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The Nashua Labor Coalition Endorses Michael O’Brien For Alderman-At-Large In June 23rd Special Election

O’Brien is the voice that working families need in City Hall

(Nashua, NH) The Nashua Labor Coalition, a chapter of the NH AFL-CIO that brings together a variety of labor unions, community organizations, and community activists, endorsed Michael O’Brien for Alderman-at-Large in the upcoming city wide special election on June 23rd.

“As a State Representative for four terms, Michael O’Brien has stood up for working families by opposing harmful legislation like so-called ‘Right To Work’ and has fought to protect our collective bargaining rights,” said Deb Howes, Chair of the Nashua Labor Coalition and member of the Nashua Teachers Union (AFT 1044).  “We know that as an Alderman, Michael will continue to put working families first.”

For over 34 years Michael O’Brien has dedicated his life to protecting the city of Nashua as a member of the Nashua Fire and Rescue.

“We are pleased that Deputy Chief O’Brien has chosen to continue to serve Nashua after his retirement in the coming weeks. When elected, he will be a strong voice for public safety and for growth of the middle class here in Nashua,” said John McAllister, President of the Nashua Firefighters Association IAFF Local #789.

“As an Alderman, I know that Michael will continue to push expanding rail service to Nashua and all of Southern New Hampshire,” said Dawn Roy,  Chair of the United Auto Workers Local 2322.  “The New Hampshire Capitol Corridor Project will bring hundreds of new jobs and would be a boost to our local economy.”

“The Nashua Labor Coalition is proud to endorse Michael O’Brien for Alderman-at- Large, and strongly urge all Nashua residents to vote in the special election for Alderman-at-Large on Tuesday, June 23rd, concluded Howes.

More information on Michael O’Brien can be found at www.obrienfornashua.com

Members of the Nashua Labor Coalition include:

Deb Howes
John McAllister
Dawn Roy
Gary Hoffman
Matt Murray
Jim Scurrah
Sylvia Gale
Dexter Arnold
Ed Barnes

The Nashua Labor Coalition is a chapter of NH AFL-CIO. It includes Nashua Area Affiliated and Non-Affiliated Unions, as well as community organizations.

Iron Workers Local 7 Endorse Patrick Arnold for Mayor of Manchester

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MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE – This week the Iron Workers Local 7 endorsed former Alderman Patrick Arnold in his bid for mayor of New Hampshire’s largest city.

“We’re proud to endorse Patrick Arnold for Mayor of Manchester,” says Local 7 business agent Steven Burk. “Patrick has a strong record of standing with working families of New Hampshire. As Mayor, he will make job creation and economic growth a priority again in Manchester,” Burk continued.

“I’m proud to have the support of the Iron Workers in our campaign for mayor,” says Arnold. “Like many of us, they know that Manchester deserves better than the status quo. With new leadership, Manchester can again lead in being the best place to live, work and raise a family in New Hampshire,” Arnold continued.

Iron Workers Local 7, which represents nearly 3,000 members, joins the Manchester Professional Fire Fighters Association, IAFF Local 856, and hundreds of former and current elected officials and community activists in endorsing Arnold’s bid for mayor.

Patrick Arnold is a candidate for mayor of Manchester, New Hampshire. Arnold served as a Manchester Alderman from 2009 until 2014. In 2013, he was the Democratic candidate for mayor against Mayor Ted Gatsas, the Republican incumbent. Gatsas held off Arnold’s challenge in 2013 by 943 votes. In March 2014, the Manchester Board of Aldermen unanimously confirmed Arnold’s appointment to the city’s Conduct Committee. An attorney by trade, Arnold earned his law degree at the University of New Hampshire School of Law. He and his wife, Kathy, have a daughter, Abigail.

Why We Need More People Like Senator Sanders Running For Office, Even If They Don’t Win

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Can you believe it? We are only half-way through February of 2015, and we are already talking about the 2016 Presidential Elections.

Politics is the un-official sport of the Granite State. We take great pride in holding the First in the Nation Primary. This brings candidates from across the country to our quaint little state to hold town hall style events and press the flesh with local Granite Staters in an attempt to win us over.

As we get closer to the February 2016 primary, a growing number of politicians will come to New Hampshire preaching about what they are going to do once we elect them to the White House.

The Republican side of the primary is a complete free-for-all. There are so many people attempting to get into the race that I have lost count. Many of them have already been hitting the streets of New Hampshire and trying to gain notoriety at the same time. Traditionally if you can win New Hampshire, you can win the party nomination. It worked for Mitt Romney in 2012.

The Republicans are a mess right now. Each candidate is trying to rally their base by showing that they are the farthest to the right of any of the other possible nominees. It is a race to see who can be the most extreme and win over the Tea Party base in New Hampshire.

Senator Bernie Sanders (image by StumpSource on FLIKR)

Senator Bernie Sanders (image by StumpSource on FLIKR)

On the Democratic side, the bench is a little lacking. There is Hillary Clinton, who has not announced that she is running, even though everyone knows she is. There is Senator Bernie Sanders from the great state next door, Vermont. I love Senator Sanders — but let’s face it, nobody thinks he can win the primary or the general election. That is not why he is putting his name in the hat (more on this in a minute). There have also been few Democratic governors, like Martin O’Malley from Maryland, making trips to NH over the last few months. And of course there is Senator Elizabeth Warren from Massachusetts. She has repeatedly said she is not running yet they are trying to “draft” her into the primary. (Personally, I think that Senator Warren should stay in the Senate and continue her “kick ass and take no prisoners” agenda.)

Senator Elizabeth Warren (image by Ninian Reid FLIKR)

Senator Elizabeth Warren (image by Ninian Reid FLIKR)

Why are people trying to pull Senator Warren into the primary? Why is it so important that Senator Sanders push back against Hillary Clinton in a Presidential primary? It is all about the messaging!

People are so enamored with Senator Warren because she embodies everything that progressive Democrats hold dear. The same is true for Senator Sanders. This is why are they so popular nationwide. Progressive values are what the majority of Americans want, regardless of party affiliation, and progressive values win elections. Just listen to Congressman Mark Pocan from Wisconsin talk about how those who shied away from progressive values ended up losing their seats.

(Watch the video on YouTube)

Some of the progressive values that help to win elections and move America forward:

  • Increasing the minimum wage
  • Ensuring that every American has access to quality healthcare
  • Protecting the rights of workers, including the right to join and form unions
  • Protecting women’s reproductive rights
  • Reducing income inequality and holding the Wall Street Gamblers accountable for what they did to our economy
  • Reducing the tax burden on working families and ensuring that millionaires and billionaires are paying their fair share in taxes
  • Investing in our infrastructure and creating jobs

Polling data confirms that the majority of Americans support Senator Warren and Senator Sanders on these issues. People overwhelmingly agree with these core progressive values.

Again, I do not think Senator Sanders will win the NH primary or the nomination – but he will succeed in forcing both parties to address issues like raising the minimum wage, protecting workers rights, protecting women’s rights, expanding Social Security, and addressing the vast income inequality that is plaguing America. Without him in the race, nobody will be pushing these issues.

Hopefully Hillary, or whoever the Democratic nominee is, will learn a little something from Bernie and Liz before they go head-on with the Republican nominee.

Because if the eventual Democratic nominee hews to a pro-corporate agenda – why even bother getting out to vote?

In a contest between a Republican and a Democrat-In-Name-Only, voters are going to pick the “real” Republican, every time.

Alderman Patrick Arnold Running For Mayor Of Manchester, Announces 2015 Organizing Committee


patrick-arnold-3MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE – Former Alderman Patrick Arnold confirmed today that he will again run for mayor of Manchester in 2015.  Arnold, who served as an Alderman from 2009 until 2014, was the Democratic candidate for mayor in 2013 against incumbent Republican, Mayor Ted Gatsas.

“I’m running for Mayor because the residents and taxpayers of New Hampshire’s largest city deserve better than the complacency and failed policies of the status quo,” says Arnold. “Crime continues to rise. Our schools continue to struggle. Our city continues to bleed opportunities and resources under the current administration. Manchester can and should be leading in education, job opportunities and economic development. We can and should be the best place to live and raise a family in New Hampshire. Our campaign will continue efforts to bring new ideas and new leadership to City Hall and a new vision to Manchester by building on the grassroots organization that we developed in 2013.”

The Arnold for Mayor campaign also announced its 2015 organizing committee, which will focus on expanding the campaign’s 2013 voter contact program with special emphasis on new voters from 2014. “I’m proud of the support that our campaign has earned among our community’s strongest advocates and activists,” says Arnold.

“Patrick Arnold will be a hard working mayor of all the people,” says Manchester resident and former U.S. Ambassador George Bruno. “I am pleased Patrick is running to lead our city. He will fix the potholes, get a handle on crime, fix our schools, work harmoniously with others, but also provide a needed vision as to where our city is going,” Bruno continued. Bruno is a former chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party and served as a U.S. Ambassador in the Clinton administration.

“The closeness of the 2013 mayor’s race left us not deterred, but rather inspired that Manchester’s best days are ahead. Patrick will bring vision, determination, and truly collaborative leadership needed to move our city forward,” says Kathy Staub, at-large member of the Manchester School Board.

Patrick Arnold served as a Manchester Alderman from 2009 until 2014. In 2013, he was the Democratic candidate for mayor against Mayor Ted Gatsas, the Republican incumbent. Gatsas held off Arnold’s challenge in 2013 by 943 votes. In March 2014, the Manchester Board of Aldermen unanimously confirmed Arnold’s appointment to the city’s Conduct Committee. An attorney by trade, Arnold earned his law degree at the University of New Hampshire School of Law. He and his wife, Kathy, have a daughter, Abigail.

Arnold for Mayor – 2015 Organizing Committee

George Bruno, former U.S. Ambassador and NH Democratic Party Chairman

Kathy Staub, at-large School Board member

Bob Bossie, former State Senator and Alderman

Kathy Kelley Arnold, former at-large School Board member

Peter Sullivan, former Alderman and State Representative

Jean Jeudy, State Representative

Bill Clayton, former State Representative

Amy Bradley, School Board member

Chris Herbert, State Representative and former School Board member

John O’Keefe, business owner

Remi Francoeur, former Republican activist

Mary Sysyn, former Alderman

Paul Cote

Carl “CJ” Hebert, veterans advocate and activist

Carol Williams, former State Representative and Manchester Transit Authority Commissioner

Maurice Pilotte, former State Representative

Dr. David George, college professor and activist

Jon Hopwood, writer and activist

Dan Bergeron, former School Board member

Steve Dolman, former Alderman and School Board member

Katie Desrochers, School Board member

Roger Beauchamp, former School Board member and State Representative

Shelly Pratte

Ron Boisvert, State Representative

Elizabeth Warren On Obamacare, Government Shutdown And Holding Elected Leaders Accountable

Let me start by saying I love Elizabeth Warren!  She is everything I want to represent working families in Washington.

A couple of days ago Liz went on Late Night with Seth Meyers to talk about the recent election results.  Meyers started right out with the question, did Democrats make a mistake by distancing themselves from President Obama?

Warren responded by saying, “this is about accountability in all directions.”  People need to hold elected leaders accountable for their actions.  Even though the GOP beat everyone over the head with the misleading Obamacare advertisement, the fact is that “millions of people have healthcare for the first time thanks to the Affordable Care Act”.

Some candidates tried to distance themselves from the Affordable Care Act, and that did hurt them.  Senator Jeanne Shaheen stood right up to the GOP and the Americans For Prosperity attacks on her vote for the Affordable Care Act.  She said over and over that “I will never stop fighting for the right of all Americans to have quality, affordable health care.”  This proved to be a winner for Senator Shaheen as she was reelected to represent New Hampshire in the US Senate for another six years.

Warren also said that voters did not hold the correct people accountable for the gridlock in Washington. “It was just over a year ago right now that the Republicans shut down the government. Flushed away $23 billion dollars…Now we are being held accountable for that.”

Now the Republicans took control of the Senate with a new message of bipartisanship. They want to work with the President and the House to get Washington moving again.  The irony of this is that if was the Republicans in the Senate who filibusters dozens of bills and Presidential appointments, forcing the gridlock in Washington.

“We need a government works not just for the rich and powerful but that works for all our families,” stated Warren. “We need to make it clear in elections, whose side your fighting on.”

The only question left, is will Elizabeth Warren consider running for President in 2016, or are we going to have to wait another four years?

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Just released on Huffington Post Politics, Elizabeth Warren has been given a prominent role in Senate leadership.

WASHINGTON — Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) gained a leadership position in the Senate Democratic caucus Thursday, giving the prominent progressive senator a key role in shaping the party’s policy priorities.

Warren’s new role, which was created specifically for her, will be strategic policy adviser to the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, helping to craft the party’s policy positions and priorities. She will also serve as a liaison to progressive groups to ensure they have a voice in leadership meetings and discussions, according to a source familiar with the role.


Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s Election Night Remarks

Manchester – Below are Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s Election Night remarks as prepared for delivery:

Thank you New Hampshire! Tonight the people chose to put New Hampshire first.

A few minutes ago Scott Brown called to concede and wish me well. Scott ran a vigorous race, and I wish Gail and the family all the best.

I want to thank the people of New Hampshire for once again placing their trust in me.  I promise you I will continue to get up every day and work hard to put New Hampshire’s working families and small businesses first.

With the new term you have given me, I will fight to make sure students can refinance their college loans!

I will fight for a smart energy policy that focuses on efficiency and new technologies that end our reliance on oil and coal.

I will fight for a minimum wage that ensures no one working 40 hours of week is stuck living in poverty.

I will fight for smart, serious national security policies that keep us safe.

And, as I’ve said many times in the last several months, I will never stop fighting for the right of all Americans to have quality, affordable health care.

Let me take a minute to thank my family. My husband Billy, my daughters Stefany, Stacey and Molly, and my seven grandchildren. This campaign was truly a family affair. When the going got tough, they kept my spirits up. And they are a competitive bunch, fighting every day for the honors of who won over the most votes that day. Thank you, and I love you.

Mike Vlacich, where are you? Thank you, Mike, for running such a clock-work campaign and for leading such a great campaign staff.

To all the volunteers here and watching at home, thank you. Thank you for sacrificing your time to help keep New Hampshire moving forward. Many of you are people I’ve known for 30-plus years. That you have stood by me through thick and thin means more than you will ever know.

On Thursday I return to Washington for a hearing. You, too, will all return to your normal lives. But tonight – let’s celebrate!

Thank you all, and thank you to the great people of the great state of New Hampshire!

A Video Reminder Of Why We Must Get Out And Vote From Pres. Obama and Labor Leaders

Do you need a little inspiration to get out and vote this year?  Are you tired of all the negative ads flooding the airwaves and our computer screens?

This election has been full of people blaming each other for the failures in Washington and the majority of those attacks have been at President Obama.  I will be the first to admit that President Obama has not come through on his campaign promises to raise the minimum wage, pass immigration reform, and pass a universal background check on all gun sales, YET.  I will also be the first to admit that I proudly voted for President Obama, and I would vote for him again today because I remember what the other guys wanted to do to my union, my government, and my future.

Sometimes you just need a little reminder of why it is important to get out and vote, and why it is important to get your family and your friends out to vote as well.   I plan on being out at my local poll from 11 to close holding signs for the candidates that support me and my union.

Just in case you forgot why we devote so much time and energy into ensuring that people get out and vote, here is a little memory jogger from the United Auto Workers.

Kuster, Hassan and Shaheen Hold GOTV Rally In Nashua With Congresswoman Clark and Emily’s List

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This afternoon, Congresswoman Annie Kuster joined Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Governor Maggie Hassan, Congresswoman Katherine Clark (MA-05), EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock, and others to rally supporters and encourage grassroots participation in Nashua and Hanover leading up to Tuesday’s election.

Kuster appeared in Nashua with Governor Hassan, Congresswoman Clark and EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock at a canvass kick-off event. She then traveled to Hanover for a student rally at Dartmouth College with Senator Shaheen.

“This election is vitally important to the future of our state and our country,” Kuster said during the canvass kick-off rally. “Our opponents want to adopt an extreme Tea Party agenda that will hurt women, seniors, students and middle class families. That’s why we need you out there with us, making calls, knocking on doors, and getting out the vote. With your help, we can achieve victory up and down the ticket. We will fight back against the Tea Party agenda, and join together to move New Hampshire forward.”

During her time in Congress, Kuster has made creating jobs and opportunity for middle class families her top priority. She was recently endorsed by the Nashua Telegraph, Concord Monitor, Keene Sentinel, Valley News, and other New Hampshire newspapers for her efforts to work across the aisle to end partisan gridlock and bolster the economy.

In contrast, Kuster’s opponent is the hand-picked candidate of the billionaire oil titans the Koch Brothers. Kuster’s opponent has voted against raising the minimum wage and opposes equal pay for equal work, and if elected, she will push the Koch’s extreme Tea Party agenda in Washington over the best interests of our hardworking Granite State families.

NH CD01: A Clear Choice For Granite Staters

Carol Shea Porter - Frank GuintaThis election, voters in New Hampshire’s in the First Congressional District once again have a choice between two candidates that we know very well: Carol Shea-Porter and Frank Guinta.

The two candidates have faced each other in the same race for the last three election cycles.

Carol is a true fighter for the middle class: pushing for stronger labor laws, a higher minimum wage, and access to healthcare for all Americans.

Frank is a self proclaimed “Tea Partier” who opposes any increase in the minimum wage, wants to “reduce government regulations” that help protect our environment, and would take away a woman’s right to choose.

Carol has the endorsement of workers organizations like the NH AFL-CIO, the State Employees Association, The American Federation of Teachers -NH, and the National Education Association of New Hampshire. Carol has also been endorsed by Planned Parenthood for her opposition to the attacks on women’s rights, the Human Rights Campaign for protecting the rights of the LBGT community, and the Sierra Club for her work protecting the environment.

On the other hand, Frank has been endorsed by the Koch brothers funded Americans For Prosperity and the Association of Builders and Contractors. Frank and the ABC held up construction of the Manchester Jobs Corps building because they were opposed to a federal agreement that would have protected construction workers and ensured that they were paid a fair wage.

Carol has voted time and time against proposed cuts to Social Security and Medicare – programs that Americans have paid in to, their entire working lives. Vote after vote, Carol has defended the promises of retirement security that Americans have relied on since 1935. Protecting Social Security is one of the cornerstones of Carol’s service in Congress, and that’s why she has been endorsed by the New Hampshire Alliance For Retired Americans.

Frank, on the other hand, supports Paul Ryan’s plan to make cuts to Social Security and Medicare.

Carol has defended the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard from threats to close it. She was also very vocal in her opposition to last October’s 16-day government shutdown.

There is no doubt that Frank would have voted with the extremists in Congress to shut our government down. And Frank has already promised he would join the faction that keeps forcing the House to waste resources voting on Obamacare (at least 60 times so far).

Once again, Granite Staters in the First District have a very clear choice between candidates.

  • If you want a fighter for the middle class who opposes corporate PAC money, vote for Carol Shea-Porter.
  • If you want someone in Washington who will vote for his corporate funders and against the middle class, then Frank Guinta fits the bill.

Myself, I will be voting to re-elect Congresswoman Shea-Porter.

Shaheen Campaigns with Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, NH AFL-CIO President in Hooksett

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Manchester – This evening Senator Jeanne Shaheen campaigned with Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, New Hampshire AFL-CIO President Mark MacKenzie, and more than a hundred supporters from the labor community at an event in Hooksett, where the three discussed how Shaheen’s record standing up for New Hampshire working families contrasts with Scott Brown’s record of supporting out-of state corporate interests and companies that outsource jobs.

“When it comes to jobs and the economy, Scott Brown and I have two very different records,” said Shaheen. “I believe we need to increase the minimum wage because it’s what’s right for New Hampshire families, but Scott Brown opposes the increase. I know we need to once and for all end giveaways for Big Oil, Wall Street and companies that ship jobs overseas, but time and again Scott Brown voted to protect those special breaks. And I want to make sure we’re doing everything we can to support New Hampshire small businesses across our state, but Scott Brown voted against them when he was representing Massachusetts. The difference is clear: I have never stopped fighting to make a difference for the families and businesses that make up the backbone of our state’s economy, and I never will.”

“Jeanne Shaheen has a long record working to create good paying jobs and has always fought to ensure hardworking people get the fair shot they deserve,” said Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. “When he was Massachusetts’ senator, Scott Brown voted against unemployment benefits. He voted to water down Wall Street reform. And he helped big corporations ship American jobs overseas. When you see his record up close like we did, you see he’s not someone who has spent his career standing up for working people. Jeanne Shaheen has.”

“Outsourcing is the type of business practice that lines the pockets of millionaires like Scott Brown but is devastating for communities here in New Hampshire,” said Mark Mackenzie, President of the New Hampshire AFL-CIO. “When jobs are shipped overseas, families suffer, unemployment increases, and communities are decimated. The fact that Scott Brown personally profited from this practice is wrong, and we need to reelect our Senator, Jeanne Shaheen, who we know will always stand up for working families here in New Hampshire.”

Jeanne Shaheen has spent her career fighting for good paying jobs here in New Hampshire. Shaheen led the fight to pass the bipartisan Small Business Jobs Act, which has helped countless New Hampshire businesses expand and create new jobs. Shaheen also cosponsored the bipartisan Travel Promotion Act, which invested in New Hampshire’s tourism industry, the second largest in the state, supporting nearly 70,000 jobs. Shaheen is currently fighting to increase the minimum wage because she believes no one in New Hampshire should have to work full time and still live in poverty.

Meanwhile, Scott Brown opposes increasing the minimum wage and voted to support tax loopholes for Big Oil, Wall Street and companies that offshore American jobs.  Since losing in Massachusetts, Brown has made over a quarter million dollars as a board member of a company that touts outsourcing American jobs to China and Mexico as part of its business plan. Legal documents dated just two days before Brown entered the U.S. Senate race in New Hampshire bear his signature endorsing the company’s outsourcing strategy.

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