NH UNION LEADER wrap up of the weeks events in New Hampshire Politics, by Tom Fahey:
Sparring to heat up over managed care | New Hampshire NEWS0604: “Another House session has come and gone, and still no movement on Gov. John Lynch’s veto of HB 474, the right-to-work bill.
Union members, including firefighters, retired teachers, AFL-CIO members, state workers and others have turned out for each House session anticipating an override vote that Speaker O’Brien has yet to allow.
The thinking now is the veto will come forward in January, whether or not O’Brien has votes for an override.
Jan. 4 marks the end of the first House session year and the beginning of a new one.
Moore said a veto override for any of the five Lynch vetoes still not acted on “has to be in this session year.’’ Override attempts would likely be taken as the old session wraps up, he said.”
Crowd gathers in Port City for jobs rally
New Hampshire; and NH House Speaker William O’Brien for attacking labor unions and supporting the Right-To-Work bill, which Barnes said is unfairly letting those who do not pay their dues with the union to still benefit from collective bargaining.
Rally in city asks: ‘Where are the jobs?’ | SeacoastOnline.com: PORTSMOUTH — Solidifying the theme of Saturday’s workers rally, business owner Nancy Beach repeatedly asked the change-seeking crowd “Where are the jobs?”
“Approximately 75 small business owners, unemployed and underemployed workers, and others gathered in Prescott Park, calling for job growth and support of President Barack Obama’s $447 billion American Jobs Act, which is opposed by Senate and House Republicans for its spending components and increased taxes on the wealthy. The rally was organized by the New Hampshire AFL-CIO and Protect New Hampshire Families.”
Read the entire Press Release from the New Hampshire AFL-CIO on the Portsmouth Good Jobs Rally here
Online city election guide available – NashuaTelegraph.com: “As is the case in all important elections, The Telegraph has created special pages to collect information about the election. They include information that’s prosaic (if you don’t know where your ward polling place is, we have a map) and pretty detailed, including biographies of most candidates and responses to an issue question or two.
Seats on the ballot include the mayor, who is running uncontested; 10 aldermen, most of which are contested races; five uncontested Board of Education seats and a short-term seat; three members of the Fire Commission; and two members of the Board of Public Works.”
Charter schools among union’s questions for BOE hopefuls – NashuaTelegraph.com: ““I do not believe that charter school employees should be able to unionize – if they want the safety, administrative constraints and benefits of the standard public school, then they shouldn’t choose to teach in a charter-designated school,” Hallowell said.
Elizabeth Van Twuyver, seeking her first political office, said union membership shouldn’t be required in a charter school.
“The purpose of charter schools is to provide education devoid of some of the restrictions that public schools have,” Van Twuyver said. “Charter schools should not have to join a union.”
“Charter schools among union’s questions for BOE hopefuls – NashuaTelegraph.com: “Bob Sherman, president of the Nashua Teachers Union, said not only should employees of a public charter school be able to form a union, but state law requires they be granted that right. The American Federation of Teachers has charter schools among its members, he said.”
Also very much in this weeks news is the Occupy New Hampshire events that started on Saturday in Manchester. Read all the different articles including “We Are The 99% here in New Hampshire” by clicking here