The NH Senate has already passed SB11, mostly along party lines (Thank You Senator Carson for being the one Republican to oppose SB11). Soon the NH House will begin debate on their version of the so-called ‘Right to Work’ legislation. Below is testimony from a small business owner and a proud UAW member opposing SB 11.
Testimony on SB 11 “Right to Work.” January 10, 2016
Here we go again. In predictable partisan moves, the New Hampshire Legislature is once again considering the deceptively named “right to work” bill.
I’m Tess George. I live in Nashua where I run a small business, offering communication, supervision and leadership training to businesses all over the state. I also teach part-time at the University of Massachusetts, where I am a proud union member of the UAW. That’s right – the UAW –it may surprise you to know that the UAW represents a large number of adjunct faculty and graduate students all across the country. At UML, I teach in the Manning School of Business and the Honors College. So, I am here today as someone with both a business background and as a union member.
One of the classes I teach is Critical Thinking. In critical thinking, when we’re considering a course of action, one of the first things students are taught is to clearly define the problem, and to study the implications of any suggested solution.
Proponents of this bill say that the problem is that people are forced to join a union and forced to pay union dues. The facts do not bear this out. No one is forced to join a union. However, unions are forced, by law, to represent everyone in their union, and everyone in the union shares in the benefits and wages won by collective bargaining. Those who don’t want to pay union dues pay an agency fee, that covers the union’s duty to represent them in grievances and in bargaining. In all my work as a trainer all across NH, I have not heard one business leader, HR specialist or worker talk about this as concern What leaders do worry about is finding enough talented, trained workers and maintaining a business climate that will attract and keep educated young workers.
It’s clear that its real intent and its probable effect will be to dis-empower and de-fund unions, so as to remove any resistance to the agenda of large multi-national corporations. These agendas are often not good for the New Hampshire economy and result in less economic freedom for the working citizens of New Hampshire.
So, this is a “solution” to a problem that doesn’t exist. It doesn’t make good business sense and it, in fact, will hurt the business climate in New Hampshire.
I urge you to vote “NO” on Senate Bill 11.
Tess George, Professor, UMass Manning School of Business, Small Business Owner, Union Member (UAW)