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The New Hampshire Labor News is a group of NH Workers who believe that we need to protect ourselves against the attacks on workers. We are proud union members who are working to preserve the middle class. The NHLN talks mostly about news and politics from NH. We also talk about national issues that effect working men and women here in the Granite State.

New Hampshire Health Experts and Local Leaders Voice Support for EPA’s Finalized Clean Power Plan

CONCORD, NH – Following the finalization of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan today, local health experts, community leaders and faith leaders voiced their support for the EPA’s plan to combat climate change at a tele-press conference, and called on local, state, and national leaders to do the same.

The EPA’s Clean Power Plan sets the first ever nation-wide limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants that causes climate change, and encourages investments in clean energy and energy efficiency. The plan, as part of the Clean Air Act, will reduce carbon from power plants by 32 percent below 2005 levels nationwide by addressing four areas, such as energy efficiency, reducing demand, and promoting renewable energy like wind and solar. States can create their own implementation plan or work with others to adopt a multi-state plan. Overall, the Plan calls for a 28 percent increase in renewable energy generation capacity in 2030.

It is likely that the flexibility of the Clean Power Plan will allow New Hampshire and the other Northeast states involved in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI, to continue making climate advances.  

Speakers at today’s tele-press conference discussed specifically the health benefits of EPA’s Clean Power Plan.

“The Clean Power Plan is the single largest action on climate that will protect people’s health,” said Katie Robert, President of New Hampshire Public Health Association. “It also presents New Hampshire’s leaders with the ability to protect the health of their communities by decreasing the dangerous power plant pollution that triggers asthma attacks, heart attacks and premature deaths.”

Other participants on the call included: Steve Blackmer, an ordained priest in the Episcopal Church.

“We cannot wait another day: 14 of the 15 hottest years on record have occurred in this century. We’re also seeing punishing drought, raging storms and devastating floods that will only worsen if we delay acting against climate change,” said Steve Blackmer, an ordained priest in the Episcopal Church. “The time to act is now. The way is with the groundbreaking Clean Power Plan. And the reason is we have an obligation to leave our children and future generations a safer, cleaner, more vibrant world.”

Signed Statement from NH Sierra Club, Environment NH, Union of Concerned Scientists, Mom’s Clean Air Force, National Wildlife Federation, and League of Conservation Voters: “Climate change is undeniable, and we are proud to support the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Clean Power Plan, which was finalized today, to help combat the greatest challenge of our generation. The EPA’s plan sets the first ever federal limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants, and encourages investments in clean, renewable energy and energy efficiency. This is an unprecedented opportunity for states to reduce the dangerous carbon pollution in our air and protect public health while also improving our economy.  We never have to choose between healthy communities and a healthy economy, and today we have more opportunities than ever before to achieve both.”

Attacks On Planned Parenthood Are Attacks On Working Families — #StandWithPP

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Written by Jennifer Frizzell, Vice President for Public Policy, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England

Recently a story has unfolded alleging that Planned Parenthood is engaged with selling “fetal body parts.” The more we learn about this, the clearer it is that it’s part of a much bigger pattern of harassment by extremists whose real goal is to ban abortion, defund Planned Parenthood, and cut women off of birth control and lifesaving cancer screenings.

Votes are already on the docket this week in Congress and in New Hampshire that could defund Planned Parenthood—nationally and in our state. Republicans are already using these video attacks to push for federal legislation banning some abortions. And officials in Texas, Louisiana, and Ohio have launched investigations of Planned Parenthood, even though affiliates in those states don’t facilitate fetal tissue donations.

Nearly a hundred organizations across the country, including the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), are standing with Planned Parenthood because they see this campaign for what it really is.

The videos released are part of a decade-long pattern of illegal harassment by fanatics whose focus is banning abortion and preventing women from accessing preventive health care at Planned Parenthood health centers.

As the Washington Post editorial board wrote, “truths were distorted to paint an inaccurate and unfair picture of a health organization that provides valuable services to women – as well as to demonize research that leads to important medical advances.”

And this editorial in The Concord Monitor is a good resource for those who want to separate fact from fiction.

This is just another orchestrated attack on women’s health. The people behind it have never been concerned with protecting the health and safety of women. And the only people who have broken laws are the extremists who have been hounding women and doctors for years.

Make no mistake—the attacks on Planned Parenthood are attacks on working families.

In New Hampshire, these attacks are threatening 12,000 low-income women’s access to basic health services like birth control, cancer screenings, and STI tests and treatment. Extremists are calling on the Executive Council to defund Planned Parenthood—again—and it could happen. Councilor Chris Sununu, District 3, is the swing vote, and while he’s supported Planned Parenthood’s contracts in the past, he’s under tremendous pressure by extremists to change his vote.

Planned Parenthood of Northern New England has been providing high-quality care to hundreds of people in New Hampshire over the past fifty years. The fact that PPNNE doesn’t participate in tissue donation programs in New Hampshire underscores that the calls for a state investigation and defunding PPNNE health centers are all about political grandstanding, not facts.

The politicians who have raced to join the fanatical group behind these videos by calling for defunding Planned Parenthood of Northern New England will find that they are on the wrong side of public opinion, the wrong side of public health, and the wrong side of history.

You can #StandWithPP and the thousands of New Hampshire women who rely on Planned Parenthood for their healthcare. Email your Executive Councilor today and urge them to protect women’s health by voting “yes” on Planned Parenthood’s contract. Then join supporters for a rally outside the State House on Wednesday, August 5 at 9:30 a.m. before the Executive Council casts their vote.

Verizon’s Union Workers To Stay On The Job And Continue To Fight For A Fair Contract

 Despite $18 Billion in Profits in Last 18 Months, Verizon Still Insisting on Slashing Job Security, Health Care, and Retirement Security;

Unions Will Continue to Fight for Good Jobs, FiOS Buildout, and Quality Service

With Company Refusing to Bargain Seriously, Union Bargaining
Teams Leave Round-the-Clock Talks; Unions Remain Prepared to Bargain

New York – Leaders of the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers announced that 39,000 Verizon workers up and down the East Coast will work without a contract when their collective bargaining agreement expires at midnight tonight, and continue their fight for a fair agreement while on the job.  

The union leaders also announced that they will leave the sites of round-the-clock bargaining in Philadelphia and Rye, NY, where union and management teams have been meeting since June 22nd in what has so far been a vain attempt to reach a contract.  The unions have informed the company, however, that they are prepared to schedule regular bargaining sessions, and urged the company to begin bargaining constructively.

“Despite our best efforts, Verizon refuses to engage in serious bargaining towards a fair contract,” said Dennis Trainor, Vice President for CWA District One, which represents Verizon workers in New Jersey, New York and Massachusetts.  “Verizon has earned $1billion a month in profits over the last 18 months, and paid its top handful of executives $249 million over the last 5 years, but continues to insist on eliminating our job security and driving down our standard of living.  We’re not going to take it, and we’re going to keep the fight going while we’re on the job.”

“The company has barely moved off its initial June 22nd proposal that made outrageous demands of Verizon workers.  If this company is serious about reaching an agreement, it needs to start bargaining constructively and now, “said Ed Mooney, Vice President for CWA District 2-13, whi ch represents Verizon workers from Pennsylvania to Virginia.  “Right now there isn’t even anyone across the table from us who’s got the power to make any decisions.”   

Verizon has not significantly moved off its outrageous initial bargaining demands, made on June 22nd, which includes the following proposals: 

  • Completely eliminating job security and gaining the right to transfer workers at will anywhere in the company’s footprint.
  • Increasing workers’ health care costs by thousands of dollars per person, despite the fact that negotiations in 2011-2012 have cut the company’s health care costs by tens of millions of dollars over the life of the past contract.
  • Removing any restrictions on the company’s right to contract out and offshore union jobs.  This comes on top of Verizon’s outsourcing of thousands of jobs in recent years.
  • Slashing retirement security.
  • Reducing overtime and differential payments.
  • Eliminating the Family Leave Care plan, which provides unpaid leave to care for sick family members or care for a newborn.
  • Eliminating the Accident Disability Plan, which provides benefits to workers injured on the job.

At the same time, Verizon refuses to build out FiOS to many underserved communities up and down the East Coast, and has abandoned upkeep of the traditional landline network, leading to extensive service problems for consumers.  In these negotiations, the union members’ interest is linked directly to the public interest, since our jobs involve maintaining quality service on traditional landlines and building and servicing Verizon’s state of the art FiOS broadband network.  Even in New York City, where Verizon pledged to make FiOS available to every customer by the end of 2014, the City’s Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications issued a report finding that the company was evading the buildout commitments it made under its 2008 video franchise agreement.

“86% of our members have voted to authorize a strike if necessary, but we’re not going to walk into a trap set by Verizon.  We’ll strike when we think it is the right time to strike, and that is not tonight,” Mooney added.  “The ball is in their court – we are waiting for them to get serious.”

Background on negotiations

39,000 workers are currently negotiating new contracts at Verizon.  Fortune Magazine ranked Verizon the 15th largest corporation in America in 2014, with revenues of $127 billion, profits of $9.6 billion, and market capitalization of $198.4 billion. Verizon had profits of $28 billion over the last five years, and paid its top five executives $249 million during that time. 

On July 21st, Verizon reported profits of $4.4 billion in 2Q2015 on revenues of $32.2 billion. This came on top of $4.2 billion in profits in 1Q2015, which means Verizon has made $1 billion in profits every month for the last 18 months. The company also reported that during the first six months of 2015 it has paid out over $9.3 billion to shareholders in dividends and stock buybacks, an increase of almost $5.8 billion over the first half of last year. In the Wireline division, Operating Cash Flow rose to 23.5%, and operating income doubled, from 2.6% to 5.3%. FiOS continues to expand and succeed, now constituting 79% of Verizon consumer revenues on the wireline side, and achieving penetration rates of 35.7% for video and 41.4% for internet in markets where it is competing.

A damning audit of Verizon’s FiOS rollout in New York City found that Verizon has failed to meet its promise to deliver high-speed fiber optic internet and television to everyone in the city who wanted it.  During its negotiations for a city franchise, Verizon promised that the entire city would be wired with fiber optic cables by June 2014 and that after that date, everyone who wanted FiOS would get it within six months to a year.  The audit found that despite claiming that it had wired the whole city by November 2014, Verizon systematically continues to refuse orders for service.  The audit also found that Verizon stonewalled the audit process.  

In addition, rates for basic telephone service have increased in recent years, even as Verizon has refused to expand their broadband services into many cities and rural communities, and service quality has greatly deteriorated. Verizon’s declining service quality especially impacts customers who cannot afford more advanced cable services, or who live in areas with few options for cable or wireless services.

In 2005, New York’s Public Service Commission (PSC) eliminated automatic fines for Verizon’s telephone service quality failures, reasoning that “competition” would improve services.  Instead, service quality plunged. In the 3rd quarter of 2010, Verizon cleared only 1.2% of out of service complaints within 24 hours, almost 79 percentage points lower than the PSC’s 80% requirement.  Rather than reverse course, the PSC changed its measurements, cutting out 92% of customers from service quality measurements and consolidating 28 repair service bureaus into 5 regions.  On paper, terrible service quality was almost miraculously transformed. In reality, service quality continued to decline. 

Communications Workers of America Statement on Verizon Contract Talks

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New York – With collective bargaining agreements between Verizon and 39,000 members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) expiring at midnight tonight, the Communications Workers of America announced today that they had put a constructive, comprehensive new bargaining proposal across the table at negotiations in Rye, NY that would offer the company significant healthcare and retiree cost savings. The proposal was made last night and union bargainers are currently waiting for a response from Verizon.

“It’s time for management to get serious, and back off its insistence on slashing the living standards of our members,” said Dennis Trainor, Vice President for CWA District One, which covers Verizon workers from New Jersey to Massachusetts.  “Verizon made $1 billion in profits every single month for 18 straight months and paid their top executives $249 million in the last five years.  Only their unrestrained corporate greed stands in the way of a fair contract settlement.” 

In Philadelphia, the bargaining committee in negotiations for the mid-Atlantic bargaining units has reported it has yet to see any indication of substantive movement from the Company.

“The company hasn’t moved off its initial June 22nd proposal that made outrageous demands of Verizon workers.  If this company is serious about reaching an agreement, it needs to start bargaining constructively and now, “said Ed Mooney, President for CWA District 2-13, whi ch represents Verizon workers from Pennsylvania to Virginia.  “Right now there isn’t even anyone across the table from us who’s got the power to make any decisions.”   

Verizon has refused to budge from its outrageous initial bargaining proposal, made on June 22nd, which includes the following contract changes: 

  • Completely eliminating job security and gaining the right to transfer workers at will anywhere in the company’s footprint.
  • Increasing workers’ health care costs by thousands of dollars per person, despite the fact that negotiations in 2011-2012 have cut the company’s health care costs by tens of millions of dollars over the life of the past contract.
  • Removing any restrictions on the company’s right to contract out and offshore union jobs.  This comes on top of Verizon’s outsourcing of thousands of call center jobs in recent years.
  • Slashing retirement security.
  • Reducing overtime and differential payments.
  • Eliminating the Family Leave Care plan, which provides paid leave to care for sick family members or care for a newborn.
  • Eliminating the Accident Disability Plan, which provides benefits to workers injured on the job.

At the same time, Verizon refuses to build out FiOS to many underserved communities up and down the East Coast, and has abandoned upkeep of the traditional landline network, leading to extensive service problems for consumers.  In these negotiations, the union members’ interest is linked directly to the public interest, since our jobs involve maintaining quality service on traditional landlines and building and servicing Verizon’s state of the art FiOS broadband network.  Even in New York City, where Verizon pledged to make FiOS available to every customer by the end of 2014, the City’s Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications issued a report finding that the company was evading the buildout commitments it made under its 2008 video franchise agreement. 

“86% of our members have voted to authorize a strike if necessary, but we remain hopeful that Verizon will negotiate a contract that increases maintenance of landlines, builds new high-speed fiber and pays the men and women who work for Verizon a decent wage with healthcare and retirement security,” Mooney added.  “The ball is in their court – we will see tonight if they are serious.” 

Background on Contract Negotiations 

39,000 workers are currently negotiating new contracts at Verizon.  Fortune Magazine ranked Verizon the 15th largest corporation in America in 2014, with revenues of $127 billion, profits of $9.6 billion, and market capitalization of $198.4 billion. Verizon had profits of $28 billion over the last five years, and paid its top five executives $249 million during that time. 

On July 21st, Verizon reported profits of $4.4 billion in 2Q2015 on revenues of $32.2 billion. This came on top of $4.2 billion in profits in 1Q2015, which means Verizon has made $1 billion in profits every month for the last 18 months. The company also reported that during the first six months of 2015 it has paid out over $9.3 billion to shareholders in dividends and stock buybacks, an increase of almost $5.8 billion over the first half of last year. In the Wireline division, Operating Cash Flow rose to 23.5%, and operating income doubled, from 2.6% to 5.3%. FiOS continues to expand and succeed, now constituting 79% of Verizon consumer revenues on the wireline side, and achieving penetration rates of 35.7% for video and 41.4% for internet in markets where it is competing.

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CWA Launches Radio Ads in Seven Regions Slamming Verizon’s Failure to Develop FiOS Broadband Service

New York State Mayors Join CWA at Bargaining Table, Tell Verizon to Stop Stalling on FiOS

New Nonpartisan Report Gives Democracy in New Hampshire a Failing Bill of Health

First-ever Open Democracy Index finds 591 individuals (0.06%) and 58 lobbyists account for majority of all money spent to elect and influence state leaders

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CONCORD – A major new report released today finds that New Hampshire is failing to meet basic standards of participation and representation that constitute a thriving democracy. The Open Democracy Index, a first-of-its-kind assessment of six core dimensions of democratic health, finds large majorities of Granite Staters stay home in most elections; low levels of civic knowledge or engagement and electoral competition; extreme concentration of campaign funding and lobbying by a wealthy elite; and systematic under-representation of women and minorities in elective office. The resulting grades for democratic health in New Hampshire are mainly Ds and Fs. 

The report is being released at a special news conference on Thursday, July 30th at 10:30am in the Legislative Office Building by Open Democracy Advisors Brad Cook, John Rauh, former State Senator Jim Rubens.

“Although New Hampshire enjoys a long and proud tradition of civic participation, the evidence today is undeniable that Granite Staters are seriously disengaged from a political system that does not appear to represent their needs,” said Daniel Weeks, executive director of Open Democracy and a co-author of the report. “When a fraction of one percent of the population and out of state interests control the money in politics, is it any surprise the citizens are giving up on democracy?”

The Open Democracy Index analyzes previously-inaccessible and disregarded data on voting, civic engagement, election funding, lobbying, electoral competition, and diversity of representation. It is accompanied by a comprehensive new searchable database of state lobbying disclosures and independent campaign expenditures. Major findings include:

  • Less than 20% of New Hampshirites correctly named their elected representatives and engaged in multiple forms of political activity including voting, volunteering, and contacting officials in 2014
  • $106 million was spent on the 2014 election in NH, including $61 million from outside groups;0.06% of NH residents (591 individuals) provided a majority of all state campaign contributions.
  • The top 58 lobbying clients accounted for a majority of the total $10.2 million spent on lobbying in 2014; the top ten clients spent $1.8 million and were all headquartered outside NH.
  • Incumbents enjoyed a nearly 2:1 fundraising and spending advantage across all state races and a nearly 3:1 advantage for state senate in 2014, winning reelection 84% of the time
  • 100% of executive councilors, 67% of state senators, 72% of state representatives, and 75% of city councilors in NH’s five largest cities are men; all except 1% of state representatives are white

The Index was developed over nine months by a team of researchers at Concord-based Open Democracy, a non-partisan nonprofit that works to increase civic engagement and accountable governance in the Granite State. Data were compiled and analyzed from official disclosures with NH Secretary of State as well as the Census Bureau, Center for Responsive Politics, National Institute on Money in State Politics, New Hampshire city clerks, and the Rutgers’ Center on American Women and Politics. 

The full Open Democracy Index and accompanying data are available at www.opendemocracy.me/odi.

World Breastfeeding Week Kicked Off at NH State House With Calls for Family-Friendly Workplace and Public Policies

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New Hampshire event part of Stand With Women campaign to secure public policy advances for women and their families

CONCORD, NH – Elected leaders and advocates for women and their families kicked off World Breastfeeding Week at the New Hampshire State House today with calls for family-friendly workplace and public policies. The theme of this year’s World Breastfeeding Week is “Breastfeeding and Work – Let’s Make It Work.”

“More women than ever are working outside the home, heading households and leading in the workplace,” said Zandra Rice Hawkins, executive director of Granite State Progress & Education Fund. “Though times have changed, policies and rules have lagged behind. We must work to prioritize laws to guarantee that women have full and fair opportunities to succeed and raise healthy families. One way to do that is to stand with women and support workplace policies that protect women from discrimination, harassment, and maternity penalties on the job.”DSC_4223

Speakers at the press conference highlighted SB 219 as an example of one of those polices. The bill would ensure all working nursing mothers have reasonable break time and a sanitary, private location – other than the bathroom – to express breast milk.  Federal law currently only covers hourly workers. SB 219 successfully passed in the Senate earlier this year, but was retained in House Commerce.

“We stand with New Hampshire women in support of their right to breastfeed where and when their babies need and their right to work place friendly lactation policies that allow them to express their milk during work breaks so that their children may continue to receive the proven benefits of breastmilk even when Mom is not nearby,” said Kary Jencks, executive director of NH Citizens Alliance. “As a mother who breast fed all three of my children I personally know the importance of creating breastfeeding supportive communities and workplaces.”

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State Senator Martha Fuller Clark

Bill sponsor, Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley, stated that, “SB 219 has my support, the support of the full Senate, and the support of the BIA because the bill will reasonably accommodate breast feeding families and support the businesses who employ them, improving New Hampshire’s productivity and making it an even better state to live and work.”

Prime bill sponsor, Senator Martha Fuller Clark, stated that, “SB 219 is an attempt to address the fact many working women never undertake breastfeeding  or stop nursing their children upon returning to work because they have no access to decent accommodation at their place of employment. Nationally when women stop breastfeeding prematurely, a total of $126.1 million in indirect costs is incurred in time away from work for sick employees and babies. Women make up half the workforce and are the primary breadwinners in 41% of families with children. And of the more than 350,000 working women in New Hampshire today, nearly half are between the ages of 20 and 44 – prime years for giving birth to children. Passage of SB 219 would encourage working mothers to breastfeed their children. It would help to ensure healthy and prosperous families and save New Hampshire businesses many thousands of dollars in sick days and the loss of able and skilled women employees.”

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State Senator Martha Fuller Clark

On the federal level, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte are working on legislation to protect pregnant women and nursing mothers in the work place. Representatives from each office issued a statement for the “Breastfeeding and Work – Let’s Make It Work” press conference:

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen: “As Governor, I was pleased to sign into law the Breastfeeding Bill which protects the rights of mothers in New Hampshire to breastfeed in public. I was also proud to support the breastfeeding provisions in the Affordable Care Act, which requires insurance plans to cover breastfeeding support, supplies and counseling with no co-pay. I continue to work with the Department of Health and Human Services to ensure that these provisions are implemented as Congress intended. Women should have every right to reasonable workplace accommodations as they provide for their families and contribute to the economy. That’s why I introduced the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. This legislation would ensure that expectant mothers are not forced out of their jobs simply because they need minor adjustments to their duties to continue working during pregnancy. As more womenwork longer into their pregnancies, they should have the confidence that their safety, health and financial security are not at risk. And when they return to work following childbirth, they deserve every opportunity to provide for their child without retaliation or interference.”

U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte: “As someone who worked during both of my pregnancies and also breastfed, I understand the challenges facing pregnant women and new mothers in the workplace. To ensure that pregnant workers and nursing moms are treated equally in the workplace, Senator Shaheen and I recently introduced the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA), bipartisan legislation that would require employers to make reasonable accommodations for pregnant employees and new moms. The PWFA is modeled on the legal standard in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and would ensure that pregnant workers and nursing moms are able to continue working while protecting them from being forced to take unpaid time off or leave their jobs altogether. The bill also prohibits employers from denying employment opportunities to women based on their need for reasonable accommodations related to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions.”

Also at the press conference was Christine Dodson, co-founder of Mamava which creates lactation and breastfeeding stations, including the one at Fenway Park.

“When the idea for Mamava first struck, we were nursing mothers working for a breastfeeding friendly employer, and benefiting from Vermont’s progressive breastfeeding laws. At work we had a place to pump and the break time to do it. It was when we traveled for business that we ran in to challenges, often having to pump in restrooms, cars, and storage closets. We thought about all the other moms in other states, with less supportive employers and challenged ourselves to find a way to make it easier for mamas to meet their breastfeeding goals, and employers and communities to support them. So our free standing lactation suite was conceived from a place of empathy by nursing mothers who had to hit the road with our breast pumps. As it takes hold as an amenity for pumping and nursing we think of it as a billboard communicating that there are many, many breastfeeding moms who could use all the help they can get, actually bringing the discussion into the open – not hiding it in a bathroom stall or under a blanket.”

Following the press conference, Terie Norelli, President of the NH Women’s Foundation, led a count-down to the Big Latch On, a synchronized worldwide breastfeeding event at 10:30 am on July 31st and August 1st to raise awareness during World Breastfeeding Week.

DSC_4212The New Hampshire World Breastfeeding Week kick-off and day of events were hosted by NH Citizens Alliance, Granite State Progress & Education Fund, the NH Breastfeeding Rights Coalition & The Rustik Baby Project, with sponsor support.

About World Breastfeeding Week

On the 1st – 7th of August every year, to raise awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding and the need for global support, the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action organizes World Breastfeeding Week. World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated in 120 countries and marks the signing of the WHO/UNICEF Innocenti Declaration, which lists the benefits of breastfeeding plus global and governmental goals. To mark the occasion, on Friday July 31st and Saturday August 1st at 10:30 am thousands of breastfeeding women and their babies/children across the world gather in their own communities to take part in the Global Big Latch On, a synchronized breastfeeding event in multiple locations. Breastfeeding contributes to the normal growth and development of children, and children who are not breastfed are at increased risk of infant morbidity and mortality, adult obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and premenopausal breast cancer and ovarian cancer (both mom and baby.) The World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding exclusively for the first six months of a baby’s life to optimize these benefits, continuing to breastfeed for 2 years and as long thereafter as is mutually desired by a woman and her child. The New Hampshire Statewide Big Latch On took place during the kick-off and press conference at the NH Statehouse; additional Big Latch On’s were scheduled in Dover, Littleton, and Meredith.

 

About the Stand With Women Campaign

Times have changed. Today, women are central to our families and our economy. More women than ever are working outside the home, heading households and leading in the workplace. We must take action now to ensure that women have equal rights and receive fair treatment on the job, in health care and in the new economy. The Stand With Women campaign in New Hampshire is led by NH Citizens Alliance and Granite State Progress Education Fund.

Work For A Union: Open Communications Positions From Union Jobs

JULY 30, 2015 WEEKLY SUMMARY OF COMMUNICATIONS POSITIONS POSTED AT UNIONJOBS.COM

AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations)
Fellow, Communications Department  District of Columbia

Digital Campaigns and Strategy Manager, Digital Strategies Department  District of Columbia
National Campaign Training Coordinator, Campaigns Department  District of Columbia
Path to Power Senior Program Coordinator, Political Department  California
Junior Video Producer, Digital Strategies Department  District of Columbia
Producer, Digital Strategies Department District of Columbia
Senior Field Representative (OH), Campaigns Department, Midwest Region Ohio
Lead Data Coordinator – Campaigns Department, Northeast Region – PA  Pennsylvania

Deputy National Campaign Manager, Campaigns Department  District of Columbia
Field Communications Regional Coordinator, Communications Department, Northeast Region – Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont (National search)

Senior Field Representative, Campaigns Department – Midwest Region – Iowa, Missouri
Senior Field Representative, Campaigns Department  Arizona, Colorado
Strategic Campaigns Coordinator, Organizing Department  District of Columbia


AAPS (Association of Administrative and Professional Staff)

Member Services Officer, Vancouver  British Columbia,  Canada


AFM (Associated Musicians of Greater New York, AFM Local 802)

Communications and Political Director, New York City  New York


AFSCME (American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (Regional and International Positions))

Regional Field Manager, Political Action Department  District of Columbia

Library and Database Technician, Research and Collective Bargaining Department  District of Columbia

Media Relations Specialist, Communications  District of Columbia


AFSCME (Council 31)
Communications Director, Chicago  Illinois


ALPA (Air Line Pilots Association, International)

Sr. Communications Specialist, Herndon  Virginia


BAC (International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers)

Freelance Writer  District of Columbia

 


CDALF (Capital District Area Labor Federation)

Field Coordinator, Based in Albany  New York


Citizen Action of New York
Program Assistant, Albany  New York


CMRJB (Chicago & Midwest Regional Joint Board of Workers United/SEIU)

Service Representative  Michigan

 


CNA/NNU (California Nurses Association (CNA) / National Nurses United (NNU) AFL-CIO)
Social Media Specialist, Oakland  California


CTU (Chicago Teachers Union Foundation)

Executive Director, Chicago  Illinois (National search)


CTW (Change to Win)

Strategic Campaign Coordinator, DC or NYC District of Columbia, New York

 


GEU (Graduate Employees’ Union, AFT Michigan Local 6196)

Part-Time Union Organizer, East Lansing  Michigan


HTC (NY & NJ Hotel Workers’ Union)
Video Communications Supervisor New York


IAFF (International Association of Fire Fighters)

Web Operations/IS Systems Programmer  District of Columbia


IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers)
Educational Specialist, Education Department  District of Columbia


IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 1049)

Internship, Holtsville  New York


ILWU (International Longshore and Warehouse Union)

Researcher, San Francisco  California


Iron Workers (International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental, and Reinforcing Iron Workers)

Strategic Researcher, Phoenix, Denver – Arizona, Colorado


Jobs To Move America
Communications Specialist (full-time), Los Angeles  California

 


Labor United for Universal Healthcare
Administrator & Projects Coordinator, Los Angeles  California


Metropolitan Washington Council (AFL-CIO)

Area Labor Council Executive Director  District of Columbia


MNA (Minnesota Nurses Association)

Labor Relations Specialist, St. Paul  Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin


NNU (National Nurses United)
Communications Specialist, Oakland  California
Educator – Immediate Opening, San Francisco Bay area  California


OCEA (Orange County Employees Association)

Employee Relations Representative; Public Safety Emphasis, Santa Ana  California

 


OEA (Oregon Education Association)

Coordinator of Administrative Services and Support, Portland  Oregon

OEA Union School Field Education & Training Coordinator, Eugene  Oregon


PWF (Partnership for Working Families)

Communications Strategist, Oakland  California


SEIU (Service Employees International Union (International Positions
Senior Communications Specialist, Grade III, Los Angeles, CA; Chicago IL; or New York, NY (Bilingual Spanish)

Communications Coordinator  District of Columbia

Senior Communications Specialist, Bilingual skills are required (Spanish)  District of Columbia
Immigration Digital Strategy Manager, Grade: D  District of Columbia

Deputy Director of Technology Infrastructure, Grade: E  District of Columbia


SEIU Local 1
Communications Director, Chicago  Illinois


SEIU (Local 221)
Communications Specialist, San Diego  California


SEIU (Local 503, Oregon Public Employees Union)

Communications Organizer, based in Portland  Oregon


SEIU (Local 721)

Internal Organizing Campaign Coordinator – General Services, Los Angeles  California


SEIU (Local 775)
Media Relations Specialist, based in Seattle, Washington


SEIU (Local 1000)
Communications Specialist, Sacramento  California


TTD (Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO)

Communications Fellow  District of Columbia


UEMSW (United EMS Workers, AFSCME Local 4911)
Administrative Chief, Livermore  California


UFCW (United Food and Commercial Workers International Union)

Assistant Communications Director, Politics & Advocacy  District of Columbia

Senior Bilingual Campaign Communications Specialist District of Columbia

Digital Strategies Intern, Communications Department  District of Columbia


UFT (United Federation of Teachers)

Graphic Designer, New York City  New York


UNITE HERE
Technical Curriculum Specialist, Las Vegas area  Nevada


WDP (Workers Defense Project (WDP) and Workers Defense Action Fund (WDAF))

Political Director, Dallas  Texas


WGAW (Writers Guild of America, West)
Political Director, Los Angeles  California


WILD (Women’s Institute for Leadership Development)

Program/Administrative Assistant, based in Boston  Massachusetts


Working America (a community affiliate of the AFL-CIO)

Senior Political Associate  District of Columbia


Working Families (Connecticut Working Families)

Connecticut Political Director, Hartford  Connecticut

Communications Director, Hartford  Connecticut

Working Families (DC Working Families)
Communications Associate  District of Columbia

Working Families (Pennsylvania Working Families)
Political Director, Philadelphia Pennsylvania


Working Families (Rhode Island Working Families)

Rhode Island State Director, based in Providence  Rhode Island


Working Washington
Development Associate/Development Director, Seattle Washington

Senator Shaheen Votes For Long-Term Transportation Bill And Is Disappointed In House Inaction

Washington, DC – Today, Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) voted in favor of a bipartisan six-year transportation bill that would provide the funding certainty that’s needed to allow stalled construction projects in New Hampshire and across the country to go forward. Yesterday, the House of Representatives adjourned for a five-week recess without considering any long-term funding proposal for road and bridge construction and repair, and, instead, passed a three-month extension of federal highway funding.

 

“What I hear over and over again from local officials and drivers across New Hampshire is that road and bridge disrepair is hurting the local economy, increasing traffic, adding wear and tear to vehicles, and is a threat to public safety,” said Shaheen. “I’m very disappointed that the House has recessed for vacation without even considering a long-term funding source for desperately needed road and bridge repair. The Senate has approved a bipartisan long-term funding bill and the House should do likewise so that projects across New Hampshire can ramp-up planning, hiring and construction.”

 

In recent weeks, Senator Shaheen has been traveling around New Hampshire to stalled transportation projects to highlight how not having long-term federal funding is impacting local communities.

 

In order to avoid a lapse in federal highway funding, the Senate approved of the House’s short-term funding legislation this afternoon.

Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern Hosts Community Discussion In Keene and Dover

On Monday in Dover and Tuesday in Keene, Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern will host community discussions about expanding and protecting access to quality health care.

Councilor Van Ostern will bring leaders from NH’s Health & Human Services department, Bi-State Primary Care Association, and local providers & coordinators together to answer questions and hear from interested citizens.  Likely topics will include Medicaid expansion, family planning services, efforts to combat the heroin & opioid epidemic, and upcoming steps in the state’s Medicaid Managed Care system.

“Expanding and protecting access to quality, affordable health care in New Hampshire is critical for our citizens, our families, our communities, our employers, and our success as a state,” said Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern.

“Whether it is reducing the numbers of uninsured emergency room visits in our state, or ensuring widespread access to birth control and cancer screenings for low-income women and families, we need to set politics aside and focus on access to quality health care.  This forum is an opportunity to ask questions, share your input, and learn more.”

IN DOVER

Monday, August 3rd, 5:30 pm
Wentworth-Douglas Hospital, Auditorium B
789 Central Ave

IN KEENE

Tuesday, August 4th, 5:30 pm
Keene Public Library Auditorium
60 Winter St.

Currently, state lawmakers face a number of key policy decisions:

• Expanding Medicaid through the bipartisan NH Health Protection Plan law (which has extended coverage to more than 41,000 NH citizens in the past year) will expire in 2016 unless lawmakers act.

• Combatting the heroin and opioid epidemic requires a new commitment to prevention, treatment, and recovery for those suffering from the disease of addiction.

• Family planning services (like birth control, cancer screenings, and annual exams for low-income women and families) are again on the receiving end of renewed political attacks against Planned Parenthood, one of the nonprofits which currently provides these services in NH.

• Twenty months into the Medicaid Managed Care system, New Hampshire is poised to move forward to include new populations in managed care with a goal of improving quality and controlling costs.

Colin Van Ostern represents 49 towns and cities from Strafford County to Cheshire County on the five-member, publicly-elected New Hampshire Executive Council, which works closely with Governor Hassan to manage state government, review state contracts, and confirm leaders of state agencies, boards, and commissions. He lives in Concord with his wife and two sons.

New York State Mayors Join CWA at Bargaining Table, Tell Verizon to Stop Stalling on FiOS

 Elected Officials Representing More Than a Million NYers Write Letters to Verizon Leadership, Demand Action

With Days Remaining Before Contract Expiration, CWA and IBEW Demand Good Jobs, and Verizon Commitment to Good Service and FiOS for All 

Rye, New York – With days remaining before the contract between Verizon and its 39,000 unionized workers, Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner and Kingston Mayor Shayne Gallo joined the workers at a bargaining session with Verizon in Rye, New York.  At the same time, four other elected officials from across New York State wrote letters calling on Verizon to stop ignoring their communities’ need for high-speed internet and television service. 

The unprecedented visit and supportive letters from the Mayors of Albany, Utica and Rome and the Town Supervisor of Brookhaven demonstrate the common cause between the workers and customers around the state who are fed up with Verizon leaving them behind.  Verizon is refusing to build its state-of-the-art FiOS network in lower-income areas, leaving hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers at the mercy of their local cable monopoly, while at the same time letting its copper landline network deteriorate. 

In New York City, a damning audit of Verizon’s FiOS rollout found that Verizon has failed to meet its promise to deliver high-speed fiber optic internet and television to everyone in the city who wanted it.  During its negotiations for a city franchise, Verizon promised that the entire city would be wired with fiber optic cables by June 2014 and that after that date, everyone who wanted FiOS would get it within six months to a year.  The audit found that despite claiming that it had wired the whole city by November 2014, Verizon systematically continues to refuse orders for service.  The audit also found that Verizon stonewalled the audit process.  

The calls to build out FiOS come as the build-out of FiOS has become a bargaining issue between the Communications Workers of America and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and Verizon as they negotiate a new contract.  The contract expires at 12 midnight on Saturday August 1 and covers 39,000 CWA and IBEW represented telephone workers from Massachusetts to Virginia.

Read more about possible Verizon strike and the radio ads CWA is running about “Verizon’s Failure to Develop FiOS Broadband Service.

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