North Hampton Firefighters allege labor violation:
An unfair labor practice complaint filed by the North Hampton Professional Firefighters’ union could stall the re-establishment of the town’s paramedic program and puts thousands of dollars in federal grant money at risk, town and union officials said.
The union filed an unfair labor practice charge with the New Hampshire Public Employees Labor Relations Board on July 28, over what it said was an attempt by town officials to deal directly with union members over an expansion of health care plan options. On Sept. 13, the union sought to amend this charge indicating that the town continued to violate the existing contract by directly offering firefighters the opportunity to become paramedics and establishing a 5 percent pay increase for those who complete the training program without union approval.
“We feel that the way the plan was announced is an attempt to circumvent the union,” said North Hampton firefighter Mike Tully. “They have to do it the right way.
Bass and Guinta make watchdog group’s “Most corrupt” list
New Hampshire’s federal representatives have earned a dubious distinction by landing on a watchdog group’s list of “Most corrupt members of Congress.”
The nonprofit Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington on Tuesday said Republican U.S. Reps. Charles Bass and Frank Guinta are on their list of 14 “corrupt” lawmakers.
Group backs national ambulance service to serve Nashua
A city advisory committee has recommended hiring a national ambulance company to replace Rockingham Ambulance at the end of the month.
The Ambulance Advisory Committee, which includes Fire Chief Brian Morrissey and Police Chief Donald Conley, chose American Medical Response over two local companies that bid on the contract.
Personable Lynch tough act to follow
What do you say about a politician who served our state with competence, grace and dignity for what will be a record eight years now that he has decided to step down and the end of his term?
You say, “Thank you, governor,” and pray his successor is up to task of meeting the high standard he set for the corner office.
“For me, being governor of the state of New Hampshire is the best job in the world,” he said last Thursday. “Serving in this role is the highest privilege of my life. I remain humbled and honored by the trust the people of this great state have placed in me. I thank all the citizens of our state from the bottom of my heart.”
Manchester Primary electionsLow turnout, few surprises in Manchester primary elections
There were few surprises in Tuesday’s municipal primary, except perhaps for the near-record low voter turnout.
Four men are moving on in the Alderman At-Large race. Current Alderman Dan O’Neil was the top vote-getter with 2,143 votes; local business owner Joe Kelly Levasseur came in second with 1,894; current Alderman At-Large Mike Lopez was third with 1,796; and state Rep. Will Infantine secured the last spot with 1,312.
$10m grantto aid NH’smentally ill
After state funding cuts that left a number of social service agencies in the state reeling, one sector of the industry received a significant boost this week.
The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services awarded the state a multiyear, multimillion dollar grant to improve the general health of people with severe mental illness. The $10 million over five years will expand a program created at a local mental health center to community centers throughout the state.
Litchfield voters will decide Wednesday how to spend unexpected state money
LITCHFIELD – It’s still six months until Town Meeting season, but voters will be asked to show up at Campbell High School on Wednesday night to decide how the School District should spend an estimated $2 million in extra state funding.
The special meeting vote will happen immediately after a Deliberative Session, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Results will be announced Wednesday night.
The process is different than the spring Town Meeting schedule, when a Deliberative Session is followed several weeks later by a ballot vote.