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NEXTGEN Climate America Report Projects NH Job Growth Through Clean Energy Investment

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As we begin 2016, a brand new economic report released by NextGen Climate America is giving New Hampshire a glimpse into the clean energy future –and the economic prosperity that it will bring to Granite Starters from Manchester to Colebrook.   

As further detailed in Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in the United States, efforts to cut carbon pollution and expand clean energy resources will create thousands of jobs in New Hampshire, increase Granite Staters’ household disposable incomes and help stimulate massive growth within the state’s economy.

Among the report’s key findings was the groundbreaking revelation that a clean energy economy will Create up to 8,000 additional New Hampshire jobs by 2030 and 15,000 new jobs by 2050; boost New Hampshire’s economy by over $1 billion by 2030 and over $2 billion by 2050; and increase New Hampshire families’ household disposable income by over $500 in 2030. 

This analysis confirms that transitioning to clean energy isn’t just good for the environment—it it’s also a key to ensuring a prosperous economic future for New Hampshire. Transitioning to clean energy will grow the Granite State’s manufacturing sector, creating 3,400 new jobs by 2030 and 3,600 additional jobs by 2050. Building out the clean energy infrastructure and facilities needed to power our economy will create more than 1,200 additional construction jobs by 2030 and 2,400 new jobs by 2050.

This study make clear that reducing greenhouse gas emissions by transitioning New Hampshire’s economy to clean energy is possible with existing technology. It will create jobs, grow the economy, raisehousehold incomes, and protect New Hampshire families against the worst impacts of climate change. 

Governor Hassan Announces Job Training Grants for Eight New Hampshire Companies in December

Matching Grants Will Help Train 235 Workers in New Skills 

CONCORD – Continuing her efforts to help New Hampshire workers develop the skills and innovative thinking needed for good jobs in the 21st century economy, Governor Maggie Hassan announced today that eight New Hampshire companies have been awarded job training grants to help them train 235 workers in new skills.

The job training grants total $77,865 and the companies matched the training funds to bring the total amount for training workers to $155,730. 

“I am proud to announce the most recent round of important grants to help prepare workers for success at growing businesses,” Governor Hassan said. “New Hampshire’s Job Training Fund is a valuable and critical resource that has helped thousands of workers develop skills needed for success in the innovation economy. By maintaining our commitment to higher education and job training, we can attract innovative businesses, help existing companies grow, and support the creation of good jobs that will expand middle class opportunity and help keep our economy moving in the right direction.” 

  • Symmetry Medical Manufacturing Inc. of Manchester received a grant of up to $41,204 to train 185 employees in lean fundamentals from the NH Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NHMEP) and in leadership, blue print reading, GD&T and Excel from Manchester Community College (MCC).
  • A grant of $10,958 was awarded to Wire Belt Company of America, Londonderry to train 18 employees in leadership at MCC.
  • Knott’s Land Care LLC of Amherst received a grant of $4,000 for two employees to be trained at Nashua Community College (NCC) in customer service, business and management.
  • Neoscope LLC of Portsmouth will use a grant of $1,848 to send one employee to the RSA Conference for internet security, analytics and privacy training.
  • High Liner Foods of Portsmouth received a grant of $6,125 to train 15 employees in 5S Kaizen and leadership at NHMEP.
  • TestVonics Inc. of Peterborough received a training grant of $5,500 for three employees to join the ISO 9001 Collaborative Program at NHMEP.
  • Extrusion Alternatives, Inc. of Portsmouth received a grant of $5,500 for four employees to participate in the ISO 9001 Collaborative Program at NHMEP.
  • Bigelow and Ashton, PA of Wolfeboro will use a $2,730 grant to train seven employees in the cyber security program development course at Neoscope Inc.

The Job Training Fund has awarded $8,478,760 in grants since October 2007, with employers contributing $11,165,588 for a total of $19,644,348 in new training for 24,900 New Hampshire workers. Companies interested in applying to the Job Training Fund should visit the fund’s web site at www.nhjobtrainingfund.org.

Bernie Sanders Launches Four New Ads Focusing On Working Families

BURLINGTON, Vt. – Four new television ads from the Sanders campaign will hit airwaves in early primary states starting tomorrow. The spots focus on Sanders’ plans to end policies that leave American families working longer hours for lower wages.

“What this campaign is about is to demand that we create an economy that works for all of us rather than a handful of billionaires,” Sanders says in an ad titled “Working Families.”

In a second spot, Sanders tells a crowd about his fight in the Senate to stop Social Security cuts. “We said it will be over our dead bodies if you cut Social Security. As president, I will do everything I can to extend the solvency of Social Security and expand benefits for people who desperately need them,” Sanders promises in the ad titled “Social Security.”

“Bernie Sanders understands how pharmaceutical companies and major medical companies are ripping us off,” Mari Cordes, a registered nurse from Lincoln, Vermont, says in an ad on the cost of health care. “He’s the only one who can bring real change.”

“The 15 richest Americans acquired more wealth in two years than the bottom 100 million people combined,” Sanders says into the camera before laying out his plan to make the wealthy pay their fair share and bring prosperity to working Americans in a fourth ad titled “Bottom 100 Million.”

The new ads come on the heels of Sanders’ two millionth contribution and a 12-point pickup in the latest CNN/ORC national poll, including growing support among what the pollster refers to as non-white voters. The latest The Economist/YouGov poll shows Sanders gaining significant ground. Sanders is currently campaigning in Nevada where more than 2,000 people turned out to see him speak just two days after Christmas.

NEXTGEN Climate Is Pushing Climate Change To The Forefront Of Our Political Discussions

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NextGen Climate is an organization dedicated to bringing climate change to the forefront of American politics. In 2016, that means playing a big role in the upcoming election by holding politicians accountable to lay out their plans to address the risks of climate change and accelerate our country’s transition to a clean energy economy.  Voters across the country and right here in New Hampshire are eager for leaders who are ready to solve this problem—and we‘re organizing across our state to demand solutions.   

state_lead-horizontal_R-01Climate change threatens to have devastating impacts on our economy. Left unaddressed, climate change will reduce U.S. GDP 5 percent by 2050. In New Hampshire, we’re already experiencing the impacts firsthand. Our state has seen a 70 percent uptick in severe weather events in the last 15 years and warmer temperatures are already starting to dampen the tourism industry that the Granite State’s economy depends on. The moose population is greatly harmed by the heightened presence of moose ticks, the quality and availability of seafood and maple syrup is suffering, and the shorter winters are shrinking New Hampshire’s ski season. 

But the good news is that we have the solutions at hand clean energy, which will not only help solve climate change, but will also create jobs and strengthen our economy . Transitioning to clean energy is a common sense approach to create jobs and support broad-based economic growth that will benefit American families. We’re asking our leaders to lay out their plans to achieve 50 percent clean energy by 2030 and 100 percent clean energy by 2050. And a new report commissioned by NextGen Climate America concludes that accelerating the transition to a clean energy economy will create over a million jobs by 2030 and up to two million jobs by 2050—creating new opportunities for Americans across the country. 

This is tremendous progress by any standard, but to make this type of progress while also preventing climate disaster and promoting prosperity for all Americans? That’s a remarkable opportunity.

Nextgen 3NextGen Climate intends to take advantage of that opportunity, using the election cycle as a platform to educate voters on the importance of this issue—ensuring that Granite Staters don’t simply act on climate, but that they also vote on climate. 

Americans of every political stripe are ready for the transition to a clean energy economy. Fifty-four percent Republican voters across the country are more likely to vote for a candidate that supports #50by30, and 69 percent of swing-state voters agree. And that number jumps to 74% among young voters, who will be disproportionately affected by climate change.

A majority of Americans from both parties want to see us transition to a clean energy economy and the technology to do so is available and affordable. We have never been so desperately in need of action on climate change, but we have also never been so prepared to act. NextGen Climate is determined to make this tremendous potential a reality by educating and empowering Granite Staters and electing public officials who listen to voters and lay out their concrete plans to help build a stronger, cleaner future for our kids. 

Editors note: This is the first of many posts to come from NextGen-NH.  Starting today, NextGen-NH will begin posting a weekly editorial on the NH Labor News every Thursday. 

As TPP Text Is Revealed Our Worst Fears Are Becoming Reality

Our worst fears are becoming reality as the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership was finally released to the public. At 4 am, under the cover of darkness, the White House quietly released the text of the largest trade agreement in history.

Do you want to know what is in it? Do you have a few dozen hours to spend reading stereo instructions? Well here you go, you can read it all for yourself here.

The initial response from many in organized labor was that the text of the TPP was “deeply disturbed“ and “worse than we thought.”

“We are deeply disappointed that our policy recommendations and those of our trade reform allies in the environmental, consumer, public health, global development and business sectors were largely ignored,” said Richard Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO.

“It is clear that the threats of this expansive new agreement outweigh its benefits—for good jobs, for democracy, for affordable medicines, for consumer safety and for the environment,” Trumka added.

As thousands of legal analysts and labor scholars scour over the hundreds and hundreds of pages of text, it is becoming more and more clear that we must put a stop to this trade agreement once and for all!

“Our message to Members of Congress is a simple one – listen to the concerns of UFCW members, everyday Americans and even the leading voices in the current Presidential race – and defeat the TPP once and for all,” said Marc Perrone, President of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union.

Decades later we are still reeling from the effects of the North American Free Trade Agreement and the decimation it caused to our manufacturing base and our economy.

NAFTA was supposed to be the great equalizer. It would boost American manufacturing, increase our domestic exports, and grow our economy.

What we now know is that it did increase manufacturing in foreign countries, it reduced our domestic exports, it exported millions of good paying union jobs, and make lots of greedy capitalists’ even more wealthy.

We are hearing the same thing now from President Obama. The White House sent out a letter tonight encouraging people to read the TPP agreement and promises that will help American workers.

“[The TPP] will boost Made-in-America exports abroad while supporting higher-paying jobs right here at home. And that’s going to help our economy grow.”

The deal does nothing to combat one of the biggest problems effecting our current trade, currency manipulation.

State run companies in China gain huge trade advantages as the value of their currency shifts to ensure they are always the best “value.” They are gaming the system, and there is nothing the TPP is doing to address that.

How are workers in Michigan going to compete with textile workers in China who make $1.00 a day and have zero health and safety protections in their workplaces?  The fact is that we cannot compete with that and this agreement will not solve that.

We will have to wait and see what happens next.

America Needs Good Jobs Now!

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In my job as a Labor Services Representative for the New York State Department of Labor for over 30 years, I witnessed the unending loss of decent paying jobs. I saw too what this loss does to people—their struggles to support a family, get medical care, their inability to afford a college education for their children. Many people today are stuck in a minimum wage job with no future and very little hope.

The poor job market manifests itself in a controversial and cruel situation. Numerous sectors of the economy, including large retail stores like Target and Urban Outfitters and many fast food chains, subject their employees to grueling on-call schedules. With these a worker doesn’t know how many days and hours he or she will be called to work in a given week, or whether they will work at all. This makes being able to pay one’s bills and arrange child care all but impossible. In a market where jobs are plentiful, employers would never be able to get away with such exploitative behavior.

Why Aren’t There More Good Jobs?

In an article in the New York Times this past July 2, 2015, there was this telling headline: “The New Jobs Numbers Are Weaker than They Look.” Author Neil Irwin writes:

With revisions that wacked 60,000 jobs off the April and May numbers, there is a modest downward trend evident in job growth in the last few months.

This revising of job growth numbers downward has continued, and as the article also notes wages are not going up. This crippling stagnation of wages comes from an enormous loss of jobs over these last few decades.

As a job interviewer, I saw firsthand the agonizing loss of thousands of manufacturing jobs in every borough of New York City. There was, for instance, the A&P food packing plant staffed by United Food and Commercial Workers union members. The company left Brooklyn for upstate New York, where they got large tax breaks from Albany and paid wages considerably lower than in Brooklyn. Then, a few years later when the incentives expired, the company pulled out and relocated to a new area where persons were desperate for jobs. They received another round of government tax breaks which we, the taxpayers, paid for. As was described in an earlier post on this blog, A&P has declared bankruptcy. Today they are selling off their stores at auction, and the likelihood for its unionized workforce to get good paying jobs elsewhere is painfully uncertain.

The Cause of Unemployment & Economic Injustice

I’ve learned from the education Aesthetic Realism a clear explanation of this ongoing and massive loss of jobs and the resulting poverty wages now so current across the U.S. In an issue of the international periodical The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known, Ellen Reiss, Aesthetic Realism Chairman of Education, writes: (TRO 1826)

We should be very clear. The cause of unemployment is the profit system: the fact that you’re able to work only if some individual can make profit from your labor….I have written often about what Eli Siegel, in the 1970’s, was the philosopher, educator, historian, and economist to show: economics based on seeing people contemptuously, in terms of how much money you can get out of them, no longer works….Today, in order for profit economics to continue at all, people have to be made poorer and poorer….

The increasing poverty in America is caused by the desire of certain persons to keep the profit way going when it is a mortally ailing thing. The situation can be described quantitatively. The wealth generated when something is produced is of a certain amount. Today, in order for owners and stockholders to get a lot of that amount, they must make sure less and less goes to the workers. That is why various persons are on such a ferocious, lying campaign to destroy unions: because unions fight for what workers deserve.

A Vivid Instance in Sparta, Tennessee

A shameful instance of making people poorer and poorer while corporate executives and shareholders rake in profits is told of in an article titled Losing Sparta: The Bitter Truth Behind the Gospel of Productivity by Esther Kaplan, published in the Virginia Quarterly Review in 2014. Ms. Kaplan writes about a profitable factory in Sparta, Tennessee, which made lighting fixtures, produced by International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers members, who were skilled and turned out quality products as they earned wages that enabled them to support families and live with some decency. The factory, however, was bought by Philips, a multinational corporation which began laying workers off and outsourced the jobs to Mexico. There, workers doing the same jobs are paid as little as $9 a day, an obscenely pitiful amount clearly insufficient for anyone to support a family—or themselves, for that matter. The jobs lost as a result of the brutal layoffs in the Philips plant have not been recovered and those workers in White County, Tennessee, are still unemployed, or working part-time in whatever work there is to be found—which is mostly close to or at minimum wage.

What happened in Sparta, including the ultimate destruction of the union there, made me—a proud union member with PEF (Professional Employees Federation) for 25 years—more determined than ever to fight for justice to the working people of our great nation. The people of Tennessee and every state of the union deserve to have productive, useful, and happy lives. I passionately believe the study of what Aesthetic Realism shows about the economy and unions is the path to that happening!

The Viable & Urgently Needed Solution to Joblessness

What is the alternative to our profit driven economy which has ruined countless lives? Mr. Siegel put the matter succinctly and resoundingly. He said: “Jobs for usefulness, not profit.” And in issue 1348  ofThe Right Of, Unions and Beauty, Ellen Reiss writes:

The question Americans now have to answer is one I have asked here before: What should be sacrificed—decent jobs for millions of Americans; or profits of individuals who didn’t earn them, so that millions of people can have decent, dignified lives? There can no longer be both. Another question is: If no one were making personal profit from the work of others, and everyone were making a good living and feeling expressed—would that be good? Would that be beautiful? ethical? truly American? The answer is yes!

Richita Anderson grew up in Horseheads, NY. She graduated from SUNY Cortland with a degree in history and served as past president of the New York City subchapter of District 1 of the International Association of Workforce Professionals. Today she is the Aesthetic Realism Class Registrar and a consultations coordinator at the Aesthetic Realism Foundation in New York City’s SoHo.


Originally posted on Unions Matter and reposted with permission.

Nashua Custodians Take Their Case To The People At Nashua’s Fall Festival

Nashua custodians took to the streets today to inform Nashuans that the Board of Education is not looking out for the best interests of the Nashua’s schools, with their plans to privatize the school custodians’ jobs.

The Board of Education has made the wrong choice but are unwilling to listen to the people of Nashua who are trying to show them the error of their ways.

AFSCME Council 93 members, the union that represents the custodians in the Nashua school district, were at today’s fall festival passing out informational flyers (include below the image) about the effects of privatization on our schools and the city.

Do you want some low-wage stranger walking around you kids schools? Or do you want a dedicated, professional, public servant with years of experience and personal connections to the schools and the children?  The choice is clear.

If you live in Nashua, please contact the Board of Education members (below) and tell them that you oppose this plan to privatize the custodians’ jobs and ask them to reconsider their decision.


AFSCME Council 93 members passing out information at the Nashua Fall Festival (image courtesy of AFSCME 93)

Privatization is Wrong for Nashua: Save the 101!

  • When these positions are contracted out, there is a revolving door of strangers, with unknown histories and backgrounds, as opposed to a custodian who is part of the fiber of the school community. Look no further than our neighboring Chelmsford, MA where privatized custodians were caught stealing children’s prescription drugs from the nurse, food from the school cafeteria, raiding students’ lockers, and stealing computer equipment. Do we feel safe knowing this will become our children’s’ education environment?
  • Private contractors cut corners to increase profits which come at the expense of quality. Current Nashua school custodians always go the extra mile to ensure our students have the cleanest environment possible. Many things they do now, like snow removal, will not be covered by the private contractor and result in additional costs.
  • When services are privatized, there is a loss of accountability and control. When Nashua residents have a complaint about a contracted service, the Board of Education becomes only a “middleman” who can often do little more than complain in turn to the contractor or enter into costly contract renegotiations or termination proceedings. Currently, if there is an issue, parents can come directly to the school, the custodian, or the union. Are we ready to give up control, Nashua?
  • When school employees, who are parents and grandparents of district schoolchildren, lose good jobs in our schools, they are pushed into unemployment and poverty. The local economy and stability of neighborhoods is harmed and the School District is obligated to cover unemployment insurance costs. School employees, instead of strengthening the community, will need public benefits just to make ends meet. Does that align with the values us as residents of Nashua hold dear?

Custodians need YOUR help to clean up the Board of Education’s mess! Please contact the Board of Education and tell them you are opposed to the elimination of 101 custodians!

Member Phone
George Farrington (603) 889-2779
Steven G. Haas (603) 889-1326
Robert G. Hallowell (603) 888-6488
William E. Mosher (603) 889-5526
David K. Murotake (603) 889-4568
Dorothy Oden (603) 880-8772
Elizabeth Van Twuyver (603) 883-5723
Sandra Ziehm (603) 883-2882

Residents of Nashua: Are These the Type
News Headlines We Want For OUR Schools?

Please contact members of the Nashua School Board NOW
and tell them to abandon their plans to privatize school custodian services.


This Info-Graphic Dispels The Myth That Immigrants Don’t Pay Taxes

Nevada is a key state in the 2016 election and thanks to Donald Trump insulting immigrants he has pushed immigration reform to one of the top three issues in this election.

Tonight, Democrats will face off in Las Vegas in the first Democratic debate and there is no doubt that immigration will be one of the questions candidates will be forced to discuss.  The American Immigration Council posted this info-graphic about how much immigrants contribute to the Nevada (and US) economy.

From the American Immigration Council

There are few states where the growing political and economic clout of immigrants, Latinos, and Asians is as apparent as in Nevada. Immigrants (the foreign-born) make up roughly 1 in 5 Nevadans, and 47.4% of them are naturalized U.S. citizens who are eligible to vote. Immigrants and the children of immigrants account for just over 20.8% of all registered voters in the state. Immigrants are not only essential to the state’s economy as workers, but also account for billions of dollars in tax revenue and consumer purchasing power. Moreover, Latinos and Asians (both foreign-born and native-born) wield over $24.9 billion in consumer purchasing power, and the businesses they own had sales and receipts of $7 billion and employed more than 45,000 people at last count. Immigrant, Latino, and Asian workers, consumers, and entrepreneurs are integral to Nevada’s economy and tax base—and they are an electoral force with which every politician must reckon.

We all know that evicting 11 million aspiring Americans is not feasible but it would also do massive damage to our economy and how we fund our government.

  • “If all unauthorized immigrants were removed from Nevada, the state would lose $9.7 billion in economic activity, $4.3 billion in gross state product, and approximately 45,533 jobs.”
  • “Latinos in Nevada paid $1.7 billion in federal taxes and $627 million in state/local taxes in 2013.”

Full details and citations from the AIC are below the image.

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Nearly 1 in 5 Nevadans are immigrants.

  • The foreign-born share of Nevada’s population rose from 8.7% in 1990, to 15.8% in 2000, to 19% in 2013, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Nevada was home to 529,164 immigrants in 2013, which greater than the total population of Tucson, Arizona.
  • 47.4% of immigrants in Nevada (or 250,949 people) were naturalized U.S. citizens in 2013—meaning that they are eligible to vote.
  • Unauthorized immigrants comprised 7.6% of the state’s population (or 210,000 people) in 2012, according to a report by the Pew Hispanic Center.
  • 20.8% (or 244,551) of all registered voters in Nevada are “New Americans”—naturalized citizens or the U.S.-born children of immigrants who were raised during the current era of large-scale immigration from Latin America and Asia which began in 1965—according to an analysis of 2012 Census Bureau data by the American Immigration Council.

Latinos and Asians make up one-third of all Nevadans—and they vote.

  • The Latino share of Nevada’s population grew from 10.4% in 1990, to 19.7% in 2000, to 27.5% (or 767,054 people) in 2013. The Asian share of the population grew from 2.9% in 1990, to 4.5% in 2000, to 7.7% (or 215,121 people) in 2013, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
  • Latinos comprised 14.9% (or 157,000) of Nevada voters in the 2012 elections, and Asians 6.4% (or 67,000), according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
  • In Nevada, 86.8% of children with immigrant parents were U.S. citizens in 2009, according to data from the Urban Institute.
  • In 2009, 90.6% of children in Asian families in Nevada were U.S. citizens, as were 90.2% of children in Latino families.

Immigrant, Latino, and Asian entrepreneurs and consumers add tens of billions of dollars and tens of thousands of jobs to Nevada’s economy.

  • The 2014 purchasing power of Nevada’s Latinos totaled $15.7 billion—an increase of 1,076% since 1990. Asian buying power totaled $9.3 billion—an increase of 1,575% since 1990, according to the Selig Center for Economic Growth at the University of Georgia.
  • Immigration boosts housing values in communities. From 2000 to 2010, according to the Americas Society/Council of the Americas, the value added by immigration to the price of the average home was $19,800 in Clark County.
  • Nevada’s 18,035 Latino-owned businesses had sales and receipts of $3.2 billion and employed 21,922 peoplein 2007, the last year for which data is available. The state’s 17,542 Asian-owned businesses had sales and receipts of $3.8 billion and employed 23,862 people in 2007, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Survey of Business Owners.
  • From 2006 to 2010, there were 20,000 new immigrant business owners in Nevada, and they had total net business income of $1.1 billion, which makes up 16.8% of all net business income in the state, according to Robert Fairlie of the University of California, Santa Cruz.
  • In 2010, 20.2% of all business owners in Nevada were foreign-born, according to the Fiscal Policy Institute. In 2013, 25.9% of business owners in the Las Vegas-Paradise metropolitan area were foreign-born, according to the Fiscal Policy Institute and Americas Society/Council of the Americas. Furthermore, 37.4% of “Main Street” business owners—owners of businesses in the retail, accommodation and food services, and neighborhood services sectors—in the Las Vegas-Paradise metro area were foreign-born in 2013. 

Immigrants are essential to Nevada’s economy as workers and taxpayers.

  • Immigrants comprised 24.4% of the state’s workforce in 2013 (or 347,008 workers), according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
  • Latinos in Nevada paid $1.7 billion in federal taxes and $627 million in state/local taxes in 2013, according to the Partnership for a New American Economy. In particular, foreign-born Latinos paid $914 million in federal taxes and $358 million in state/local taxes.
    • The federal tax contribution of Illinois’ Latino population included $1.3 billion to Social Security and $302 million to Medicare in 2013. Foreign-born Latinos contributed $723 million to Social Security and $169 million to Medicare that year.
  • Latino immigrants comprised about 16% of the state’s entire workforce in 2005, and an even higher share in select industries: 81% of the agricultural workforce, 47% of the construction and mining workforce, and 22% of the entertainment and tourist services workforce, according to a 2007 report from the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada.

Unauthorized immigrants are integral to Nevada’s economy as workers and consumers.

  • Unauthorized immigrants comprised 10.2% of the state’s workforce in 2012 (or 150,000 workers), according to a report by the Pew Hispanic Center.
  • If all unauthorized immigrants were removed from Nevada, the state would lose $9.7 billion in economic activity, $4.3 billion in gross state product, and approximately 45,533 jobs, even accounting for adequate market adjustment time, according to a report by the Perryman Group. 

Unauthorized immigrants pay taxes.

  • Unauthorized immigrants in Nevada paid $93.9 million in state and local taxes in 2012, according to data from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, which includes $71.9 million in sales taxes and $22 million in property taxes.
  • Were unauthorized immigrants in Nevada to have lawful permanent residence, they would pay almost $103.3 millionin state and local taxes, including $79 million in sales taxes and $24.2 million in property taxes.

Immigrants are important to Nevada’s economy as students.

  • Nevada’s 2,336 foreign students contributed over $60 million to the state’s economy in tuition, fees, and living expenses for the 2013-2014 academic year, according to NAFSA: Association of International Educators.
  • Foreign students contribute to Nevada’s metropolitan areas. From 2008 to 2012, according to the Brookings Institution, 2,850 foreign students paid $48 million in tuition and $41 million in living costs in the Las Vegas-Paradise metropolitan area.
  • Foreign students also contribute to innovation in Illinois. In 2009, “non-resident aliens” comprised 29.1% of master’s degrees and 44.4% of doctorate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, according to the Partnership for a New American Economy. 

Naturalized citizens excel educationally. 

  • In Nevada, 24.7% of foreign-born persons who were naturalized U.S. citizens in 2011 had a bachelor’s or higher degree, compared to 12.2% of noncitizens. At the same time, only 23.5% of naturalized citizens lacked a high-school diploma, compared to 46.7% of noncitizens.
  • The number of immigrants in Nevada with a college degree increased by 140.9% between 2000 and 2011, according to data from the Migration Policy Institute.
  • In Nevada, 79.8% of children with immigrant parents were considered “English proficient” as of 2009, according to data from the Urban Institute.
  • The English proficiency rate among Asian children in Nevada was 90.6%, while for Latino children it was 81.3%, as of 2009.

When Will NH Manufacturers Quit Fabricating Stories About Not Having Qualified Workers

Manufacturing Tech Expo at College of DuPage 2014 (COD Newsroom FLIKR)

Manufacturing Tech Expo at College of DuPage 2014 (COD Newsroom FLIKR)

This morning the Union Leader posted an article about New Hampshire manufacturers, like GE, who are looking for highly skilled, highly educated workers to fill vacant jobs.

“Signal processing, navigation, optics and measurement are particularly advantaged in New Hampshire,” she said. “No other state is doing this type of advanced manufacturing to the same degree as New Hampshire.”

The state also shines in semi-conductors, complex electronics, precision machining, aerospace and defense, medical devices and technology. But there’s a problem.

“Take precision machining,” said Lands. “We found the average age of a worker in that field is in the mid-50s, which means that precision machining knowledge is walking out the door, and is not easily replaced. It is not something that can be learned from a textbook. It is something that has to be apprenticed at the hands of an experienced machinist.”

Folsum from GE Aviation pointed out that the average age at his plant is 50, and he is trying to hire 300 people. “I think we are representative of a lot of manufacturers,” he said. “That’s why we’re here.”

…”Employers are not expecting high schools or community colleges to turn out master machinists. They’re looking for entry-level employees with the basic skills needed to succeed in an apprenticeship program.”

Two things jump out at me instantly when I read this article.

1. Your aging workforce has probably been working there for decades and those workers started when manufacturing paid workers well and was the gateway to the middle class.   They started when working in a manufacturing plant was a prestigious, well respected position for many people and especially for those who choose not to go to college or were unable to make it.

Manufacturers would hire workers, and in partnership with the union, train them to do the job.  Together the union and the employer would continue to train workers so they could move up and make better money and stay right inside the plant.

Now manufacturing has changed.  It is highly technical and many employers require college degrees before they will even consider an employee.  This leads into my second question.

2. What are you paying these “apprentices” in your manufacturing plants?

You cannot expect college graduates, most likely with massive student loan debt, to jump up and take a job in a manufacturing plant at rock-bottom wages.  Now I do not know what GE, or the others, offer in starting pay (because they do not post it on their jobs listings), but I would venture a guess that it is not high enough.

For a long time now New Hampshire has had a problem with our young workers leaving the state and our population growing older and older.  The “graying” of the workforce is a combination of low-wages offered by employers and high cost of living, so young people are fleeing the state.  (This is also in part to our extremely high cost of college.)  They go off to find jobs in cheaper places to live.  They are not finding better jobs, but they feel they are making more because they spend less to live.

I am glad the Governor, Colleges and Universities, and business leaders are coming together to talk about the needs of the business community, however you have to stop telling us that there are no workers with the education you require.

According to national data from EPI, the unemployment rate of 2015 college graduates is 7.9% and an under-employment rate of 14.9%.

The people are out there but what are NH manufactures willing to do to attract them here?  The simple solution is to raise the wages and you will attract highly educated, highly qualified individuals who would like to live and work in New Hampshire.

Manufacturing’s problem is not that there are not enough educated workers out there to do the job, it is there are not enough college educated adults willing to do the work for the wages you offer.


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