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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 7/23/12: Teachers Seek New Contract, CACR Is Bad For 99%, HYATT HURTS, and more

Gilmanton: Teachers seek new contract approval | Concord Monitor: “Clairmont said the school board and Gilmanton Education Association went back to the negotiating table to develop the contract going before voters in September.

“The new agreement respects the wishes of the voting body present at the March annual meeting in that there will be no raises, a zero percent increase in year one of the new contract,” the school board and teachers union said in a joint press release.”


OP/ED: CACR is a Bad Deal for the 99% – Windham, NH Patch: “”Every member of the community has a right to be protected by it, in the enjoyment of his life, liberty, and property; he is therefore bound to contribute his share in the expense of such protection.”

In 1784 our Legislature enacted a tax law that included this statement of purpose:

“It is necessary there should be an Equitable Rule . . . so that every person may be Compelled to pay in proportion to his Income.

CACR 13 is the Pledge on steroids. It is an attempt to keep taxes in New Hampshire exactly as they are now, forever, by prohibiting an alternative to the property tax. Before we enshrine this into our Constitution, let’s see if everyone is paying “his share.””


4 Biggest Government Spending Myths Debunked | Mother Jones: “We’re at the edge of the cliff of deficit disaster! National security spending is being, or will soon be, slashed to the bone! Obamacare will sink the ship of state!

Each of these claims has grabbed national attention in a big way, sucking up years’ worth of precious airtime. That’s a serious bummer, since each of them is a spending myth of the first order. Let’s pop them, one by one, and move on to the truly urgent business of a nation that is indeed on the edge.”

For all these reasons and more workers at HYATT and the members of UNITE HERE are asking for our help.


New Campaign To Vote Hyatt Worst :
“First, Vote HYATT as worst employer in the country.   If you are still unsure if they deserve it, read the story of Bertha Castro and then you will know!

Secondly, Boycott HYATT!  Here are four reasons you should boycott HYATT.  Stop supporting a company who abuses employees.  There is even a story of managers turning heat lamps on the employees durning a heat wave.  The employees were striking because of the abusive treatment from managers.”


Profitable Caterpillar Pushes Workers for Concessions – NYTimes.com: “JOLIET, Ill. — When it comes to dealing with labor unions, Caterpillar has long taken a stance as tough as the bulldozers and backhoes that have burnished its global reputation. Be it two-tier wage scales or higher worker contributions for health insurance, the company has been a leader in devising new ways to cut labor costs, with other manufacturers often imitating its strategies.

Now, in what has become a test case in American labor relations, Caterpillar is trying to pioneer new territory, seeking steep concessions from its workers even when business is booming.

Despite earning a record $4.9 billion profit last year and projecting even better results for 2012, the company is insisting on a six-year wage freeze and a pension freeze for most of the 780 production workers at its factory here. Caterpillar says it needs to keep its labor costs down to ensure its future competitiveness.”

NH Labor News 7/22/12: Jackie Cilley a “Tough, Hard Worker”, Pension Issues, Misplaced Priorities, NH Politics, and more

Former sen. described as candid, tough, hard worker – NashuaTelegraph.com: ““I am from very much a working-class background,” Cilley, a former state Representative and state senator, told an audience last week during a candidate forum at Nashua City Hall.
“It has shaped who I am as a human being, but it also has taught me some lessons about the full functioning of government,” she said proudly. “It’s time that we look at every region in this state and say, ‘It’s time you have the opportunity to participate in a robust economy.’ ””


Ask questions of Cilley on Monday – NashuaTelegraph.com: “This is the first in a series of in-depth stories on New Hampshire’s gubernatorial candidates, and you are invited to participate.
We will profile one of the six candidates for six consecutive Sundays. In the days after the story runs, each candidate will meet with The Telegraph editorial board.
These interviews will be broadcast live at www.
nashuatelegraph.com and readers will be able to pose questions of the candidates in real time.
For example, Jackie Cilley’s profile in The Sunday Telegraph will be followed by her live interview at 10 a.m. Monday.”

The schedule for these live question-and-answer interviews is as follows:
July 23: Democrat Jackie Cilley at 10 a.m.
Aug. 2: Republican Kevin Smith at 10 a.m.
Aug. 8: Republican Ovide Lamontagne at 10:30 a.m.
Aug. 14: Republican Robert Tarr at 10 a.m.
Aug. 23: Democrat Maggie Hassan at 9:30 a.m.
Aug. 27: Democrat Bill Kennedy at 10 a.m.


Garry Rayno’s State House Dome: Bad blood evident at judge’s big day | New Hampshire NEWS0604: “New Hampshire Retirement System returns for the recently completed fiscal year are not looking very good. The investments returned .7 percent, based on preliminary figures, while the assumed rate of return is 7.75 percent.

With the system’s nearly $4 billion unfunded liability hanging over the heads of state, county and local governments, one bum year is going to make a big difference.”


My Turn: Misplaced priorities hurt our economy | Concord Monitor: “Before Republicans took control of the Legislature, New Hampshire had an economic strategy that was working. Democrats worked with Gov. John Lynch throughout the recession to keep job losses at a minimum, and heading into the 2010 election New Hampshire held the lowest unemployment rate east of the Mississippi River.

By working with the governor to enact the Research and Development Tax Credit and to implement new jobs programs such as NH Working and the Job Training Fund, Democrats created a business-friendly environment that led national economists to credit New Hampshire as a leading state in the economic recovery”



Teens climb the ladder to success – SentinelSource.com: Local News: “The three-year program is open to young men and women ages 14 to 21 (after their completion of 8th grade) with an interest in pursuing a career in fire and emergency services.
The program was created in 1991 with only a few students attending during a weekend. As interest increased, the program became a week-long summer academy.
Senerchia said the academy was “about respecting others, teamwork, being able to control your actions and bettering yourself.””


Interesting article about the battle between Occupy and Free-Staters.
Occupy New Hampshire, Free Staters clash | Concord Monitor: “Provost said the purpose of establishing the corporation was to “raise awareness about inequality, corporate power and economic greed.” The paperwork went on to say the new, nonpartisan group will focused on education, outreach and community building.

Occupy New Hampshire will continue to partner with other nonprofits, including “labor unions.””
Obama’s Lead Over Romney in NH is Narrowing – Portsmouth, NH Patch: “The race for New Hampshire’s four electoral votes is getting closer, according to a University of New Hampshire/WMUR poll released last week.

The poll showed that Barack Obama holds a 49 percent to 45 percent lead over Mitt Romney here in the Granite State, with 4 percent favoring another candidate and 3 percent undecided. A similar poll conducted by UNH back in April had Obama with a 9 percent lead over Romney.”


With only 4 electoral votes, N.H. emerges as battleground in presidential race – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: “”All of a sudden, people started to realize those four electoral votes, in a very close election, can be the deciding four electorals,” said Jim Demers, a member of Mr. Obama’s New Hampshire steering committee and co-chairman of his 2008 campaign in the state. “That was the beginning. There is no doubt in my mind that if the Gore campaign had had an aggressive effort and targeted New Hampshire, most of those Ralph Nader votes would have gone to Al Gore, and it would have made the difference. He would have been the president.””


N.H.’s Kelly Ayotte reported among ‘serious contenders’ for Romney’s running mate — Politics — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine: “U.S. Sen. Kelly A. Ayotte is among the “serious contenders” to be Gov. Mitt Romney’s running mate, according to the Boston Globe.

Ryan Williams, a national spokesman for Romney’s campaign, however, declined to comment, saying the campaign does not make statements about the vice presidential selection process.

“We don’t comment on who we are looking at or not looking at,” he said. However, he described Ayotte as a “rising star in the Republican Party and an outstanding representative in Washington for the people of New Hampshire. Gov. Romney is proud to have her support and looks forward to campaigning with her in New Hampshire over the course of this campaign.””

NH Labor 2012 Election News 7/21/12: Release The Tax Returns, Romney Pauses For CO Victims, NH GOV Race, and more

From Truth Out and OFA


Letters: ‘I Must Choose Obama’ – Nashua, NH Patch: “We’ve all seen reckless greed and competition take jobs out of the country and ruin our economy. Healthcare benefits are cut to increase corporate profits. Public programs are cut because taxes don’t provide needed funding. We are not in balance. The chosen candidate(s) must use their office to regulate those that won’t do it voluntarily.

We are all responsible for our community. The person seeking election has a much greater responsibility to the group. They cannot have hidden loyalties or use their position to profit themselves or their friends. We must know who they associate with, their finances and personal views. It is the same when interviewing a person for a job opening, or deciding who to date. Trust is earned.”


In NH, Romney pauses campaign to decry ‘hateful act’ | New Hampshire NEWS0605: “BOW – Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney set aside political rhetoric at a lumberyard here on Friday afternoon to focus on the tragic shooting in Colorado, decrying the “hateful act” and asking Americans to comfort the families of the victims.

Romney stopped at Coastal Forest Products in Bow on his way to spending the weekend at his home in Wolfeboro, as he prepares for a trip overseas next week.”


Hassan Has Strongest Ground Game – Merrimack, NH Patch: “Those who chose Hassan cited her education, experience and ability to bring people together.

“Maggie is the most moderate, balanced candidate in the race from either party,” said one Democrat.

Another called Hassan “likable, friendly, engaging, enthusiastic and collaborative.” Yet another compared her favorably with former governor and current U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.

Cilley received high praise as well for her “strong business background” and her ability to relate to a wide range of voters.

“Jackie is tough and unafraid to address issues which need to be (addressed),” said one Democrat. “She does not pander to the room. She is willing to talk about any solution which is in the best interest of the state.””


John DiStaso’s Granite Status: Former Ohio Governor cancels NH event after Colo. shooting | New Hampshire NEWS0602: “Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz will be in New Hampshire next Friday, July 27, to talk about the July 30 anniversary of Medicare and what Democrats view as Republican efforts to dismantle it.

Wasserman Schultz will be headlining several grassroots events, which have yet to be announced specifically, focusing on the program.

She will wrap up her visit on July 27 at a fund-raiser for the New Hampshire Democratic Party at the home of Bill and Kathy Gillett in Manchester.”


This is not really about the elections but I wanted to share because I am proud of Sen. Shaheen and her attempts to help.
NH senator lobbies for refugee to run in Olympics – Boston.com: “Sen. Jeanne Shaheen sent a letter to the International Olympic Committee appealing for Marial to compete under the Olympic flag.

Marial attended high school in Concord, N.H., after fleeing war-torn Sudan for the United States. He graduated in 2005, earning an athletic scholarship to Iowa State University and becoming an All-American in cross country his junior year.

He qualified for the Olympic marathon while finishing his first-ever 26.2-mile event, the 2011 Twin Cities marathon, with a time of 2 hours, 14 minutes and 32 seconds.”


Candidates: Time to upload information for our Voter Guide – Cabinet.com: “Attention, candidates for all local offices in the Sept. 11 primary and the November election: If you want to be part of the Online Voter Guide run by the Nashua Telegraph, Cabinet and Journal newspapers, it’s time to get to work.

The Voter Guide, which will be part of the papers’ websites, uses a service called e-The-People that allows candidates to upload information about themselves and their positions.

The site will go live within the next two weeks. Candidates who haven’t uploaded information will present a blank face, so to speak.

Each candidate has a unique code that gives access to the site.

To get your code, email David Brooks at dbrooks@nashuatelegraph.com, indicating your name, party and office sought, including district.”


WMUR Political Scoop
Sunday 10 a.m., CloseUP: Host Josh McElveen takes a look at the First Congressional District’s Republican primary. (Yes, there is one.) Congressman Frank Guinta talks about why he wants to come back, and he explains the different factions within his Republican caucus (e.g. the Tea Party freshman.) Then, Guinta’s opponent, Rick Parent, comes on the show to say that people have been dissapointed in Guinta during his first term and he is offering a choice. Lastly, a don’t miss face-off between State Senate District 7 Republican candidates Josh Youssef (R-Laconia) and Bill Grimm (R-Franklin).

President Bill Clinton Coming To NH To Endorse Maggie Hassan

President Bill Clinton to Endorse Maggie Hassan at a Rally in Nashua on Wednesday, July 25

MANCHESTER, NH – Democratic candidate for Governor Maggie Hassan today announced that President Bill Clinton will endorse her and join her at a campaign rally in Nashua next week.   The rally will be held at the Radisson Hotel in Nashua on Wednesday, July 25th at 5:30pm.  Additional details will be released closer to the event.

People can RSVP at www.maggiehassan.com/billclinton.  Space is limited so please RSVP early.  

“President Clinton’s record of advocating for the middle class and creating millions of new jobs and opportunity for Americans is second to none,” said Hassan.  “I’m looking forward to campaigning with him and talking about how we keep New Hampshire moving forward and build a strong, innovative economy with the best workforce in the country.”

“I am honored to receive President Clinton’s endorsement and share his commitment to providing every Granite Stater the opportunity to succeed by focusing on constructive and practical solutions.”

WHAT: Campaign Rally for Maggie Hassan with President Bill Clinton

WHERE: Nashua Ballroom, Radisson Hotel

11 Tara Boulevard, Nashua, NH

WHEN: 5:30pm on Wednesday, July 25th

Media Set Up Time TBD.

RSVP at www.maggiehassan.com/billclinton

NH Labor News 7/21/12: Union Build Successful Projects, Senate GOP Kills Jobs Bill, and More

Sad news. Due to law changes in this last session, firefighters in Wolfboro will most likely loose their representation rights. The IAFF Local 3708 only has nine members and now the law states you must have 10. In previous years you only needed 5 to form a union. (thanks O’brien and pals)

Supreme Court: Wolfeboro firefighters union never legal under the law | New Hampshire NEWS06: “Wolfeboro selectmen never had the authority under state law to recognize the nine-member union of firefighters, so the town officials were within their rights when they voted to rescind it eight years after it was formed, the Supreme Court ruled Friday….

Under state law, a town or city is allowed to recognize unions and enter into collective bargaining agreements with employees. However, there must be 10 members and the bargaining unit has to be certified by the New Hampshire Public Employee Labor Relations Board (PELRB).”


Letter: Union labor produces successful building projects: “Your article on the proposed project labor agreement for the Whittier Memorial Bridge (“Rancor over bridge project,” July 17) is woefully misleading on two points.

First, Greg Beeman of the Associated Builders and Contractors of Massachusetts is offered up in the article as being the sole representative of the “public” — notwithstanding the fact that his organization only represents roughly 1 percent of the licensed and registered contractors in the entire state of Massachusetts.

Secondly, Beeman’s comment that a PLA “slams the door on most of the nonunion construction companies” is patently false.”


Senate Republicans on Thursday killed a bill to encourage American companies to bring overseas jobs back to the United States. The bill would have stopped companies from deducting the expenses of moving workers or operations overseas from the U.S.  It also would have offered a 20 percent credit for the costs of shifting workers back home. “I am extremely disappointed that almost every Republican voted against a bill that would have ended tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas and at the same time would have helped U.S. companies that bring jobs home to the United States,” Sen. Bernie Sanders said after the vote. “At a time when American companies have eliminated millions of good-paying jobs in our country, the last thing we should be doing is providing tax breaks to large multi-national corporations that ship jobs to China and other low-wage countries.”

Watch Sen. Sanders talk about the failure of the Bring Jobs Home Act on Current TV.


NH DOT: Memorial Bridge Right on Schedule – Portsmouth, NH Patch: “When one looks at the work happening on the Memorial Bridge piers and approaches in Portsmouth and Kittery, Maine, it has hard to imagine that in less than a year, the new Memorial Bridge will be open.

But this is exactly how the project is shaping up, according to New Hampshire Department of Transportation Contract Administrator Dennis Switzer. He updated members of the media about the status of the work being done on both sides of the Piscataqua River Friday morning at One Harbour Place.”


Union sends American Airlines’ contract proposal to flight attendants for ratification vote: “American Airlines spokesman Bruce Hicks said the offer included pay raises and more upfront money in exchange for a reduction in the company’s proposal for profit-sharing.

The company stuck to its proposal to eliminate 2,300 flight attendant jobs, but Hicks said the new offer added incentives for people to leave, an idea that the union advocated to reduce potential layoffs.

The offer includes a promise to support giving the flight attendants a 3 percent stake in the company after it emerges from bankruptcy protection. Pilots are voting on an offer that would give them a 13.5 percent stake. The company’s creditors would be asked to support the requests.”


David Macaray: Has the One-Percent Already Won This Thing?: “Unfortunately, that’s changed radically. While you still hear noises about “corrupt union bosses,” what people complain about today it that labor unions are “elitist.” It’s true. Shocking as it may be, America’s working people actually use the E-word when referring to other working people — to people who, by virtue of a union contract, have managed to stay above water, who’ve managed to retain decent wages and benefits, and haven’t fallen victim to the biggest money grab since the Gilded Age.”

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Bring Jobs Home Act

 

From WIKIPediaToday, the U.S. Senate had a golden opportunity to fix some of the policies that have contributed to the outsourcing of millions of U.S. jobs and the closing of tens of thousands of manufacturing facilities. Instead, 42 Senate Republicans stood firm with Mitt Romney and his 1 percent lobbyist friends to block S. 3364, the Bring Jobs Home Act – ensuring that offshoring companies can keep their tax breaks. Senators who voted to protect outsourcers should not expect accolades from ordinary Americans, who want to see a lot less of the party label and more of the “Made in America” label from the people they send to represent them in the Senate.

Nor should Mitt Romney be surprised that voters disapprove of the outsourcing and other practices that made him more rich and workers less secure. It isn’t his wealth and success that are at issue – it is that the foundation of his economic success was sending jobs offshore and laying off workers.  As the Center for American Progress reported this week, Mitt Romney’s economic policy proposals – especially on territorial taxation — would actually accelerate the outsourcing of American jobs to foreign countries.

For weeks, working families across the country have been gathering outside the offices of elected officials and corporations, demanding they bring jobs home and invest in America. We won’t be stopping now.  Expect to see us touting patriotic leaders and companies and calling out leaders who want to keep jobs the top American export.  In November, it’s time to do even more than bring jobs home. Let’s bring home the politicians who support the privileged and the powerful over the interests of working men and women.

KUSTER CAMPAIGN TO SHOW GRASSROOTS MOMENTUM WITH DISTRICT-WIDE CANVASS KICKOFF

CONCORD, N.H. – Democratic Congressional candidate Annie Kuster will join volunteers from across the Granite State on Saturday to kick off the campaign’s first district-wide canvass.

Volunteers will fan out all across New Hampshire’s Second Congressional District to knock on doors and talk directly with voters about Annie and the stakes of the November election.

“From day one, this has been a grassroots, people-powered campaign, and that’s what this weekend is all about,” said Kuster. “I am thrilled and humbled to have the support of so many New Hampshire families who are invested in this campaign and dedicated to moving our state and country forward.”

Canvass kickoffs will be held in Lebanon, Concord, Nashua, Plymouth, and Keene. In addition to canvassing, Annie will also be talking with voters at Market Days in Concord and the Hillsborough Balloon Festival and Fair.

NH Labor 2012 Elections Coverage 7-20-12: O’Brien Bullying Must End, GOP Off On NH Deficit, and more

O’Brien’s bullying, improper behavior must stop – Cabinet.com: “On Sept. 11, voters of Mont Vernon and New Boston will have a choice – keep William O’Brien on the ballot for November’s election or decide that the bullying and improper behavior of the current speaker must stop.

There are so many examples of O’Brien showing disregard for rules and blatant abuse of the speaker’s position to quell the opinions of others and further his own agenda. Countless examples from both Democrats and fellow Republicans can be found through simple web searches (try “O’Brien” “NH” and “power”). These examples illustrate his unwillingness to hear the other side time and time again.”


Work together for citizens’ rights – Cabinet.com: “This is in response to candidate Valerie Ogden’s statement (Hollis Brookline Journal, July 13) that the previous Legislature left the current legislators with a $900 million deficit. If anyone were to check the figures on the ending budget for the biennium, they would see that New Hampshire was left with a $26 million surplus (www.unionleader.
com/article/20111004/NEWS06/710049973).

It is this type of repetitive untruth that earned us our current legislators.

What Republican candidates did not mention is an $800 million or $900 million deficit when there was in fact a surplus. If you hear it enough times, you assume it to be true.

I was approached by a man at the transfer station who asked why we spent so much and left a deficit. My answer to him was we left New Hampshire with a $26 million surplus.”


Investigative reporting needed on N.H. politicians | SeacoastOnline.com: “What is with our extremist Legislature’s reputation as a joke nationally and embarrassment locally? The point is not that right-wing conservatives are in our Legislature; as elected officials, they deserve to hold office. The point is that nationally controlled special interest groups, some of whom want to turn the clock back to the 19th century, are telling our elected officials what legislation to present and how to vote.

Ultra-conservative special interest groups such as A.L.E.C. seek to undermine our historic and proud Yankee tradition of independence. I’m dismayed by the complete lack of investigative reporting with regard to outside influences in our legislative body. Why should I have to rely on online news reporting, when we have hardcopy right here in New Hampshire? The names of our representatives, in both houses, should be put in print for all to see. As the election season nears, I hope our state reporters begin to do their jobs, in order to help N.H. citizens become an informed electorate.”


On bus, teacher group sees Obama’s policies as far superior to Romney’s | New Hampshire NEWS04: “He said Romney cut state aid to public education by 9.1 percent, which was the second highest per pupil cut in the nation. Champy also said Romney eliminated the early literacy program and class sizes grew under his administration.

“President Obama has made education a national priority. The President has invested in education, worked to raise K-12 standards, and he has taken steps to make college more affordable so that students from middle-class families can afford the education they need to compete in the global economy,” said Holly Shulman, communications director for the Obama Campaign in New Hampshire. “What Mitt Romney doesn’t seem to understand is that to create true middle-class security, we can’t just cut our way to prosperity. A quality education is a fundamental part of President Obama’s plan to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the world.””


Lamontagne, Smith Jockey for Conservative Edge – Nashua, NH Patch: “Lamontagne specifically said the state of New Hampshire should be leading the litigation against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations that are forcing Seacoast area cities and towns to spend millions of dollars to upgrade their water treatment plants.

“I would do everything as governor to roll back on the federal encroachment on the state of New Hampshire,” Smith said.”


Why tax talk is taxing Americans – Cabinet.com: “By CAROL SHEA-PORTER

Former U.S. representative

This week, Americans were asked to consider two competing visions and choose one. President Obama and the Democrats want to raise taxes on higher incomes and keep the tax cuts for the middle class. Mitt Romney and the Republicans want to extend the tax cuts for everyone, including millionaires, saying it will help grow the economy and blaming Obama for increasing deficits. Once again, voters are left wondering what’s fair and who is telling the truth.”


<img align=”top” width=”20″ border=”0″ src=”/Assets/sitegraphics/videoIcon.gif”>Bill Nye’s guy: Popular TV show scientist throws support behind President Obama – Fosters: “President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign is calling attention to public education issues this week with a school bus tour and a visit from children’s television host Bill Nye.

Nye, a well-known science educator, visited the Seacoast Science Center in Rye on Monday to discuss President Barack Obama’s commitment to science education. He was accompanied by U.S. Congressman Rob Andrews, D-N.J., a ranking member of the House Committee for Education and the Workforce.

Then on Wednesday, the campaign held a bus tour with five stops around the state, including visits to Portsmouth and Rochester.”


KUSTER ENDORSED BY VETERANS’ ALLIANCE FOR SECURITY AND DEMOCRACY 

CONCORD, N.H. – Democratic Congressional candidate Annie Kuster has earned the endorsement of the Veterans’ Alliance for Security and Democracy (VETPAC).

“We are thrilled to support Ann McLane Kuster,” said Justin Ford, President of VETPAC. “Ann comes from a military family; her father was a pilot in World War II who was shot down after 63 combat missions and spent time as a POW. Ann has been a tireless advocate for Women’s Issues and children in New Hampshire and she will make fighting for better VA facilities in New Hampshire a top priority in Congress.”

“I am honored to have the support of the courageous men and women of VETPAC,” said Kuster. “We have a solemn obligation to honor and care for the men and women who have served in our nation’s armed forces. As the daughter and daughter-in-law of World War II veterans, I know the tremendous sacrifices veterans and their families make in order to keep our country safe, and I pledge to fight for the high quality care and benefits that they have earned.”

 

NH Labor News 7-20-12: Unions Hold Key To Future, NH Gop Meet To Block ACA, Lynch Hopes For Middle Ground, and more


Unions’ Past May Hold Key to Their Future – NYTimes.com: “Today, fewer than one in 14 private sector workers belongs to a union, half the portion of 15 years ago. Where unions matter most — fighting for workers’ share of the spoils of economic growth — they lost the battle long ago. Despite soaring worker productivity, the typical American worker takes home today only 2 percent more than a quarter of a century ago, after adjusting for inflation.”


Letter: It’s just not true | Concord Monitor: “Much is being said this election about lowering the taxes of the “job creators” to get the economy going forward. I work at one of the largest manufacturers in New Hampshire, and I can tell you that is a lie.

We have had consecutively the three best profit years ever, and we are not creating new jobs. In fact, we are looking for ways to cut jobs. Why? Because investors expect big returns on their investment.”


Lynch tells seniors he hopes for ‘middle ground’ | SeacoastOnline.com: “EXETER — Gov. John Lynch told a room full of senior citizens Tuesday at RiverWoods retirement community that he hopes the next Legislature will “calibrate itself more toward the middle” for the sake of the state of New Hampshire.

It was while speaking on that last topic that Lynch proclaimed his desire to see the Legislature find a middle ground in the next term. He said it is not an issue of Republicans and Democrats, but rather an issue with a group in Concord that believes in limited or no government.

“Some of them would like to tear down government,” he said.”


Forum Held to Discuss Ways to Fend Off Obamacare – Merrimack, NH Patch: “Each panelist – William O’Brien, the House Speaker; Andrew Manuse, a state rep. from Derry; and Connie Mackey, president of FRCAction PAC – was given several minutes to present their position on the ruling and discuss how the state or, for that matter, the country, can continue to fight the health care program ruling.

Following the panel, the audience was invited to ask the panelists questions.

O’Brien focused his remarks on how the passage of Obamacare will affect the New Hampshire Medicaid system, forcing a massive increase in money the state will have to pay into the system, he said.

“As a state official you have to say we’re going to do whatever we can to prevent that from happening,” O’Brien said.”


Workers ask Romney and Bain for Help:  While Mitt Romney struggles to explain his retroactive retirement from Bain Capital, the company he created keeps off-shoring U.S. jobs. Among them: the jobs of 170 workers in Freeport, Illinois, now training the workers who will replace them when Sensata moves their jobs to China. SEC filings reveal that the U.S. share of Sensata’s workforce has been dropping ever since Bain acquired it in 2006. And the Sensata workers aren’t Bain’s only recent casualties.
Some Sensata employees blame Romney for their impending layoffs. “He designed the business model for that company…” says production associate Tom Gaulrapp, “venture capitalism, where they’re out for every last dollar, no matter what … that’s the attitude they still have.” (The Romney Campaign and Bain Capital did not answer inquiries from Salon.)


Op/Ed: Public Health Up In Smoke – Nashua, NH Patch: “These diseases have terrible individual burdens and high societal cost.

In addition to the individual and social cost of tobacco-related illness, diseases associated with smoking are an expensive burden on our health care system. Treatment for these diseases costs nearly $600 million a year in New Hampshire.”


Merrimack lays out new voter ID law procedure – NashuaTelegraph.com: “Councilor Bill Boyd III asked the officials if voters without ID would be segregated from the rest of those at the polls.
“Absolutely not. If you come in to vote without an ID, you’ll get an affidavit, you’re going to sign it to say, ‘I’m legal, I’m valid,’ ” Christensen answered. “There’s not separation, there’s no photos … there’s nothing to identify that ballot as any different from any other person who is coming in to legitimately vote.”
Post-general election is when the real unknowns of the law could kick in, Christensen said.
“After November, all bets are off. The rules are changing. We’re not going there yet,” she said. “The one wild card in this is the Department of Justice.””


Telegraph wrong on NHDP fact-check – NashuaTelegraph.com: “The Telegraph’s recent fact-check of the New Hampshire Democratic Party’s web ad was inaccurate and misleading. (July 16: “NH Democratic Party misses mark in Web advertisement”)

First, the Telegraph’s fact-check ignored important points in the ad:”

NH Labor 2012 Elections News: NH Teachers Support Obama, NH GOV Dems Debate In Conway, Meet Mr 1%, and more


Teachers Call Romney’s Education Plan ‘Backwards’ [VIDEO] – Portsmouth, NH Patch: “”He wants to return to the same failed policies of the past,” said Scott McGilvery, president of the New Hampshire Education Association. “Romney has it backwards. It didn’t work then, it won’t work now.””


Teachers support President Obama | SeacoastOnline.com: “Having been elected to the School Board in March, Muns said Obama’s dedication to education is evident through his attempts at helping states deal with guidelines under No Child Left Behind.

“The fact that the president has been willing to give some states waivers has certainly given those states the ability to come up with whatever meets their needs better,” he said.

Muns said the financial assistance Obama has provided has also gone a long way to aid education.”


Dems take the stage: Differences on tax policy come to fore at forum:
Taking the GOP on

Cilley, an ex-Whitemore School of Business professor at the University of New Hampshire and now a businesswoman, said that since the Republican victories of 2010, she has “watched things I never thought I would see” in the halls of state government.
“They [the Republican-controlled state Senate and House] have created a great deal of damage in our state. They have slashed budgets on programs that our citizens depend on. It has harmed our state in immeasurable ways,” said Cilley, a Berlin native and former factory worker who at age 29 became the first member of her family to graduate from college and who went on to teach for 20 years at UNH.
Explaining her decision to run after Lynch announced he would not seek a fifth term, Cilley said, “We have faced challenges we have never faced before. New Hampshire has weathered the economic storms over the past decade far better than other states. But when I looked at what was happening, I realized that there was long-term systemic damage being done here.””


LETTERS: Changing Name of CEO on Company Like Bain No Oversight – Nashua, NH Patch: “Mr. Romney’s reactions on CNN to comments about his leave from Bain suggest he isn’t ready for the job he is now running for!

Changing the name of a CEO is no oversight for a private capital firm like Bain. Their business is built around names and reputations. The reputation of the management is even more important than the reputation of the firm. And the role of the CEO is the most critical of all. Even for the relatively small investment I was recently involved in, investors insisted on clarity and certainty on the position of the CEO and the key board positions. Our company had to certify that key staff were in place and their labor conditions unchanged, and that even in the last few weeks between the due diligence and the closing of the investment there were no substantial changes made.”


Letter: Two GOP lies | Concord Monitor: “The Republican electoral tsunami of 2010 in New Hampshire was largely based on two lies: that the Democrats were the party of irresponsible taxing and spending, and that New Hampshire does not have a revenue problem but a spending problem.

The figure cited again and again was a 24 percent increase in spending, in the years the Democrats were in the majority in Concord. Even a cursory examination of the facts belies those premises. The spending increase was almost completely accounted for by one-time stimulus funds from the federal government. Of course we spent that – we’re not stupid.”


The AFL-CIO launched a new website on Romney this morning– http://www.aflcio.org/meetromney

The site responds to what we have heard at hundreds of events across the country calling for Washington to Bring Jobs Home: working people want a leader focused on creating jobs for everyone, not just lining his or her pockets. Meet Mr. 1% offers facts about how Romney does, or doesn’t, match up to people’s aspirations.

The website offers details about how Massachusetts suffered during Romney’s single term as Governor there as well as information on what is currently known about his still mysterious record at Bain Capital. It also illustrates the significant costs to working people—and vast benefits to the 1%– of the Romney economic agenda.

Meet Mr. 1% will help working people decipher the enigma that is Mitt Romney and assess whether he is a plausible president for the 99%.

(Here is one video from the new site)
Mr 1%


How Many Tax Returns Did Kelly Ayotte Give Mitt Romney? – Nashua, NH Patch: “”Senator Ayotte is, from everything we know, a credible candidate for vice presidential selection,” said Peter Burling, a Democratic National Committee member from New Hampshire. “She is being thoroughly vetted. Her life story, and, we’re quite sure, her tax history, is being thoroughly vetted. We’re asking for her to tell us how many years of income tax returns she has handed over to the Romney people as part of that vetting process.”

“More importantly,” Burling said, “we’re trying to establish through her a standard by which we can see how many years of tax returns the Romney people think are important in judging a candidate.””

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