BREAKING: Leaked Documents Show NH Legislators Asked to Take Pledge Putting Corporate Front Group Ahead of Constituents
Disturbing new revelations detailed in leaked documents illustrates extent to which American Legislative Exchange Council puts special interests ahead of every day Granite Staters Concord, NH – New leaked documents show that corporate special interest lobbying group the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) asked state chairs, including New Hampshire State Representatives Gary Daniels (R-Milford) and Jordan Ulery (R-Hudson), to sign a pledge stating,: “I will act with loyalty and put the interests of the organization first.” The pledge for elected officials to put their affiliation with ALEC over their oath of office was revealed in documents released about ALEC in … Continue reading
You Cannot Drive Anywhere But At Least We Did Not Raise The Gas Tax
I am not going to say ‘I Told You So’ but you already know that I am. Last year Representative David Campbell proposed a meager $.12 cent gasoline tax that would go directly to the roads and bridges fund. This would have been the first increase to the gasoline tax in over two decades. The Concord Monitor explains what the increase would mean: “When fully implemented, the additional 12 cents per gallon would bring in about $92 million a year. It would mean an estimated $816.8 million over the next 10 years, $183 million for municipal aid and $633.8 million … Continue reading
Activist Protest Walmart on Black Friday For Better Wages (Somersworth, NH)
On Friday November 29th millions of Americans went out well before dawn to try to save a few dollars on that hot new toy. The annual event now known as ‘Black Friday,’ is the biggest annual revenue draw for retailers. However not everyone who was out on Black Friday was out to shop. Millions of low wage retail workers were forced to give up their holiday celebrations to go into work Thanksgiving night and work straight through the Black Friday madness. Walmart the nations largest private employer has been leading the race to the bottom by paying most of the … Continue reading
The ‘War On Thanksgiving’ Has Already Begun; Retailers Have Stolen Thanksgiving
The holiday season is about to begin. On Wednesday at sundown Hanukkah begins (Hanukkah Sameach). Then on Thursday the Black Friday sales begin! Did I miss something? Oh that’s right, Thursday is also Thanksgiving Day. Or at least it used to be. The events of Black Friday are quickly taking over Thanksgiving and soon there will be nothing left. Sarah Palin says there is a ‘War on Christmas’. She is wrong; the ‘war’ is on Thanksgiving and the American worker. The difference is that Black Friday is ‘free-market capitalism’ in action, so that makes it suitable in their book. I … Continue reading
Reclaim The Promise To Public Education; Stop Starving Our Schools
Community groups are working to ‘Reclaim The Promise’ we made to future generations to provide a strong, well funded, high quality public education. The national debate on education reform rages on everyday, in every school district, in every state across the country. Some say that schools are failing our children, while others say the schools are failing our children. No that is not a typo, both sides are essentially saying the same thing; we need to fix our broken education system to provide a better education for our future generations. The major differences erupt when both sides offer their solutions … Continue reading
Fosters Editorial Board Puts Workers After The Almighty Dollar!
I am sick to my stomach of this anti-union rhetoric that puts worker’s safety and financial security against a corporation’s freedom (or should I say greed). This idea that workers should be paid the least amount possible to maximize company profits, is fed by the right wing ‘free-market’ idealists. It is corporate greed and nothing more. Take for example this recent editorial (Don’t just whine, compete) from Fosters Daily Democrat, one of the biggest right-wing loudmouths in a very small state. The editorial is about how Boeing and the International Association of Machinists (IAM), are unable to come to an … Continue reading
Workers At The Union Leader Deserve A Fair Contract
Every worker deserves a voice in the workplace, even if your voice is your workplace. Over the last few years workers from the NH Union Leader have continued to be pushed down by their employer. Workers have fought through contract disputes that forced workers to lose pay and increase their cost for benefits. Now the NH Union Leader want the Manchester Newspaper Guild (CWA-TNG) to accept even more cuts to their already plummeting pay. “Members of the Guild, which represents employees in the accounting, advertising, circulation, data processing and news departments, have done more than their share of sacrificing to … Continue reading
Senators Push The Race To The Bottom With Legislation To End Federal Defined Benefits
Federal workers have been the redheaded stepchildren to the GOP in Congress for many years. First there was the Sequester that forced hundreds of thousands of federal worker to endure unpaid furloughs. Then federal workers had to endure the forced government shutdown caused by extremists in the House of Representatives in opposition to the Affordable Care Act. Now Senators want to kick federal workers once again. “Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Tom Coburn (R-OK), and Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) have reintroduced legislation that would end the defined benefit pension portion of the Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS) for new federal government hires … Continue reading
Workers At The Union Leader Deserve A Fair Contract
Every worker deserves a voice in the workplace, even if your voice is your workplace. Over the last few years workers from the NH Union Leader have continued to be pushed down by their employer. Workers have fought through contract disputes that forced workers to lose pay and increase their cost for benefits.
Senate Republicans Put Ideology Over The Health Of 50,000 Granite Staters
“Today, members of the Senate Republican caucus let down the people of New Hampshire by refusing to compromise to develop a health care expansion plan that would actually work,” Governor Hassan stated. “Their refusal to discuss workable plans to allow New Hampshire to accept $2.4 billion in federal funds to provide critical health coverage to more than 50,000 hard-working people undermines the health and economic well-being of our families and businesses.”
The Outrageous Truth About A $12 Minimum Wage And Your Grocery Bill
Every time I even mention the idea of raising the minimum wage, I am immediately attacked on social media.
Opponents imagine that inflation will skyrocket; some have even claimed that ‘milk will be $10.00 a gallon’ if we raise the minimum wage. Oh, the hysteria. Milk is currently around $3.50 a gallon and that is up 25% from just ten years ago. Is that 25% due to rising wages? Sadly, no – wages in America have declined during that time. Must be some other economic force at work. (Read “Even Dairy Farming has a 1%” here.)