both parties have consistently opposed right-to-work legislation, including Gallus and Republican Reps. Marc Tremblay, John Tholl, Bill Remick and Herb Richardson.