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About The New Hampshire Labor News

The New Hampshire Labor News is a group of NH Workers who believe that we need to protect ourselves against the attacks on workers from the State and Federal Government. 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.

Gary Vermillion Tells NHLN Why He Is Running For State Rep

My name is Gary Vermillion and I am a candidate for State Rep. for Rockingham County in Londonderry. I have been a Union carpenter for the last 14 years when I moved to New Hampshire in 2003 I have been fighting against the so called right to work bills, protested the cancellation of the job corps building project in 2009 and try to get expanded gaming in New Hampshire. I have worked on the clean air project and the Bow power plant and I get to work the outage and refueling maintenance at the Seabrook station plant. I am privilege to work with the Granite State Organizing Project that helps working families and non-represented workers in New Hampshire. We all need to stand in solidarity to win back the State House and bring back respect and dignity. As a red white and blue collar American I need your support.

Thank You
Gary Vermillion

Below are some follow up questions asked by the New Hampshire Labor News (NHLN).  Gary’s responses are marked with GV.  Be sure to visit and like Gary’s Facebook Page to ask him your own questions. 

NHLN: In your opening statement you mentioned that you have been fighting the so-called “right to work” bills, What is it about these right to work bills that you are against? 
GV: In states where their is right to work laws the employment for pay is 30% less and jobs site safety is almost does not exist.

NHLN: Can you tell us a little more about the Granite State Organizing Project?
GV:  The GSOP advocating for safe decent. affordable housing. Working in Manchester and Nashua to help sustain and grow efforts to fight bed bugs through policy change and grassroots abvocacy. Working with the organization United Valley Interfaith Project to fight the return of usurious pay day and car title lending shops. Supports Manchester students fighting for equal education. Supports our brothers and sisters in the labor movement and working communities in their struggle for decent, living wage jobs, affordable healthcare and collective bargaining rights.

NHLN:  Many people have come out in support of expanded gambling. Why do you support expanding gambling in NH?
GV:  I am in support of one casino in southern New Hampshire to create jobs and a steady stream of revenue for the state.

NHLN:  Earlier this I heard a story about some Union Carpenters in Durham who helped some non-union workers when the company stole their money and tools. Do you know anything about this? Were you involved in this at all? 
GV:  No I was not involved but I did know the organizers who help some workers that stopped getting paid by the labor broker who hired them to work on some off campus student housing they were told to move out of the place that they were renting from the same person that they worked for after the workers asked to be paid for there work. The carpenters and GSOP work together the help out the workers.

Thank you
Gary Vermillion
Rockingham District 5

5 Aspen Circle
Londonderry NH 03053
603-505-5508
garylvermillion@msn.com
Member of Local 118 New Hampshire

NH Labor 2012 Election News 6/23/12: Obama Basks, Romney Gets Hammered, and Guita Gets Grilled…

Obama Basks In Latino Politicians’ Love After His DREAM Moves | New Hampshire Public Radio: “Clearly sensing he was among mostly political friends, Obama used the opportunity to take on his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, who spoke at the conference the day before.

Without mentioning Romney by name in any of his several references, Obama said:

“Your speaker from yesterday has a different view. In his speech he said that when he makes a promise to you he’ll keep it. Well, he has promised to veto the DREAM Act. And we should take him at his word.”

The president paused to let the audience’s applause and cheers die down, as well as for dramatic effect, then added: “I’m just saying.””


Sensata Employees Ask Mitt Romney To Save Their Jobs | Crooks and Liars: “Employees at Sensata Technologies in Freeport, Illinois, protested Mitt Romney’s visit to nearby Janesville, asking the Republican presidential candidate and former head of Bain Capital for their jobs. Sensata is now owned by Bain and is in the process of laying off hundreds of American workers. The workers know that Romney has the influence at Bain to save their jobs and since he’s campaigning on a “jobs first” platform, they asked him to put his money where his mouth is.”


PolitiFact New Hampshire | U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta claims bipartisan support for jobs bills: “here is plenty of blame to go around for the government’s failure to create jobs, according to U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta. But little of it falls on Congress, the New Hampshire Republican said last week as he filed for re-election. “It is frustrating. Now, in the House of Representatives, we have 40 different jobs bills that have passed and almost all of them have been bipartisan,” Guinta said June 13, 2012 after he filed his re-election papers with the N.H. Secretary of State. “That’s significant.””


N.H. college students say Obama has the right plan for student loans – Fosters: “DURHAM — Three New Hampshire College students saddled with hefty student loans voiced their support for President Barack Obama on the grounds of the University of New Hampshire Friday. UNH students Dan Fournier and Jemmel Billingslea and Manchester Community College student Alexis Ploss gathered outside Thompson Hall for an event organized by the president’s re-election campaign. The students explained how they’ve benefitted from federal education grants, and how a pending hike in interest rates on student loans would students in their positions.”

NH Labor 2012 Election News 6/22/12: NH Gov Candidates Talk Education, Obama in NH Next Week, A Kennedy Returns to Nashua, and More

Its no wonder that the 1% are so against unions!


Gubernatorial forum focuses on state’s youth | Concord Monitor: “Democrat Maggie Hassan of Exeter said if elected she’d reverse two recent Legislative decisions: one that lowered the cigarette tax, a loss of $16 million in state revenue, and another to drastically decrease state spending on higher education.

Cilley shared her own experience growing up poor in Berlin and being unable to attend college until she was 29. Fully funding public education is critical, Cilley said, to making children successful.

To that, Cilley added, paying parents a fair wage, allowing them to unionize and bargain with employers, and ensuring they and their children have access to affordable health care.

“It’s insufficient to say, ‘We stand with you,’ ” Cilley told the audience. “It’s time to put our actions where our words are.”

“(Lawmakers) might as well have said to young people, ‘Smoke more, go to college less.’ “”


Caroline Kennedy Coming to Nashua June 27 – Nashua, NH Patch: “Caroline Kennedy was just 2 in 1960 when her dad, John F. Kennedy, stood at the foot of the steps of Nashua City Hall and announced his run for the presidency on a snowy January.

That alone may be the reason why Kennedy is making Nashua one of her New Hampshire stops next week. She plans to follow in her father’s footsteps, stopping at City Hall Plaza June 27 at 5:45 p.m.”

Caroline Kennedy to campaign for Obama in NH: “MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Caroline Kennedy is visiting New Hampshire next week to campaign for President Barack Obama.The daughter of President John F. Kennedy is scheduled to attend grass-roots events in Nashua, Manchester and Meredith. She will be in New Hampshire on Wednesday and Thursday.

Her visit follows the president’s trip. Obama is visiting Oyster River High School in Durham on Monday.”


LETTERS: President’s Jobs Act a Common Sense Solution – Nashua, NH Patch: “For example, President Obama proposed the American Jobs Act – a set of common-sense ideas that would help our country continue to recover from the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. One of those policies would help keep good jobs here at home by giving new tax breaks to companies that insource and taking away tax breaks from companies that ship jobs overseas.

Mitt Romney doesn’t share the President’s vision. As governor of Massachusetts, Romney outsourced jobs to India, and Massachusetts dropped to 47th out of 50 states in job creation. When the auto industry was on the brink of collapse, he said “let Detroit go bankrupt.” Governor Romney would hurt the middle class by bringing back the same failed policies that created the economic crisis in the first place.”


Rasmussen: Obama leads in swing-state New Hampshire – The Hill’s Ballot Box: “President Obama leads Mitt Romney in the critical swing-state of New Hampshire, according to a survey released Thursday from conservative polling outlet Rasmussen.

Obama leads with 48 versus Romney at 43 percent. The last New Hampshire survey was conducted in mid-May by liberal outlet Public Policy Polling and showed Obama up by 12. Obama leads by 6 percentage points, according to the Real Clear Politics average of polls.”


Service workers union backs Obama, talks to voters: “Service Employee’s International Union (SEIU) is throwing the weight of its 2.1 million members behind President Barack Obama’s campaign — working to convince African-American and Latino voters in eight battleground states to cast their ballots to re-elect the president.

“We’re focusing on the rising American electorate,” said Eliseo Medina, SEIU International secretary treasurer. “Labor households, Latino voters, African-American voters and young voters.”
Union officials hope to register as many as 600,000 new voters.
“We’re probably going to talk to three times as many general voters as we ever have,” said Brandon Davis, the union’s political director.”

The Supreme Court Takes Another Swing At Organized Labor

Photo by DBKING

By Matt Murray

There has been a lot of buzz circling the internet about the new Supreme Court ruling against the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).  The case is very complex and the ruling seem to fall right in line with the Citizens United ruling.  Before we get in too deep, let me say this up front. This Supreme Court decision does not mean that agency fees are unconstitutional.  No matter what the Fox news stations are saying, this decision does not change the negotiated right of the union to charge a fee for the service they provide to non-members.

This is why the case seems to fall more in line with the Citizens United ruling.  The case was more about what money the union could spend as part of the political process.  This is just another attack on unions.  “It should be noted that the U.S. Supreme Court has affirmed the right of corporations to put millions of dollars into the political system,” said Jim Herron Zamora, spokesperson for SEIU Local 1000. “Yet shareholders currently have no right to object to the spending of that money against their political or ideological beliefs.”.

The AFL-CIO also released this statement:

“We are disturbed – but unfortunately not surprised in the wake of Citizens United and similar rulings – that the Court’s activist conservative majority went out of its way to make broad statements about issues not raised or argued in the context of the highly unusual facts of this case.  Likewise, we are disturbed but not surprised that the conservative majority places special burdens on public sector unions in their efforts to represent working people’s economic interests through the legislative process that the Court does not apply to corporations when they spend shareholder money on politics.”

The reason that many news organizations are confusing this case with “agency fee’s” is due to the fact also that the court ruled that the SEIU did not give enough time to the non-members to “opt-out” of paying for an increased fee.  Once again, I want to confirm that the Supreme Court did not say that agency fee’s are unconstitutional.   “Nevertheless, the Court reaffirmed that in all ordinary circumstances public sector unions may continue to use the existing system for regular dues payment that has been in place and worked well for many years” (from AFLCIO statement).

Rabid Ideologues Will Destry Us by Susan the Bruce

This is a cross post from New Hampshire writer Susan the Bruce.  This was also posted in the Conway Sun today.  You can follow Susan’s Blog here (http://susanthebruce.blogspot.com/).

Also if you want to hear more about privatization of the New Hampshire prison system, Susan will be on Arnie Arneson’s radio show: http://www.nhnewsviewsblues.org/joomla17/ or https://www.facebook.com/NHNVB.  If you live in the Concord area you can listen live on the radio.  If not you can listen live through your computer.

Special Thanks to Susan for allowing us to share this post.

The state of NH is looking into privatizing its entire prison system. Four companies have submitted bids. If Governor Lynch and the Executive Council accept one of those bids, NH would become the first state in the nation to hand over the entire prison system to a private company. The four venders are:
Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), Management & Training Corporation (MTC), The Geo Group Inc. and the Hunt Companies.

None of these companies are altruists, who want to ensure that prisoners are rehabilitated and leave prison prepared to tackle the challenge of turning their lives around. These are private companies with only one interest: turning a profit. That means cutting corners in every way possible, while working to ensure that the prisons remain full.

A recent story in USA Today focuses on a deal being offered by one company in some 48 states. CCA is offering to buy prisons from cash strapped states, in exchange for a guarantee that the governments guarantee a 90% occupancy rate for at least 20 years.

If NH’s prison system becomes privatized, the corporation will be leaning on legislators to pass the kind of laws that guarantee harsher sentences, and fuller prisons. Other states will send their prisoners here. The corporation will build more even more prison facilities in the state, and I think you all can guess where those prisons will be. The north country seems to serve as the dumping ground for the rest of the state.

A study in Arizona revealed that the privatized prisons were actually costing the state more. The Arizona legislature responded to this by inserting a provision into the budget that eliminates the need for a cost and quality review. In other words, they didn’t like the report, so the solution is not to take action – the solution is to ensure there will be no further reports.
If you don’t think that could/would happen here, you haven’t been paying attention to the sorts of things the NH legislature has done in the last biennium.

CCA has eliminated about 240 jobs in their Colorado prisons. Remember, this is a business. Profit means cutting costs, and that doesn’t leave a lot of choice in a prison. It means hiring people who aren’t well educated or trained, and as few of them as possible. It means cutting back on programs for sex offenders and addicts. It means a lot of solitary confinement. No need to have a big staff if everyone is locked in a cell 23 hours a day.

There is a reason other states don’t do this. It’s a really bad idea.

Apparently studies and numbers really are a bad idea. A story just now making the rounds in northern New England reports that the ski business in the US as a whole experienced its worst winter since the early 1990’s. In 2011, visits to alpine areas in NH were down by 20% from the year before. The ski industry continues to try to make the case that if folks don’t see snow in their back yards, they don’t come to the mountains to go skiing, but in these days of easily accessible information, that’s just lame.

A story in the Laconia Sun about bike week revealed that no one wants to come up with any numbers about attendance. If it had been huge, they’d be falling all over themselves to speculate. It wasn’t huge, as was quite obvious to anyone who has lived in this area for six or seven years. There were bikes, but not nearly as many as there have been in the past.

No one likes to tell these stories or recount these facts. The US is the only country that is in denial of climate change. Those changes are affecting our winters. Only the most devout anti-science ostriches can deny that our snowfall is diminishing. Another factor here that no one wants to get into is the economy. Since the 2008 collapse of the economy, the news media and many economists have fallen all over themselves to present this as a recession, even calling it “the great recession.”

Earlier this month, Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman spoke at the 2012 Netroots Nation gathering in Providence, RI. Krugman calls our current economic situation a depression. At NN he said, “When things are going down, it’s a recession. When things are down for a long time, it’s a depression.” Of course we can’t call it what it really is, because that would look bad, and it might call into question our obscene level of military spending. Krugman also said, “This is not an economic problem, this is a political problem.” He’s right. The US has rebounded from a depression before. We know how to do it.

We have a Congress that isn’t interested in solving problems; they’re interested in preventing solutions. They would prefer to ensure greater destruction rather than let the black guy appear to succeed. These aren’t public servants; these are rabid ideologues that will destroy us, if we let them.

We have rabid ideologues in NH, too. On Facebook the other day, the Conway Sun asked what questions readers would ask 2012 candidates. I would ask all of our local candidates for the NH House and Senate how they intend to solve NH’s infrastructure problems. Our roads, bridges, and dams are in trouble, and our telecommunications infrastructure is no better. The bad economy is hurting tourism, as is the change in our climate. Tourism is NH’s second largest industry. We don’t fund our state parks adequately. We have rows of outhouses at our information centers, something that should be a source of great shame to us all, here in the wealthiest state in the union.

If they tell you we can privatize, cigarette tax and/or casino our way out of this mess, they’re lying. Casino revenues are down at Foxwoods, in Atlantic City, and in Nevada. NH needs to have some serious discussions. I wish I thought that would happen. In a state where the media functions as the propaganda wing of the NH GOP, it seems unlikely.

“He who is afraid of asking is ashamed of learning.” Danish proverb

This was published as an op-ed in the June 22, 2012 edition of the Conway Daily Sun Newspaper
© sbruce 2012

Chris Shane did the great cartoon.

NH Labor 2012 Election News 6/21/12: Hassan Raises Big Money, Cilley To Consider All Revenue Streams, Liberty Caucus Grabs For More Power, Obama in NH, and more

John DiStaso’s Granite Status: Democrat Hassan raises $700,000 so far in gov campaign; Republican Smith gets Giuliani’s endorsement | New Hampshire NEWS0602: ” STRONG NUMBERS FOR MAGGIE. Maggie Hassan today will report having raised about $700,000 so far in her campaign for governor, a total her campaign says is a record at this point in the campaign for a first-time candidate for the state’s highest office, the Granite Status has learned. The Democratic former state senator’s camp told us it will report having $400,000 cash on hand. It said the strong fund-raising numbers reflect “an outpouring of strong grassroots support from across New Hampshire.””


Cilley pledges to consider all revenue streams as governor – Fosters: “”My focus is going to be on what we need to rebuild this economy,” Cilley said. “If you look at what’s just below the surface, what you will see is a disease that’s not pretty.”

Although New Hampshire’s unemployment rate has remained below the national average over the last few years, Cilley said the numbers don’t describe the depth of the economic struggles in the state.

Some 3,800 jobs were lost in the last year, she said, and hundreds of people have stopped looking for work. Thousands more are traveling out of state to Massachusetts, Maine and Vermont to earn a paycheck.

Cilley said business leaders have told her they’re reticent to bring new jobs to New Hampshire because state lawmakers have demonstrated they’re unwilling to invest in infrastructure, public education and methods to maintain a healthy environment.”


Hassan takes the lead over Cilley in the battle for fundraising – NashuaTelegraph.com: “CONCORD – Democratic candidate for governor Maggie Hassan of Exeter shot out to a huge fundraising lead over primary rival Jackie Cilley of Barrington in political action committee filings made public Wednesday.”

“That’s because the Republican hopefuls formed candidate PACs; and by doing so, they can keep details of their finances a secret until three weeks before the Sept. 6 primary.”


New Hampshire Labor News: Jackie Cilley announces fundraising numbers and show growing momentum: “”In the past month our campaign roared,” said Cilley.  “In the first few weeks of June we brought in about 250 new donors, along with a whole host of new offers for house parties and fundraising events.  With our growing list of endorsements we are adding support from New Hampshire workers and residents.” 

“SEA, SEIU local 1984 endorsement with that of IBEW 2320 and IBEW 490 and the NH Association of Letter Carriers, combined with those who have already made commitments to us, we have some 13,000 New Hampshire families behind this campaign.  These are folks who live and work here, are offering to step up.  They are willing to contribute, to work to reach out to friends, family and neighbors.  I’m feeling very enthusiastic and positive about the momentum we have and I am confident in our ability to win in November.””


Another View — Maggie Hassan: As governor, I would move New Hampshire forward | New Hampshire OPINION02: “Most importantly, I want to reinvest in our people. Innovative companies need an innovative and trained work force, particularly workers skilled in math, science and engineering. For our state to compete — with our neighbors and the world — we need to have the best-trained workers in the nation, and that means we need one of the best education systems in the world. As governor, I will prioritize education. We have to invest in our schools while also holding them accountable for delivering the results that will attract innovative companies and the good jobs they create. “


The Liberty Caucus wants to rip New Hampshire apart and give full control to the Legislators in power. For example the Legislature would ignore court rulings like the Claremont Decision.

OP/ED: Liberty Litmus for A More Perfect New Hampshire – Bedford, NH Patch: “Another part of limiting government is ensuring the balance of powers among the three branches of government, and right now, the system is unbalanced. That means, for example, that our representatives and senators won’t let state police testimony influence their vote on a bill that allows citizens to carry concealed firearms without a license. It also means our legislators will ignore court decisions that unconstitutionally set policy, such as the Claremont decision that said the Legislature must fund an adequate education.”


President Obama, Caroline Kennedy plan trips to N.H. – Fosters: “DOVER — Caroline Kennedy will be on the presidential campaign trail in New Hampshire next week, the same week President Barack Obama is expected to visit Strafford County. But the campaign, so far, will not reveal details of where the two will appear. Obama is set to visit the region on Monday, June 25, according to a campaign official, who said information about the location and how people can pick up tickets is forthcoming.”


11 Amherst Residents Running For Office – Amherst, NH Patch: “Many Amherst locals have their eyes set on New Hampshire open political positions. The state primary election will be held Sept. 11, while the general election is set for Nov. 6.

Democrats Shannon E. Chandley, Stephen V. Morgan, John I. Shonle and Len Gerzon are running for state representative.

Republicans Peter T. Hansen, Reed A. Panasiti, Robert H. Rowe and Stephen B. Stepanek will also be running for state representative this year.”


State Rep. Will Smith doth protest too much | SeacoastOnline.com:

This is the same Will Smith who sees students as profit centers, not citizens; the same Will Smith who voted to radically cut funding for education (at the primary, secondary and college level), transfer tax dollars to profit-making private schools and lower the dropout age for students; and the same Will Smith who voted to eliminate state funding of education.

In an effort to cripple public education (in the guise of empowering parents), Mr. Smith supported legislation to replace the authority of elected school boards and superintendents to set curriculum in favor of any parent intervening in any school curriculum for any reason!

Mr. Smith has an abysmal record on education. His votes, based on legislation supplied by the American Legislative Exchange Council, are designed to undermine public education in favor of for-profit education — students as profit centers.

New Castle can do a lot better than Will Smith.

Joe Biden Speaks at AFSCME Convention and Praises Labor and The Middle Class Workers

On Tuesday (June 19th), Vice President Joe Biden was in California talking to the members of American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employee’s (AFSCME) 40th Convention.

VP Biden and President Obama have not been shy about their support for labor unions and especially public sector unions.   Here are a few great quotes from the video:

“They (the GOP) talk about you like your taking advantage of the communities you live in, as if you weren’t part of the communities you live in.”

“They hear labor and they think Enemy”

“Don’t tell me what you value, show me your budget and I will tell you what you value”

“It is a Public Employee that runs into that fire”

“When a woman dials 9-1-1, it is a Public Worker who answers that telephone. It is a Public Worker who is dispatched to save her life”

“They (the GOP) don’t get it.  They don’t get that your the most professional, disciplined, well trained workers the American People can get and deserve”

NH Labor News Highlights 6/21/12: Firefighters Bike for MDA, Lynch Vetos Contract Bill and Voter ID, More Layoffs For Public Employees

Via Google Images

Acton Firefighter Bikes for a Good Cause – Acton, MA Patch: “Acton Firefighter, Brent Carter, 42, of Townsend, is no stranger to hard work, dedication, motivation and determination; and I’m not talking about his full time gig as a firefighter.

For the past 12-years, Carter has participated in a three-day, 250 mile bike ride from the New Hampshire/Canada border to Portsmouth, NH – all to help benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Approximately 60 firefighters will be participating in the Trans-NH Bike Ride and another 60 or so riders will join. The ride will start on Friday, June 22, and finish on Sunday, June 24.

Carter is looking to raise $2500.00 — Donate Here”

Trans NH Bike Ride » Trans NH Bike Ride: “This ride is a partnership between MDA, the firefighters of New Hampshire and all of the riders and staff who come together to make this the premier cycling fundraiser in New England.  We’re not the biggest by any means but we endeavor to make this the ride that you can’t stop coming back for. Held on the weekend after Father’s Day each year, the dates of this year’s ride are June 22, 23 and 24.”


New Hampshire Labor News: Governor Lynch Vetos HB1666 A Bill To Change Contract Negotiations.: “Citing that “HB 1666 would dramatically change the process of collective bargaining in New Hampshire by requiring the fiscal committee to approve all collective bargaining agreements. This runs counter to established law and procedure in New Hampshire, and would, in effect, turn the fiscal committee into its own state negotiating team, potentially requiring dozens of fiscal committee meetings.

We must work to uphold the Governors Veto of HB 1666 and perserve our Collective Bargaining Process.  We need to keep the extremist in our current legislature from taking control of negotiations for State Contracts.   The last vote on HB 1666 was 232 to 120.  We need contact our State Reps and Senators to ensure that they UPHOLD THE VETO!”


State worker bargaining bill vetoed | New Hampshire NEWS06: ” House Bill 1666 would require the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee to approve any contract negotiated with state employees. Lynch said the bill would hamper the executive branch’s ability to negotiate contracts and dramatically change the process. The bill was the one of only a few dealing with labor agreements and collective bargaining to be approved by lawmakers this year. House Speaker William O’Brien, R-Mont Vernon, said lawmakers deserve to have a voice on state employee contracts. The bill creates greater accountability, he argued. O’Brien this session, continued to push for right-to-work legislation that would have prohibited unions from charging non-members for the cost of negotiating and administering contracts.”

Another Article on Governors Veto of HB1666


Governor Lynch also vetos SB 372 the Voter ID Bill
NH Gov. Lynch vetoes a handful of bills, override attempts likely: “One was aimed at making sure people registering to vote live in the state. The bill would require people registering to vote to sign a statement saying that they declare New Hampshire as their domicile and are subject to state laws, including laws requiring drivers to register their vehicles.
Lynch said that’s confusing because it uses the terms “domicile” and “resident” interchangeably even though they have different legal meanings, and that the motor vehicle provision is overly broad and would require retirees and young people who attend college in the state to register a car and apply for a license in order to vote.

“We need to encourage all New Hampshire citizens to vote and to participate fully in our democracy,” he said. “We also need to ensure that our election laws do not unfairly burden those voters that have recently established a domicile in New Hampshire and are qualified to vote in this state.””

Additional Sources on Veto of SB 372Gov. Lynch vetoes a handful of bills 
Lynch vetoes ‘early offer’ proposal 
Voter rules prove a hot topic with gubernatorial vetoes | New Hampshire NEWS06:


NH ranked in top 10 for manufacturing health | New Hampshire NEWS02: “MANCHESTER — New Hampshire posted a score of B+, putting it in the second tier of states with the best Manufacturing Industry Health, but still in the top 10, according to a report from Ball State University and Conexus Indiana. The 2012 Manufacturing and Logistics Report Card ranked all 50 states on logistics, human capital, worker benefit costs and other factors affecting business. Only five got an A for Manufacturing Industry Health. New Hampshire scored highest on Human Capital — A.”


(National) Public Workers Face Continued Layoffs, and Recovery Is Hurt – NYTimes.com: “Companies have been slowly adding workers for more than two years. But pink slips are still going out in a crucial area: government.”


(National) 3 Labor Movement Victories You Didn’t Hear Anything About « Main Street: “Since June 5th, we’ve lost count of the number of Very Serious opinion pieces about the demise of the labor movement. Outside the DC bubble, however, it’s a different story. Using new tactics and old-fashioned gumption, workers are standing up all over the country, putting their jobs on the line, and advocating for a better life.

Here are three such instances that you didn’t hear anything about:”


American Airlines, Communications Workers of America Locked In Unionization Battle: “In December, Capasso signed a union petition with the Communications Workers of America (CWA), hoping a union would give her and the other roughly 10,000 passenger service agents at the airline giant more leverage in contract negotiations with the company.

“Many of us want a union because we want a voice in our future,” Capasso said. “As non-union [workers], we have no say in our future. American Airlines does to us whatever it sees fit.”

But the union election, which usually takes place a month after enough employees sign a petition, has been wrought with controversy and repeatedly delayed. On Thursday, a federal judge in Fort Worth will decide whether to issue an injunction to block the election, marking the latest chapter in a bitter seven-month battle between CWA and American Airlines.”


Are you a part of Working America?
As a result, the most important political initiative in America this year will not be any quickly thrown-together GOTV effort or additional political canvassing funded by liberal donors; it will be the organizing campaign that most faithfully and successfully builds on the traditional, grass-roots trade union model.

The organization that is most clearly following this approach is Working America—the community affiliate of the AFL-CIO. As a result, it is, in the long-run, the most potentially game-changing progressive project in America.

http://www.thedemocraticstrategist.org/_memos/tds_SM_Levison_Working_America.pdf

Jackie Cilley announces fundraising numbers and show growing momentum

Cilley Campaign Shows Momentum
Campaign cites community-based fundraising strategy with 98% of contributors living in New Hampshire and 75% of donors contributing less than $100
Concord – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jackie Cilley submitted her first financial PAC reports with the Secretary of State this afternoon in Concord. With her community-based campaign built on a base of small local donors, Jackie’s campaign has brought in $175,000 with 98% of her supporters living in New Hampshire and 75% contributing under $100.
“In the past month our campaign roared,” said Cilley.  “In the first few weeks of June we brought in about 250 new donors, along with a whole host of new offers for house parties and fundraising events.  With our growing list of endorsements we are adding support from New Hampshire workers and residents.”
“SEA, SEIU local 1984 endorsement with that of IBEW 2320 and IBEW 490 and the NH Association of Letter Carriers, combined with those who have already made commitments to us, we have some 13,000 New Hampshire families behind this campaign.  These are folks who live and work here, are offering to step up.  They are willing to contribute, to work to reach out to friends, family and neighbors.  I’m feeling very enthusiastic and positive about the momentum we have and I am confident in our ability to win in November.”
Since the beginning of June, voters have had the opportunity to see the candidates up close–at the WMUR debate, the State Democratic Convention, on local radio and TV shows and at numerous events and house parties – and since then, Jackie has consistently been tied for the lead in both general and primary elections. Three polls in the two months have demonstrated this, first Dartmouth (pdf.) then UNH’s Survey Center (pdf. again) and PPP.
In the last month the campaign seen a dramatic increase in contributions and in community-based support. Jackie’s group of repeat donors and New Hampshire-based contributors gives the campaign a fundraising base to which they can turn throughout both the primary and general campaigns, as the Obama campaign famously did in 2008.  
“I want to thank those who have volunteered or donated for making this a people-powered campaign possible.  We knew this will be a long, tough fight,” noted Cilley.  “If money were all it took to win this race, Craig Benson would have served a second term and Carol Shea Porter would never have been our Congresswoman for four years.  This campaign has the heart and the passion along with the grassroots power to take on the Tea Party and put NH o n a course that will guarantee that we build a NH economy that is meant to last.” 
ABOUT JACKIE: Jackie Cilley, who served in both New Hampshire’s House and Senate representing Barrington, built a successful business and taught more than 2500 New Hampshire students over her 20 years as a highly respected business professor with UNH’s Whittemore School for Business and Economics. A Berlin native, Sen. Cilley earned a BA in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire and an MBA from the Whittemore School.  Jackie and her husband Bruce have lived in Barrington for more than 20 years.  They have five sons, 12 grandchildren, and two dogs. 

Governor Lynch Vetos HB1666 A Bill To Change Contract Negotiations.

Citing that “HB 1666 would dramatically change the process of collective bargaining in New Hampshire by requiring the fiscal committee to approve all collective bargaining agreements. This runs counter to established law and procedure in New Hampshire, and would, in effect, turn the fiscal committee into its own state negotiating team, potentially requiring dozens of fiscal committee meetings.”

HB 1666 creates a redundant and cumbersome process where each item, in each collective bargaining agreement, will now be subject to fiscal committee approval. The potential exists for reopening debate on hundreds of items, all of which inter-relate and comprise the entire agreement. Such a process creates a practical impediment to contract resolution, intrudes on the traditional role of the executive to negotiate contracts and risks putting the state at odds with the obligation to bargain in good faith.”

We must work to uphold the Governors Veto of HB 1666 and perserve our Collective Bargaining Process.  We need to keep the extremist in our current legislature from taking control of negotiations for State Contracts.   The last vote on HB 1666 was 232 to 120.  We need contact our State Reps and Senators to ensure that they UPHOLD THE VETO!


Full press release


Governor’s Veto Message Regarding HB 1666

By the authority vested in me, pursuant to part II, Article 44 of the New Hampshire Constitution, on June 20, 2012, I vetoed HB 1666, relative to legislative approval of collective bargaining agreements entered into by the state.

Under New Hampshire law, the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements between public employers and employees has historically been the purview of the executive, with legislative oversight and approval on cost items alone. At the state level, legislative approval of cost items has traditionally been accomplished through the budget process. While the executive negotiates the terms and conditions of employment, the legislature determines through the budget process how much money is to be spent on personnel, wages and benefits.

RSA 273-A:9 establishes the framework for collective bargaining as follows: “All terms and conditions of employment affecting state employees in the classified system generally shall be negotiated by the state, represented by the governor as chief executive. ” By law, the governor may designate an official state negotiator and an advisory committee to assist in the negotiation process. RSA 273-A:3 obligates public employers and employees to negotiate in good faith, which involves “meeting at reasonable times and places in an effort to reach agreement on the terms of employment, and to cooperate in mediation and fact-finding required by this chapter. ” RSA 273-A:3 II (b) states, “Only cost items shall be submitted to the legislative body of the public employer for approval at the next annual meeting of the legislative body. “Â These laws pertaining to collective bargaining have been in place for decades.

The Joint Committee on Employee Relations, until its repeal in 2010, was a committee of the legislature that would be briefed by the state negotiating team, hold hearings on all collective bargaining agreements and submit recommendations to the Senate and House. The committee’s role was advisory only.

HB 1666 would dramatically change the process of collective bargaining in New Hampshire by requiring the fiscal committee to approve all collective bargaining agreements. This runs counter to established law and procedure in New Hampshire, and would, in effect, turn the fiscal committee into its own state negotiating team, potentially requiring dozens of fiscal committee meetings.

At this time, there are three unions, eight master collective bargaining agreements and 27 sub-unit agreements, many of which contain dozens or hundreds of provisions, all of which are negotiated item by item over a period of many months and which are concluded at different times. Reaching a complete CBA is a painstaking, time-consuming, give and take process, conducted in accordance with the obligation to bargain in good faith.

HB 1666 creates a redundant and cumbersome process where each item, in each collective bargaining agreement, will now be subject to fiscal committee approval. The potential exists for reopening debate on hundreds of items, all of which inter-relate and comprise the entire agreement. Such a process creates a practical impediment to contract resolution, intrudes on the traditional role of the executive to negotiate contracts and risks putting the state at odds with the obligation to bargain in good faith.

We should be working to streamline government and make it run more efficiently, not adding additional layers, which is what HB 1666 will do.

The Legislature has a time tested and practical role to play in the collective bargaining process – approval of cost items through the state budget. This system has served our state well over the years, and major changes contemplated by HB 1666 will be a detriment to that system.

For these reasons, I am vetoing HB 1666.

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