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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.

NH Labor News 8/4/12: Unions Scramble To Help Democratic Gov Races, Gov Strickland in NH Next Week, Jobs Report, and more

John DiStaso’s Granite Status: Former Ohio Gov. Strickland to campaign in NH for Obama next week | New Hampshire NEWS0602: “Democratic former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland will campaign in New Hampshire for President Barack Obama on Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 6 and 7, the campaign said Friday.

Strickland had been scheduled to appear in Manchester on July 20, but the event was cancelled due to the movie theater shootings in Colorado.

The campaign says Strickland will speak at events as part of the campaign’s “Make it in America” tour. He will be making campaign stops in Concord, Somersworth, Rochester, Manchester, Keene and Claremont, among other towns across the state.”

Unions scramble to help Democratic governors – Robin Bravender – POLITICO.com: “Democrats are playing defense in eight gubernatorial races this fall, compared with just three relatively safe Republican seats up for grabs. That means unions, desperate to ward off legislation that would hamstring their collective bargaining power, are being forced to spend time and money in some unlikely places.

In Indiana, unions have donated about $1.5 million to a Democrat who trailed the latest polls by double-digits. In Missouri and New Hampshire, states where right-to-work legislation has come up in recent years, unions are desperate to keep Democrats in the governors’ mansions.”

Obama, Romney Each Read Jobs Numbers Differently | New Hampshire Public Radio: “In our increasingly polarized country, Democrats and Republicans can choose from competing news outlets, competing think tanks, and this month at least competing reports from the Labor Department.

Speaking near the White House on Friday, President Obama focused on the employment survey — which showed better-than-expected job gains in July. He noted that over the last 2 1/2 years, private employers have added 4.5 million jobs — more than a million this year alone.

“Those are our neighbors and family members finding work and the security that comes with work,” Obama said.”

United Continental, Pilots Union Negotiators Agree on Labor Deal – DailyFinance: “DALLAS — United Airlines (UAL) says it has a deal with union negotiators on a new labor contract with its own pilots and those from the former Continental Airlines.

United Continental Holdings Inc. said Friday that the agreement is an important step in creating a single workforce at the company, which was formed by a 2010 merger.

The deal is still subject to approval by governing boards of the two pilot groups and by rank-and-file pilots.

Terms of the agreement were not immediately disclosed. The pilot groups were seeking pay raises and limits on outsourcing of flying to other airlines.”

NATCA Honors Sacrifice of PATCO Controllers on 31st Anniversary of 1981 Strike

WASHINGTON – On Aug. 3, 1981, the men and women of the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO), in their fight for a safer work environment, reliable equipment, adequate staffing levels and fair work and pay rules, took a courageous stand and began a strike in fierce support of these goals and for the profession they so dearly loved. Today, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association remembers the sacrifice they made.

Nearly 13,000 controllers – about 85 percent of the union’s membership and 79 percent of the workforce – honored the picket lines. Two days later, they were fired. In all, 11,350 controllers lost their jobs. About 875 returned to work before the firings. According to the Transportation Department, staffing dropped 74 percent—from 16,375 to about 4,200.

Said NATCA President Paul Rinaldi, “PATCO controllers made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of the air traffic control profession and today, especially, we honor that. While the administration thought they could diminish the efforts of the nation’s air traffic controllers, the organization and certification of NATCA six years later – while the same administration was still in office – proved otherwise.”

Added NATCA Executive Vice President Trish Gilbert: “Today we remember how the PATCO members demonstrated an extraordinary level of commitment to their profession, to their goals and to each other. They showed the way for those of us in NATCA who came after them. Their efforts were not lost, as NATCA’s original members organized for the same reasons that the more than 11,000 controllers were fired—better working conditions and dedication to the safety and integrity of the National Airspace System.”

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association represents over 20,000 highly skilled controllers, engineers and other safety professionals.

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on July Jobs Report:The U.S. economy is still struggling to climb back from the deepest, most dangerous recession since the Great Depression. This month progress was faster, as the economy added 163,000 net new jobs, but that progress is still inadequate. In particular, unemployment rates remain unacceptably high for African-Americans (14.1%) and Latinos (10.3%), and the number of long-term unemployed remains stuck at 5.2 million.

Given the depth of the recession and the damage done by thirty years of anti-worker policies, we knew recovery would be slow and difficult. But we did not dream that Republicans in Congress would take every opportunity to slow and stymie the recovery process from day one – cynically hoping that Americans would blame the President for the damage they inflict on the economy.

The key to building a durable recovery that leads to long-term shared prosperity is empowering workers to share the benefits of productivity growth. But Republicans continue to obstruct vital policies aimed at creating jobs and restoring growth while they hold the middle class hostage to their demands for more tax cuts to benefit the richest two percent of Americans. Their stubborn and short-sighted obstruction of any measures that might boost job creation puts our recovery at risk.

This November’s election is about the future direction of our country. We face a choice between austerity policies that offer no hope for a better future versus shared prosperity policies based on investing in America and restoring our democracy. The labor movement is committed to the policies of ‘Prosperity Economics’, along with political reforms that will unite and strengthen America.

NH Labor 2012 Election News 8/3/12: Michelle Obama Stumps In NH, Smith Tells Us Why We Should Not Vote For Him, Jackie and Maggie In Seacoast, and more

Hassan, Cilley Making Stops on the Seacoast – Hampton-North Hampton, NH Patch: “The New Hampshire State Democratic Primary will take place this year on Tuesday September 11;  only 41 days from now!

Maggie Hassan and Jackie Cilley are both running for the Democratic nomination for Governor and those of us on the Seacoast will have an opportunity to meet and speak with each of them.”

NHLN Note: Yes all we need to do is cut taxes for the wealthy business owners in hopes that they will ‘create’ more jobs. This is the Kevin Smith plan

Smith wants to lower tax burden on businesses, sees higher ed, infrastructure as key – NashuaTelegraph.com: “Republican gubernatorial candidate Kevin Smith is convinced significant business tax cuts would stimulate job growth and ultimately raise more state revenue, but he’s proposed a circuit breaker to cancel future cuts if that dynamic doesn’t come to pass.
During an interview with The Telegraph editorial board Thursday, Smith, of Litchfield, laid out his ambitious economic plan, which would cut the state’s tax on business activity in half over a seven-year period, while also cutting the tax on corporate profits by 40 percent.”

The Kuster campaign issued the following statement in response to Congressman Bass’ vote to start his 5-week taxpayer-funded vacation a day early rather than stay in Washington to pass middle class tax cuts.

“After squandering an entire summer that could have been spent strengthening the middle class, creating jobs, and protecting seniors, Congressman Bass yesterday voted to start his 5-week taxpayer-funded vacation a day early,” said Rob Friedlander, Communications Director for Annie Kuster. “Having passed a $160,000 tax break for millionaires before leaving town, Congressman Bass believes his work is finished. Yesterday, 79 House Republicans disagreed and joined Democrats in a bipartisan effort to keep working, but Congressman Bass has shown once again that the only side he’s on is his own.”

NHLN Note: If You want to see right to work pushed again….Smith is your man!
LETTER: Krupp Offers Support to Kevin Smith – Merrimack, NH Patch: ”  In the House, he supported legislation like Right to Work before it became fashionable.”

Guinta camp: Shea-Porter is incumbent | Concord Monitor: “In 2010, Republican Frank Guinta seized a spot in Washington from then-Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter. And though this time around he’s the incumbent and she’s the challenger, voters wouldn’t know it from recent phone recordings used by his campaign.

“Hi. This is Frank Guinta, candidate for Congress, running against Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter. I’m running to end the broken culture of Washington,” the recording says, according to a transcript provided by the Shea-Porter campaign.”

NHLN Note: ALEC Legislators and enemies of labor come out in support of Smith for Gov
John DiStaso’s Granite Status: Three more House committee chairs back Kevin Smith for governor | New Hampshire NEWS0602: “Reps. Ed Moran of Bedford, Carol McGuire of Epsom and Al Baldasaro of Londonderry bring the total number of committee chairs backing Smith to seven.

Moran chairs the Children and Family Law Committee, McGuire chairs the Executive Departments and Administration Committee and Baldasaro chairs the State-Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs Committee.

They join committee chairs Reps. Steve Stepanek of the Ways and Means Comnmittee, Ken Weyler of the Finance Committee, John Reagan of the Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee and Sherman Packard of the Transportation Committee, whose support for Smith has been previously announced.”

First Lady Michelle Obama addresses supporters at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester on Aug. 2. Credit Carol Robidoux

First lady stumps for husband at Southern New Hampshire University – NashuaTelegraph.com [Video]: ““Are we going to continue the change we have made or are we going to let all the progress we fought for just slip away?” she asked a supportive crowd of more than 1,500 at Southern New Hampshire University.
“We can’t do that; we can’t turn back now, right? We have to keep moving forward, forward, forward.”
Speaking from a teleprompter, Michelle Obama ticked off President Barack Obama’s accomplishments and plans for the economy, health care, education, immigration reform, national security and equal rights.”

First Lady’s campaign stop lauds first term | New Hampshire NEWS0605: ““Being involved in campaigning is not easy. You’ve got lives to live, jobs to do and classes to attend,” she told the crowd of nearly 1,600 at the school’s athletic fieldhouse. “We’re not doing this just because we want to win an election, which we do and we will. We’re here and we’re doing this because of the values we believe in. We’re doing this because of the vision for this country that we all share.”

Obama repeated many of the campaign’s talking points during her 26-minute speech, including highlighting her husband’s passage of the Affordable Care Act, the removal of troops from the war in Iraq, the campaign’s claim of more than two years of consecutive private-sector job growth — at one point she told the crowd to tell doubters “how many jobs he’s created” — and the President’s call to increase taxes on the wealthiest Americans.”

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From Boston.com

Susan Bruce: Freedumb and Libertea: “As I’ve written before (endlessly), New Hampshire ranks in last place for state funding of higher education. That was true before the last biennium when the Freebaglicans cut the already embarrassingly low level of funding in half.

Tuition at our two and four year colleges is amongst the highest in the nation. New Hampshire may be in 50th place for state funding of higher education, but we are number one in student debt. Yay! We’re number one!”

NHLN Note: One thing you may not know about Republican Candidate Kathleen Stroud, is she is staunchly opposed to Right To Work for less.

Candidate Bio: Kathleen Stroud, Republican for State Rep – Merrimack, NH Patch: “Experience/Occupation: I am a retired air traffic controller. I spent the majority of my career working at the Boston Air Route Traffic Control Center located in Nashua.”

Mitt Romney And The Associated Press Are Having Themselves A Tiff: “The big story out of Romneyville this week is of course Romney aide Rick Gorka’s admonishment of the passel of question-shouting reporters at Poland’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier: “Kiss my ass, this is a holy site for the Polish people.” In a David Mamet play, that would have been a laugh line. And I give Gorka credit for coming to that breaking point absolutely honestly — the precipitating event was the Washington Post’s Philip Rucker shouting, inanely, into space, “What about your gaffes?” I hope to one day ask Rucker precisely what he expected to receive as an answer to that.”

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NH Labor News 8/3/12: Women Called To Be Firefighters, PFF-NH Fundraiser, Don’t Blame Union For Bankrupt Towns, and more

Concord: Women answer the call | Concord Monitor: “Some of the teen girls and firefighters at the annual camp this week had heard of Sarah Fox. Something about breast cancer. Something about courage, about the will to live, about breaking down doors to extinguish fires, and breaking down barriers to open doors.

In more acute terms, 24-year-old Durham firefighter Katie Everts, a volunteer at Camp Fully Involved at the state’s Fire Academy, spoke for many when she said, “She’s one of our idols that young female firefighters like myself can look up to. She’s a hero, an incredible woman. It’s so sad that she’s passed.””

Firefighters’ fundraising calls legit, says union | SeacoastOnline.com: “CONCORD — New Hampshire residents who receive phone calls from fundraisers representing the statewide firefighters union are assured that the calls are legitimate, said David Lang, President of the Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire.

Lang said his union has launched a fundraising effort and are “literally calling everyone in the state.” Proceeds, he said, will fund statewide safety and lifesaving instruction programs beginning in January of 2013.”

NHLN Note — Read more in our Post on the PFF-NH Fundraiser

Don’t blame union for bankrupt cities – USATODAY.com: “Across the country, public employees are being blamed for an economic crisis they didn’t create. The problems cities and counties face are real. But scapegoating workers who make an average of less than $50,000 a year , and retire after a career of public service with a pension averaging less than $20,000 a year, is not the answer. Public employees are making sacrifices— such as salary cuts, benefit cuts and furlough days — to help their communities weather the storm. Rather than pointing fingers at those who keep our cities safe, educate our kids and make sure our air and water is safe, let’s pull together to find real solutions to fiscal problems facing our nation’s communities, cities and counties.
Lee Saunders is the president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

Ayotte, McCain have short memories on sequester – NashuaTelegraph.com: “The Budget Control Act of 2011 also called for at least $1.2 trillion in additional cuts to be hashed out by what would mistakenly become known as the “supercommittee” – six Democrats and six Republicans with a combined 190 years of Washington experience – by the end of November. If they couldn’t reach a deal, and they didn’t, $1.2 trillion in cuts split evenly between defense and other discretionary spending would begin in 2013.

And that’s where we are today.

Predictably, many of these same Republican lawmakers who supported this deal – including McCain but not Ayotte – now want to renege on it, even though it passed with overwhelming bipartisan support last summer in the House (269-161) and Senate (74-26).”

David Macaray: 7 Reasons You Should Join a Union: “For men and women who plan on entering the job market as non-professionals — who see themselves more as blue-collar “workers” than as white-collar “careerists” — here are seven practical reasons why they should consider being represented by a labor union.

1. Money. Generally speaking, union jobs pay significantly more than non-union jobs. You want to be part of the American middle-class? Join a union. From top to bottom, industry to industry, region to region, union wages are going to be roughly 10-20 percent higher than non-union wages. Which is why companies resist them; they don’t want to pay one dime more than they have to.”

Privatizing Public Schools: Big Firms Eyeing Profits From U.S. K-12 Market: “Traditionally, public education has been a tough market for private firms to break into — fraught with politics, tangled in bureaucracy and fragmented into tens of thousands of individual schools and school districts from coast to coast.

Now investors are signaling optimism that a golden moment has arrived. They’re pouring private equity and venture capital into scores of companies that aim to profit by taking over broad swaths of public education.

The conference last week at the University Club, billed as a how-to on “private equity investing in for-profit education companies,” drew a full house of about 100.”

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If You Support Workers’ Rights, You Have Another Reason to Watch The Daily Show « Main Street: “IATSE is pleased to announce that technical employees of “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart have unanimously ratified their first collective bargaining agreement.

The contract is the culmination of negotiations between IATSE and the producers of the hit made-for-basic-cable series following voluntary recognition of the union by the employer.

The bargaining unit consists of camera operators, video technicians, audio technicians, graphic/chyron (character generator) operators, technical directors, audio assistants, video assistants, videotape/EVS operators, utility technicians, teleprompter operators, costume designers/stylists, and makeup/hair stylists.

The contract provides the represented employees with health and retirement benefits for as well as the continued maintenance of all existing conditions.  IATSE and its represented crew look forward to a continued constructive and mutually cooperative relationship with the “The Daily Show.””

NH Labor 2012 Election News 8/2/12: Cilley Gets Big Endorsement, Romney Tax Plan, First Lady Stumps In NH, and more

Gary Hirshberg of Stonyfield Backs Cilley For NH GOV

(Barrington) Stonyfield Farm Chairman and New Hampshire native Gary Hirshberg announced today his decision to support Jackie Cilley’s campaign for governor.  Hirshberg is renowned as a visionary business leader for building Stonyfield Farm into a major employer that supports family farms and protects the environment. He is a leading advocate for organic and sustainable agriculture and sustainable energy and a leading voice for consumers’ rights to know against genetically modified crops.

“I’m honored to have earned the endorsement of a business leader like Gary Hirshberg.” said Jackie Cilley. “I appreciate his confidence in me and I am looking forward to his input on business matters and economic development. Gary knows very well how an economy works and what it takes to stimulate business development and job growth. That is my number one priority and the reason for my campaign for Governor.”

“When Governor Lynch announced he wouldn’t seek another term, I seriously considered running myself,” said Hirshberg. “I have watched this race unfold and I know who our next governor should be: Jackie Cilley. She has the strength, the independence and the vision to lead our state forward in these challenging times.”

In governor races, July month of underdog – David Catanese – POLITICO.com:
3. New Hampshire

Though he mispronounced her name at least twice, Bill Clinton’s public embrace of Democrat Maggie Hassan was the most important development in the Granite State contest.

The former president not only promised that Hassan “will bring you progress,” but he also laced into the GOP Legislature’s agenda to limit abortion access and scrap birth control coverage — a narrative that will be a critical part of the fall argument. On the Republican side, Ovide Lamontagne and former state lawmaker Kevin Smith traded barbs during a debate over lobbying experience, but neither landed a knockout blow. As the Union Leader reported, “Kevin Smith and Ovide Lamontagne were civil even when noting their differences.”

Who won July: Hassan”

State representative endorses Jackie Cilley | SeacoastOnline.com: “The current state budget cut 11 percent from our very lean government — damaging the safety, economic opportunity and quality of life of all citizens, and damaging nonprofit service groups and local budgets. (Lawmakers) passed revenue cuts for 2013, forcing further cuts of 4-6 percent next term. Property taxes will keep rising; the only significant state budget items left are mandated services in survival mode.

This may be the Free Stater dream, a state without government, but it is not that of most of our citizens. Only one experienced candidate for governor, Jackie Cilley, is responding to this reality. Her Republican opponents talk of yet more tax cuts, and promise the kind of government efficiencies Benson promised and Lynch delivered. Her Democratic opponent took The Pledge, leaving only casinos and possible tax-break repeals as options inadequate to the size of the problem.”

Study: Romney tax plan would shift burden to poor – Aug. 1, 2012: “NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Mitt Romney’s tax plan would provide large tax cuts to the very wealthy, while increasing the tax burden on the lower and middle classes, according to a study released Wednesday.
The report — produced by researchers at the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center — illustrates just how difficult it would be to recoup government revenue lost under Romney’s plan.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee’s tax plan calls for 20% cuts to today’s Bush-era income tax rates. He would also eliminate the Alternative Minimum Tax.
Those tax cuts would lead to a sharp decline in government revenue. Yet Romney insists he will make up the difference in-part by limiting deductions, exemptions and credits currently available to top-level income earners.”

First Lady to stump for president in 3 NH stops – Boston.com: “LACONIA, N.H.—First Lady Michelle Obama will make a series of New Hampshire campaign stops as she rallies support for the President.

She plans to attend a fundraiser in Holderness early Thursday afternoon and then make public appearances at Laconia Middle School at 3 p.m. and at the field house at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester at 5:15 p.m.

The First Lady’s events in Laconia and Manchester are free and open to the public. Tickets are required due to limited space, and will be available to the public on a first come, first serve basis.

Michelle Obama recently launched the “It Takes One” program to rally grassroots support, with the election just over 100 days away.”

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AFGE and TSA Agree To Historic Labor Contract

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(WASHINGTON) –The American Federation of Government Employees today announced that it has come to an agreement with the Transportation Security Administration on the first-ever labor contract at the agency.

“For 10 long years AFGE has fought hard so that Transportation Security Officers would have collective bargaining rights. We have often looked back and wondered why it was taking so long,” said AFGE National President John Gage. “Today we begin to look forward.”

“This collective bargaining agreement will better the working lives of 45,000 hard-working, dedicated employees, and that’s a fantastic feeling,” AFGE TSA Council 100 President Kim Kraynak-Lambert said. “TSOs come to work every day in the face of intense public and congressional scrutiny and, to the best of their ability, protect this nation from terrorist attacks. Now we can look forward to new rights and new working conditions, and a chance to form a true labor-management partnership. And, contrary to some of the misinformation circulating about TSA, an agreement will not adversely affect security – security related matters were strictly excluded from negotiations. In fact, this agreement will strengthen our ability to carry out TSA’s vital mission of protecting the American people.”

“What this contract will do is provide for increased uniformity on fair treatment and the other issues important to employees across the nation’s airports,” Gage added. “Both parties believe the agreement will also provide much needed schedule flexibility. Improvements in working conditions will also benefit both TSA and the officers by fostering a family-friendly workplace where the employees have greater job satisfaction and feel supported in performing their important security work.”

The parties were also able to finalize terms of a new dispute resolution process. “This new procedure will enhance fairness and due process for TSOs,” Gage said. “Independent, third-party review is a right that ensures transparency and will improve the working lives of our officers.”

The entire TSA workforce will have the opportunity to vote on whether to ratify the collective bargaining agreement. That ratification process will take place in the coming months.

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NH Labor News 8/2/12: House Votes To Extend Tax Cuts to Top 2%, New Jobs In Nashua, and Made In America Olympic Style

U.S. House Votes to Extend Tax Cuts for All Incomes – Businessweek: “The U.S. House of Representatives voted to extend tax cuts through 2013 for all income levels, defying a veto threat from President Barack Obama.

The 256-171 vote, mostly along party lines, continues a stalemate on tax policy that lawmakers say will last beyond the Nov. 6 election. Nineteen Democrats voted for the Republican bill, and one Republican was opposed. The measure won’t advance in the Democratic-led Senate.


With tonight’s vote, Republicans have once again proven that their priority is to protect the interests of millionaires at the expense of the middle class. Congressman Bass and House Republicans just voted down a bill that would have extended tax cuts for 98 percent of families and 97 percent of small businesses while also reducing the deficit. We need leaders in Congress who will work across party lines and find commonsense solutions that put middle class families first.

UAW statement on House Republicans’ vote to extend Bush tax cuts | UAW: “DETROIT — We are deeply disappointed that the House Republicans voted to block Congressman Sandy Levin’s amendment that would extend tax cuts for 98 percent of Americans and instead would provide more tax cuts to those who need them the least: the wealthiest Americans. It is time that Congress got its priorities straight and stopped giving ever-expanding tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires.
The House Republicans’ bill prevents us as a nation from making needed investments that would create jobs, fund critical programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and education, and adds unnecessarily to our debt. After witnessing the impacts of the George W. Bush presidency, the trickle-down theory has once again been proven a failure.
House Republicans voted to extend tax breaks that provide millionaires with an average tax cut of $143,000 while at the same time ending tax credits which would cost a worker with two children earning $14,500 for a full-time minimum wage job $1,545 in tax benefits next year. This is a burden working families cannot, and should not, be forced to bear.” (read more)

Tech Company Bringing 150 Jobs to Nashua – Nashua, NH Patch: “Aspen Technology, Inc., with worldwide corporate headquarters in Burlington, Mass., is expanding to 100 Innovation Way, where the company has leased 41,000 square feet and will employ 150 people.

AspenTech is a leading supplier of software that optimizes process manufacturing for energy, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, engineering and construction, and other industries that manufacture and produce products from a chemical process.”

NH GOP Liberty Caucus would cut $1B from budget – Boston.com: “CONCORD, N.H.—The Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire supports cutting $1 billion from the state budget in its legislative agenda for next year.

The conservative group also would phase out existing public pension plans that provide workers a guaranteed monthly payment and replace them with plans similar to a 401(k) where contributions by employees and employers are invested and the worker’s retirement payment depends on the total investments when he or she retires.

The caucus also said it backs passing a law allowing citizens to carry concealed guns without a permit.

The group of citizen activists released its legislative priorities Tuesday.”

Speaker’s nepotism probe thin | Concord Monitor: “House Speaker Bill O’Brien’s investigation of nepotism in state government produced only one case of an agency head with a relative working in his department, O’Brien said in a statement yesterday.

The Monitor obtained the statement from another source after O’Brien’s office didn’t respond to the paper’s three requests for the information. O’Brien has said he will not engage with the Monitor because he considers its coverage of him unfair and biased.

Reached yesterday while on vacation, Bald (Commissioner of Department of Resources and Economic Development) said he didn’t respond to O’Brien’s letter because he found its wording and tone “extremely insulting and demeaning to me as a government official, and more importantly to the people who work for me.””

Working Class Men’s Wages Have Plummeted Over the Past 40 Years | Mother Jones: “This decline in both male employment and male wages has been going on for 40 years now, and as Dylan mentions, it’s far worse at the bottom of the ladder than at the top. Male high school grads working full time earn 25% less than they used to, and if you account for those not working or working only part time, aggregate wages are down by nearly half.

Half! And that’s for high school grads, not dropouts. (And the picture changes only modestly if you add health benefits to the wage picture.) These are men who basically played by the rules, got their diploma, and then went into the workforce. Or tried to, anyway. But they’re finding it far harder to find steady, full-time work than their fathers did, and when they do they earn dramatically less than their fathers did.”

Reading, PA – Leotards for Gold Medal winning gymnasts | Alliance for American Manufacturing: “Yesterday the United States Women’s Gymnastics team took home the gold. At the team final for the 2012 Olympics in London, the ‘Fab Five’ girls dominated their routines and won by a staggering 5 points. And they did it all in American-made leotards from GK Elite Sports in Reading, Pennsylvania.

Both the Women and Men’s United States Gymnastics teams competing in the 2012 Olympics are suited up in leotards made by GK Elite. The company’s website details a quality product that bears the American-made seal.

“Elite Sportswear, L.P. is proud to have been chosen by adidas® to manufacture the US National Team Competitive apparel for USA Gymnastics since 2000 and is the sole producer of adidas® brand gymnastics apparel worldwide. Based in Reading, Pennsylvania, Elite Sportswear, L.P., the company behind the GK brand, continues its commitment to American-made quality and continuous innovation in designs for Gymnastics, Cheerleading, Dance and Drill Team apparel.”

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NH Labor 2012 Election News 8/1/12: NH Veterans For Obama Video, Ayotte Gets “False” From PolitFact and more

PolitiFact New Hampshire | Kelly Ayotte parrots dubunked Romney talking point: “Kelly Ayotte parrots dubunked Romney talking point

Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-NH, rumored to be one of Mitt Romney’s choice running mates for his 2012 presidential campaign, made her rounds on the National media circuit this weekend criticizing the President while touting the former Massachusetts governor, this time during CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday.”

John DiStaso’s Granite Status: Giuliani to campaign with gov hopeful Smith; former NHGOP chair weighs in on Sheriff’s primary | New Hampshire NEWS0602: “Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani will make his first visit to the state on behalf of Republican candidate for governor Kevin Smith in two weeks, the Granite Status has learned.

On Aug. 15, Giuliani will keynote a fund-raising luncheon at the Tuscan Kitchen in Salem and then join with Smith for a town hall meeting at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at St. Anselm College in the afternoon. Specific times have yet to be announced.”

Shhh…Don’t Tell Mitt Romney Massachusetts Has a Maritime Industry

The port and maritime sector can be an impressive driver of our economy — our ports support 13 million jobs, port activity injects more than $3.15 trillion into the U.S. economy, and one in five dollars spent here is related to port and maritime activity.

Luckily for the economy and transportation workers, President Obama has read the numbers and is now expediting several major infrastructure projects, including some at five major seaports.

But while Obama gets it, Mitt Romney doesn’t. As Governor of Massachusetts he said, “We don’t have much of a Merchant Marine in Massachusetts.” But in fact, 50 cargo vessels were sailing at the time in support of U.S. missions, all with crews graduated from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, and many out of Boston Harbor.

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NH Labor News 8/1/12: NH 9 Mil Under Budget, Police Scramble To Find Money To Keep Officers, AFLCIO Invests In Housing In MA, and more

Report indicates state’s 2012 revenues down about $9 million from projections | New Hampshire NEWS06: “A preliminary report indicates state revenues will be about $9 million less than predicted for the recently completed 2012 fiscal year.

The unaudited figures only show state revenues and not what state government spent. That will be determined over the next few months and released at the end of September.”

Unions: $63m in retirement costs hitting towns – NashuaTelegraph.com: “CONCORD – Leaders of public employee unions are claiming $63 million in costs were passed to local property taxpayers from the reformation of the state retirement system.
The New Hampshire Retirement Security Coalition plans to alert voters this fall to its contention the Republican-led Legislature reneged on promises that major changes in public pensions would not downshift higher costs to cities and towns.
The group prepared its first report on what cities and towns lost in state aid when the Legislature and Gov. John Lynch in 2011 stopped picking up some of the pension costs for local and county public employees.”

NH police departments finding less personnel funding as federal COPS dollars dry up | New Hampshire NEWS07: “New Hampshire police departments that have tapped into national grant programs to help pay for personnel and equipment that town budgets don’t cover are finding less support as federal agencies rein in spending…

“I have not applied for a COPS grant for a while because of the requirements,” said Derry Police Chief Edward Garone. “Derry, like every other community, is facing some serious budget issues. The Town Council has been very good to us, but every year we are asked to cut back.”

Police departments that accept COPS grants are not allowed to reduce staff until the end of the fourth year. Garone and other chiefs say it’s impossible to know what the needs of communities and the departments will be four years out, and accepting a COPS grants locks them into staffing levels. ”

AFL-CIO trust invests $90 million in two Boston housing developments – Business Updates – Breaking news in local business: “The AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust announced Monday that it is providing $90 million towards rehabilitating and preserving the Blackstone Apartments and Franklin Square House Apartments in Boston.

Work on the two important affordable housing options for elderly and handicapped residents will generate approximately 150 union construction jobs.”

Tell McGraw-Hill to Stop Offshoring American Jobs

McGraw-Hill posted profits in excess of $900 million last year, but company CEO Harold T. McGraw III wants to squeeze out even more cash by sending thousands of good-paying U.S. jobs to lower-wage workers in India.

At McGraw-Hill-owned Standard & Poor’s, many of the 450 employees represented by The Newspaper Guild of New York, CWA Local 31003 stand to lose their jobs when they are shipped off shore.

Maybe Terry McGraw is sending good American jobs overseas because he just can’t get by on his $ 8.7 million annual compensation. Sorry Terry, keep the jobs here.

Tell Harold T. McGraw to stop sending U.S. jobs overseas.

TPM.com Reports No Government Shutdown in 2012

White House spokesman Jay Carney issued a statement Tuesday afternoon commending the tentative deal struck between congressional leaders to avoid a government shutdown beforethe election.

The agreement reached by House and Senate leadership to fund the government through the first quarter of 2013 is a welcome development, and we are encouraged that both sides have agreed to resolve this issue without delay. The President has made clear that it is essential that the legislation to fund the government adheres to the funding levels agreed to by both parties last year, and not include ideological or extraneous policy riders. The President will work with leaders in both parties to sign a bill that accomplishes these goals.

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PFFNH Announces Exciting New Program “Caring For Our Communities Safety Tour” 2013

In an effort to show their true dedication to the safety of the public they serve The Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire are proud to announce their “Caring for Our Communities Safety Tour” kicking off in January 2013.  This tour will be held in up to 20 locations per calendar year across the state of New Hampshire, and will be taught by your local professional firefighters and paramedics.  Members of the community will learn about important life saving tips including: their local fire department, fire safety, first aid, using CPR and AED (Automatic External Defibrillators), preparing for a natural weather event, and safety tips for the home.

The “Caring for Our Communities Safety Tour” is free of charge with the presentation of a PFFNH Concert Voucher. The PFFNH is pleased to continue its nearly two decade relationship with FireCo, a professional fundraising company. The public has enjoyed quality family entertainment for nearly the last two decades at a top notch venue through supporting the PFFNH musical concerts. This fall’s concert features country star John Michael Montgomery performing on November 11, 2012 at the Whittemore Center at UNH in Durham, NH.

“If we call you, please take a moment and listen because your professional firefighter representatives are calling with an important community based project of ours,” said David Lang, President of the Professional Fire Fighters of NH. “The only way we contact you is through these calls.  If we catch you at a bad time please don’t hang up, just let us know and we will be glad to call you at another time.”

“Each and every day firefighters are there when you need them most.  What you will learn at the ‘Caring for Our Communities Safety Tour’ is just another way for your local firefighters to help keep you and your family safe in the event of an emergency.  What you will take away from these events may save your life or somebody else’s,” said David Lang, President of the Professional Fire Fighters of NH.

“We are pleased to be working with the Professional Fire Fighters of NH on this potentially lifesaving project.  Without your support, the PFFNH would not be able to offer this exciting new program,” said Jayson Knoblaugh, FireCo NH Office Manager.

Go to PFFNH.Net to sign up and get your Concert Ticket to John Michael Montgomery.


A day after marking the 47th anniversary of Medicare at senior centers in Nashua and Salem, Democratic Congressional candidate Annie Kuster today received the endorsement of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (NCPSSM) at a press conference in Concord.

Phillip Rotondi of NCPSSM praised Kuster for her commitment to protecting Medicare and Social Security for future generations.

“Annie will take to Washington exactly the kind of common sense leadership needed to protect American families,” said Rotondi. “She is on record and committed fully to fight the tough fight to protect and strengthen Medicare on behalf of New Hampshire residents and all Americans.”

“Every single senior deserves high-quality health care. That’s why Democrats and Republicans passed Medicare in the first place. And that’s why we must keep that solemn promise to our seniors,” said Kuster. “We shouldn’t be undermining Medicare to make room for more massive tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans. We should be ending those tax breaks so that we can protect Medicare for our seniors and the next generation.”

In March, Congressman Bass and House Republicans passed a budget that would make deep cuts to Medicare, push seniors into the arms of insurance companies, and force them to pay higher out-of-pocket costs – all while giving massive tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires, Big Oil, and companies that ship jobs overseas.

“The facts here are crystal clear: Congressman Bass and House Republicans earlier this year voted for a radical budget that would end Medicare as we know it and force seniors to pay more for their health care, and at the same time give massive tax breaks to millionaires. It’s that simple,” said Rob Friedlander, Communications Director for Annie Kuster. “Congressman Bass can call himself a sensible moderate all he wants, but New Hampshire voters know there is nothing sensible or moderate about voting for a plan that would make deep cuts to Medicare, shift higher costs onto seniors, and push them into the arms of insurance companies – all in order to make room for massive tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans and Big Oil. Those may be Congressman Bass’ priorities, but they are not New Hampshire’s priorities. We need a new approach in Washington that’s focused on protecting and reforming Medicare for future generations, and that’s what Annie is offering in this race. ”

Kuster will work with both Democrats and Republicans to protect Medicare while at the same time cutting wasteful spending and programs we can’t afford. She supports common sense proposals like H.R. 4631, a resolution introduced by a Republican that would increase accountability in Federal spending on conferences. What she does not support are efforts by members of Congress to drastically cut Medicare and balance the budget on the backs of seniors and the middle class in order to pay for tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans.

In addition to today’s press conference, Kuster marked the 47th anniversary of Medicare yesterday with an op-ed in the Concord Monitor, which is available here.

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