We have seen the Anti-Worker agenda being pushed by the NH House Speaker Bill O’Brien before with his constant push to make NH a Right To Work state. He always stated that is not an Anti-Union bill it is a freedom and a job creator. Well I think now we will learn his true feelings about Unions. The Speaker is a Co-Sponsor on a new bill that is completely an attack on Unions. House Bill 1163, is very short and very damaging.
HOUSE BILL 11631 Repeal. RSA 275:48, I(b)(1), relative to withholding union dues, is repealed.2 Effective Date. This act shall take effect upon its passage.
(SPONSORS: Rep. DeLemus, Straf 1; Rep. Vaillancourt, Hills 15; Rep. O’Brien, Hills 4; Rep. Groen, Straf 1; Rep. Gimas, Hills 12; Rep. Mirski, Graf 10; Rep. Sorg, Graf 3; Rep. Itse, Rock 9; Rep. Ingbretson, Graf 5; Rep. Newton, Straf 1; Sen. Luther, Dist 12)
That is right he wants to make it illegal to have Union Dues paid directly from your paycheck. Unions as well as many other organizations are allowed to be paid from your paycheck under RSA 275:48.
275:48 Withholding of Wages.(b) The employer has a written authorization by the employee for deductions for a lawful purpose accruing to the benefit of the employee as provided in regulations issued by the commissioner , as provided in subparagraph (d) or for any of the following:
The only thing is that YOU must in writing Voluntarily allow the organization to be paid directly from your paycheck. This list of acceptable organizations that you can directly pay is quite long. Number One on the list is Unions, Health Insurance, Rent, Mortgage, Retirement Savings Accounts, Even Political Activities, and many many more. There is one catch.
RSA275:48 (12) states that witholdings can be made “for any purpose on which the employer and employee mutually agree that does not grant financial advantage to the employer, when the employee has given his or her written authorization and deductions are duly recorded”.
So this means that you could make a weekly payment to the Big Brothers Big Sisters charity every week or to any person, any company, or any organization as on as it does not grant a financial advantage to the employer! So what it is the Real Reason for an amendment like HB 1163? It is another attack on Unions in New Hampshire. They want to make it harder for Unions to collect the dues money from members who freely joined and voluntarily requested to have them withdrawn from their paychecks. This money is used for Representation of the Members, that is what dues are! There has been a lot of press that mistakenly says that Union Dues are used in Political Campaigns. This is not true. The NLRB forbids the use of Union Dues for Campaign Contributions. Most Unions, just like mine, have a separate PAC (political action campaign fund) that members donate money on top of their dues.
So Again I ask, WHAT IS THIS BILL REALLY ABOUT? Why are the State Legislators forcing their way into our personal business. The Speaker talks about reducing business regulations then creates laws that mandate how a company operate?