Governor Hassan as well as many others took time out of their busy schedules to stop and honor Labor at the New Hampshire AFL-CIO’s annual Labor Day Breakfast.
Labor Day is the one day a year when the entire nation stops to look back and praise the achievements of organized labor throughout history. Some, like Governor Hassan, respect and honor the hard work that union members do every day.
“You all make up the highly skilled workforce that makes up the backbone of our economy,” Hassan said.
Unions have always fought for better pay and better working conditions, and that leads to better pay and better working conditions for all Granite Staters.
“I am proud to stand before you as your Governor and say that, with your support, we have been able to come together, and we have begun to reverse the devastating cuts and misguided policies of the last legislature,” said Hassan.
Governor Hassan has also shown she supports working families by pushing for, and signing, legislation like “Paycheck Fairness,” that work to reduce the income inequality between men and women. She also worked to freeze in-state tuition at the University of New Hampshire schools. She proudly announced that next year the Community College System of NH would actually lower tuition by 5%.
There was one piece of legislation that Governor Hassan was eager to see, that never made it to her desk, and that was an increase in the NH Minimum Wage. The House passed a modest increase over two years, and Governor Hassan was very supportive of that legislation. However, when the bill got to the Senate, it was killed by a party line vote. The Republican’s in the Senate, killed that bill and every Granite Stater should know it.
We need to ensure that this November we elect leaders, like Governor Hassan, who will stand up for working families, who will fight for a minimum wage increase, who will fight to keep expanding our healthcare options, and fight against the corporate greed that is infecting our legislature. We need to ensure that we elect leaders who will oppose Right To Work (for less) in all its forms.
Below is the unedited address given by Governor Hassan at the NH AFL-CIO Labor Day Breakfast.