Newfound Teachers Union President’s Testimony Against
So-Called “Right To Work” Legislation
Honorable Daniel Innis, Chairman
Senate Commerce Committee
107 North Main Street
Concord NH 03301
Re: Testimony In Opposition to Senate Bill 11
Dear Honorable Chairman Innis and Members of the Committee,
My name is Deirdre Conway. I am a second-grade teacher in the Newfound Area School District where I have taught for over 25 years. I am the president of our local teachers’ union, where we do not have agency fee, and believe local control is of utmost importance. I am a proud negotiator for all the teachers in Newfound and I also work for each and every one of them, member or not.
I am writing to urge you to vote against Senate Bill 11, the so-called “Right To Work” legislation.
I would ask you to determine the reasons you are in favor of it, and then consider these facts:
Granite State business experts agree that the “Right To Work” legislation does not address the factors employers say are most important. Under current laws (both state and local), no worker can be forced to join a union or pay union dues, so why do you feel the need for this legislation? “Right To Work” in other states has NOT increased jobs or improved their state’s economy. Do you have reason to believe NH will be different? From what I have read, there is no compelling reason to believe so.
I would urge you to vote no on this and concentrate your efforts on issues that affect all of New Hampshire’s citizens and taxpayers.
Thank you for your consideration.
Deirdre B. Conway
President, Newfound Teachers’ Union, AFT#6557