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Workers Need An Advocate in All Elected Offices, Including the Executive Council

Chris Pappas, via Pappas2012.com

New Hampshire has the third largest legislature in the world. That is right third largest in the world.  The New Hampshire Labor News has been working to bring attention to candidates who support labor.

Today I want to talk a little about the Executive Council race in District 4. District 4 includes Allenstown, Auburn, Barrington, Bedford, Bow, Candia, Chichester, Deerfield, Epsom, Goffstown, Hooksett, Lee, Londonderry, Loudon, Manchester, Northwood, Nottingham, Pembroke, and Pittsfield.

For those who may be unfamiliar with the Executive Council, the Executive Council approves or denies many of the contracts entered into by the State.  Right now the Executive Council is evaluating wether or not to privatize the New Hampshire prison system.  They recently approved spending $171,000 to determine if privatization is right for NH.  The State Employees Association, along with many other organizations, have already come out against the prison privatization.  This is only one of the issues that the next Executive Council will face.

Robert Burn

The choice between Chris Pappas and Robert Burns in EC-04 is simple.  Bob Burns tells people on his website that, Right To Work is a Legislative decision, however he will be an advocate to make New Hampshire a Right To Work state.   According to his website he plans to work against unions by being involved in contract negotiations.

“Executive Councilor Robert Burns would get directly involved in union negotiations to ensure reasonable contracts and make sure non-union companies get the same opportunities for state jobs as unionized companies”.

Burns continued

“Traditionally, the governor is the chief negotiator in union or contract discussions, and then he brings the result of his negotiations to the Executive Council to approve. There’s no reason executive councilors should wait for the result of those negotiations before they take action.”

Robert Burns already has plans to go right after the State Employees.

“Additionally, I will insist that state workers make concessions on health insurance.”

It should be noted that in the last State Employees Association contract, the SEIU and the Governor negotiated a combined savings of $50 million dollars.  This was a combination in reductions (through attrition) and concessions.  Yet these savings do not seem to be enough for Robert Burns.

Durning a recent debate Robert Burns took him extreme stance on these issues one step further by stating

“I’ll never sell out my ideology,” and “I won’t compromise on anything.”

This is not the person we want to be involved in any negotiations.  The art of negotiations is an openness to give a little to get a little. Not compromising, means your not negotiating.

As I stated before, the choice for Executive Councilor in District 4 is simple.  Chris Pappas has been endorsed by nearly ever major union in New Hampshire, including the NH AFL-CIO, PFF-NH, SEA/SEIU 1984, AFT-NH, and the NE Police Benevolent Association.

Pappas campaign manager Huck Montgomery said

 “The steady stream of big endorsements really calls attention to the broad base of support Chris has built.  Chris’s top priority on the Executive Council will be to bring a sense of balance and cooperation to state government, and these endorsements certainly show that he has the ability to bring people of differing viewpoints together.”

We need someone like Chis Pappas to represent us in Concord.  We need a proven business leader, and fiscally responsible representative as Executive Councilor.  I think Governor Lynch said it best in his endorsement of Chris Pappas

“I am proud to support Chris Pappas for Executive Council,” said Governor Lynch.  “Chris’s experience as a small business owner and community leader has prepared him well for the challenges that lie ahead.  Chris will fight for fiscally responsible state government that meets the needs of our communities and working families.  Above all, Chris knows that we must put political ideology aside in order to grow our economy and move New Hampshire forward.




About Matt Murray

Matt Murray is the creator and an author on the NH Labor News. He is a union member and advocate for labor and progressive politics. He also works with other unions and members to help spread our message. Follow him on Twitter @NHLabor_News
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