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Feb. 11th Is Your Chance To Help Raise The Minimum Wage In NH

The fight over raising the minimum wage is heating up.  During President Obama’s State of the Union address he announced that he would use an executive order to mandate that all government contractors pay a minimum wage of $10.10 per hour.  This falls in line with the $10.10 per hour proposal that the President and Democrats have been pushing for months.

During the State of the Union called for more local legislation to push for a higher minimum wage since Congress in unable to pass the proposed increase.

Tonight, I ask more of America’s business leaders to follow John’s lead and do what you can to raise your employees’ wages. To every mayor, governor, and state legislator in America, I say, you don’t have to wait for Congress to act.”

Now is your chance to help pass a minimum wage increase right here in New Hampshire.

from http://standupfl.org/event/national-raise-the-wage-day/

On February 11th the NH House Labor Committee will hear testimony for and against raising the minimum wage.  This is where you can help.  We need people to show up and talk with legislators about why it is important to raise the minimum wage.

The specifics of HB 1403 are to raise the minimum wage to $8.25 in 2015 and then to  $9.00 per hour in 2016.  The bill will also tie the NH minimum wage to inflation, which insures that workers will continue to see an increase as their cost of living increases.

Even if you are not comfortable testifying to the committee about raising the minimum wage, we still need your help.  Just being there to show your support is important.

There are multiple events going on Feb 11th as part of this consolidated push to pass HB 1403.  The Voices of Faith for Humane Public Policy and the NH Faith-Labor Dialogue Project are hosting an ‘Interfaith Prayer Breakfast Calling for the Dignity of All Workers’ at
Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church, (21 Centre Street, Concord) at 8am.
(Please RSVP if you are planning to attend:
economicjustice.nhcucc@gmail.com)

After the interfaith service the NH AFL-CIO is holding a Raise the Wage Press Conference.  Those who support raising the minimum wage are encouraged to attend the press conference, which begins at 9:30 am in the Lobby of the Legislative Office Building.

Then at 10:30 everyone is encouraged to attend and sign in supporting the passage of HB 1403 at the public hearing (Room 305-307 in the Legislative Office Building). If you are interested in offering testimony for this bill, contact Kurt Ehrenberg, kurtehrenberg@nhaflcio.org for information and tips on delivering testimony.

Thousands of minimum wage workers need your help and your support to ensure the passage of HB 1403 to raise the minimum wage here in New Hampshire.

NH Lobby Day Against Right To Work April 4 and 5


Right to Work Senate Hearings – Your Help Needed

The worse-than-the-first right to work bill, HB 1677, has been scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Commerce Committee next week on Wednesday, April 4th. And Speaker O’Brien’s back-up right to work bill for state employees, HB 383, will be heard in the Senate’s Executive Departments and Administration Committee one day later, on Thursday.

This is your LAST CHANCE to speak out against these bills.  If you or your friends and neighbors want to make your voices heard, please come to our labor lobby day on Wednesday. We’ll be gathering at the America Votes office at 4 Park Street at 8 a.m.

Can’t make it during the day on Wednesday but still want to help out? We will be phonebanking members on Wednesday, asking them to talk to their Senators about  what these bills are and why they need to oppose them. Join us in our Hooksett office from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday evening. For more information, please call Judy Stadtman at 479-7207 or the NH AFL-CIO at 623-7302.

Can’t come on Wednesday? We will be holding a second, smaller lobby day on Thursday. Same time, same place.

Our strength is our solidarity. Help us show the NH Senate a strong united labor movement!


Labor Lobby Day
Wednesday, April 4th, at 8 a.m.
4 Park Street, Concord

Labor Lobby Day
Thursday, April 5th, at 8 a.m.
4 Park Street, Concord

A few reminders for this week…

I wanted to give you all a reminder of some of the actions going on in NH this week.  As many of you are probably already aware the New Hampshire labor unions and Protect New Hampshire Families are hosting a lobby day(s) Tomorrow Wed. March 7th from 8:30-5 and Thursday March 8th 8:30-5.  We are gathering at the State House to protest the passage of many anti-worker bills.

For example
HB1677 a modified Right To Work bill
HB1645 which will lead to Employer-led decertification voting
HB1206 which cancels any contract if a new contract is not reached prior to expiration
HB1663 which would take away exclusive bargaining rights for public workers

HB1237 which creates more interference between the State Legislature and Employee/Employer negotiations.

Please join us in our fight against these bills.  We will not be the only people at the State House on Wed/Thurs.  A very concerned group of women’s rights activists will also be at there.  They are fighting against the bill that would allow businesses to forbid paying for contraceptives under their insurance plan. A similar amendment was refused in the US Senate last week.

Also there are many school districts that will be voting on local school district contracts in the coming weeks.  AFT-NH has eight in the next two weeks.
Henniker Community School Support Staff, AFT Local #6314 AFT-NH, AFL-CIO Wednesday, March 7th
Campton Educational Support Staff Association, AFT Local #6004, AFT-NH, AFL-CIO 
Thursday, March 8th
Hillsborough Town Employees, AFT Local #3912, AFT-NH, AFL-CIO  (*New Local-1st Contract!) Tuesday, March 13th
Farmington School Custodians, AFT Local #6212,  AFT-NH, AFL-CIO  Tuesday, March 13th
Hudson School Secretaries, AFT Local #6260, AFT-NH, AFL-CIO 
Tuesday, March 13th
Oyster River Paraprofessionals and Support Staff, AFT Local #6213,  AFT-NH, AFL-CIO (Durham, Lee and Madbury) Tuesday March 13th
Timberlane Teachers’ Association, AFT Local #4796, AFT-NH, AFL-CIO 
Tuesday, March 13th (Atkinson, Danville, Plaistow and Sandown)
Pittsfield Town Employees, AFT Local #6214, AFT-NH, AFL-CIO Saturday, March 17th
Barnstead Education Support Staff Team, AFT Local #6332, AFT-NH, AFL-CIO

The NEA also hase many contracts coming up over the next few weeks
Allenstown — 3/13/2012
Andover — 3/5/2012
Bow — 3/16/2012
Chichester — 3/10/2012
Deerfield — 3/13/2012
Dunbarton — 3/10/2012
Epsom — 3/13/2012
Henniker — 3/7/2012
Hopkinton — 3/17/2012
John Stark — 3/13/2012
Kearsarge — 3/13/2012
Merrimack Valley — 3/8/2012
Pembroke — 3/10/2012
Shaker Regional — 3/9/2012
Weare — 3/13/2012

The State Employees are also voting on contracts

Ashland — Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Meredith — Wednesday, March 14, 2012 Town Meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. at Inter-Lakes High School.
Salem — Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Seabrook — Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Right To Work For Less Lobby Day and Public Hearing Tomorrow!!!

The extreme Anti-Worker agenda is in full swing once again in Concord.  Right To Work for Less is also back for another round.  Speaker Bill O’Brien made promises to make New Hampshire a Right To Work State no matter who opposes him.  Now that the bill is introduced, the public gets a chance to speak on the bill.  Be there to tell the NH House Labor Committee we do not need Right To Work.

It was bad for New Hampshire last year, and its worse this year!

Lobby Day Part 4: Right To Work For Public Employees …HB1663

Lobby Day Part 4: Right To Work For Public Employees …HB1663

Carol Shea-Porter
Former Congresswoman shows her support for
Public Employees

Well we are getting there now.  HB 1663 is not your basic Right To Work bill. The prime sponsor, Rep George Lambert of Litchfield, added a little twist.

HB1663: No collective bargaining agreement between a public employer and the employee organization certified by the board as the exclusive representative of the bargaining unit shall require a public employee who is not a member of the bargaining unit to pay any union fees, dues, or other agency fees. An employee who does not pay union dues or fees shall be considered to have opted out of representation by the bargaining unit.

Do you see the difference? Let me show you. An employee who does not pay union dues or fees shall be considered to have opted out of representation by the bargaining unit.  They basically want to pass a Right To Work bill and an exclusive representation bill all at the same time.  So non-members would not have to pay an agency fee and would also not be represented by the union.

Rep Lambert

RTW for Public Employees would be a first of its kind.  Like HB1570 have never even attempted something like this before.  Right To Work has always been pushed as a “Job Creator”.  How is being a Public RTW State going to bring in jobs?  What it will is make it easier for the Legislature to eliminate pople, by eliminating positions.    One of the things about exclusive representation is that the Unions Represent the people, and the bargaining unit that defines who is covered is the positions they work in.  For example, a file clerk at the state courthouse is covered by SEA /SEIU even if that clerk decided not to join the union. When that file clerk leaves that job and a new person comes in, they would now be covered by the union.  HB1570 confuses this issue.  They say the only people that can be represented are those who choose to join.  The creates more questions as to what positions does the Union represent?  PFF-NH President Dave Lang said it best when he said: “Contracts cover positions”.

PFF-NH Pres. Dave Lang

There was one very important part of this hearing that I would like to bring up.  Some people are going around Concord telling legislators that the NH Unions asked for HB1570.  This is simply a lie.  Representing non-members is just as much a part as representing the dues paying members.  Where they confused this issue I cannot tell you, but almost every Union President who spoke make this point very clear.

This is another bill that should not pass. It is confusing and would be challenged in court.

HB 1237: Public Hearing…. Lobby Day Part 2

After a brief recess the Labor Committee moved into Representatives Hall to accommodate the over 450 people who were in attendance.  The next bill up for discussion was HB 1237.  This was just another bill trying to find ways for the Legislators to interject themselves into the Collective Bargaining process.  This bill would remove the Governor’s assigned negotiating team and replace it with, five people appointed by the Legislature.  This bill is ridiculous in so many ways but I will get to that.

The Prime Sponsor of this bill is Rep Gimas, who I mentioned in yesterday’s post about voluntary dues deductions.  He was the one who wanted to make it illegal to voluntarily donate to the United Way or other programs from your paycheck.  As sponsor of the bill he got to speak and answer questions first.  He explained how currently negotiations for the State Employees were handled between the SEA and the Governor’s appointed Management team.  His problem with this was that State Employees are negotiating with State Employees.  When he was questioned about whether or not the Management team would be effected by the outcome of the Contract he was unsure.

Here are the Facts:  The Management team cannot be covered by the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).   If they were covered by the CBA, they would not be allowed to be on the state’s negotiating team  and they would be represented by the Union at the bargaining table

After he confused people about who the negotiating team was and how they were appointed, he made it very clear that he thought the “Taxpayers” were not represented at the bargaining table and a “Legislator” would better represent the taxpayers.  This is ridiculous!  How can a Union negotiate a CBA with someone who does not know anything about the Day-to-Day business.  Rep Gimas is only concerned about the pay and benefits section of the CBA.  Personally I am not a NH-SEA member but I am a union member and covered by a CBA.  In my CBA we have 130 Articles and only one of those articles deals with PAY Rates!  The Pay article was also taken all the way to binding arbitration by a third party.  So I say again, would a Legislator be familiar with the other 129 Articles of a contract that do not effect the House Budget?  No I do not think so.

Many people got up to speak against this bill including the SEA President Diana Lacey.  She immediately clarified that the Management Team is exactly that Management! They are in now way covered by the CBA, however as Management, they have an intimate knowledge of what goes on every day.  Lastly she stated that for over 40 years the SEA has been negotiating in this way and after the contract is completed it goes to the Legislature for review and approval.  In 40 years the legislature has never denied the contract.

Labor Management relations are just that, a discussion between the Workers and their Bosses!

Americans For Prosperity NH will be there on Nov 30th WILL YOU?

We at NH Labor News have been fighting against Right To Work for many months. I do not need to tell you again how RTW is bad for NH Workers and NH Families. We are winning in the fight! Speaker Bill O’Brien has failed to call the over-ride vote on HB 474 knowing full well he does not have the votes. Now the Speaker is calling two special sessions of the NH House to handle a Constitutional Amendment that will not be looked at by the NH Senate until at least January and to call for Over-Ride Votes.

Saturday is was posted that the Koch Funded Americans For Prosperity of New Hampshire is trying to get members to show up to push for RTW.   Do you want the TEA Party to show up and out number those who Oppose RTW in NH.  I say No!  So what can you do about it?  You can show up and help to lobby your State Reps to Sustain the Governors Veto.  This is a message from Protect New Hampshire Families (FB Page) about the upcoming lobby day.

When: Wednesday, November 30, 2011Time: 8:00am until 4:00pm

Description Stand up for New Hampshire working families by joining Protect NH Families and allies for our next Citizen Lobby Day to defeat the so-called “Right To Work” bill (HB 474). Sign in begins at 8:00 AM at the America Votes office – then we’ll head over to the State House to maintain a visible presence during the special House Session. For more information, contact info@protectnhfamilies.org.

America Votes is located at 4 Park Street, Room 302, Concord, NH (click here for Map)

It is imperative that we continue to fight for all New Hampshire Workers. We must show up and tell them we do not want RTW in NH.  We are so close to winning this battle, though the war on workers still rages on!

BE THERE!!!!
For more information contact me at NHLABOR@GMAIL.COM

Tomorrow Lobby Day against Right To Work!

Labor Organizations and Community action groups are planning a lobby day event at the State House.  New Hampshire Workers will be lobbing against Right To Work.  Hope to see you there!

Lobby Day Against Right To Work
Time: Wednesday, October 12 · 8:30am – 4:00pm
State House, Concord – check in at America Votes
4 Park Street, Room 302
Concord, NH

Support New Hampshire’s Middle Class! Please join our labor partners and community allies when we take a stand to defend the “New Hampshire Advantage” on Wednesday, October 12. Help send the message that “Right to Work” is STILL wrong for New Hampshire’s working families and Main Street businesses, and we’re not backing down until HB 474 is defeated.

Check in at the America Votes office from 8:30-9:15am, then come on over to the State House to be seen and heard by NH House members as they meet for a special session. Need more information? Contact Judy Stadtman, jstadtman@nhaflcio.org or call (603) 479-7217.

If you are on Facebook you can get more information from Protect NH Families. Or on the web at Protect New Hampshire Families.

New Hampshire Workers Lobby against Right To Work

Labor Organizations and Community action groups are planning a lobby day event at the State House.  New Hampshire Workers will be lobbing against Right To Work.  Hope to see you there!

Lobby Day Against Right To Work
Time: Wednesday, October 12 · 8:30am – 4:00pm
State House, Concord – check in at America Votes
4 Park Street, Room 302
Concord, NH

Support New Hampshire’s Middle Class! Please join our labor partners and community allies when we take a stand to defend the “New Hampshire Advantage” on Wednesday, October 12. Help send the message that “Right to Work” is STILL wrong for New Hampshire’s working families and Main Street businesses, and we’re not backing down until HB 474 is defeated.

Check in at the America Votes office from 8:30-9:15am, then come on over to the State House to be seen and heard by NH House members as they meet for a special session. Need more information? Contact Judy Stadtman, jstadtman@nhaflcio.org or call (603) 479-7217.

If you are on Facebook you can get more information from Protect NH Families. Or on the web at Protect New Hampshire Families.

New Hampshire Labor News Network Sunday News

More news on the LGC Scandal from Seacoast Online.

CONCORD — It was just weeks ago when the Department of Labor notified the Local Government Center that “we are watching,” while DOL lawyer Martin Jenkins said, “we’re not breathing down their neck.”
That changed last week when DOL administrator Ellery Hathorn wrote to the LGC with a demand for a detailed accounting of the LGC public employees’ compensation program and an imminent deadline to produce it.

The State Senate will be attempting to override the Governor’s Veto of SB 88 (deadly force bill).  This bill is be opposed by the Governor as well as most of our Brothers in Blue.  Concord Monitor

“Law enforcement has been adamant in their opposition to this bill,” Manning said. “They’re the experts in public safety, and they’re the ones we should be listening to.”

The sunday political round up from Kevin Landrigan. He explains a lot about the Senate override bills coming up this week, as well as many other state issues like “Kimball Resigning”.  Senate Veto vote on tap this week

It looks as if Gov. John Lynch will score some victories – but not all he wants – with the state Senate when it meets Wednesday to take up six of his vetoes.
The Republican-led Legislature broke Lynch’s unbeaten streak earlier this spring, overriding vetoes on three measures, including the mandate that a minor girl notify a parent before having an abortion. 

 Tom Fahey’s sunday round up of local and national politics. This week he talks about SB 88, SB 129 (Voter ID), SB 154 (repeal of RGGI).  He also mentions the NH AFL-CIO will be doing a demonstration at the State House Wed Sept 7th (Click here for information

“THE AFL-CIO plans a demonstration at the State House Tuesday evening to dramatize job losses and underemployment.
“This fall, the working people of New Hampshire need their legislators to focus on finding common-sense solutions to the jobs crisis instead of the political attacks that characterized the last session,” AFL-CIO President Mark MacKenzie said in announcing plans for the event.”

This just announced: Senator to participate in Labor Day Breakfast.

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Sen.Jeanne Shaheen will be among those attending the annual AFL-CIO Labor Day breakfast.
Shaheen plans to deliver remarks at Monday’s breakfast in Manchester.
The breakfast is held to honor workers and this year an emphasis will be put on public workers who helped keep people safe during Tropical Storm Irene.

High Praise given to Police and Firefighers in Manchester after T.S. Irene. This article also includes a run down of the politics in Manchester from Beth Hall. Talks about Mayor Gatas and the 2012-2013 Budget requests and MHT PFF president calling him to “Fix this years Budget First”. Union Leader

“High praise went to city police, firefighters, highway workers and other staff for their efficient handling of the havoc the storm wrought”.

In case you missed it before, here is Mark MacKenzie (Pres of NH AFL-CIO) Labor Day Message. read the entire “Working Families: The real NH advantage”

“Labor Day is traditionally a day that conjures up images of cookouts, extra time with our families and a day off of work. But it’s also a day to recognize the dignity of work and the people who do it — our teachers and construction workers, our firefighters and small business owners, our scientists and manufacturing workers.”

From the Keene Sentinel a message from Democratic Leader Ray Buckley. 

Labor Day has commemorated the contributions of America’s working men and women for over a century. But this year, working men and women are under attack, and remembering the meaning behind this day is more important than ever.

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