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RED ACTION ALERT
February 18, 2012
Dear AFT-NH Member,
Good faith? Is it good faith for the House Labor Committee in these last days before they take action on bills to consider an amendment that would dishonor your union contracts when they expire and go straight after your negotiated insurance benefits.
Definitely not good faith!
The Chairman of the Labor Committee, Rep. Gary Daniels has submitted an amendment that would automatically disregard the provisions of your contracts and require that the employee must pay half of the entire increase in insurance benefits. So, if you are already paying 10%, 15%, 17% , 20% or 30% of your insurance premium—that is not enough for him. Instead of you paying your percentage share of the premium, you would have to pay half of the total increase. What more do they want?
I NEED you to have my back when I testify yet again before this Committee on Tuesday morning. They must know that you are watching and that you care. They must understand that they are driving employees out of the professions they love.
If they have heard from hundreds of you before Tuesday morning, they will know this is outrageous and it has the same effect of breaking promises made through negotiations.
TAKE ACTION THIS WEEKEND!
IF THE AMENDMENT TO HB 1206 IS NOT DEFEATED, THE COST FOR YOUR INSURANCE BENEFITS WILL SKYROCKET!
Recap of what’s happening
The House Labor, Industrial And Rehabilitative Services Committee is holding a hearing on HB 1206 amendment 2012-0823h on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 11 am in Representatives Hall (State House). This Daniel’s amendment will drastically increase employee (your) health insurance costs. When your contract expires and no new contract is in place, the employee and employer would split the cost of the increase.
The above amendment is just another attack that Speaker O’Brien and his tea party extremists are pushing. They are slowing chopping away at your rights and we cannot let this happen! You must take action by calling or emailing the committee members and ask that they make the recommendation to defeat all the bills and amendments that take away your voice in the workplace and erode your rights under your contract.
The House Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services Committee Members will be making recommendations on all these bills / amendments on Tuesday, February 21, 2012. It is very important that you contact the committee members.
Feel free to use the below script when you email the House Labor, Industrial And Rehabilitative Services Committee. [It is one click for all of their addresses in the upper right hand corner.]
There are more details on each bill or amendment in the script below. If calling it is important not to engage in a debate with the committee members. Stick to the points below and do not go off script. Please email me at email@example.com with responses from the committee members so we can keep track of where they are on these attacks.
SAMPLE EMAIL TO LABOR COMMITTEE OR WRITE A BRIEF NOTE TO SAY NO TO ALL OF THESE BILLS! [Feel free to cut and paste.]
Dear House Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services Committee Member,
When did teachers, police officers, firefighters and other public employees become the enemy? We know this does not reflect the view of NH citizens. Polling shows us that more than 60% of NH residents support collective bargaining for public employees. It is time to stop this governmental interference and political gridlock. Let’s get back to the real issue of improving our economy and creating jobs.
I fully support the current collective bargaining laws in the state of NH and I am asking that you DEFEAT any legislation that either erodes or repeals collective bargaining laws for public employees and private sector employees.
Please vote NO on the following bills to preserve our NH advantage and stop these attacks on working families in NH!
• HB 1163, new title: relative to disclosure of collective bargaining agency fees.
• HB 1206, new title: relative to continuing obligations under expired public employee labor agreements.
• HB 1163, relative to the withholding union dues from wages,
• HB 1587, relative to employer safety programs,
• HB 1427, relative to declaring that private contracting of governmental operations shall not be deemed an unfair labor practice,
• HB 1206, prohibiting the state from withholding union dues from the wages of state employees,
• HB 1570, relative to the duty of a public employee labor organization to represent employees who elect not to join or to pay dues or fees to the employee organization.
• HB 1685-FN-L, relative to collective bargaining under the public employee labor relations statutes.
• HB 1645-FN, prohibiting all public employees from participating in collective bargaining.
• HB 1663, (Right to Work “for less” for Public Employees and Exclusive Representation): relative to payment of union fees by non-members.
• HB 1677 (Right to Work “for less” for Public Employees and Exclusive Representation): relative to choice as to whether to join a labor union and eliminating the duty of a public employee labor organization to represent employees who elect not to join or to pay dues or fees to the employee organization.
I ask that you defeat these bills and amendments.
Thank you for your support.
[Your Name and Address]
There will be public hearings on the amendments to both HB 1163 and HB 1206 on Tuesday , 2/21 starting at 9am. If you are able to attend to show a sign of solidarity, please let me know by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACTION REQUESTED If you are not able to attend please, send an email (see above) to the House Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services Committee.
10:00 a.m. Public hearing on proposed amendment to HB 1163, new title: relative to disclosure of collective bargaining agency fees.
This amendment applies to state employee unions. They would have to disclose the cost breakdown of each component that comprises such fees, including a certified statement by the negotiator for the bargaining unit showing the cost, per employee, of such negotiation.
11:00 a.m. Public hearing on proposed amendment to HB 1206, new title: relative to continuing obligations under expired public employee labor agreements.
Rep. Daniels has put in an amendment which will drastically increase employee health insurance costs without bargaining benefits this Amendment to HB 1206 would do the following:
When your contract expires and no new contract is in place, the employee and employer would equally split the cost of the increase.
Instead of paying the $250 increase, you would split the total increase of $2,500 for the plan and your increase would now be $1,250.You would now be paying the $1250 on top of the $2500 which equals $3,750.
Keep in mind the above is just an example. We know most of you pay far more than 10% for health insurance. The way this amendment is worded “employee insurance benefits” is not just health insurance but all insurances!
BILLS OR AMENDMENTS DETAILS. It would also be great if you could attend the work session on the bills listed below.
Room 307, LOB
1:00 p.m. Continued Full committee work sessions on
HB 1587, relative to employer safety programs,
This bill increases the number of employees to 15 that are needed to form a safety committee.
HB 1427, relative to declaring that private contracting of governmental operations shall not be deemed an unfair labor practice,
Prime Sponsor: Rep. Neal Kurk, Hills. 7 (R-Weare) Another famous Kurk amendment! He submitted an amendment to this bill that would allow the public employer to break a contract and outsource during the term of a contract!
HB 1206, new title: relative to continuing obligations under expired public employee labor agreements.
HB 1570, relative to the duty of a public employee labor organization to represent employees who elect not to join or to pay dues or fees to the employee organization.
Sound good? Not at all. This means non-members would negotiate individually with the employer. We know what that means-unfairness, nepotism and chaos in the workplace. This will also lead to unnecessary litigation for cities, towns and school districts.
HB 1685-FN-L relative to collective bargaining under the public employee labor relations statutes.
This bill changes definition of supervisors and excludes certain supervisors from being represented by a union -excludes firefighters and nurses) This bill would not allow supervisors from being represented by a union—this is a total repeal of collective bargaining for supervisors. There is a current process in place before the PELRB to determine whether or not supervisors should be included in a bargaining unit.
To read AFT-NH testimony click here.
HB 1645-FN, prohibiting all public employees from participating in collective bargaining.
This bill has been amended by Rep Lambert stating this is an “improved bill”. AFT-NH oppose this amendment and do not believe it is an approved bill. To read AFT-NH testimony click here.
Below are some of the points to this amendment.
1.Every time a local union ratified a new contract that there would need to be an election whether or not to decertify the union;
2.Any time there is mediation or fact-finding on negotiations, it would need to be open to the public;
3.If a negotiating team rejects a fact-finder’s report, there would be a public hearing before the union membership votes on the fact-finding report.
HB 1663 (Right to Work “for less” for Public Employees and Exclusive Representation)
This is not only RTW again but adds the provisions of HB 1570 that would deny non-members the benefits of the contract and would be costly, chaotic and confusing to public employers.
HB 1677 (Right to Work “for less” for Public Employees and Exclusive Representation)
This bill is similar to HB 1663
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