The New Hampshire
Labor News Network
Daily Clips for 11/26/11
Right-to-work law curbing unions becoming greater political issue – Business – Ohio.com
: “Labor leaders failed to win legislation making it easier to organize a union after Democratic allies triumphed in the 2008 elections. Next year’s voting could spawn instead a law letting workers opt out of unions.
Republicans in Congress are pursuing so-called right-to-work legislation barring agreements between unions and employers that make union membership and payment of dues a job requirement. Supporters are also pushing for Indiana and New Hampshire to join 22 states that already have such laws.
“There is a very strong likelihood that a Republican Congress and a Republican White House would pass a national right-to-work law,” said Gary Chaison, a labor-law professor at Clark University in Worcester, Mass. “It should be expected from a Republican Congress that, in terms of national jobs growth, sees unions as part of the problem rather than part of the solution.””
NHLNN: Right TO Work is Not about Freedom!
NH’s Most Influential Paper to Make GOP Primary Endorsment Sunday – ABC News
: “The New Hampshire Union Leader, the Granite State’s most influential paper, will announce which GOP candidate it will endorse in Sunday’s paper.
The paper tweeted the pending endorsement this afternoon, teasing the announcement: “Which primary candidate will get the Union Leader’s endorsement? Find out in this week’s NH Sunday News.””
State mulls private model for pensions | SeacoastOnline.com
: “A legislative committee formed to study public pension reform is exploring the idea of eliminating the current pension system and establishing a defined contribution system modeled after 401k programs in the private sector.
The New Hampshire Retirement System has a $3.7 billion unfunded liability, which it attributes to market losses and municipalities’ 16-year “pension holiday,” when the NHRS was deliberately unfunded. The retirement system is funded by employees, hiring municipalities and returns on investments.
“Investment returns have historically provided the bulk of funding for pension benefits,” according to the NHRS.”
Redistricting: City Would Share Rep with Belmont | Laconia Daily Sun
: “CONCORD — A plan to redraw the districts for the New Hampshire House of Representatives would ensure Belknap County of its 18 representatives but change the electoral map by combining Laconia as well as six of the 10 towns in new districts, leaving two of the current six districts unchanged. New Hampton and Center Harbor would remain together, as would Sanbornton and Tilton.
The plan, prepared by Representative Steve Vaillancourt (R-Manchester), clerk of the House Special Committee on Redistricting, was presented to the committee and distributed to all representatives last week.”
Winds of Change blowing in the Wrong Direction
Last November’s state election results clearly showed New Hampshire voters wanted a change, but with half of the Legislature’s term expiring we are left to wonder whether the change voters wanted was the one they got.
Last week, the state Ballot Law Commission ruled to uphold President Barack Obama’s right to appear on the Democratic presidential primary ballot. This ruling provoked a shockingly angry response from a group of Republican state legislators who were in attendance. They accused the commission’s Republican chairman of treason and a wanton disregard of the U.S. Constitution.
NHLNN:Reps Behaving Badly….
The Associated Press: Former US Labor head Reich addresses Occupy crowd: “Anti-Wall Street activists began rebuilding their tent encampment on the steps of the University of California, Berkeley student plaza Tuesday and cheered wildly when former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich implored them to take a moral stand against the very rich owning so much of America’s wealth.
The daylong strike and peaceful demonstrations against big banks and education cuts culminated in some 4,000 people rallying at the Reich speech on the steps of the same student plaza that first launched the Berkeley Free Speech Movement in the 1960s.
“The days of apathy are over folks,” Reich, a professor of public policy at UC Berkeley, said to a roaring crowd at Sproul Hall. “We are losing the moral foundation stone on which this country and our democracy were built. There are some people out there who say we cannot afford education any longer, we cannot provide social services for the poor … but how can that be true if we are now richer than we have ever been before?””