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Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire endorses Scott McGilvray for State Senate

 

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MANCHESTER, NH – Today, the Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire (PFFNH) endorsed Scott McGilvray to represent State Senate District 16 in Concord, representing the towns of Bow, Dunbarton, Hooksett, Candia and the City of Manchester’s Wards 1, 2 and 12.

“Scott will bring the type of leadership to Concord that New Hampshire needs,” said David Lang, President of PFFNH. “Scott is committed to working across party lines to address the problems of working families and supporting coordinated leadership in the opioid epidemic. We believe that Scott is the right choice in this election and will fight to better the lives of all Granite Staters.”

“Scott stands up for working families every day, as a former teacher in Manchester’s public schools to now representing teachers across the state. We are proud to put our weight behind a tried and tested voice for working families,” stated Jeff Duval, President of Manchester Local #856.

“Our state is at a turning point,” said McGilvray. “Firefighters and paramedics are on the front lines of the opioid epidemic, and I intend to listen to their expertise and bring action as we take this problem head-on in Concord. I am proud to receive the endorsement and support of the PFFNH, and look forward to building a stronger, safer New Hampshire by their side.”

The Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire, headquartered in Concord, NH, is a state association chartered by the 43 locals of the International Association of Fire Fighters across the Granite State, representing more than 2,000 active and retired firefighters and paramedics.

Legislative Committee Once Again Fails To Act On ‘Gateway To Work’ Proposal

Sen. Lou D’Allesandro Statement on Fiscal Committee’s Failure to Strengthen NH’s Workforce

CONCORD- Today, the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee again failed to act on Governor Hassan’s Gateway to Work proposal, which would have strengthened workforce development in our state. For the second straight month, an attempt to remove the proposal from the table was defeated by the Republican majority on the Fiscal Committee. After the vote, Sen. Lou D’Allesandro, member of the Fiscal Committee and strong proponent of the Gateway to Work proposal, released the following statement: 

“The Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire, the leading voice for our state’s businesses community, has highly recommended moving forward with the Gateway to Work program so that they have the trained workers they need to fill open positions and grow their businesses.” 

“By refusing to act on the Gateway to Work program, the legislature is sticking their thumb in the eye of New Hampshire’s business community. I am frustrated and disappointed that the Republican majority on the Joint Fiscal Committee continues to play politics with our state’s economy.”

“Finding skilled workers who are able to take jobs when they are offered has been identified by our businesses as the most significant challenge they face. And with our improving economy and New Hampshire’s low unemployment rate, our businesses need more high-skilled workers now.” 

“Gateway to Work will go a long way toward strengthening our workforce and our entire economy, which is why I have supported this program since Governor Hassan announced it back in February. By delaying action on this program until the next legislative session, it means we have left our constituents behind and ignored our businesses for well over a year.” 

“We should be doing all we can to help move more Granite Staters off public assistance and into the workforce and to provide our businesses with skilled workers they need to thrive. Unfortunately, today’s failure to act by the Fiscal Committee moves us in the opposite direction.”

Senator Sanborn Lines His Pockets By Refusing To Raise The Minimum Wage

The Hypocrisy Of Senator Sanborn’s Opposition To Raising The Minimum Wage

For many years now New Hampshire legislators have been locked in a battle over raising the state’s minimum wage. After Republicans repealed the state’s minimum wage law, the New Hampshire minimum wage defaults to the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. For “tipped” workers the starting wage is even worse. The state’s tipped minimum wage is $3.30 an hour.

One of the biggest opponents to raising New Hampshire’s minimum wage is businessman and State Senator Andy Sanborn. Sanborn owns “The Draft Sports Bar and BBQ Grill” in Concord.

In his opposition to raising the minimum wage Sanborn states that raising the minimum wage is a “war on employers” but fails to mention that his vote against an increase is all about protecting his own self interest.

In August, Sanborn’s bar The Draft put up listings on Craigslist and iHireHospitalityServices looking for servers at a starting wage of $3.50 an hour plus tips.

iHireHospitalityServices - 09-01-16Jeanne Dietsch, a Democrat and successful technology entrepreneur seeking the nomination on September 13 to challenge Sanborn in District 9, took Sanborn to task for paying poverty wages in a statement released Tuesday morning:

“This confirmation that Sen. Sanborn pays his servers a starting wage of $3.50 an hour explains why he has been such a vocal opponent of raising the minimum wage in New Hampshire. Taxpayers pick up the tab for underpaid employees’ food stamps and health care subsidies, while their employers pocket profits.

“Republicans argue raising wages will cause prices to rise and no one will be better off. However, our economy is being dragged down by the low wages employers like Sanborn, are paying. Young workers are living with parents because they can’t afford to start their own households, buy their own furniture and appliances. Workers with families have no discretionary income to drive the consumer economy. Raising the minimum wage will put more money in people’s pockets to spend in local businesses, and that’s what will raise all boats.

“Employers who pay lower than a living wage are not job creators. They are moochers, who expect the rest of us to pick up the bill for their workers’ food stamps and health care subsidies. That’s probably why Sen. Sanborn’s $3.50 per hour wage would be against the law in 22 states – and not just ‘blue’ states or ‘rich’ states. In Alaska, the minimum wage for tipped workers is $9.75 an hour. In Montana, it’s $8.05 an hour. In Nevada, it’s $8.25 an hour.

“It’s time to raise the minimum wage in New Hampshire, including a raise for tipped workers. Raising the minimum wage will boost our economy, save taxpayers money and help moms and dads better care for their families.”

In 2013, over 11,000 workers were paid at or below the minimum wage. One recent proposal would have raised the minimum wage to $9.00 that would have lifted the wages of over 76,000 workers in the Granite State. An increase to $9.00 would boost the wages of 11% of hourly workers in the Concord area alone and 12% across the entire state. Republicans in the New Hampshire Senate rejected this proposal.

In February of this year, Senate Republicans rejected another proposal by Senator Donna Soucy to raise the state’s minimum wage to $12.00 an hour. According to a report by the Economic Policy Institute, raising New Hampshire’s minimum wage to $12 would have benefitted 141,000 New Hampshire workers, 60% of which are women and 84% of which are above the age of 20.

With the 9th highest cost of living in the country, low-wage workers are forced to work two or three jobs just to pay their rent. To keep the cost of housing below 35% of their income, a minimum wage worker in New Hampshire would need to work at least 100 hours a week.

It is time to elect representatives who will follow the will of the people, not their own greedy self interests. Over 70% of Granite Staters support a minimum wage increase to $10 an hour, yet Republicans like Senator Sanborn continue to reject even modest increases.

NH Building Trades Announces Endorsement of Kris Roberts for NH Senate in District 10

Manchester – Friday, Steve Burk, President of the New Hampshire Building and Construction Trades Council, announced their endorsement of Kris Roberts in his campaign for New Hampshire’s 10th State Senate seat. 

“The New Hampshire Building and Construction Trades Council is proud to announce our endorsement of Kris Roberts in his campaign for the New Hampshire District 10 State Senate seat,” said President Burk. “Of all of the candidates seeking our endorsement, Representative Roberts was the only individual who left us with the belief that he stands behind all of the workers in our industry. In his 12 years as a New Hampshire State Representative, Kris has never wavered in his support for working families. We’re proud that he has unequivocally pledged to support passing a Prevailing Wage law for New Hampshire, which will raise wages and keep more of our hard earned tax dollars in the local economy. We look forward to working with Kris in the Senate.” 

The New Hampshire Building and Construction Trades Council is an organization of 16 New Hampshire labor unions, representing more than 2,000 New Hampshire workers in the construction industry.

“I am running for the Senate 10 seat because I believe I am the only person that can pick up from where Senator Kelly left-off; starting day one,” wrote Rep Kris Roberts on his campaign website. “I am running because I have a proven track record.  Between my time in the Marine Corps, community service and elected political office I have almost 40 years of public service.”

According to Roberts website he is a strong proponent of raising the minimum wage, fully funding our public education system, ending the death penalty, and supporting Planned Parenthood.

Roberts is running in a highly contested Democratic Primary against Jay Kahn, who was recently endorsed by both of the New Hampshire Teachers Unions, and first term State Representative Ben Tilton.

AFT-NH Endorses Roger Tilton for NH Senate, District 11

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Roger Tilton, Democratic candidate for NH Senate in District 11 (Merrimack, Amherst, Milford, and Wilton) has received the endorsement of the American Federation of Teachers-NH.  Doug Ley, president of AFT-NH, praised Roger’s commitment to public education, raising NH’s minimum wage, and embracing a politics of common sense and openness, not ideology and divisiveness.  AFT-NH represents some 4,000 New Hampshire working people, ranging from para-educators to police, teachers to public employees.

“We share in AFT’s vision of advocating for fairness, equal opportunity, and high-quality public education as a key lever to economic growth,” Tilton said, “The vitality of our democracy depends on the health of our public sphere.  I support our educators, police, and other public employees who provide essential services that are too often taken for granted.”

Tilton will be visiting public high schools in District 11 this fall, talking with students and teachers about civic responsibility and his choice to run for office.  “I first became aware of politics as and eight-year-old, in 1968, due to the assassination of two great leaders.  In 1974, inspired by Jerry Brown’s run for governor, I ran for class president.  I won, and I have been inspired to help, and lead, ever since,” he said.

Tilton has been a long time supporter of organized labor including a stint as a union organizer. Tilton helped AFTRA organize production workers at KING5, Seattle’s NBC affiliate in the late 80’s. As a former union organizer, Tilton understands the true power unions and collective bargaining.

“The past 40 years have not produced fair gains for the people who put the economy in motion, and without taking steps in the other direction we will not change anything. I know first-hand the immediate and long-term beneficial impact that organizing workers has on their working conditions and standards of living. I will support both those who have organized, and those who need help in doing so,” said Tilton in a May interview with the NH Labor News.

Tilton said he opposes so-called Right to Work legislation and any other attacks on workers rights to form unions and collectively bargain.

“So-called ‘right to work’ legislation has been shown to reduce wages, decrease worker safety and protection, and slow regional economic development. ‘Right to Work’ makes sense for big businesses taking big profits out of the local area, but it makes no sense for the people in towns like Wilton, Milford, Amherst, or Merrimack,” added Tilton.

SEA/SEIU Local 1984 Endorses Lee Nyquist for State Senate

Nyquist Continues to Build Support Among Working Families Across District

New Boston — Lee Nyquist received the endorsement of SEA/SEIU Local 1984 today as the result of his decades long record of community involvement and his willingness to give voice to the challenges facing hardworking Granite Staters.

“Lee has a strong record of serving his community, and that’s what I look for in a candidate,” said Bedford resident and SEA/SEIU Local 1984 member Jeremy Dupuis. “We need a senator who stands up for working people, who’ll fight to make sure all workers earn a living wage, and will work to create educational opportunities that allow our businesses and communities to thrive.”

Nyquist, who has served as the town moderator of New Boston for 24 years, as a past president of the New Hampshire Lakes Association, and serves on New Hampshire’s Workforce Investment Board will be a fierce advocate for working people in New Hampshire’s state senate. 

“I am honored to have the endorsement of SEA/SEIU Local 1984, and I look forward to working hard for our hardworking families in the state senate,” said Nyquist. “Right now, many hardworking Granite Staters are forced to make impossible choices as their bills continue to come due while they earn the federal starvation wage of $7.25 an hour. In the state senate I look forward to using the experience I’ve gained from serving on New Hampshire’s Workforce Investment Board to help build partnerships between stakeholders in our education, business, and labor communities.”

SEA/SEIU 1984’s endorsement of Lee Nyquist follows the endorsements of the New Hampshire Chapters of the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers last week. Nyquist’s record of advocacy for all New Hampshire families continues to resonate with working families, representatives, and unions throughout District 9.

Local Education Leaders Endorse Jeanne Dietsch In NH Senate District 9 Primary

District 9 State Senate candidate Jeanne Dietsch and State Rep. Ivy Vann burned the Americans for Prosperity (AFP) “pledge” in front of Peterborough’s historic Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Hall on Grove Street on August 3rd.

District 9 State Senate candidate Jeanne Dietsch and State Rep. Ivy Vann burned the Americans for Prosperity (AFP) “pledge” in front of Peterborough’s historic Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Hall on Grove Street on August 3rd.

Educators tout Dietsch’s commitment to quality education for all children, keeping the state’s promises to students and teachers 

Peterborough, NH—The Jeanne Dietsch for NH Senate campaign released endorsements this morning from education leaders who have worked in the local schools and live in Senate District 9.

Said Dietsch, “If we want to build companies with good-paying jobs, if we want young people to live in New Hampshire, we must provide educational excellence, which requires that we fulfill our responsibilities to our teachers and our students. I will work to ensure that our teachers have the freedom and the resources to actually teach, not just prep their students for standardized tests. And I’ll work to ensure that our students are challenged, empowered and equipped to pursue their dreams in the 21st Century.”

Local education leaders endorsing Dietsch gave these statements explaining their support:

May Clark, former Chairperson, ConVal School Board, Dublin:

“Jeanne Dietsch served with me for three years on the ConVal School Board during the time that I was the chairperson. She was then, as she is now, level-headed, energetic, and committed to making the best decisions to further the quality of education for all of our children. Jeanne was an asset to the School Board in those days, and I know she will be an effective leader in the New Hampshire state Senate.”

Greg Scerbinski, ConVal High School economics teacher for 34 years and former ConVal Education Association president, Peterborough:

“As a retired teacher and lifelong member of NEA-NH, I’ll be voting for Jeanne Dietsch for state Senate in District 9 because I know Jeanne will fight for good schools and for keeping the state’s promises to our students and our teachers. She’ll work to restore teachers’ freedom to actually teach, give our youth a top-notch education, restore state aid to schools to help lower property taxes and honor the commitments the state has made to retired educators. I’ve known Jeanne for over 20 years, and I know she’ll be there for us.”

Mary Lou O’Neil, School to Career Coordinator at ConVal High School, Hancock:

“As the School To Career Coordinator at ConVal High School for nearly 20 years, I know we need to find jobs for our graduates and we need more young people to ‘stay, work and play’ in NH. Jeanne gets that – and that’s important to me – and to the economic development of our region. Of all the candidates running for NH state Senate, I’m supporting Jeanne because she has a vision for how to keep and attract young families and entrepreneurial people who will start home-grown New Hampshire-based businesses. As a successful business person herself, Jeanne knows how to help start-ups thrive here while protecting New Hampshire’s quality of life. Her business background will also be a big plus in the general election. In short, I believe in Jeanne’s vision for how to reinvigorate the local economy, I respect her business expertise, and I admire the passion and energy she is bringing to her campaign for the NH state Senate.” 

Dietsch is running for state Senate in District 9, which includes Bedford, Dublin, Greenfield, Fitzwilliam, Hancock, Jaffrey, Lyndeborough, Mont Vernon, New Boston, Peterborough, Richmond, Sharon, Temple and Troy. Her website is www.JeanneDietsch.org.

NEA-NH Recommends Lee Nyquist In Senate District 9 Primary

CONCORD – Community leader, town moderator, and attorney Lee Nyquist received the recommendation of the National Education Association of New Hampshire (NEA-NH), New Hampshire’s largest public sector union. 

“Lee Nyquist knows first-hand how a high quality public education can change a student’s life for the better,” said Scott McGilvray, NEA-NH President. “That’s one of the many reasons why we are excited to recommend him. We know that as a state senator, Lee will work tirelessly to ensure that our educators and support staff have the resources they need to help every child reach their full potential.” 

“As the first in my family to attend a four year college, thanks in very large part to dedicated public school teachers, the recommendation of NEA-NH is an honor I am very grateful to have,” said Lee Nyquist. “As a state senator I look forward to working to build partnerships between school districts and employers for vocational training programs, continuing the tuition freeze in the UNH system, and to working to ensure that our educators and support staff have the resources they need to help so many children have brighter futures.” 

Nyquist and other candidates go through a vetting process that includes a education and labor questionnaire that is then reviewed by the Government Relations Committee. The committee is made up of  “teachers, education support professionals and retired members appointed by the NEA-NH president and approved by the Executive Board,” explained NEA-NH spokesman George Strout.  

A recommendation is the fullest and most complete level of support NEA-NH can give a candidate.  

“The process is designed to find out, face-to-face, where candidates stand on our issues, and then recommend to our members the candidate who the Committee believes would best serve our students, our members and public education.  The Committee does not look at issues beyond public education and public sector collective bargaining rights,” Strout added.

Nyquist is currently in a contested primary against businesswoman Jeanne Dietsch who recently made headlines on the NHLN for burning the AFP’s Right to Work Pledge.

The winner of the primary with then go on to face Senator Andy Sanborn who referred to raising the minimum wage as a “war on employers,” voted against the medicaid expansion and is a strong proponent of Right to Work legislation.

Lee Nyquist Garners Endorsement From AFT-NH In NH Senate District 9 Primary Race

New Boston — Today the New Hampshire Chapter of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT-NH) announced their endorsement of  Town Moderator, attorney, and community leader Lee Nyquist. AFT-NH has previously endorsed Nyquist in the 2012 and 2014 elections. 

aft sqaure“Lee Nyquist is a tenacious advocate for public education in New Hampshire, is firmly committed to upholding collective bargaining rights for working people, and has dedicated many years to advancing the interests of working families in New Hampshire,” said AFT-NH President Doug Ley. “As a federation representing nearly 4,000 teachers, school support staff, police, higher education faculty, and town employees, AFT-NH is proud to add its support to Lee Nyquist as the candidate best prepared to defeat the extremist Andy Sanborn in November.”

“When I graduated from Harvard, I was the first in my family to attend college, and this was the result of the first class education I received in public school,” said Lee Nyquist. “The education I received as a child is what put me on the path to living the American dream. In Concord I will use my nearly four decades of experience as a trial attorney to advocate on behalf of the children and working families in our communities.”

Nyquist is currently in a contested primary against businesswoman Jeanne Dietsch who recently made headlines on the NHLN for burning the AFP’s Right to Work Pledge.

The winner of the primary with then go on to face Senator Andy Sanborn who referred to raising the minimum wage as a “war on employers.”  Sanborn also voted against the medicaid expansion and is a strong proponent of Right to Work legislation.

“Andy Sanborn wants District 9 voters to believe he’s a bipartisan compromiser. But based on his voting record, he’s the most extreme member of the New Hampshire Senate – and votes don’t lie,” wrote Molly Cowan, chair of Strong Local Economies NH during the 2014 election cycle. “When we scored and graded every senator on local economy votes in our Local Economy Report Card, Sanborn earned an F grade and a score of just 27% – far below every other senator, Republican or Democrat.”

The Local Economy Report Card, released in September of 2014, found Sanborn voted against helping unemployed people start small businesses, against expanding access to affordable health coverage for 50,000 uninsured New Hampshire residents, and against multiple bills aimed at combating the corruption of the political process by big money that stacks the deck in favor of out-of-state big business interests at the expense of local, home-grown small businesses, among other things.

AFT-NH’s endorsement comes on the heels of an excellent week for the Nyquist campaign, during which he announced receiving endorsements from a majority of the Democratic Representatives who represent towns throughout Senate District 9 and four town Selectboard chairs. Lee has also received the endorsement of Executive Councilor Chris Pappas who represents Bedford. Nyquist’s diligent advocacy for all New Hampshire families and civil consensus-building approach to politics is striking a chord with the electorate, as his campaign continues to build momentum throughout the district.

Jay Kahn Receives Two Big Education Endorsements In NH Senate District 10 Race

Jay KahnJay Kahn, Democratic candidate for the New Hampshire State Senate in District 10, is a higher education administrative professional for 43 years, 28 of them spent in the Monadnock region at Keene State College.  For that reason, he feels extra proud to announce his candidacy has earned the endorsement of the American Federation of Teachers-New Hampshire (AFT-NH) and the recommendation of the National Education Association of New Hampshire (NEA-NH).

The American Federation of Teachers-New Hampshire is the largest affiliate of NH AFL-CIO and represents a broad cross-section of teachers, paraprofessionals, police, public employees, and higher education faculty.  Like AFT on the national level, AFT-NH champions “fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, healthcare and public services for our students, their families and our communities.”

According to AFT-NH President Douglas Ley, Jay Kahn is the strongest candidate in the Democratic primary for State Senate District 10.  “Jay Kahn is the candidate best poised to carry forward the work of retiring Senator Molly Kelly, continuing her tradition of firm advocacy for working people and working families in New Hampshire.”

NEA-New Hampshire, the state’s largest public sector union, announced their recommendation of Jay Kahn for Senate District 10 today. A recommendation is the fullest and most complete level of support NEA-NH can give a candidate.

“I am honored to earn the recommendation of NEA-NH for the state senate seat in District 10.  Over my 43 years in higher education, I have dedicated myself to working with faculty and staff to transform the lives of students.  Now I pledge to stand together with NEA and businesses across the state to fortify the pipeline of qualified students into our NH workforce,” said Kahn.  “Retaining high school and college graduates in the state is crucial to our workforce and economic goals.  This includes retaining and attracting teachers and support staff, and giving them the support needed to inspire students and develop creative approaches to teaching and learning.” 

“We know Jay is looking out for students and families from his focus on creating more paid internships to encourage students to stay in NH, and a public higher education tuition freeze for two years, so prospective students can better budget,” said Scott McGilvray, NEA-NH President. 

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