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Daily Kos: ALEC’s cheat sheet legislation

Another Great article from DAILY KOS about ALEC and the ALEC organization forcing their proposed legislation here in New Hampshire.

Daily Kos: ALEC’s cheat sheet legislation: “Like the ALEC model ‘right to work’ (i.e., ‘union-busting’) bill [PDF] that showed up almost verbatim as New Hampshire’s HB 474. And again as Mississippi’s Senate Bill 2044 (a curious find, given that Mississippi is already a ‘right to work’ state). These are discoveries that parallel ones like that made earlier, in the above-cited In These Times article:”

A Stealth Way a Bill Becomes a Law – BusinessWeek

Another article on who is pushing laws in New Hampshire, guess what it is not New Hampshire Residents. It is large greedy corporations trying to pass laws to increase their profits and pollute our air.

A Stealth Way a Bill Becomes a Law – BusinessWeek: “Kim Thatcher, a Republican state representative in Oregon, introduced a sharply worded anti-cap-and-trade bill this year that said, “There has been no credible economic analysis of the costs associated with carbon mandates.” Apparently, that view is widely shared. Legislation with that exact language has been introduced in dozens of states, including Montana, New Hampshire, and New Mexico.

It’s not plagiarism. It’s a strategy. The bills weren’t penned by Thatcher or her fellow legislators in Helena, Concord, and Santa Fe. They were written by a little-known group in Washington with outsize clout, the American Legislative Exchange Council. Corporate benefactors such as Koch Industries and ExxonMobil (XOM) help fund ALEC with membership dues and pay extra for a seat at the legislative drafting table.”

Six Extreme Right-Wing Attacks by ALEC in State Governments | Truthout

More news on the “ALEC” committee pushing laws into state legislatures, designed to lower voter turnout and strengthen a GOP advantage.

Six Extreme Right-Wing Attacks by ALEC in State Governments | Truthout: “Disenfranchising American Citizens Through Voter ID

In the wake of the highest general election turnout in nearly 60 years in the 2008 presidential election (particularly among university students and African-Americans), ALEC’s “voter ID” legislation has been rapidly moving in state legislatures. Shortly after the election of the nation’s first black president, “Preventing Election Fraud” was the cover story on the Inside ALEC magazine, and ALEC corporations and politicians voted for “model” voter legislation in 2009. Voter ID is a hot issue this year, in advance of the 2012 presidential election.”

New Community Action events from the NH AFL-CIO

NH AFL-CIO Action Calendar
July 28 – August 10, 2011


THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2011:  Medicare Anniversary Actions


In NASHUA, 8:30-9:30 AM:
Stand Up for Medicare & Social Security
Outside 221 Main Street, Nashua, NH (Nashua office of Congressman Charlie Bass)
Questions & RSVP: Judy Stadtman, (603) 479-7217 or jstadtman@nhaflcio.org

Help send Rep. Bass the message that his vote to cut Medicare & Social Security is full of hot air! Constituents will have an opportunity to make drop-in visits with Congressman Bass’s office staff between 9:00-9:30 AM. Coordinated by NH Alliance for Retired Americans, NH AFL-CIO, and community partners. Online sign up on Protect NH Families Facebook page.


In MANCHESTER, 12:00-1:00 PM:
Happy 46th Birthday Party for Medicare
Cashin Senior Activity Center
151 Douglas Street, Manchester, NH
Questions or RSVP (required): Terry Lochhead, (603) 545-9989 or nhalliance@gmail.com
Come to the party and help protect Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security! There will be birthday cake and door prizes to celebrate the 46th anniversary of Medicare. Co-sponsored by NH Alliance for Retired Americans, NH AFL-CIO, and community partners.


In DOVER, 7/28, 12:00-1:00 PM:
Stand Up for Medicare & Social Security
Corner of Central Avenue & Washington Street
Downtown Dover, NH
Questions & RSVP: Judy Stadtman, (603) 479-7217 or jstadtman@nhaflcio.org
The attack on Medicare and Social Security is just the latest chapter in an ongoing series of politically-motivated attacks on middle class seniors and working families. Send the message that we won’t stand for it! Constituents will have an opportunity to make drop-in visits to U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s office staff to say “thank you” for her vote to protect these essential safety net programs. Coordinated by NH Alliance for Retired Americans, NH AFL-CIO, Seacoast MoveOn Council, and community partners. Online sign up on Protect NH Families Facebook page.


 Stop RTW Actions:


SATURDAY, AUGUST 6, 2011 – 10:00-11:30 AM
Coffee & Postcard Writing Party to Sustain the “Right to Work” Veto
Meet up at Me & Ollie’s Café
10 Pleasant Street (Market Square), Portsmouth NH
Contact: Judy Stadtman, (603) 479-7217 or jstadtman@nhaflcio.org
Stop in for coffee and conversation and fill out a few postcards to thank NH Reps who are standing with Granite State working families by supporting the Governor’s veto of the so-called “Right to Work” bill (HB 474). Drop by anytime between 10:00 and 11:30 AM – online sign up on Protect NH Families Facebook page.


SUNDAY, AUGUST 7, 2011 – 11:30 AM-1:00 PM
Coffee & Postcard Writing Party to Sustain the “Right to Work” Veto
Meet up at Me & Ollie’s Café
61 High Street, Hampton NH
Contact: Judy Stadtman, (603) 479-7217 or jstadtman@nhaflcio.org
Stop in for coffee and conversation and fill out a few postcards to thank NH Reps who are standing with Granite State working families by supporting the Governor’s veto of the so-called “Right to Work” bill (HB 474). Drop by anytime between 11:30 AM and 1:00 PM – online sign up on Protect NH Families Facebook page.


National Day of Action to Rebuild the American Dream
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2011
Details of our NH action to be announced.  NH AFL-CIO will be coordinating with community partners and grassroots allies on this jobs-focused event. Folks who are interested in joining the planning and coordination team are urged to contact Judy Stadtman, (603) 479-7217 or email jstadtman@nhaflcio.org


New Community Action events from the NH AFL-CIO

NH AFL-CIO Action Calendar
July 28 – August 10, 2011


THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2011:  Medicare Anniversary Actions


In NASHUA, 8:30-9:30 AM:
Stand Up for Medicare & Social Security
Outside 221 Main Street, Nashua, NH (Nashua office of Congressman Charlie Bass)
Questions & RSVP: Judy Stadtman, (603) 479-7217 or jstadtman@nhaflcio.org

Help send Rep. Bass the message that his vote to cut Medicare & Social Security is full of hot air! Constituents will have an opportunity to make drop-in visits with Congressman Bass’s office staff between 9:00-9:30 AM. Coordinated by NH Alliance for Retired Americans, NH AFL-CIO, and community partners. Online sign up on Protect NH Families Facebook page.


In MANCHESTER, 12:00-1:00 PM:
Happy 46th Birthday Party for Medicare
Cashin Senior Activity Center
151 Douglas Street, Manchester, NH
Questions or RSVP (required): Terry Lochhead, (603) 545-9989 or nhalliance@gmail.com
Come to the party and help protect Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security! There will be birthday cake and door prizes to celebrate the 46th anniversary of Medicare. Co-sponsored by NH Alliance for Retired Americans, NH AFL-CIO, and community partners.


In DOVER, 7/28, 12:00-1:00 PM:
Stand Up for Medicare & Social Security
Corner of Central Avenue & Washington Street
Downtown Dover, NH
Questions & RSVP: Judy Stadtman, (603) 479-7217 or jstadtman@nhaflcio.org
The attack on Medicare and Social Security is just the latest chapter in an ongoing series of politically-motivated attacks on middle class seniors and working families. Send the message that we won’t stand for it! Constituents will have an opportunity to make drop-in visits to U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s office staff to say “thank you” for her vote to protect these essential safety net programs. Coordinated by NH Alliance for Retired Americans, NH AFL-CIO, Seacoast MoveOn Council, and community partners. Online sign up on Protect NH Families Facebook page.


 Stop RTW Actions:


SATURDAY, AUGUST 6, 2011 – 10:00-11:30 AM
Coffee & Postcard Writing Party to Sustain the “Right to Work” Veto
Meet up at Me & Ollie’s Café
10 Pleasant Street (Market Square), Portsmouth NH
Contact: Judy Stadtman, (603) 479-7217 or jstadtman@nhaflcio.org
Stop in for coffee and conversation and fill out a few postcards to thank NH Reps who are standing with Granite State working families by supporting the Governor’s veto of the so-called “Right to Work” bill (HB 474). Drop by anytime between 10:00 and 11:30 AM – online sign up on Protect NH Families Facebook page.


SUNDAY, AUGUST 7, 2011 – 11:30 AM-1:00 PM
Coffee & Postcard Writing Party to Sustain the “Right to Work” Veto
Meet up at Me & Ollie’s Café
61 High Street, Hampton NH
Contact: Judy Stadtman, (603) 479-7217 or jstadtman@nhaflcio.org
Stop in for coffee and conversation and fill out a few postcards to thank NH Reps who are standing with Granite State working families by supporting the Governor’s veto of the so-called “Right to Work” bill (HB 474). Drop by anytime between 11:30 AM and 1:00 PM – online sign up on Protect NH Families Facebook page.


National Day of Action to Rebuild the American Dream
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2011
Details of our NH action to be announced.  NH AFL-CIO will be coordinating with community partners and grassroots allies on this jobs-focused event. Folks who are interested in joining the planning and coordination team are urged to contact Judy Stadtman, (603) 479-7217 or email jstadtman@nhaflcio.org


Elliot Health System Lays Off 182

When will the people in Concord learn that cutting funding is not going to bring new jobs.  The House Speakers stands by his budget.  I have lost track of how many jobs have been cut because of this years State Budget.  200 state employees and 182 at Elliot how many more will have to loose their jobs, and careers before they will do something to stop this insanity.

Elliot Health System Lays Off 182: “Elliot Health System has announced more than 100 layoffs it said are the result of cuts in the state budget.
The health care provider runs Elliot Hospital and other services in southern New Hampshire. On Monday, it announced it was joining nine other hospitals in suing the state for $250 million in cuts to the state’s largest hospitals.On Tuesday, Elliot announced it was shutting down a 24-hour medical help line, cutting expenses and laying off 182 employees.
“This is a terribly sad day in health care,” said Doug Dean, president and CEO of Elliot Health Care. “No one wants to see hard-working people, who have done nothing but perform their jobs for this community, suffer from a reduction in force brought on by the failure of the state to manage their own expenses.”

In announcing the lawsuit, the hospitals said the state assessed a Medicaid Enhancement Tax of 5.5 percent of a hospital’s net revenues, but it also reimbursed the hospitals with a payment equal to the tax. The hospitals said the new state budget continues the tax but eliminates the payment that had been used to pay the tax.

The hospitals said the cut would make it more difficult to help the neediest people of New Hampshire. Elliot said it would receive $17 million less in the first year of the two-year budget.

“The consequences of the state’s failure to pay us for taking care of the poor are truly devastating, particularly as the state changes its course from the past 20 years and walks away from needed matching federal dollars,” Dean said.

House Speaker Bill O’Brien said he is sympathetic to the hospital’s funding crunch, but he stands by the budget.

“Clearly, we don’t want to see any employees laid off in any private business,” he said. “Whether or not this was planned before or after the budget came into effect, time will tell. But certainly, we think this budget is going to return jobs to New Hampshire.” “

Retired Judges sue state over ‘Unconstitutional’ cuts to pension plan

More news on the new NHRS

(Read full article here) CONCORD — Seven retired judges are asking the N.H. Supreme Court to rule that a 2005 change to judicial pension law was unconstitutional because it breached their contracts by decreasing their pensions. The judges are also asking the state’s highest court to find that one-time pay increases of 10 percent and 1 percent they received should be included in income calculations used to determine the amounts of their pensions.

“It’s an important issue of law for New Hampshire,” said Ovide Lamontagne, an attorney representing the retired judges.

In a “cross appeal” of a lower court decision in their favor, the retired judges argue they were vested the day they became judges, and changing the terms of their pension benefits breaches the state’s constitution.

Meanwhile, two unrelated lawsuits are pending in Merrimack County Superior Court with similar arguments pertaining to changes to the state retirement system enacted by the Legislature on July 1.

In an appeal to the Supreme Court, Attorney General Michael Delaney accuses the seven judges of essentially gaming the retirement system.

“In effect, (the judges) seek to create their own ‘retirement plan’ by picking the aspects of each plan that benefit them the most,” Delaney wrote.

New Community Action events from the NH AFL-CIO

NH AFL-CIO Action Calendar
July 28 – August 10, 2011


THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2011:  Medicare Anniversary Actions


In NASHUA, 8:30-9:30 AM:
Stand Up for Medicare & Social Security
Outside 221 Main Street, Nashua, NH (Nashua office of Congressman Charlie Bass)
Questions & RSVP: Judy Stadtman, (603) 479-7217 or jstadtman@nhaflcio.org

Help send Rep. Bass the message that his vote to cut Medicare & Social Security is full of hot air! Constituents will have an opportunity to make drop-in visits with Congressman Bass’s office staff between 9:00-9:30 AM. Coordinated by NH Alliance for Retired Americans, NH AFL-CIO, and community partners. Online sign up on Protect NH Families Facebook page.


In MANCHESTER, 12:00-1:00 PM:
Happy 46th Birthday Party for Medicare
Cashin Senior Activity Center
151 Douglas Street, Manchester, NH
Questions or RSVP (required): Terry Lochhead, (603) 545-9989 or nhalliance@gmail.com
Come to the party and help protect Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security! There will be birthday cake and door prizes to celebrate the 46th anniversary of Medicare. Co-sponsored by NH Alliance for Retired Americans, NH AFL-CIO, and community partners.


In DOVER, 7/28, 12:00-1:00 PM:
Stand Up for Medicare & Social Security
Corner of Central Avenue & Washington Street
Downtown Dover, NH
Questions & RSVP: Judy Stadtman, (603) 479-7217 or jstadtman@nhaflcio.org
The attack on Medicare and Social Security is just the latest chapter in an ongoing series of politically-motivated attacks on middle class seniors and working families. Send the message that we won’t stand for it! Constituents will have an opportunity to make drop-in visits to U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s office staff to say “thank you” for her vote to protect these essential safety net programs. Coordinated by NH Alliance for Retired Americans, NH AFL-CIO, Seacoast MoveOn Council, and community partners. Online sign up on Protect NH Families Facebook page.


 Stop RTW Actions:


SATURDAY, AUGUST 6, 2011 – 10:00-11:30 AM
Coffee & Postcard Writing Party to Sustain the “Right to Work” Veto
Meet up at Me & Ollie’s Café
10 Pleasant Street (Market Square), Portsmouth NH
Contact: Judy Stadtman, (603) 479-7217 or jstadtman@nhaflcio.org
Stop in for coffee and conversation and fill out a few postcards to thank NH Reps who are standing with Granite State working families by supporting the Governor’s veto of the so-called “Right to Work” bill (HB 474). Drop by anytime between 10:00 and 11:30 AM – online sign up on Protect NH Families Facebook page.


SUNDAY, AUGUST 7, 2011 – 11:30 AM-1:00 PM
Coffee & Postcard Writing Party to Sustain the “Right to Work” Veto
Meet up at Me & Ollie’s Café
61 High Street, Hampton NH
Contact: Judy Stadtman, (603) 479-7217 or jstadtman@nhaflcio.org
Stop in for coffee and conversation and fill out a few postcards to thank NH Reps who are standing with Granite State working families by supporting the Governor’s veto of the so-called “Right to Work” bill (HB 474). Drop by anytime between 11:30 AM and 1:00 PM – online sign up on Protect NH Families Facebook page.


National Day of Action to Rebuild the American Dream
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2011
Details of our NH action to be announced.  NH AFL-CIO will be coordinating with community partners and grassroots allies on this jobs-focused event. Folks who are interested in joining the planning and coordination team are urged to contact Judy Stadtman, (603) 479-7217 or email jstadtman@nhaflcio.org


Right to Work, Photo ID Bills Partisan, Unfair!

A great letter to the editor from Gary Patton of Hampton. He talks about Right To Work and Voter Id bill being pushing in New Hampshire.  Read Full letter here.

Do our local elected politicians fairly represent all their constituents or just the selfish interests of the Republican party?

As I see it, there is no reason for Hampton Republicans to support the so-called Right To Work bill, except to advantage their party. At present, workers cannot by federal law be forced to join a union or pay union dues. By federal law, benefits negotiated in a contract must be given to all workers, both union and non-union. Non-union employees pay an agency fee to cover the cost of negotiating the contract. On the average across individual contracts, the agency fee is significantly lower than union dues.

Republicans propose (HB 474) that the agency fee be eliminated. Under these circumstances, non-union workers get negotiated benefits for free. They are freeloaders. No incentive exists for them to join the union. Unions wither and die and collective bargaining comes to an end. When unions die, the Democratic Party is weakened and Republicans are strengthened. That’s why Republicans support so-called Right to Work.

Hampton Republican state representatives Chris Nevins, Ken Sheffert, and Fred Rice voted for so-called Right To Work, as did state Senator Nancy Stiles. To their credit, Hampton Republicans Kevin Sullivan and James Waddell voted against it

IN: Unions prepare for ‘right to work’ battle in Indiana | 2011-07-26 | Indianapolis Business Journal | IBJ.com

It looks like our brothers and sisters in Indiana will soon be fighting the Right To Work legislation as well. Hopefully they can find some Labor friendly Republicans in Indiana, like we have here in New Hampshire.

Unions prepare for ‘right to work’ battle in Indiana | 2011-07-26 | Indianapolis Business Journal | IBJ.com: “Indiana unions are rallying their members for the start of another battle like the one that led House Democrats to flee to Illinois earlier this year.

The General Assembly’s Interim Committee on Employment will consider ‘right to work’ legislation Tuesday. The measure would curb a union’s ability to require workers to join its ranks.

The study committee is expected to recommend what lawmakers should do with the measure when they return to Indianapolis in January.

The Indiana State AFL-CIO and Central Indiana Jobs with Justice began lobbying union members last week to attend Tuesday’s hearing at the Statehouse.”

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