After enduring two full years of constant attacks on the collective bargaining process, we thought that after the elections we would be safe. We were wrong!
Senate President Peter Bragdon, who is a strong supporter of Right To Work legislation, has introduced a bill that would effectively end collective bargaining for public employees, without actually saying it.
The bill, Senate Bill 37, is a very sneaky and underhand way of removing items from the collective bargaining process to effectively destroy it. (Bold are proposed changes)
The phrase “managerial policy within the exclusive prerogative of the public employer’ shall be construed to include but shall not be limited to the functions, programs, and methods of the public employer, including the use of technology, the public employer’s organizational structure, [
and] the selection, direction and number of its personnel, and the right to determine standards for evaluation, compensation, selection, layoff and retention, discipline, assignment and transfer, and other traditionally accepted managerial rights, so as to continue public control of governmental functions.
This change means that unions are no longer allowed to negotiate over wages, evaluations, reductions in force, or disciplinary procedures. I would be the first to say that a contract is more than just pay and time off, however taking these above items out would destroy our collective bargaining process.
To me this appears to be going right after our state’s teachers unions. Restricting their rights to bargin over seniority based layoffs and classroom evaluations. In going after the teachers this legislation will decimate the collective bargaining process that has worked so well in NH for the last 50 years for all public employees.
I will not stand idly by and let them take away my rights to collectively bargain. The first committee meeting for this bill is at the State House on WEDNESDAY January 23 at 9:30 am in room 100. Can I count on you to be there too?
If you cannot be there you can still help. The American Federation of Teacher (NH) have created an online action page for you to send a message directly the Senate Committee.
We must work together to stop the attacks on our police, fire, educators, and public servants. They have dedicated their lives to serving the public and deserve the rights to have a voice in their workplace.