Last week we reported on how the NH House killed two bills (SB 100, SB 153) that were directly targeted at the NH Public Workers. In a sneaky parliamentary trick the Senate added both these bills as amendments.
“The Senate voted on 13-11 party line votes to add to these measures bills that would let employers issue payroll cards – not a paper check – to their employees, and to require all union bargaining contracts to get a vote of approval from the Legislative Fiscal Committee.”
(Kevin Landrigan — Nashua Telegraph)
SB 100 is a bill that would remove the option for workers to receive a paper paycheck and in turn would deliver your paycheck on a rechargeable debit card. The problem with this is that the debit card has fees associated with it. This means that you are going to have to pay to collect your own money.
“SB 100 would have been purposefully harmful to employees, creating additional fees and expenses for them to collect and use their paycheck, and specifically avoiding sharing that information upfront”
(Zandra Rice-Hawkins — Granite State Progress)
Last week the House killed SB 100 in a 253-93 vote. The language of SB 100 has been added “to a House bill barring employers from using credit histories in hiring decisions”
SB 153 is the even more contentious anti-union legislation. This bill would allow the budget oversight committee to either approve or deny any union contract with state employees. This was an attempt by the Senate President to insert the legislature into the collective bargaining process.
State Rep. Linda DiSilvestro (D-Manchester) said, “the proposed committee will politicize the negotiation process.”
Sb 153 was also killed by the House in a 191-135 vote. SB 153 was added “to a House bill barring businesses from demanding employees’ social media account passwords”
Neither of these bills have any support in the House. However the GOP led Senate believe these bills are important enough to resurrect them and attach them to a bill that must pass. This is dirty politics. This attempt to pass legislation that has already been killed by the House means it has no chance of actually sticking to the budget after the bill is reviewed by the ‘committee of conference’.
This partisan attack on workers by the Senate has not gone unnoticed and will not be tolerated.