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Hillary Clinton Releases New Ad “Real Progress Now”

Manchester — With the New Hampshire primary just a week away, Hillary for America is airing a new ad highlighting that families in New Hampshire need a President who will be able to make progress on  their first day in office and encouraging Democrats to vote for Hillary Clinton.

The ad, “Real Progress Now,” makes the case that Hillary Clinton is the one candidate who will make a real difference in people’s lives and that the people of New Hampshire “can’t wait” to achieve those results.

The ad encourages Granite Staters to vote on February 9th. The new 30-second spot is part of the campaign’s ongoing buy in New Hampshire and will run alongside previously released ads.

REAL PROGRESS NOW

Below is the script of “Real Progress Now:”

“The American people can’t afford to wait for ideas that sound good on paper but will never make it in the real world. The grandmother that has to choose between paying for medicine and paying rent, can’t wait. A single mom who desperately needs a raise, can’t wait. A student with a mountain of debt can’t wait. We can make real progress right now for people and families that need it.”

Hillary Clinton Launches New Ad Ahead Of New Hampshire Primary

New Ad Shows Clinton As “Most Ready to Tackle Challenges of Being President”

In a newly released ad called “This House,” Hillary for America showcases the many experiences that make Hillary Clinton uniquely suited to take on the challenges our next President will face. Her time as First Lady, Senator from New York, and Secretary of State has given her the experience, perspective and  toughness that cannot be matched by any other presidential candidate.

The video encourages voters to vote on February 9th in New Hampshire for someone who can keep America safe and build a stronger economy. Considering her past accomplishments, “Hillary Clinton is the only choice.” 

The new 60-second spot is part of the campaign’s ongoing buy in New Hampshire and will run alongside previously released ads. 

New Article Highlights Work Of Progressive Labor Activist Matt Murray

New article focuses on the work of Matt Murray, a local labor blogger, and his work pushing back against the right wing attacks on labor and progress.

Murray Head ShotFor five years now Matt Murray has been dedicated to fighting back against the right wing attacks on working families.  In an attempt to push back against the main-stream media’s mis-information about labor unions, Murray created the NH Labor News (NHLaborNews.com).

Today, Communique New England released an in depth article on the work that Murray has been doing over the past five years.

“No self-respecting reader of Communique New England who cares about workers and the labor movement can afford to ignore or overlook NH Labor News, the state’s only source for daily, hourly, even real time updates pertaining to any and all labor-related activity in the state.”

“Murray’s tendency to look on the bright side is both infectious and consistent – he also holds a great deal of optimism with regard to labor’s future, even as the movement assumes a more nontraditional and at times asymmetrical structure.”

The looks at the humble beginnings of the NH Labor News and a look into the future as the NH Labor News continues to grow and expand. 

“The NH Labor News is truly a labor of love,” said Matt Murray, creator and managing editor of the NH Labor News. “I have dedicated my life to supporting working families and pushing for progress in New Hampshire and the entire United States. Attacking the hard-working men and women of this country has become a political talking point for some politicians, even going as far as to call us ‘terrorists’. We need to band together to fight back against the attacks on working families.”

“I would like to thank Jay Monaco for his great work on this article and highlighting the work of all of those involved in the NH Labor News, and look forward to bringing you more as the First In The Nation primary ramps up,” added Murray.

To read the entire article from Jay Monaco go to: http://communiquenewengland.com/2015/07/22/the-soul-of-the-new-hampshire-labor-movement/

Kelly Ayotte Takes Her #Veepstakes Tour to Utah

Trip Follows Ayotte’s Two Political Trips to California In As Many Weeks 

Concord, N.H. – Kelly Ayotte’s #Veepstakes tour continues today with more national political travel to attend Mitt Romney’s Utah retreat that WMUR’s John DiStaso described as “a veritable “Who’s Who” of Republican political insiders.”

The activity list for the weekend (NOTE: this is NOT a parodyincludes: “flag football with Mr. Rubio, skeet shooting with Mr. Graham, horseback riding with Mr. Romney’s wife, Ann Romney, and early morning hikes with the Romneys.”

It’s worth noting the last time Ayotte traveled to Utah was for a lobbyist-funded “destination fund-raiser” at the “upscale resort town” of Park City. While there, Ayotte hobnobbed with corporate executives and lobbyists and attended a fundraiser at the ski home of a lobbyist with business before one of her committees. A Nashua Telegraph editorial noted the trip had “the look, feel and smell of something Improper.”

Ayotte’s Utah trip follows her not one but two political trips to California in as many weeks.

“As Kelly Ayotte continues her aggressive political travel schedule to try to position herself for a Vice Presidential nomination, she’s leaving New Hampshire’s people and businesses behind,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “Granite Staters deserve a senator who’s focused on New Hampshire’s priorities, not just playing the Washington game to help special interests.”

President Obama Signs Fair Pay And Safe Workplace Executive Order

From:
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary

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FACT SHEET: Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order

While the vast majority of federal contractors play by the rules, every year tens of thousands of American workers are denied overtime wages, not hired or paid fairly because of their gender or age, or have their health and safety put at risk by corporations contracting with the federal government that cut corners.  Taxpayer dollars should not reward corporations that break the law, so today President Obama is cracking down on federal contractors who put workers’ safety and hard-earned pay at risk.

As part of this Year of Action, the President will sign an Executive Order that will require prospective federal contractors to disclose labor law violations and will give agencies more guidance on how to consider labor violations when awarding federal contracts.  Although many contractors already play by the rules, and federal contracting offers already must assess a contractor’s record of integrity, these officers still may not necessarily know about companies’ workplace violations. The new process is also structured to encourage companies to settle existing disputes, like paying back wages.  And finally, the Executive Order also ensures that workers are given the necessary information each pay period to verify the accuracy of their paycheck and workers who may have been sexually assaulted or had their civil rights violated get their day in court by putting an end to mandatory arbitration agreements at corporations with large federal contracts.

By cracking down on federal contractors who break the law, the President is helping ensure that all hardworking Americans get the fair pay and safe workplaces they deserve.

  Key Provisions of the Executive Order   

The Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order will govern new federal procurement contracts valued at more than $500,000, providing information on companies’ compliance with federal labor laws for agencies.  We expect the Executive Order to be implemented on new contracts in stages, on a prioritized basis, during 2016.  The Department of Labor estimates that there are roughly 24,000 businesses with federal contracts, employing about 28 million workers.

1. Hold Corporations Accountable: Under the terms of the Executive Order, agencies will require prospective contractors to disclose labor law violations from the past three years before they can get a contract.  The 14 covered Federal statutes and equivalent state laws include those addressing wage and hour, safety and health, collective bargaining, family and medical leave, and civil rights protections.  Agencies will also require contractors to collect similar information from many of their subcontractors.

2. Crack Down on Repeat Violators: Contracting officers will take into account only the most egregious violations, and each agency will designate a senior official as a Labor Compliance Advisor to provide consistent guidance on whether contractors’ actions rise to the level of a lack of integrity or business ethics.  This advisor will support individual contracting officers in reviewing disclosures and consult with the Department of Labor.  The Executive Order will ensure that the worst actors, who repeatedly violate the rights of their workers and put them in danger, don’t get contracts and thus can’t delay important projects and waste taxpayer money.

3. Promote Efficient Federal Contracting: Federal agencies risk poor performance by awarding contracts to companies with a history of labor law violations.  In 2010, the Government Accountability Office issued a report finding that almost two-thirds of the 50 largest wage-and-hour violations and almost 40 percent of the 50 largest workplace health-and-safety penalties issued between FY 2005 and FY 2009 were at companies that went on to receive new government contracts.  Last year, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chairman Tom Harkin issued a report revealing that dozens of contractors with significant health, safety, and wage and hour violations were continuing to be awarded federal contacts.  Another study detailed that 28 of the companies with the top workplace violations from FY 2005 to FY 2009 subsequently received federal contracts, and a quarter of those companies eventually had significant performance problems as well—suggesting a strong relationship between contractors with a history of labor law violations and those that cannot deliver adequate performance for the taxpayer dollars they receive.  Because the companies with workplace violations are more likely to encounter performance problems, today’s action will also improve the efficiency of federal contracting and result in greater returns on federal tax dollars.

4. Protect Responsible Contractors: The vast majority of federal contractors have clean records.  The Department of Labor estimates that the overwhelming majority of companies with federal contracts have no federal workplace violations in the past three years.  Contractors who invest in their workers’ safety and maintain a fair and equitable workplace shouldn’t have to compete with contractors who offer low-ball bids—based on savings from skirting the law—and then ultimately deliver poorer performance to taxpayers.  The Executive Order builds on the existing procurement system, so it will be familiar to contractors and will fit into established contracting practices. Responsible businesses will check a single box on a bid form indicating that they don’t have a history of labor law violations.  The Federal contracting community and other interested parties will be invited to participate in listening sessions with OMB, DOL, and senior White House officials to share views on how to ensure implementing policies and practices are both fair and effective.  DOL and other enforcement agencies along with the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council will consider this input as they draft regulations and guidance, which will be published for public comment before being finalized.

5. Focus on Helping Companies Improve: The goal of the process created by the Executive Order is to help more contractors come into compliance with workplace protections, not to deny contracts to contractors.  Companies with labor law violations will be offered the opportunity to receive early guidance on whether those violations are potentially problematic and remedy any problems.  Contracting officers will take these steps into account before awarding a contract and ensure the contractor is living up to the terms of its agreement.

6. Give Employees a Day in Court: The Executive Order directs companies with federal contracts of $1  million or more not to require their employees to enter into predispute arbitration agreements for disputes arising out of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act or from torts related to sexual assault or harassment (except when valid contracts already exist).  This builds on a policy already passed by Congress and successfully implemented at the Department of Defense, the largest federal contracting agency, and will help improve contractors’ compliance with labor laws.

7. Give Employees Information About their Paychecks: As a normal part of doing business, most employers give their workers a pay stub with basic information about their hours and wages.  To be sure that all workers get this basic information, the Executive Order requires contractors to give their employees information concerning their hours worked, overtime hours, pay, and any additions to or deductions made from their pay, so workers can be sure they’re getting paid what they’re owed.

8. Streamline Implementation and Overall Contractor Reporting: The Executive Order directs the General Services Administration to develop a single website for contractors to meet their reporting requirements—for this order and for other contractor reporting.  Contractors will only have to provide information to one location, even if they hold multiple contracts across different agencies.  The desire to “report once in one place” is a key theme in the feedback received from current and potential contractors.  This step is one in a series of actions to make the federal marketplace more attractive to the best contractors, more accessible to small businesses and other new entrants, and more affordable to taxpayers.

Part of the basic American bargain is that if you take responsibility, work hard and play by the rules, workers can count on fair wages, freedom from discrimination on the job, and safe and equitable workplaces. Taxpayer dollars shouldn’t be used by unscrupulous employers to drive down living standards for our families, neighbors, and communities.  By creating incentives for better compliance and a process for helping contractors come into compliance with basic workplace protection laws, the Executive Order is basic good government that will increase efficiency in federal contracting and will help strengthen our workforce and our economy.

Immigration Reform and the State of the Union

A statement from the Immigration Policy Center: 

Tonight, President Barack Obama pressed the reset button and laid out his priorities for 2014—and, ultimately, the final leg of his presidency. During the State of the Union address, the President discussed the need to create jobs and greater opportunity for all. He also made it clear that immigration reform and economic recovery go hand-in-hand, and he expects the House of Representatives to make the next move on immigration reform. The President said:
“Finally, if we are serious about economic growth, it is time to heed the call of business leaders, labor leaders, faith leaders, and law enforcement – and fix our broken immigration system.  Republicans and Democrats in the Senate have acted.  I know that members of both parties in the House want to do the same.  Independent economists say immigration reform will grow our economy and shrink our deficits by almost $1 trillion in the next two decades.  And for good reason: when people come here to fulfill their dreams – to study, invent, and contribute to our culture – they make our country a more attractive place for businesses to locate and create jobs for everyone.  So let’s get immigration reform done this year.”
The President’s inclusion of immigration as a matter of economic necessity reinforces efforts over the last few years to redefine how we think about immigration reform. Immigrants create jobs as consumers and entrepreneurs and spend their wages in U.S. businesses—buying food, clothes, appliances, cars, etc. This builds our economy as businesses respond to the presence of these new workers and consumers by investing in new restaurants, stores, and production facilities. Also immigrants are 30 percent more likely than the native-born to start their own business. The end result is more jobs for more workers.
The President’s message on immigration extended beyond his speech. Immigrants and immigration activists attended as guests of Congress and the First Lady. Mrs. Obama invited two immigrants to attend as her guests: Cristian Avila, a DREAMer and DACA recipient who recently completed a 22-day fast on the National Mall in support of immigration reform and Carlos Arredondo, a Costa-Rican-American peace activist made famous by his heroic acts after the Boston Marathon bombing.

These guests remind us of the humanitarian nature of immigration reform that cannot, and should not be overlooked.  As we grapple with efforts to create a more just and equal system in which everyone has a fair shot at economic prosperity, we cannot forget the need for a fair and just immigration system.  Deportations that separate families, disrupt businesses, and destroy hopes and dreams help no one and ultimately do not reflect our tradition as a nation of immigrants.
Tonight, the President reiterated that he is prepared to use the authority of his office to push a range of initiatives forward. Thus, if 2014 is to truly be a year of action and opportunity, we encourage the president not only to support efforts to complete immigration reform, but to do all in his power to end needless costs—to families, to workers, and to the economy—of an immigration system that does not fulfill the promise of America.

AFL-CIO Announces New Scholarship For Working Families

“Dreams of Jobs and Freedom” Scholarship
to provide $5,000 scholarship to at least 50 students
 

www.aflcio.org/scholarship

(Washington, DC, April 4, 2013) Yesterday, the AFL-CIO announced in partnership with the Union Privilege program a new scholarship to commemorate the 50thanniversary of the March on Washington. The scholarship will provide $5,000 each to at least 50 talented high school seniors from families– including union families and those in the community – to help pay for the costs of higher education.

On August 28, 1963, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his historic “I Have a Dream” speech, which accelerated the nation’s own march toward social and economic justice, including passage of the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act.  People from all over gathered to march for the dream that all of America’s children would have equal access to education, regardless of race, gender, status, or income. The AFL-CIO will honor the legacy of the March on Washington by helping young people across the country turn their dream of attaining higher education into a reality.

An application, including an essay, is required. Students can apply online: www.aflcio.org/scholarship. The application deadline is July 1, 2013.

‘The ACTION’ Urges The US House To Vote YES On Tax Relief For The Middle Class

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Senate Rings In New Year with Responsible Bipartisan Bill Extending Tax Relief for All But the Wealthiest Americans That Make Over $400,000 a Year

All Eyes Now On Congressmen Bass and Guinta: Will They Help Restore Now Expired Middle Class Tax Relief by Immediately Passing the Senate Bill — Or Will They Keep Insisting That Millionaires Get Another Tax Break Before They Agree to Put $2,200 Back in the Pockets of the Middle Class?

The ball is now officially in the court of U.S. Rep. Charlie Bass, U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta and the Republican-led Congress as early New Year’s Day the U.S. Senate passed — with broad bipartisan support — a responsible bill to avert the tax portion of the so-called ‘fiscal cliff’.  By a 89-8 margin, a bill was approved that would avoid a $2,200 middle class tax hike scheduled to take place on January 1 by extending tax relief for all but the richest individuals making more than $400,000 a year and families making more than $450,000. Under the legislation, these wealthy Americans would see their tax rates go from 35% back to Clinton-era level of 39.6 percent when the nation saw one of its greatest periods of economic prosperity.  Additionally, the Senate bill extends jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed (which expired Friday) through the end of 2013. This bill, meanwhile, holds the line on taxes for the middle-class and extends unemployment insurance for those in need.

Dwight Haynes of Concord, NH – a retired Methodist minister and volunteer with The Action, a joint project of Granite State Progress and New Hampshire Citizens Alliance for Action, on Rep. Bass in particular: “Charlie Bass has always described himself as a moderate Republican and this vote gives him a chance to make that his legacy as he prepares to leave the House. With this vote, Rep. Bass allow middle class families to keep   $2,200 MORE in their pockets. Charlie Bass’s family has advocated a moderate and fiscally responsible Republicanism for nearly a century. Voting for this bill is the responsible thing to do.”

Congressmen Bass and Guinta, consider your legacy: Polls Show Most Americans Want Wealthiest to Pay Fair Share and Will Hold Republicans Responsible If Nation Dives Off ‘Fiscal Cliff’

§  CNBC, Dec. 21: Majority of Wealthy Support Taxing Themselves: Poll

§  CNN, Nov. 28: New Poll: Majority support taxing wealthier Americans

§  Rasmussen, Dec. 27: No ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Deal? 44% Blame GOP, 36% Obama

§  Reuters, Dec.27: Americans blame Republicans more than Democrats for “fiscal cliff”: Reuters/Ipsos poll

§  NBC News, Nov.13: If government careens off fiscal cliff, GOP to shoulder blame

ABOUT THE ACTION: The Action NH is a joint project of NH Citizens Alliance for Action and Granite State Progress, and part of a national grassroots movement that demands Congress end the Bush-era tax cuts for the richest 2%—those making more than $250,000 per year. The Action is for critical investments that create and sustain jobs.

Frank Guinta Campaign Strategy to Duck Constituents: Avoid Debates, Town Halls and the Public

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=451767528179043&set=a.426829394006190.91235.373795492642914&type=1&theaterNH Congressman announces “public” events only after they have taken place; hasn’t hosted town hall since August 2011

MANCHESTER, NH – Congressman Frank Guinta (CD-1) has a new campaign strategy: avoid debates, town halls and the public.

 

In 2010 then-candidate Frank Guinta made open town halls a campaign attack theme against then-Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter. NH Politfact recently gave these accusations a “Mostly False” rating, but that hasn’t stopped Rep. Guinta from using a similar line of attack in recent campaign press releases and in spite of the fact that the Congressman has come under fire lately from both Republicans and Democrats for refusing public debates in his own district.

 

According to his own official website, Congressman Frank Guinta has not held an open town hall since August 2011. The Congressman’s campaign website does not even have a calendar of events, public or private.

 

Now, Congressman Guinta is employing a campaign strategy of announcing public events only after they have occurred – or with such short notice that the public could not reasonably attend. For example:

 

  • “Frank’s Footnotes Newsletter : A Busy Week in the Granite State” sent on Friday, August 10, 2012 lists upcoming events and makes no mention of a public opportunity to speak with the Congressman.

 

  • “Frank’s Footnotes Newsletter : Honoring Those Who Help Our Veterans” sent on August 17, 2012 suddenly highlights a “District Discussion town hall meeting” held in Londonderry the day before. A snapshot of the Congressman’s official website still does not even carry an announcement of the event.
  • “Frank’s Footnotes Newsletter: Taking My Jobs Message to Conway” sent on Friday, August 24, 2012 lists upcoming events through September 28th – but makes no mention of a public opportunity to speak with the Congressman.

 

  • In what appears to be a same-day* press release, the Congressman’s offices announces a “Seniors’ District Discussion” in the town of Hampton on Thursday, August 30th. The Portsmouth Herald reports that only 20 people attended the discussion. (Congresswoman Shea-Porter town halls during the same time period two years ago drew crowds over 100.)

 

  • In contrast to avoiding public announcement of his own appearances, Congressman Guinta consistently advertises district office meetings with his staff members on both the events and press release sections of his website, as well as in his weekly newsletters.

 

Prior to the hastily announced and poorly attended Londonderry and Hampton district discussions, Congressman Guinta hadn’t hosted a district discussion since March 13, 2012.

 

“Congressman Frank Guinta is ducking open town halls with his constituents, plain and simple,” said Zandra Rice Hawkins, Executive Director of Granite State Progress. “His strategy is to quietly host supporter-filled events, then pretend that he’s being accessible to constituents. Frank Guinta is a congressman and all of his constituents should be able to attend a town hall with enough public notice to participate. Congressman Guinta is using DC-style campaign tactics unbecoming of Granite State traditions.”

 

“In contrast, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte have both announced and hosted town halls during this Congressional recess. Frank Guinta has one week left to follow their lead and host a real New Hampshire town hall,” Rice Hawkins said.

 

A full copy of Frank’s Footnotes or a record of his lack of public town halls is available by request.

THIS JUST IN: Iron Workers Local 7 Endorse Maggie Hassan

This just in!  The New Hampshire Iron Workers Local 7 have come out and endorsed Maggie Hassan for Governor.  This goes right along with the endorsement from The New England Carpenters Union Local 118’s endorsement.


             

New Hampshire Iron Workers Local 7 Endorse Maggie Hassan
MANCHESTER, NH – Democratic candidate for Governor Maggie Hassan has earned the support of the New Hampshire Iron Workers Local 7.  Hassan has received the only labor endorsements in the campaign for governor. The Carpenters Local 118 announced their support for Hassan in March.  
In a letter of endorsement, Shawn Cleary, business agent of the Iron Workers Local 7 wrote, “We envision a New Hampshire that holds its citizens’ standard of living as priority one. In that New Hampshire, concepts like retiring with dignity, having access to quality, affordable health care and career path jobs, created through apprentice training programs will be integral components of our journey towards keeping the promise that all Americans once heard…”
“We feel confident that you share our vision of restoring that dream and we feel equally confident that you are the right person at the right time to make New Hampshire the shining example of how to get back on that path we used to follow with such certainty and conviction,” wrote Cleary.  “That is why the members of Iron Workers Local 7, particularly the hundreds of members and their families who reside in New Hampshire stand ready to offer our support on your campaign.”  
“I am honored to have earned the Iron Workers endorsement,” said Hassan.  “I’m excited to have them on board our growing campaign and looking forward to working with them to win in November.”
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