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The Nashua Labor Coalition Announces Endorsement Of Jim Donchess For Mayor Of Nashua

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Nashua – Today the Nashua Labor Coalition, a group of union members and community activists who live or work in the Nashua area, announced their endorsement of Jim Donchess for Mayor of Nashua

Deb Howes, Chairwoman of the Nashua Labor Coalition, released the following statement:

Today we are proud to endorse Jim Donchess for Mayor of Nashua.  For us, the decision between Jim Donchess and Chris Williams was crystal clear when we looked at where they stand on the issues that matter to working families in Nashua.

Donchess supports raising the minimum wage, to help people lift themselves out of poverty through hard work and dedication. Donchess is also opposed to the so-called “Right To Work law” that significantly weaken workers’  rights to collectively bargain, and have been proven to lower wages for all workers.

Chris Williams, on the other hand, was the former President and CEO of the Nashua Chamber of Commerce.  The Chamber of Commerce in New Hampshire fought to repeal the state’s minimum wage law and stood side-by-side with anti-union politicians who attempted to force New Hampshire to become a “Right To Work” state. 

Raising the minimum wage and keeping New Hampshire free of special-interest “Right To Work” legislation are two very important issues to us in the Nashua Labor Coalition.  But was really sealed the deal was  Donchess’ support of the Nashua School Custodians after the Nashua Board of Education’s recent decision to privatize their jobs.   

The Nashua Labor Coalition vehemently opposes this ill-conceived plan to privatize the custodial services in our schools.  Outsourcing to private contractors sounds like a great deal at first, but as the Board saw with our private busing service, the cost dramatically increases and the taxpayers end up paying more for less quality in the end.

The choice is crystal clear: Jim Donchess will work hard for all working families of Nashua. 

Donchess spoke out against the Board of Education’s decision on Facebook by stating, “If I am elected Mayor I will seek to work with the Board of Education and with the current custodians to responsibly reduce costs while at the same time making sure that our school buildings are properly cared for…. I am concerned that privatizing custodial services will negatively affect the quality – and ultimately increase the cost – of custodial services.”

Maggie Hassan Announces Her Run For US Senate Against Kelly Ayotte

Maggie Hassan Pledges to Take Her Bipartisan Approach, Common Sense, and Commitment to Problem-Solving to the U.S. Senate

Concord – Pledging to take her bipartisan approach, common sense, and commitment to problem-solving and results to the Senate, Governor Maggie Hassan today announced her candidacy to represent New Hampshire in the United States Senate.

Click here for Maggie’s full video message to Granite Staters.

“In order to continue working to realize our state’s full potential we need a response from Washington that meets the progress we’re making here at home,” said Governor Maggie Hassan. “Washington has given in to powerful special interests and lobbyists who rig the system for themselves and against the middle-class, and I believe we can do better for New Hampshire families.”

As Governor, Maggie Hassan has worked to bring people together to build a stronger, more innovative New Hampshire where education and small businesses drive job creation – promoting a business-friendly environment that has New Hampshire’s unemployment rate at the lowest level since 2008.

A determined fighter for New Hampshire families, Maggie believes we need a response from Washington that meets the progress we’re making here in the Granite State.

“Washington has lost its way on too many of the priorities that matter to New Hampshire. You can count on me to take my bipartisan approach, common sense, and commitment to problem-solving to the Senate to get results for New Hampshire families,” added Hassan.

Nashua Firefighters Local 789 Endorse Jim Donchess For Mayor Of Nashua

NASHUA – Nashua Fire Fighters Association L#789, their executive board and delegates, have endorsed Jim Donchess for Mayor of the city of Nashua. Election Day is November 3, 2015. 

“We know that Jim will be a fighter for our issues here in Nashua. This city needs a leader who will look out for middle class families and support strong public safety,” stated John McAllister, President of Nashua Local #789.

“We are confident that Jim has the experience and dedication that Nashua needs in order to make the city thrive. We know that he will never turn his back on public safety, or on fire fighters,” stated Gordon Wilson, Steward-at-large.

“I am very honored to have the endorsement and support of Nashua fire fighters Local #789.  Our fire fighters are the brave employees who help to ensure public safety to the people of Nashua.  We look forward to working with the members of Local #789 toward success in the election for Mayor on November 3,” said Jim Donchess.

Nashua L#789 is part of the International Association of Fire Fighters, which represents professional fire fighters and paramedics throughout the United States and Canada. Nashua L#789 represents 165 members and serve six fire stations in the city of Nashua.

Joyce Craig Announces Public Safety Endorsements

Joyce Craig MayorMANCHESTER – This afternoon, Alderman Joyce Craig announced that the Manchester Association of Fire Supervisors, IAFF Local 3820, and the Manchester Professional Firefighters Association, IAFF Local 856, have endorsed her campaign for mayor of Manchester.

“Alderman Craig will confront the challenges that face our community with compassion and purpose,” said Jim Michael, President MAFS Local 3820.

 “After 6 years of failed leadership from Mayor Gatsas, we look forward to working with Alderman Craig as mayor and know she shares our passion of making our community the safest city possible,” added Jeff Duval, President, MPFFA Local 856.

“I am honored to have the support of the Manchester Association of Fire Supervisors and the Manchester Professional Firefighters Association,” said Craig.  “I commend our public safety officials for all they do and we must support them in their efforts to keep our city safe.  Emergency calls and crime have increased during the Mayor’s tenure, yet in the past he has taken actions that would have cut our critical public safety forces.  This must stop, and as mayor I look forward to working collaboratively with our public safety officials to ensure we are confronting our challenges and making Manchester a safe and welcoming city for all our families and residents.”

Joyce Craig currently serves as the Ward 1 Alderman and is a candidate for mayor of Manchester.

Massachusetts & Rhode Island Telephone Workers Unions Endorse Bernie Sanders For President

IBEW locals representing over 5,100 members call Sanders the clear choice for working people

Boston, MA—Leaders of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) System Council T-6 announced Thursday that they have voted unanimously to support the candidacy of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders for President of the United States.

“Bernie Sanders is the clear choice for working people, every union should be supporting Bernie for President” said Myles Calvey, Business Manager of IBEW Local 2222 and chair of the System Council T-6, which represents seven local unions in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. “Labor unions should always be guided by a moral compass and must support only those candidates for office that share our values and champion the causes important to the working class. The majority of our members work for Verizon, who despite recording profits in excess of $1 Billion dollars per month, is actively trying to cut healthcare benefits for retirees on a fixed income. Senator Sanders is not only talking about this inequality, he has spent his life fighting to eliminate it.”

Leaders said that the decision to endorse came about after rank-and-file members have spent the summer urging support of Sanders. According to Ed Starr, Business Manager of IBEW Local 2321 in North Andover, MA, “Our members are smart people who understand that poll-driven platitudes will not rebuild the middle class. They have urged the leadership of the IBEW T6 council to be true to our ideals and support a champion for working people for President of the United States. Senator Sanders has been a friend to IBEW workers, has walked along side us on picket lines and has supported our efforts to preserve jobs and benefits. Simply, Bernie is the real deal”

Local leaders say that they will begin outreach to workers throughout New England and put together an “aggressive” field campaign that will leave no stone unturned in the lead up to primaries scheduled for early 2016. According to Calvey, “We will continue to have conversations in the workplace, but we will not stop there. This campaign will be won in the neighborhoods and that is where we will spend our time; out in the community talking to workers, their families and neighbors. Our futures depend on it.”

IBEW System Council T-6 is comprised of seven local unions in Massachusetts and Rhode Island representing over 5,000 Verizon employees. They are IBEW Locals 2222, 2313, 2321, 2322, 2323, 2324, and 2325.


Manchester Education Association Recommends Joyce Craig For Mayor, Craig Announces Dates Of Public Forum

Manchester Education Association Recommends Joyce Craig for Mayor

MANCHESTER – This afternoon, Alderman Joyce Craig announced that the MEA has officially recommended her for mayor of Manchester.

“The Manchester Education Association officially recommends Joyce Craig for Mayor of Manchester,” said Sue Hannan, President, MEA. “Joyce’s long term record of understanding and supporting public education in Manchester is a clear message for all parents, educators and citizens that she is our best hope to move our schools forward.”

“I am truly honored to have the support of the Manchester Education Association and their 1000+ members,” said Craig.  “As a proud graduate of Memorial High School and the mother of three children in Manchester public schools, I understand the critical role public education plays in our city.  Good schools lead to greater economic development and safer streets, but under the Mayor’s tenure our schools have worsened and we have bigger class sizes, fewer teachers, and  fewer course offerings.  Our city has much room to improve, but we need a leader who will proactively work with others to find solutions to some of our pressing problems.  As mayor, I will work with parents, teachers, and administrators to strengthen our schools and make sure our kids have the opportunities to graduate and succeed.”

Joyce Craig is currently the Ward 1 Alderman and is a candidate for mayor of Manchester.

The campaigns for incumbent Mayor Ted Gatsas and mayoral candidate Joyce Craig have announced the following dates and locations for the Manchester Mayoral Town Hall series. 

Each town hall will begin at 6:30pm and is scheduled for 45 minutes.  The format will be that each candidate begins with a brief introduction, takes questions from audience members and concludes with a closing statement. 

The following confirmed dates and locations are: 

Thursday, October 1, 2015: 

McDonough Elementary School, 550 Lowell Street

Ward 4 Polling Location


Wednesday, October 7, 2015: 

Hillside Middle School, 112 Reservoir Ave.

Ward 2 Polling Location


Friday, October 16, 2015:

Location to be confirmed


Wednesday, October 21, 2015:

Location to be confirmed


Friday, October 23, 2015:

Location to be confirmed


Wednesday, October 28, 2015:

 Our Lady of the Cedars Church, 140 W. Mitchell Street


The Manchester municipal election is on Tuesday, November 3rd and polls are open from 6am to 7pm.


Clinton And Sanders Rev Up The Crowd At #NHDems2016 Convention, Attendees Call For More Debates

Bernie Sanders Supporters Outside NH Dems Convention

Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton Supporters Outside NH Dems Convention

Yesterday showed exactly how seriously the Democrats of the Granite State are taking this First in the Nation Primary, and exactly who really has a chance at the nomination.

More Debates

In most years, the NH Democrats’ Convention is really just a “rah rah Democrats” fundraiser and meet & greet for New Hampshire candidates. However, this year is very different. The Democratic rank-and-file demanded to be a part of the century-old tradition known as the First in the Nation Primary.

The head of the New Hampshire Democratic Party said, this year we have a “spirited primary,” and this was “the largest state party convention in NH History.”

That was a very nice way of saying we have a highly contested, no holds barred battle for the soul of the Democratic Party.   The upcoming primary is still months away — but battle lines have already been drawn.

Democratic activists holding signs outside the convention calling for more debates.  (Image from Steve Kloppenburg )

Democratic activists holding signs outside the convention calling for more debates.
(Image from Steve Kloppenburg )

Our primary has national implications and that means everyone wants to know whom New Hampshire will choose. However, there is one thing holding the party back: the candidates’ debate schedule. Specifically, the Democratic National Committee and its Chairwoman, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Shultz.

“We express our outrage with the DNC and NHDP for designing an extremely limited 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidates Debate Schedule with onerous Sanctions attached for non-compliance,” wrote a group of Democratic activists who actively protested Wasserman Shultz today.

The convention guests did not hold anything back as Rep. Wasserman Shultz took to the stage. The crowd began chanting, “We want debates, We want debates.”

After attempting to speak over the crowd, Wasserman Shultz finally responded by saying, “enough is enough, we have a job to do. Let’s focus on the task at hand” She continued, “We are here to talk about winning in 2016, not about more debates.” She was obviously rattled by the outspoken crowd.



Both Martin O’Malley and Bernie Sanders have been outspoken about holding more debates. More debates allow for non-establishment candidates to get their message out to the people. In O’Malley’s case, it is his Debbie Wasserman Shultz at NH Dems Conventiononly chance to for people to really learn about who he is and stick around past New Hampshire and Iowa. In Sanders’ case, it is his chance to win over people in states outside of New Hampshire with his strong economic message, heading into the Super Tuesday primaries. Hillary Clinton says she is “open to more debates,” but has not used her considerable influence to push for more debates.

We need more debates. We need to show the rest of the country what we – Democrats – are running for. We need to show America that our message is their message. We need to stop letting the Republicans dominate the airwaves with their messages of hate and lies.
CNN, which hosted the GOP Debate on Tuesday night, said that it was their highest-rated debate in history, with over 24 million people watching.

We need to show America that Democrats can win in 2016, and debates are how we can do that. If Wasserman Shultz is not willing to change the debate schedule, many are ready to “make a change in DNC Leadership.”

Hillary Clinton Supporters Outside NH Dems Convention

Hillary Clinton Supporters Outside NH Dems Convention

The Main Event

Let’s not pretend that over 4,200 people attended this convention, which is usually held in high school gymnasium, just to listen to Governor Hassan, Senator Shaheen, or Congresswomen Kuster and Shea-Porter.

We were all there to hear Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

No offense to Martin O’Malley. Governor O’Malley, you have a good message of progress and yes, as Governor, you did some really good things – raising the minimum wage, passing marriage equality, expanding union rights, and worked to reduce crime and gun violence – but you are not what we are looking for in a President. You are saying the right things, but people are just not that into you, sorry.

To me it is amazing how close these two candidates, Clinton and Sanders, really are. They are talking about the same issues, in their own ways, but their solutions are what divides them.

IMG_0044Clinton started off by saying that “America does better with a Democrat in the White House,” and she is right. Over the last 100 years our most prosperous years have been when Democrats ran the country. “Trickle down economics was one of the worst ideas to come out of the 1980’s, except maybe big hair,” said Clinton. She also said she would fight for a higher minimum wage but did not give a number.

Sanders’ entire presidential platform is based on income inequality, wages, trade, and everything we did wrong in the 1980s-2008. Basically it boils down to this: corporations are hiding money overseas to avoid paying taxes and the wealthy are getting richer and richer every day while working Americans watch their paychecks shrink every year.

“Wages are too dam low,” Sanders said. “That is why I am pushing for minimum wage of $15 bucks an hour.”

You can begin to see what I am saying when I say they are close in some ways, but very different in others.

Clinton spoke of her plan to help college students deal with student loan debt. She calls it the “New College Compact.” Her plan is to allow students to “refinance student loans, like a mortgage or car loan.” She said, the “cost of college won’t be a barrier and student debt won’t hold people back.” The compact would push more federal money to public schools and would allow more students to attend college and leave debt free.
Like Clinton, Sanders has a plan to help college students and recent college grads. Sanders has already proposed legislation with his partner-in-progress, Elizabeth Warren, to allow college students to refinance their student loan debt like car loans and mortgages. But he differs from Clinton in how he wants to help people actually go to college. Sanders wants to make every public college and university tuition free, and he intends to make Wall Street pay for it.

“America bailed out Wall Street, now it is time for Wall Street to bail out the rest of America,” said Sanders. His plan is to place a transaction tax on all short-term investments called the “Robin Hood Tax.” Many, including Rep Keith Ellison and the National Nurses United have stood up in favor of the Robin Hood Tax on Wall Street.

As I said, the two are very close on many of the issues. Both (now) support Marriage Equality. Both support Employment Non-Discrimination Act prohibiting employers from firing a worker just because they are gay. This would give LGBT people the same workplace protections as everyone else. They both support ending the “school to prison” pipeline and ending mandatory sentencing that has put too many people in prison for minor drug offenses. Both support Planned Parenthood and a woman’s right to choose.

IMG_0035Both are for raising wages and building a stronger middle class by strengthening our manufacturing base and reversing some of the damage done by our trade agreements. Sanders has been an outspoken advocate against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). “We need trade policies that create jobs in America, not China, and together we will defeat this disastrous TPP,” said Sanders.

In early 2015, Clinton said, “Any trade deal has to produce jobs and raise wages and increase prosperity and protect our security. We have to do our part in making sure we have the capabilities and the skills to be competitive. It’s got to be really a partnership between our business, our government, our workforce, the intellectual property that comes out of our universities, and we have to get back to a much more focused effort in my opinion to try to produce those capacities here at home so that we can be competitive in a global economy.”

I will let you decide if they are really saying the same thing or not.

The Money Gap

Both say they want to end the corruptive influence of money in politics and pass a Constitutional Amendment to overturn Citizens United.

This is where I see the split.

At today’s convention Clinton said, “I will appoint justices who will protect the right of citizens to vote not the right of corporations to buy our elections.”

IMG_0060Sanders has been all over the country talking about campaign finance reform, even calling for the same Constitutional Amendment that Clinton is referring to. The difference comes from their donor support. “I don’t have a super PAC, I don’t want a super PAC.” Sanders boasted of how he is building his campaign with true grassroots support and small donations from everyday Americans at an average of $31 dollars.

This is where I see the biggest split between them. Both say they want to end the unlimited flow of dark money in politics, but only one is willing to stand up and say “no.” The Sanders campaign is trying to show that they can win this election without Wall Street hedge fund managers and special interests donating to his campaign, or billionaires who are only looking out for their best interests.

To many of Bernie’s supporters, this is their biggest issue. This is why they are organizing and building a campaign without hundreds of millions from super PACs.

Closing Thoughts

As I was leaving I stopped and talked to a woman who was sitting near me for the entire convention. She was jumping up and down when Clinton took the stage and at the time was obviously a Hillary supporter. However as Bernie was speaking, I saw her cheering, then standing and cheering, for what he was saying. I asked her, of the two, whom did she like better. She responded, “Hillary, I think she has the experience and the knowledge to win.” I followed up with what experience does Bernie lack that you think Hillary is more qualified? She told me honestly, she did not know anything about him. She had never heard him speak before, but she liked what she heard. She told me she was going to go home at look up his website and find out more about him after hearing him speak.

This, my friends, is what the primary is all about. It about listening to all the candidates, no matter how big or small their campaign may be, and judging for yourself who is the best to lead our nation.

This is also why it is so important to have more debates. We need all Americans to hear all of the candidates — so they can decide for themselves who will lead our party to victory in 2016.


Best Line of the Day

The best line of the day goes to Hillary Clinton. She was talking about how Donald Trump is a misogynist and is demeaning to women. His response to others calling him a misogynist was that he “cherishes” women.

Hillary responded by saying:

“Donald Trump needs to stop cherishing women and start respecting women.”


NH Postal Workers Union (APWU) Announce Endorsement Bernie Sanders

APWU Endorsement of Bernie Sanders (Image by Rick Rothwell)

APWU Endorsement of Bernie Sanders (Image by Rick Rothwell)

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The New Hampshire Postal Workers Union on Saturday endorsed Democratic Party presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

“I am proud to announce that both the New Hampshire Postal Workers Union and Manchester Area Local have voted to endorse Sen. Sanders as the next president of the United States,” said Janice Kelble, Legislative Director for the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) Manchester Area Local #230 & the NH Postal Workers Union, representing close to 1500 members and retirees in New Hampshire.

In a prepared statement, Kelble said:

The American Postal Workers Union is committed to fighting for decent pay and benefits, a safe workplace and dignity and respect on the job. As affiliates of the AFL-CIO, we also strongly believe in social and economic justice for all working families.

Bernie Sanders has been a long time champion of postal workers & postal customers. Years ago he held a Town Hall Meeting where nearly 400 workers, community residents, veterans and area business people came together in a crowded VT school cafeteria to talk about the impact of service changes. He left that meeting on a mission to maintain a thriving public Postal Service and he has not let up on that mission, defending the Postal Service with the same passion as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

He has been a forceful advocate for working people in many ways, fighting for paid family medical leave & a livable wage, while rejecting unfair trade deals that favor special interests. His focus is always on creating opportunities that lift the middle class and those living in poverty.

In keeping with the strong principles of our organization, I am proud to announce that both the NH Postal Workers Union and Manchester Area Local have voted to endorse Senator Bernie Sanders as the next president of the United States. It is time for us to stand up and fight for a President we can count on.

“It is time for us to stand up and fight for a president we can count on,” she added in remarks to about 200 supporters who turned up for the opening of a new campaign field office.

Bernie Sanders in Manchester NH (Image by mark king)

Bernie Sanders in Manchester NH (Image by mark king)

NH CD-01 Candidate Pledges If Elected, To Only Be Paid Minimum Wage Until We Reach $15 A Hour

O’Connor Unveils Innovative $15/hour Minimum Wage Plan that will Incrementally Raise the Minimum Wage from 2017 to 2021 and Protect Small Businesses through Tax Credits

O’Connor Challenges All Presidential Candidates and All Congressional Candidates Nationally to Join Him in Signing “The People’s Pledge”

Shawn O'Connor Signs Minimum Wage Pledge

MANCHESTER, N.H. –This morning, Shawn O’Connor, the only declared 2016 Democratic candidate for Congress in New Hampshire’s First Congressional District, committed, that on his first day in the House of Representatives, he will introduce legislation to incrementally raise the federal minimum wage (currently $7.25 or lower) for all Americans workers to $15 by 2021 (to $8.75 in 2017, $10.25 in 2018, $11.75 in 2019, $13.25 in 2020 and $15 in 2021). Thereafter, the minimum wage would be indexed to inflation.

To minimize any financial impact on small businesses, which represent 96% of New Hampshire employers, under the plan, each year, small businesses (those with 99 or fewer employees) would receive a tax credit equal to 50% of the annual incremental increase in their wages paid to minimum wage employees through 2021.

Shawns People PledgeO’Connor then signed a binding pledge, which he has denoted as “The People’s Pledge,” to accept only the minimum wage salary of $15,080 for his service in Congress until this legislation is enacted. A Citizens’ Commission, which will include Durham socially conscious investor, David Hills, Emma Ambrogi, a proud product of Manchester public schools and a senior at Wellesley College, and Vernis Jackson, a Portsmouth community leader who spearheaded the African Burying Ground Project, will distribute the remaining $158,920 of Shawn’s salary to New Hampshire charities. O’Connor also pledged to pay all his campaign staff $15+/hour.

Finally, O’Connor issued a challenge to all Presidential and Congressional candidates to sign The People’s Pledge, saying “It is unconscionable for us to suggest that $15,080 is a liveable wage and then accept six figure salaries.”

New Hampshire AFL-CIO President Glenn Brackett declared “With his thoughtful proposal to pull tens of millions of workers out of poverty and his pledge to only accept the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 as his congressional salary until such legislation is passed, Shawn O’Connor demonstrates that he stands in solidarity with the working men and women in our country. His innovative ideas and advocacy on behalf of all workers would be a welcome change in Washington.”

State Senator David Watters of Dover, also offered his support, stating “I wholeheartedly support Shawn’s innovative and carefully considered plan to raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2021 while also protecting small businesses which are the lifeblood of our economy. I am very impressed by Shawn’s firm commitment to accept only the federal minimum wage for his work in Congress. Shawn is exactly the action-oriented, ethical leader for which the people of the First Congressional District have been clamoring.”

The National Education Association of NH Announce Their Endorsement Of Hillary Clinton

 (image Keith Kissel FLIKR)

(image Keith Kissel FLIKR)

CONCORD, NH, September 14, 2015 – Today National Education Association-New Hampshire (NEA-NH), the state’s largest educator and public employee union, announced its endorsement of Hillary Clinton for president, throwing the support of more than 16,000 members and their families behind Clinton during New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary campaign.

“Hillary Clinton has been a tireless fighter for both students and educators throughout her career,” said Scott McGilvray, NEA-NH President. “From her days going door-to-door to help improve access to public education to her fight in the Senate pushing back against harmful measures that would damage our public schools, Hillary has proven over and over again that she puts students and educators first. Hillary understands the power of a strong public education system and the difference a quality education will make in a child’s life, and she is ready to stand up for our teachers, strengthen our education system, and ensure that every child in America has access to a quality public education that will prepare them for lifelong educational and economic achievement.”

“Hillary’s call for universal pre-K in Rochester earlier this year shows that she understands the vital role public education plays in helping our children succeed,” said Megan Tuttle, NEA-NH Vice President and Pembroke teacher. “Hillary understands how important it is that every child has the same access to quality early childhood education so that they get off to the right start on their path to lifelong educational achievement. We need a president like Hillary who will expand and strengthen access to public education, not make damaging cuts that restrict our children’s opportunities.”

“Hillary has consistently stood up for public educators and worked to ensure that our public schools receive the support they need,” said Allison Estes Brown, Plymouth Special Education Teacher. “She has fought back against damaging voucher programs and counterproductive standards that harm schools instead of help them. Hillary understands the difference committed, talented teachers make in a child’s life, and she is ready to take action to ensure that our public schools are staffed with the best and brightest Americans.”

NEA-NH’s recommendation process began in May and included face-to face interviews by a representative committee of teachers, education support professionals and retired members. Their recommendation was forwarded to NEA-NH’s member-elected Executive Board for comment and approval.  The entire process is described in detail on NEA-NH’s website, www.neanh.org.

About NEA-New Hampshire

NEA-New Hampshire is the largest union of public employees in the state. Founded in 1854, the New Hampshire State Teachers Association became one of the “founding ten” state education associations that formed the National Education Association in 1857. Known today as NEA-NH, and comprised of more than 16,000 members, our mission to advocate for the children of New Hampshire and public school employees and to promote lifelong learning remains true after more than 150 years. Our members are public school educators in all stages of their careers, including classroom teachers and other certified professionals, instructors at public higher education institutions, students preparing for a teaching career, education support personnel and those retired from the profession.

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