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Union Wage Deductions laws proposed from ALEC???

News reports are buzzing about the “American Legislative Executive Counsel” or ALEC.  “ALEC” claims to be a “Non-Parisian” membership association for state legislators.  What is now being made public is that ALEC has been guiding many state legislators to introduce bills that would help “Corporate America”.   The list of proposed bills is so long it would take a day just to read them all to you. Here is one coming up in our New Hampshire State Legislature next year.  (Note the bills are only title as of right now)

2012-H-2059-R HB 
Relative to the withholding from wages of union dues.
Sponsors:
(Prime) DeLemus, Susan   –    Straf 01

 Without seeing the bill I would venture to guess it would read something like this:

A BILL to amend the Code of ________ by adding a section relating to the payroll deduction policy of public employers.

Section 1. {Short Title} This Act shall be known as the Public Employer Payroll Deduction Policy Act.

Section 2. {Legislative Declarations} The legislature finds and declares: A. Employee organizations have no inherent Constitutional, nor statutory right, to deduct

membership dues for any purpose by automatic payroll deductions;

B. That it is in the interest of this State’s citizens to ensure that government resources, including public employee time, public property or equipment, and supplies be used exclusively for activities that are essential to carrying out the necessary functions of government;

C. That necessary governmental functions do not include using government resources to confer the special convenience of deducting membership dues from members’ and non- members’ paychecks for any private individual or organization, public employee unions and their members;

This is a word for word copy of the proposed bill on “Public Employer Payroll Reduction Policy Act” form the ALECExposed.org site.

Would you like more proof that these laws are making it into New Hampshire House.  Take a look at HB474 the “Right To Work” bill as proposed:

RIGHT TO WORK ACT
273-D:1 Short Title. This act may be cited as the “Right to Work Act.”
273-D:2 Declaration of Public Policy. It is hereby declared to be the public policy of this state in order to maximize individual freedom of choice in the pursuit of employment and to encourage an employment climate conducive to economic growth, that all persons shall have, and shall be protected in the exercise of, the right freely, and without fear of penalty or reprise, to form, join, or assist labor organizations, or to refrain from any such activity.
273-D:3 Definitions. In this chapter:
I. “Employer” means any individual, corporation, association, organization, or entity that employs one or more persons. The term includes, but is not limited to, the state of New Hampshire and its agencies, every district, board, commission, instrumentality, or other unit whose governing body exercises similar governmental powers. The term “employer” includes, but is not limited to, employers of agricultural labor.
II. “Labor organization” means any organization of any kind, or agency or employee representation committee or plan, which exists for the purpose, in whole or in part, of dealing with employers concerning grievances, labor disputes, wages, rates of pay, hours of work, or other conditions of employment.
273-D:4 Freedom of Choice Guaranteed, Discrimination Prohibited. No person shall be required, as a condition of employment or continuation of employment:
I. To resign or refrain from voluntary membership in, voluntary affiliation with, or voluntary financial support of a labor organization;
II. To become or remain a member of a labor organization;
III. To pay any dues, fees, assessments, or other charges of any kind or amount to a labor organization;
IV. To pay any charity or other third party, in lieu of such payments, any amount equivalent to or a pro-rata portion of dues, fees, assessments, or other charges of a labor organization; or
V. To be recommended, approved, referred, or cleared by or through a labor organization.

Now look at the ALEC Version. It is almost Word For Word.

Section 1. { Title.} This Act may be cited as the Right to Work Act.

Section 2. {Declaration of public policy.} It is hereby declared to be the public policy of the State of (state), in order to maximize individual freedom of choice in the pursuit of employment and to encourage an employment climate conducive to economic growth, that the right to work shall not be subject to undue restraint or coercion. The right to work shall not be infringed or restricted in any way based on membership in, affiliation with, or financial support of a labor organization.

Section 3. {Labor organization.} The term “labor organization” means any organization of any kind, or agency or employee representation committee or union, that exists for the purpose, in whole or in part, of dealing with employers concerning wages, rates of pay, hours of work, other conditions of employment, or other forms of compensation.

Section 4. {Freedom of choice guaranteed, discrimination prohibited.} No person shall be required, as a condition of employment or continuation of employment:
(A) to resign or refrain from voluntary membership in, voluntary affiliation with, or voluntary financial support of a labor organization;

(B) to become or remain a member of a labor organization;

(C) to pay any dues, fees, assessments, or other charges of any kind or amount to a labor organization;

(D) to pay to any charity or other third party, in lieu of such payments, any amount equivalent to or a pro-rata portion of dues, fees, assessments, or other charges regularly required of members of a labor organization; or

(E) to be recommended, approved, referred, or cleared by or through a labor organization.

You decide are some of New Hampshire’s Legislatures doing what is right for New Hampshire or what is right for ALEC and their corporate sponsors?

Inside ALEC, The Koch-Funded Group Behind Right-Wing State Laws | Investigations | AlterNet

An excellent article on how the Koch Brothers and ALEC are linked to Union-Busting laws.

Inside ALEC, The Koch-Funded Group Behind Right-Wing State Laws | Investigations | AlterNet: “In effect, this bill defunds public-sector unions–like AFSCME, SEIU, the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association–by making the collection of member dues an onerous, costly task. With public-sector unions denatured, they would no longer be able to stand in the way of radical free marketeers who plan to profit from the privatization of public services.

Given the similarities between HB 1021 and a rash of like-minded bills in states across the country, including Wisconsin, on March 30 a public records request was sent to Dorworth’s office seeking copies of all documents pertaining to the writing of HB 1021, including copies of any pieces of model legislation the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) may have provided.”

State Senator Jim Forsythe (District 4) is holding a meeting….TONIGHT

If you live in Senate District 4 be sure to go to the constituent meeting with your State Senator Jim Forsythe. He wants to hear from you. Go to the meeting, ask him questions, and tell him what you think.

Alton: Thursday, May 19th, 6:30 p.m., Alton Town Hall
For more information, contact Senator Forsythe at 271-3096, or james.forsythe@leg.state.nh.us


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Pretenured time increased by bill – NashuaTelegraph.com

Another article about SB 196….

Pretenured time increased by bill – NashuaTelegraph.com: “CONCORD – New public school teachers would remain at-will employees for five years under legislation that easily cleared the House of Representatives on Wednesday.
The House endorsed the state Senate-passed policy (SB 196) to increase from three years to five the time a teacher must remain on the job before acquiring tenure.
Rep. Ralph Boehm, R-Litchfield, said school boards and administrators at times need two more years to determine whether a new teacher is the right fit.
“When do you know when or if a new school teacher is what you need? Every school is different,” said Boehm, a former school board member.”

Unions Show Opposition To Right-To-Work Bill – New Hampshire News Story – WMUR New Hampshire

News from WMUR on our Lobby Day yesterday.

Unions Show Opposition To Right-To-Work Bill – New Hampshire News Story – WMUR New Hampshire: “CONCORD, N.H. — Ahead of a House vote in Concord on a controversial right-to-work bill, opponents and union members are maintaining a strong presence at the State House.
Action on the bill isn’t expected until next week, but opponents packed the halls of the State House on Wednesday, carrying signs and showing their opposition.
Union officials said they have grown to distrust House members who have been pushing the bill forward.
‘We’ve seen a lot of maneuvering, adding serious amendments to bills after hours when they expect no one is watching,’ said Diana Lacy, president of the State Employees Union.
‘The fact of the matter is this Legislature — you pick the body — we’ve got real trouble trusting them, so we want to be here to make sure,’ said David Lang of the Professional Firefighters of New Hampshire”

Photo ID scheme an insult to voters – NashuaTelegraph.com

An editorial on the Voter ID check in District 4 election.

Photo ID scheme an insult to voters – NashuaTelegraph.com: “When our editorial board met earlier this week, it was not our intent to use this space to comment on the results of the special election in Hillsborough District 4 or speculate on what they might mean some 18 months from now in the next statewide election.
But something happened Tuesday that prompted us to change our minds – and it had nothing to do with the fact that Democrat Jennifer Daler, of Temple, defeated Republican Peter Kucmas, of New Boston to claim the seat once held by Robert Mead. The Mont Vernon Republican gave up the seat earlier this year to become chief of staff to House Speaker William O’Brien.
For nearly four hours Tuesday morning, voters who showed up at New Boston Elementary School were greeted with signs in three locations that read: “Per pending legislation you will be required to produce a photo ID in order to receive a ballot. Please have your photo ID ready before you approach the ballot clerk. Thank you.””

Protect New Hampshire Families – Home

From Protect New Hampshire Families.

Protect New Hampshire Families – Home: “Support Governor Lynch’s Veto of House Bill 474!

Governor John Lynch (D-NH) has vetoed House Bill 474, the right to work legislation passed by both houses of the New Hampshire legislature. The passage of this bill would defund New Hampshire’s labor unions and weaken their collective bargaining power in both the workplace and politics.

The largely Republican New Hampshire House, which passed HB 474 by a huge margin, is now planning a vote on May 25 in an attempt to override the Governor’s veto.

Don’t let a a small, powerful, vocal minority turn New Hampshire into a right-to-work for less state.”

Click here to send a message to your rep.

Protestors speak out against ‘right-to-work’ bill » New Hampshire » EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

News on Right To Work from the Salem area.

Protestors speak out against ‘right-to-work’ bill » New Hampshire » EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA: “SALEM — Only about a dozen people turned out Monday at a local rally opposing the ‘right-to-work’ bill Gov. John Lynch vetoed last week. But activists are hopeful there are still working families in Southern New Hampshire who oppose the measure.

Jane Lang, a Salem Democratic activist, led a small demonstration supporting the governor’s veto at the Exit 2 park-and-ride lot Monday. She wanted to urge legislators not to overturn Lynch’s veto — something Republicans have vowed to do.

But part of her goal, Lang said, was to show that even in a district that leans heavily to the right, there was opposition to the bill.”

Bills to curb union dues likely dead | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Right To Work not getting support in Maine….

Bills to curb union dues likely dead | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram: “AUGUSTA — Two bills that would affect organized labor appeared to be headed for the waste bin Tuesday, after an aggressive campaign against them over the last few months.

The measures were set aside on the House floor, after being pulled out of committee for lack of action. Leaders from both political parties indicated that they expect the proposals to die, by direct votes or procedurally.

‘Those who oppose the ‘right-to-work’ bills have been extremely galvanized, more so than I’ve ever seen in my 21 years in the Legislature,’ said Senate Minority Leader Barry Hobbins, D-Saco. ‘Quite frankly, (the business community) vetted this issue just like all of us have and you don’t see them clamoring for this bill.'”

Democrat Daler sweeps 5 towns in special District 4 election – NashuaTelegraph.com

Just in case you have not heard the news, Jennifer Daler wins in District 4!!!

Democrat Daler sweeps 5 towns in special District 4 election – NashuaTelegraph.com: “Voters returned former state Rep. Jennifer Daler of Temple to the House of Representatives on Tuesday, choosing the 48-year-old Democrat by 1,401 to 1,007 over Republican Peter Kucmas in a special election for an open seat in Hillsborough County District 4.
In a contest that some regarded as a barometer of the state’s current political climate, Daler won all five towns in the district, topping Kucmas even in his home town of New Boston, which is also a traditional GOP stronghold.”

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