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Guest Editorial: Why Shawn O’Connor is a Liability to Democrats

 

Written by Charlie “Chaz” Proulx

Since moving to Bedford from New York a few years ago, Shawn O’Connor has gone from doing next to nothing to help NH Democrats to becoming a major liability.

A short history:

On November 24, 2014 James Pindell wrote this about Shawn O’Connor’s preparations to run for the US senate against Kelly Ayotte. “Shawn O’Connor moved from New York City to Bedford last year and has not been particularly active in local Democratic politics. He has not given money to any federal candidates…according to the Federal Election website. Though a day before the Nov. 4 election, he did give $1,000. each to the Manchester Democratic Committee and to Executive Councilor Chris Pappas.”

Two thousand dollars isn’t very much for the founder and former president of Stratus Prep. According to O’Connor, “I sold the business for a ten figure valuation to a private equity firm.” Ten figures is a billion dollars.

It’s to his credit that he made so much money so young. But really–two thousand dollars? And beyond money, there are plenty of other things New Hampshire Democrats do to help keep the party strong. Shawn did none of them.

Most NH Democrats get active in one way or another and start making like-minded friends. New Hampshire is a small state where networking is very personal. But when I heard that Shawn O’Connor was running for Congress in the first district neither I nor anyone I knew in politics knew anything about him. Soon enough he claimed to have hired the Berenson Strategy Group and other ultra heavy hitters from outside NH to shape his image.

Creating an image for Mr. O’Connor had to be a challenge because a few years ago he was touting the “Third Way” movement in Forbes magazine. He singled out Democrats for wanting to raise taxes.

Somehow O’Connor then pivoted to become a Bernie Sanders supporter. Strange, because last summer his publicized political issues list never mentioned income equality. I saw him speak three times and there was no mention of Bernie Sanders either.

Now he’s all in with all the Bernie trappings. A recent O’Connor television ad co-opted Sanders “Join the Revolution” slogan. That’s a long way from Steve Forbes rag and anti tax rhetoric.

We all have epiphanies, but I suspect that Mr. O’Connor and his handlers watched Sanders pre-primary numbers and saw an opportunity to differentiate himself from Jeanne Shaheen, Carol Shea’Porter and Maggie Hassan — all of whom endorsed Hillary Clinton.

An early hint of mild negativity was to lump Maggie, Carol and Jeanne together as “establishment.” Shortly thereafter O’Connor press releases began reeking of a holier-than-thou attitude towards Shea-Porter. He attacked Carol’s character over accepting Union Pac money. He failed to mention that when Carol won her first primary the campaign had $19,000, then refused DCCC money and still managed to beat Jeb Bradley.

That win had everything to do with the networks of friend and activists I mentioned above. It was a true grass roots effort — one of the biggest upsets in NH political history. CSP had spent less than any other winning candidate for Congress in the entire US.

Then of course came the threats to sue Carol Shea-Porter. Before the threats hit the papers, O’Connor was lawyered up and pressuring leaders of the NHDP to “mediate” between him and Carol Shea-Porter. What a crazy – assed stunt when true Democrats are focused on a Presidential election year.

Turmoil followed. In the media Mr. O’Connor’s dragged State Sen. David Pierce into the mix. Sen. Pierce had endorsed Mr. O’Connor, but he found himself defending Mr. O’Connors over-the-top allegations of a “defamatory whisper campaign” against him. O’Connor has since called the “whisper campaign” part of a “broad conspiracy” perpetrated by Carol Shea-Porter. (My take is that at the very worst, somebody “misspoke” to Senator Pierce then “walked the statement back” a few days later.) I met David Pierce when he first moved to NH and respect him a lot. I can’t imagine that any of this was comfortable for him.

Next O’Connor told the press that members of Bernie Sanders campaign would corroborate his “whisper campaign” story. Two major staffers names were splashed across the press and local television. Both denied O’Connor’s allegations.

The Sanders Campaign didn’t need these distractions, but needy Shawn did.

And then there’s Twitter. Mr. O’Connor ties anyone who doesn’t agree with him to CSP campaign. People who have never had anything to do with CSP are called CSP hacks.

And if he doesn’t like what you write he’ll just make up something about you. Actually he’ll lie about you. Openly Gay, he has Tweeted that I’m Anti LBTG anti Domestic Survivor.” People who know me know that’s a lie, but his supporters probably believe I’m a bigot.

America Rising (Republican opposition research pac) is now attacking Shea Porter based on Shawn’s meme. Does Shawn understand that he’s tossing red-meat to the GOP?

I have no idea what motivates Mr. O’Connor but his all-about-Shawn act is wearing thinner every day.

 


Related Reading: The NHDP Fires Back At The O’Connor Campaign, O’Connor Responds With More Accusations

WMUR/UNH Poll Shows Ayotte’s Supreme Court Obstruction Hurting Her Standing in New Hampshire

UNH Survey Center: “Ayotte’s Popularity Takes Hit, Remains in a Dead Heat with Hassan for US Senate Seat” 

CONCORD — WMUR/UNH released a new Granite State Poll today that shows the U.S. Senate race in New Hampshire is a virtual dead heat, with Governor Hassan within one point of Senator Ayotte. Senator Ayotte’s net favorability has dropped 13 points since the last Granite State Poll, and WMUR reports that “Ayotte’s support for the Senate Republican leadership’s refusal to hold a hearing on Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland appears to have hurt her in the eyes of voters.”

“It’s clear that Granite Staters strongly support Maggie Hassan’s efforts to take her bipartisan problem-solving approach that’s working in New Hampshire to the United State Senate,” said Maggie for NH Communications Director Aaron Jacobs. “This poll reinforces what the people of New Hampshire have been telling Kelly Ayotte for weeks in letters to the editors, protests outside her office and public appearances across the state: it’s long past time for Ayotte to do her job and stop obstructing the Supreme Court confirmation process.”

60% of New Hampshire likely voters believe the Senate should vote on Judge Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court, including 55% of Independents. 40% of New Hampshire likely voters also said Ayotte’s position on the Supreme Court appointment makes them less likely to vote for her.

“Granite Staters deserve better than a Senator who sides with her far-right party leadership and special interest backers over justice for millions of Americans,” added Jacobs.

You can read the full poll here.

Planned Parenthood Votes Releases Scathing New Ad Targeting Kelly Ayotte

Kelly Ayotte PPNNE AD“Enough is enough. Kelly Ayotte’s bad politics could have repercussions for a lifetime.” 

Washington, DC — Planned Parenthood Votes has gone on-air with its first ad buy of the 2016 Senatorial election cycle — a nearly $400,000 TV ad buy hitting New Hampshire Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte on her abysmal record on women’s health, and her obstruction of the Supreme Court nomination process.

 

The ad, “Lifetime,” focuses on Kelly Ayotte’s long-time opposition to reproductive health, in particular her previous assertion that the right to safe, legal abortion should be overturned, and that it should be done via the Supreme Court. The ad is paid for by Planned Parenthood Votes, a national independent expenditure political committee. Though Planned Parenthood Votes has previously gone on-air in the 2016 presidential election, this is the committee’s first time going on air for a senate race in the 2016 cycle. It will be running on broadcast and cable in New Hampshire. 

Kelly Ayotte is one of the key Senators preemptively calling to block the president’s Supreme Court nominee before ever holding a hearing. While she has met with Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, Kelly Ayotte is still refusing to do her job and give the president’s nominee a fair hearing with an up-or-down vote. The American people deserve a full court and a justice appointed by the president they elected for four years — not three—and Kelly Ayotte’s extreme position abdicating her constitutional duty in order to obstruct the creation of a fully functional branch of our government is unconscionable.

Kelly Ayotte has voted repeatedly to “defund” Planned Parenthood, and has even voted against equal pay legislation. This Senator has spent years calling for an end to safe, legal abortion and for Roe v. Wade to be overturned, and even went so far as to circulate a letter urging support for a bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks that included extreme provisions for rape survivors. Furthermore, Kelly Ayotte won’t protect access to birth control coverage, and proposed a plan that would make more women pay for birth control by undermining the health law that gave nearly 300,000 New Hampshire women access to no-copay birth control.

Statement from Deirdre Schifeling, Executive Director of the Planned Parenthood Votes:

“Kelly Ayotte may try to paint herself as pro-woman, but her record tells a very different story. Every chance she’s gotten she’s voted to ‘defund’ Planned Parenthood and cut women off from essential health care like birth control and breast and cervical cancer screenings. She has been advocating for years to ban women’s access to safe, legal abortion, and it’s clear she now sees her chance in the Supreme Court process. Kelly Ayotte is refusing to do her job, and abdicating her constitutional duty, in order to push an extreme agenda that no one in New Hampshire wants. Enough is enough. Kelly Ayotte’s bad politics could have repercussions for a lifetime.”

Statement from Jennifer Frizzell, Vice President, Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund:

“Kelly Ayotte continues to advance an extreme agenda which would deprive New Hampshire women of critical reproductive health services in direct contrast to the wishes of the citizens of New Hampshire who demonstrate strong bipartisan support for access to safe, legal abortion and for access to Planned Parenthood health services. Ayotte’s latest obstruction in refusing to even consider the President’s Supreme Court nominee will have real life consequences for New Hampshire women and could jeopardize access to safe and legal abortion for women across this country for generations to come.”

Kelly Ayotte is facing a contentious race to keep her Senate seat this fall, which is understandable considering her record in New Hampshire includes voting to make college more expensive and voting to repeal health coverage for nearly 50,000 Granite Staters.

According to the polls, Ayotte’s dismal record of voting consistently to “defund” Planned Parenthood will have an even more negative impact on her already at-risk Senate race. 

A survey conducted in 2015 by Hart Research shows that voters in the battleground state of New Hampshire strongly support Planned Parenthood, and oppose Ayotte’s position to “defund” the organization — blocking patients who rely on federal funding from accessing preventive health services, including the cancer screenings and family planning services like birth control that Planned Parenthood provides to millions of women in communities across the country.

Key findings from the survey includes:

  • 66 percent of New Hampshire voters oppose blocking patients from accessing Planned Parenthood’s preventive health services, including 72 percent of Independents.
  • 75 percent of voter polled in New Hampshire, including majorities of Republican voters, have an unfavorable reaction to the idea of shutting down the federal government to block any funding for Planned Parenthood.
  • By a two to one margin, voters in battleground states including New Hampshire are less likely to vote to re-elect their senators if they vote to block patients from accessing care at Planned Parenthood.

Fourteen separate national polls conducted since last June show strong support for Planned Parenthood and extraordinarily strong opposition to blocking patients from care.

More Nader Narcissism: The Debate Over How Unions Endorse Candidates

Bernie Sanders Hillary Clinton: By BERRY CRAIG

Ralph Nader’s recent Huffington Post column reminded me of the old saying, “With friends like you, who needs enemies.”

Nader’s narcissistic presidential bid in 2000 helped put George W. Bush in the White House.

Now Nader is providing grist for the union-haters’ propaganda mill by writing that “long-entrenched, affluent big union leaders” who support Hillary Clinton for president are trying to lord it over small unions who Feel the Bern.

Sixteen years ago, Nader, now a Bernie Sanders fan, ran for president because he said there was little or no difference between Vice President Al Gore, the AFL-CIO-endorsed Democratic hopeful, and Republican candidate George W. Bush, the union-busting governor of “right to work” Texas.

In his HP column, Nader trotted a claim often heard from union-busters: that union leaders don’t represent the rank-and file.

“These large unions came out for Clinton in late 2015 and early 2016 before they sensed the growing rank and file workers’ preference for the lifetime advocate for workers and union backer, Bernie Sanders,” Nader charged.

He based a big part of his column on an AFL-CIO executive council meeting at AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington in late February.

“According to insiders, tempers flared when smaller unions challenged the Hillary-endorsing big unions such as AFSCME (public employees), the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association, the Service Employees (SEIU) and the Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW),” he wrote.

Nader added, “Listening to the nurses union head speak out for Sanders’ strong pro-labor history, Lee Saunders, president of AFSCME, interrupted her, exclaiming: ‘I will not allow you to do a commercial for Sanders.’ She retorted, ‘You mean for the only candidate who has a 100% labor record?’

“A union leader of postal workers charged the unions backing Hillary as being ‘completely out of touch with their workers.’ AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka then cut off their microphones.”

Admittedly, the rules of straight news reporting—notably giving both sides of a story—don’t apply to an opinion column. But this old reporter wonders why the supposedly pro-union Nader, at least out of a basic sense of fairness, didn’t let the parties involved in the alleged dustup give their side of the story.

If he did contact any of them, he didn’t say so in his column. As it is, Nader’s presentation of hearsay as fact amounts to the kind of union-bashing common to Fox News and right-wing talk radio.

“Few union leaders allow [italics mine] a worker referendum to make the endorsement decisions,” Nader also scolded.

It’s the other way around. Members allow union officials to do what they do. Every official in a union from a shop steward to an international president is elected. So if members of a union want a referendum, they can vote one in through their elected representatives.

Since Nader cited my union, here’s how the AFT arrived at endorsing Clinton:

“The AFT sent all candidates (both Democratic and Republican) a candidate questionnaire and invited those who completed the questionnaire to speak before the AFT’s executive council. No Republican candidate completed a candidate questionnaire.

“The AFT executive council, comprised of elected [italics mine] vice presidents and the AFT officers, met with and interviewed Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley and Bernie Sanders and analyzed their position on the key issues.

“Most important, the AFT asked its members directly about the issues that matter to them and their opinions of the candidates through two polls, including a survey that reached out to more than 1 million AFT households; the ‘You Decide 2016’ online forum; emailing e-activists to get member responses on the issues of importance to them; conducting multiple telephone town hall meetings; and having rank-and-file members ask questions directly of the presidential candidates during the June [2015] executive council meeting.

“Additionally, the AFT commissioned a scientific survey of members by Hart Research Associates. The results of the survey provide a clear picture of where AFT members stand.

“First, by an approximately 3-to-1 margin, AFT members prefer that a Democratic candidate win the presidential election over a Republican.

“79 percent of Democratic voters support the AFT making a recommendation in the primary.

“Among those voters, Hillary Clinton is preferred by members by a margin of more than 3-to-1 over her nearest Democratic competitor.

“Furthermore, Hillary Clinton holds a better than 11-to-1 advantage as the ‘Democrat with the best chance to defeat the Republican candidate.’”

I prefer Sanders to Clinton, as do more than a few of my AFT brothers and sisters. But majority rules.

Sanders has made it clear he’ll back Clinton if wins the nomination. (So will I.)

“We cannot afford an America to have Donald Trump or Cruz or any of them be our next president,” Tad Devine, a senior Sanders campaign advisor, recently told MSBC’s Andrea Mitchell.

He explained of his candidate, “The reason he ran as a Democrat was he understood being outside this process could be like what Ralph Nader did in 2000, elect a Republican president, and he’s not going to be a part of that.”

Trump / Ayotte / Sununu Ticket Would Be A Disaster For Granite Staters

CONCORD, N.H. – Today, New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley held a press call to highlight the far-right positions and unelectability of a Trump/Sununu/Ayotte Republican ticket. As Donald Trump continues to win primaries in early states and lead in the polls elsewhere, Chairman Buckley discussed what his ascendency will mean for Chris Sununu, Kelly Ayotte, and Granite Staters come November.  

Below are excerpts from his remarks as prepared for delivery:

“Donald Trump as the Republican nominee for President would not only be a disaster for Granite Staters who want to keep their affordable health care or the right to make their own health care decisions, and for those of us who want their politicians to act on climate change or at least simply acknowledge it’s happening – but it would also be a complete disaster for New Hampshire Republicans like Kelly Ayotte and Chris Sununu who want to be elected in November.”   

“Establishment Republicans are lining up to denounce Trump—including Chris Sununu’s own father—but Ayotte and Sununu have remained silent. It’s clear they’re willing to hitch their wagons to a candidate running on fear, anger and hatred.”

“On women’s right to make their own decisions and have access to health care, Trump believes ‘Planned Parenthood should absolutely be de-funded,’ Ayotte has voted six times to defund Planned Parenthood, and Sununu cast the deciding vote to strip Planned Parenthood’s funding here in New Hampshire. Now just today an article came out on NH1 where Chris doubles down on defunding Planned Parenthood and at the same time, calls himself ‘pro-choice.’  Well, I have news for him: you don’t get to strip healthcare from thousands of Granite State women and call yourself pro-choice.”

“On affordable health care for Granite Staters, Trump – like every other Republican running for President, wants to repeal the Medicaid expansion – just as Kelly Ayotte voted to repeal New Hampshire’s successful Medicaid expansion and Chris Sununu bragged about his efforts to kill Medicaid expansion, saying ‘I fought to make sure it didn’t even come to the table.’”

“The Union Leader blasted Republicans’ silence on Trump this week saying, ‘Trump threatens to destroy all before him.’ But it’s not just Democrats and Ed boards saying this. Former NHGOP chair Fergus Cullen said, ‘If Donald Trump is the nominee, Kelly Ayotte might as well resign because it’s all over.’ And Sununu’s father knows he’s in trouble too: ‘Here in New Hampshire, if Donald Trump is the nominee, we will not get a Republican governor. We will lose the New Hampshire state Senate, and we could lose the New Hampshire state House… and we could lose Sen. [Kelly] Ayotte.’”

“Donald Trump would be a disaster for America and for the Granite State, but he’s also a disaster for Kelly Ayotte and Chris Sununu’s electoral chances.  They would rather keep their agreements with Trump’s extreme policies out of public view, but it’s looking more and more every day like they won’t have that chance.”

LiUNA President O’Sullivan: “Trudeau Victory Is the Dawning of a New Day in Canada”

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Washington, DC: Terry O’Sullivan, General President of LIUNA (the Laborers’ International Union of North America) made the following statement today about the victory of Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party in Canada’s federal elections.

On behalf of myself, LIUNA General Secretary-Treasurer Armand E. Sabitoni, and the entire LIUNA General Executive Board, I congratulate Justin Trudeau and Canada’s Liberal Party on their decisive victory in Canada’s federal elections.  I also want to commend LIUNA Vice President and Central and Eastern Canada Regional Manager Joe Mancinelli, LIUNA Western Canada Sub-Regional Manager Mark Olsen, and all the LIUNA leaders and members throughout the great nation of Canada for an incredible job in helping to bring about this historic victory.

The Liberal Party and Justin Trudeau’s victory is the dawning of a new day in Canada, not only for the proud men and women of LIUNA, but for all the great people of Canada.  After nine years of an anti-worker, anti-union federal government, the Canadian people overwhelmingly chose Liberal candidates for Parliament, signaling that they have had enough of the repressive and regressive policies of Stephen Harper and the Conservatives.  The majority of Canadians clearly believe that the Liberals and Trudeau are not only ready, but willing and able to lead Canada into a brighter, more economically just future.

Time and again, Justin Trudeau has proven himself to be a true friend of LIUNA and all working men and women.  He is a leader of great vision, principle, and character who will light a beacon of hope and opportunity for the people of Canada.  LIUNA looks forward to working with him and the new Liberal government to take Canada into a future of shared prosperity for all Canadians.


The half-million members of LIUNA – the Laborers’ International Union of North America – are on the forefront of the construction industry, a powerhouse of workers who are proud to build America.

On Capitol Hill, Envoy Airline Agents Ask Congress for Help in Setting Union Election

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Washington, D.C. — Some 35 agents who work at Envoy Air are in the nation’s capital today, asking their members of Congress for help in their bid for a union representation election.

They came to Capitol Hill representing 5,300 colleagues who work at 110 airports nationwide, staffing ticket counters, gate and ramps. Envoy worker leaders have meetings today with Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and several other representatives and staff.

More than four months ago, agents working with the Communications Workers of America (CWA) submitted authorization cards from more than 50 percent of the workforce requesting that the National Mediation Board (NMB) hold a representation election.

The NMB, however, issued a ruling stating that just half of the workforce was eligible to participate in a union representation election. Agents and CWA say all agents should be allowed to vote and are calling on the NMB to act now to “let us vote.”

Their jobs are stressful, demanding and sometimes dangerous. Recently in Houston, a ramp worker was nearly killed, suffering multiple injuries when he was crushed between an airplane and a bag belt loader. The Houston workers, with CWA’s help, established a safety committee to stop unsafe working conditions.

The agents have very little job security and their work is often outsourced to an even lower bidder. Workers either lose their jobs or sign on with a new company, losing any seniority or other benefits they might have accumulated with the previous employers. Wages range from about $9 to $15 an hour, but it’s not unexpected that wages are undercut by contractors making $8.50 an hour or less.

John Zupancic, an agent in Pittsburgh who had worked for American Airlines/TWA for 36 years, was forced to take a pay cut when Envoy took over operations.  Alphonzo Dandridge worked the ramp in Memphis until July when Envoy announced it was shifting work to another ground handling company that paid $8.50 an hour with no benefits.

“These workers know that nothing will change at Envoy until they have their union, and that’s why agents are fighting back and calling on the NMB to schedule their election now,” said CWA President Chris Shelton. “They have the support of every CWA member in this fight.”

Envoy Air is owned by American Airlines Group and operates regional flights and baggage services for American and other airlines.

Agents from these stations attended the day of action: Memphis, Tenn.; Houston, Corpus Christie, Wichita Falls, and Beaumont, Tex.; Lawton, Okla.; Los Angeles; Miami, Jacksonville, and Fort Meyers, Fla.; Little Rock, Ark.; Pittsburgh; New Orleans; Louisville; Chicago; Cleveland, Columbus, and Dayton, Ohio; Madison, Wis.; Joplin, Mo., and Rochester, N.Y.

America Votes NH Is Looking For Strong Progressives To Take Part In “Emerging Leaders Boot Camp”

America Votes is proud to partner with New Leaders Council to host the
1st Annual Emerging Leaders Campaign School
Saturday September 26 and Sunday September 27 at Pembroke Academy.

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America Votes is looking for progressives to build a stronger network of activists and elected leaders in New Hampshire.  Please read the message from America Votes below:

As part of our long term vision to build progressive change and develop opportunities for America Votes partners and allies to build out membership, boards, staff and  policy champions,  we are launching the Emerging Leaders Boot Camp

The goal is to create a recurring training opportunity to pipeline and network our progressive talent. We also hope to on-ramp some of these leaders into our 2nd New Leaders Council Institute which will run from February to June 2016.  Learn more about the 2015 America Votes-New Leaders Council Fellows.   

We encourage those who have run in the past, have never run for office or who wish to become more effective issue advocates to participate.  

If you know individuals  who cannot afford the $50 fee, please contact me  directly.  It is our preference that everyone register online in advance. If you or your organization wishe to sponsor participants, we prefer that you register individuals directly on their behalf.   If this is a problem for your organization, please contact me to work out an alternative arrangement. 

After Winning Union Election WMUR Production Assistants Begin To Negotiate Their First Contract

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Editor’s Note: This is a letter to the editor from Brian Wilson. 

My name is Brian Wilson. I am a full-time “Production Assistant” (studio camera, teleprompter, video server and audio operator) at WMUR-TV in Manchester, NH. The station is owned by multi-national media giant, Hearst Corporation.

I am writing to inform you (and ask for your support of) an organizing effort that has been underway among a group of production employees at the station over the past 12-plus months.

On February 25th of this year, Directors/TDs, Production Assistants, and Graphic Designers at the station petitioned the NLRB seeking an election for union representation. After an attempt by the company to exclude workers it calls “freelancers” from the bargaining unit failed, the company agreed to an election.

About six weeks after the petition was filed, on April 6th, 2015, a group of 20 eligible workers voted 15-4 in an NLRB-conducted election to be represented by Local 1228 of the IBEW (the same union that already represents Videographers/Editors, Master Control Operators, and microwave/satellite truck operators at WMUR.)

On April 17th, 2015 the NLRB certified IBEW Local 1228 as the exclusive representative of the bargaining unit.

NLRB Case: http://www.nlrb.gov/case/01-RC-147033

The station and union have agreed to an initial bargaining session which has been tentatively set for early June.

Through collective bargaining, workers in this unit at WMUR are fighting to improve wages and working conditions, gain job security, and to stabilize and make uniform the conditions of employment which so often have been set in an arbitrary and unequal way.

These workers have seen the substantial improvements achieved by the other two bargaining units at the station and are striving to win a first contract that brings the same level of results.

These employees have also seen the financial success of the station, but do not feel that they have been given the opportunity to share in that success. They deserve fair compensation for their hard work and effort in helping to make WMUR as successful and profitable as it is.

I hope that you will support and stand with these workers and their families as they fight for fairness and to secure a place in a shrinking middle class.

Sincerely,

–Brian C. Wilson

The NH State Association Of Letter Carriers Played Big Role In Helping To Win Three of the Four Major Races

election-results-clipart-300x300It was a difficult election cycle for all involved in Labor 2014 as we constantly battled a very apathetic electorate. Though I am quite sure more than 7 out of 10 NH Letter Carriers voted for labor friendly candidates the level of enthusiasm did not come close to the more recent elections. Considering how the high the stakes are for our union this apathy is troubling.

The good news in NH is that we reelected Senator Jeanne Shaheen as well as Congresswoman Anne Kuster and Governor Maggie Hassan all allies of ours. The bad news was seeing quite possibly our unions strongest supporter in DC, Congresswoman Carol Shea Porter lose in a close race. The late avalanche of negative ads paid for by out of state anti worker groups no doubt led to her defeat.

I was honored to be one of four NHSALC releases in this election cycle. I would like to sincerely thank NALC Regional Field Director Ross Medico for his outstanding work in coordinating our efforts in NH. Having him join us certainly energized our efforts and resulted in the campaigns highlight when over 50 Letter Carriers from New England teamed up for a GOTV Labor Walk in Manchester just days before the election.

I also wish to express my thanks to the other NHSALC release staff: President Wayne Alteresio, CDL Jim Fucella and SLL Steve Phillips.  They all sacrificed a ridiculous amount of their time and energy in fighting for candidates to help save our postal service. They all put their lives on hold as the campaign became a blur in the final weeks. The actual work on this campaign was close to two years in the making and the dedication of the NHSALC Legislative Team is indeed a model for the rest of the country. Our state association is extremely fortunate to have a release staff willing to sacrifice so much for job security for us all.

The NH AFL CIO headed by President Mark MacKenzie worked tirelessly to coordinate the Labor 2014 effort and much of the success labor candidates had in 2014 has to be attributed to its work. This was a challenging campaign on countless levels.

Postal Unions APWU and NPMHU played a strong role in this campaign and they must be commended. As is often the case the NH Postal Unions political teams work far more effectively together than in other states. Former NHSALC officers Lew Henry and Terry Gesel formed an effective alliance with political allies throughout the state and should be applauded for their efforts as well.  It’s a group effort to win elections and this group in NH won 3 out of 4 for the NALC.

This Labor 2014 campaign coincided with a workers battle on another front. The bitter strike in NH/Maine at Fairpoint by IBEW and CWA workers posed a dramatic back drop to workers struggle against union busting management tactics. Fairpoint is owned by Wall Street hedge funds and is trying to decimate their unions and out source middle class jobs. Does that sound familiar?  Many IBEW-CWA workers left the picket line after their shifts and went to the NH AFL CIO to participate in Phone Banks and Labor Walks. Considering the turmoil in their lives to take time out their personal chaos to make calls and knock on doors in support of all unions including the NALC was truly inspiring.  Please join them on their picket line and contribute to their relief fund at Fairnessatfairpoint.com .  That’s what unionism is all about.

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