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Middle Class Rally To Cancel The Cuts (March 21th)

DATE CHANGED TO MARCH 21’s DUE TO WEATHER!!!!

The bullies in Congress are holding the economy hostage with across-the-board budget cuts that will cost 750,000 jobs this year.

They are using these budget cuts as “leverage” to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits—with the collateral damage hurting seniors, students, working families and the U.S. economy—and to protect loopholes for Wall Street and the richest 2% of Americans. This didn’t have to happen. CONGRESS HAD A CHOICE!

NH AFL-CIO and Maine AFL-CIO are partnering for this public action to draw attention to the impact of sequestration cuts on thousands of middle-class jobs at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and the inevitable economic ripple effect on the Seacoast community.

MIDDLE CLASS RALLY to CANCEL the CUTS

MARCH 21, 2013 @ 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm
Prescott Park – entrance on corner of Marcy & State Streets
Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Please join us in Portsmouth on March 20
Use this link to sign up!

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Middle Class Rally To Cancel The Cuts (March 21th)

DATE CHANGED TO MARCH 21’s DUE TO WEATHER!!!!

The bullies in Congress are holding the economy hostage with across-the-board budget cuts that will cost 750,000 jobs this year.

They are using these budget cuts as “leverage” to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits—with the collateral damage hurting seniors, students, working families and the U.S. economy—and to protect loopholes for Wall Street and the richest 2% of Americans. This didn’t have to happen. CONGRESS HAD A CHOICE!

NH AFL-CIO and Maine AFL-CIO are partnering for this public action to draw attention to the impact of sequestration cuts on thousands of middle-class jobs at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and the inevitable economic ripple effect on the Seacoast community.

MIDDLE CLASS RALLY to CANCEL the CUTS

MARCH 21, 2013 @ 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm
Prescott Park – entrance on corner of Marcy & State Streets
Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Please join us in Portsmouth on March 20
Use this link to sign up!

march 20 rally flierPNG

Come Support Your NH USPS Workers on March 17th In Manchester

Rally to Protect Saturday Mail Delivery and Strengthen the Postal Service at Manchester City Hall Plaza at 12:00pm Sunday March 17th.

NALC Save Americas Postal Service

Concerned Citizens throughout America will rally in other states on March 24 to protect Saturday mail delivery and demand that Congress deliver a better plan to strenghten the Postal Service for the future.  The New Hampshire rally in Manchester will take place at City Hall Plaza on March 17 at noon because of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on the 24th, and all members of the community are invited to attend.

The Postal Service’s plan to shrink the Postal Service and end six-day service is an attack on the future of this great institution, on the customers who need it, and on the employees who support it.  Many Americans – especially smaill-business owners, senior citizens and rural resident-would suffer if the strength and reach of our Postal Service is compromised.  In addition, cutting Saturday mail would delay important household and business transactions, including bills, invoices and personal communications, and may force customers to shift to high-cost competing services.

The US Postal Service is America’s only universal communications network reaching every address in America six days a week.  Established by the Constitution and using no taxpayer funding for its operations, the Postal Service is a vital public institution that New Hampshire cannot afford to be dismantled.

For more information contact Wayne Alterisio

Strong Labor Opposition To Senate Bill 37 (The bill to restrict collective bargaining in NH)

When you talk about cutting collective bargaining rights for public employees, the labor unions come out in droves.  As they should. Thats why we form unions.  One solid voice to speak for the membership.

Today was no different.  At the committee hearing for Senate Bill 37, “an act relative to management rights under collective bargaining” members and representatives from many of the public sector unions came out in strong opposition to this bill.  To speak against the bill was Kurt Ehrenberg from the NH AFL-CIO. Glen Milner from the Professional Fire Fighters Association (PFF-NH).  James Allmenginger spoke on behalf of NEA-NH. Harriet Spencer spoke on behalf of AFSCME.    Even the unions who were unable to attend, like AFT-NH, submitted written testimony against the bill.

All of the testimony was pretty much the same.  Why are we attacking the collective bargaining process that has worked so well for everyone in New Hampshire for the last forty plus years.

“It guts much of collective bargaining and much of the collective bargaining agreements in existence,” said James Allmenginger,  NEA New Hampshire.

“We see this as an attack on public employees in New Hampshire,” said Kurt Ehrenberg, political and legislative field director for the New Hampshire AFL-CIO.

“It is a radical piece of legislation that upsets the apple cart and takes the state back 40 years” said Glen Milner of the PFF-NH

SB37 basically gives all the power to management by making everything ‘management rights’.  This means that the ‘management’ can set all the rules around, evaluations, disciple, layoffs, and much more.   According to Senator Bragdon “all these things is still subject to negotiations”.  If management sets the rules why would they ever need to negotiate about it?

At the hearing it also became more evident who was pushing for this type of restrictive legislation.  The NH School Boards Association was one of the organizations advocating for the this bill. Their ‘concern’ is all about teacher evaluations. They would want more control in creating (and imposing) their version of teacher evaluations.

Norma Love of the Associated Press paraphrased it perfectly when she wrote:

Betsy Miller, executive director of the New Hampshire Association of Counties, said her group supports anything that increases managerial prerogative. The changes — if adopted — would give more authority to managers, she said”

Collective Bargaining works when both sides have something to win and something to loose.   There must be give and take from both sides.  This type of legislation is contrary to the collective bargaining process.

If the NH School Boards Association has an issue with teacher evaluations, they should look at some of the contracts that other cities and towns have passed.  The Nashua Teachers’ Union (AFT), the Rochester Federation of Teachers (AFT) and Hillsboro Federation of Teachers (AFT) negotiated a teacher evaluation as part of their contract.  This allowed the city and the union to compromise on how the process should work.

Even after all of this information today, I am still confused as to why a very moderate Senator Bragdon would be sponsoring this bill?  Sen Bragdon was the former chairman of the Milford School Board (now just a member).  What is the real goal of this legislation?  Is it really about evaluations or is it about layoff procedures (another negotiated process)? Or disciplinary procedures (another negotiated process)?   Only time will tell.

Oh, Ovide: Video from 2010 Contrasts Ovide’s “Agnostic” Views on Climate Change

Ovide Lamontagne tells Granite State Debate viewers he’s “agnostic” on climate change; Video from 2010 US Senate race says otherwise

GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Ovide Lamontagne has spent most of his campaign trying to hide his extreme record as a tobacco lobbyist, deny his support to block grant Medicare and put our seniors at risk, and downplay his position of putting politicians between a woman and her doctor. Tonight he added climate change denial to his long list of shifting and hidden policies. 1

Ovide told Granite State Debate viewers that he’s “agnostic” on whether climate change exists. Granite State Progress released a video tonight entitled “Ovide Lamontagne: Climate Change Denier” showing the candidate at an August 2010 US Senate Primary debate expressing strong opinions on the matter.

Ovide Lamontagne: Climate Change Denier

http://youtu.be/bLxsbWwPVXQ

Transcript: Debate moderator Nancy Stiles: “Ovide, do you believe that man-made global warming has been proven without a doubt?” Ovide Lamontagne: “No.”

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“Ovide has spent most of his campaign trying to hide his extreme record as a tobacco lobbyist despite public evidence to the contrary, deny his desire to block grant Medicare and put our seniors at risk even though it’s on his own website, and downplay his position of putting politicians between a woman and her doctor while receiving endorsements from groups that support that very position,” said Zandra Rice Hawkins, Director of Granite State Progress. “Tonight he added running from his own record as a climate change denier. Ovide also tried to tell voters that he doesn’t support teaching creationism at the same time he said he would allow creationism to be taught in public schools. Ovide Lamontagne is fast becoming a Mitt Romney flip-flopper replica in his constant quest for higher office.”

“Ovide Lamontagne’s extreme policies would take New Hampshire in a radically different direction.”

 

1 The Lobby NH 10/18/2012; New England College Debate 10/4/2012; Ovide 2012, http://www.ovide2012.com/news/entry/new-hampshire-needs-to-invest-in-its-own-exceptionalism; Keene Sentinel 10/22/2012

Workers Deliver Bad Deals to Guinta’s Office to Protest Fiscal Cliff

Constituents tell Frank: A “Grand Bargain” Is No Bargain for the Middle Class

Frank Guinta is ready to hand Granite Staters a bad deal in the lame duck session of Congress, voters in the 1st congressional district and local labor leaders argued today as they delivered 153 petitions to his Manchester office asking the Congressman to address the nation’s fiscal cliff without devastating New Hampshire workers and their families. The group, including President Laura Hainey of AFT-NH and Mark MacKenzie of the New Hampshire AFL-CIO, delivered a shopping cart of bad deals, including a Do-It-Yourself retirement kit, to the Congressman’s office

When Congress returns for the Lame Duck session on November 13th, it will face a series of high-stakes decisions on jobs and taxes that could have fateful consequences for workers and the economy, including sequestration, the expiration of the Bush tax cuts, and potential changes to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

Guinta’s constituents were quick to express concern at how a wrong step in any of these decisions would impact them. Kim Hayes, a postal worker from Manchester, said that most average Americans would suffer if Medicare and Social Security were cut.

“Many seniors and other middle class Americans would go bankrupt paying for their healthcare bills if they did not have Medicare. This is after contributing to Medicare through payroll deductions their whole life,” she said. “And Social Security is the difference between worrying about every penny you spend and being able to look towards the future with certainty.

President Laura Hainey of AFT-NH explained that there was a simple solution to avoiding the fiscal cliff: ending the Bush tax cuts for the rich and cancelling sequestration. Under that plan, no adjustment to Social Security or Medicare would be necessary.

credit Nora Fredrickson

“It is time that we asked the richest 2% to do their fair share, and time to start focusing on jobs and economy security for working Americans. That is why we are asking Congressman Guinta to end the Bush tax cuts for the rich, end sequestration, preserve the Bush tax cuts for the middle class and protect programs like Social Security that we all depend on. Our families and our jobs depend on it.”

New Hampshire Labor Day Breakfast Delivers a Much Needed “Kick In The Pants”.

The New Hampshire AFL-CIO Labor Day Breakfast took on a whole new dimension for me this Labor Day. I am always expecting a conga line of Democratic politicians kicking off the election cycle with the usual “this is the most important election of your lifetime” speech and you better get your bottom off the couch and engage with your fellow union members and make sure they vote for the candidate that will protect their jobs and benefits. It happens every Labor Day like Kabuki Theater.

Well this was no ordinary Labor Day Breakfast. First of all, our legendary fearless leader NH AFL-CIO President Mark MacKenzie, phoned in his speech because he is recovering from a series of cancer treatments which precluded him from attending this Labor Day Breakfast. The first breakfast I can remember in the fifteen plus years I’ve been attending in which he was not present. His speech had everyone standing on the tables in absolute awe of his tenacity and dedication to the labor movement. He obviously has found a Labor steroid that he is injecting into himself for his tenure as President. He has attended all but one of my State Letter Carrier Conventions in the last six years and kills them. He is such an effective speaker it’s amazing he has not run for Governor.

Then the onslaught continues with the iconic Independent Senator from Vermont, Bernie Sanders. He has been such an outstanding friend of the Labor movement and his speech nailed it. It started with the $256 million handed over to the Republicans in 2001 from President Clinton and explained how the two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, dropped onto America’s credit card, and the tax breaks given to the wealthiest Americans in hope of stimulating the imaginary trickle down economy set us on the course we are on. Those two acts cost us $4 trillion dollars. Goodbye surplus! Then he explained how the attack on financial regulations by Republicans led to the financial collapse on Wall Street and the implosion of the housing industry. And now the Republicans want to take the reins again and do it all over! We are definitely standing at the precipice if we let this happen again. What is left of the Labor Movement must not let this happen.

Then we heard from two magnificent ladies running for Congress. Two term Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, who was a champion for middle class families and veterans, and Annie Kuster who narrowly missed being elected in 2010 by 3500 votes. Had these two been in the last Congress America would be a different place today. There is nothing more important for America than flipping this Congress Democratic.

The cherry on the cake for me was hearing about the Republicans in the New Hampshire House who stood firm in beating back ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Committee) with their draconian anti-family, anti-worker “Right to Work” legislation which would have decimated the Labor movement in New Hampshire. State Representative Lee Quandt spoke to the Labor Day Breakfast how he and 46 other Republicans are against this affront to Labor. I have never seen a Republican speak to the Labor Movement at a Labor Day Breakfast in support of our values. That speaks volumes to the fact that we are right in this fight.

We need all union members to step up and get a shot of Mark MacKenzies’ “Magical Labor Steroids” right in our asses so we can fight the good fight in this upcoming election!

New Hampshire AFL-CIO President Mark MacKenzie on Mitt Romney’s Upcoming Visit to Nashua

Just a few short weeks before the election, Romney is returning to New Hampshire without having presented Granite Staters with a clear picture of what the country would look like under his leadership.

At this point in the campaign, New Hampshire’s working men and women deserve to know just what Romney stands for. What is Romney’s plan for the economy? How will he create the twelve million jobs he has promised us? What are the real consequences for our seniors if his plans for gutting Social Security and turning Medicare into an unafordable voucher program are adopted? How will Romney, if he repeals the Affordable Care Act, ensure that insurance companies do not deny coverage to Americans with preexisting medical conditions?

We cannot afford a President Romney who will not be honest with American workers about his political positions, who willfully spreads untruths about the state of Social Security and Medicare and who refuses to “let his campaign be dictated by fact-checkers”.

While Romney has openly promised to give billions of dollars of our tax money to the richest 2% of Americans, he has repeatedly failed to present any solid evidence that he would be a good choice for working people. We are not stupid, and if Romney really wants to win the presidential election in New Hampshire, he will use his time in Nashua tomorrow to give Granite Staters some answers.

NH Congressional Candidate Carol Shea-Porter Say Today We Thank Working Poeple

Many people already know former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter from her time in office.  She has worked with Labor for a long time.  As Paul O’Connor, President of the Metal Trades Council at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard said,  “we have come a long way”.   O’Connor talked about how the Congresswoman stood with workers when the Bush Administration tried to take away the rights of workers in the Federal Sector.  O’Connor stated, “For that we thank you”.

“Carol is a strong supporter of working people, not just in New Hampshire but across the nation”.  O’Connor continued, “Carol shares our values and our beliefs 100% of the time”.

Carol Shea Porter in Concord opposing the repeal of collective bargaining for public employees in 2012

Former Congresswoman Shea-Porter talked about how Labor Day used to be a “big deal” in her Republican home growing up. “This is the day we thank working men and women.” However that message has changed, dramatically Shea-Porter exclaimed.

Shea-Porter talked about what is at stake this year. She said, “We need you on that field, playing your hardest, because the team that plays the hardest wins”.

The former Congresswoman also talked about the vast amounts of money coming into the elections.  She highlighted the fact that she has signed on to a Constitutional to say that “corporations are not people”.

Listen to the entire speech from Former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter.

The NH AFL-CIO Labor Day Breakfast: Governor John Lynch

Sept 3 2012,

Governor John Lynch

The NH AFL-CIO hosted their annual Labor Day Breakfast at the St George Greek Orthodox Church in Manchester NH.  The place was filled with many big hitters in New Hampshire including the current NH Governor John Lynch.  Governor Lynch was a savior to the labor community this past two years.  His veto of Right to Work for less legislation was only the first of many steps to protect New Hampshire from the extreme actions of the New Hampshire House.

Even as he is in the final stretch of his final term as Governor of New Hampshire, he still and always will oppose Right To Work for less.

It was Governor Lynch’s great leadership that help to pass a new minimum wage law in NH. He also raised a high school drop out age and effectively lowered the number of dropouts in NH to 1% overall.

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Governor John Lynch and Jackie Cilley

Governor Lynch will be greatly missed.  I only pray that we can elect a Governor who will work to protect the rights of workers not tear them down.  We need to elect a Governor who opposed Right to Work for less. One who believes that public service workers are important and have value.

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