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IBEW Local 2320 Endorses Chris Pappas For Congress

Manchester, NH – Garnering his second union endorsement Chris Pappas announced that IBEW Local 2320 has endorsed  his run for Congress in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District.

“IBEW Local Union 2320 is proud to endorse Chris Pappas for Congress,” said Business Manager Steve Soule.

“Chris Pappas has been a friend and advocate for our members throughout his time in public service.  He’s someone we can trust to tirelessly fight for New Hampshire’s working families.  Washington needs more members of Congress with the values and community outlook that Chris possesses.  We enthusiastically support him in this race.”

“It’s an honor to have the support of Local 2320 in my race for Congress,” Chris Pappas said.

“Whether it’s investing in infrastructure or expanding middle class opportunity, I am committed to taking steps in Congress that will help build a brighter future for New Hampshire.  I am grounded in the people and places of this state, and I want to ensure that working families have a voice in Washington.  I am very thankful for the support of IBEW Local 2320 in this campaign.”

Local IBEW 2320 represents highly trained, professional women and men in all corners of New Hampshire.  The union is comprised of a talented group of individuals in many differing fields including Administrative Specialists, Automotive Mechanics, Building Equipment Mechanics, Circuit Design Specialists, CDL A & CDL B Truck Drivers, Community College Professors, Customer Service, Equipment Installation Technicians, Facility Design & Inventory Specialists, Fiber Splice Technicians, HVAC Technicians, Information Technology Specialists, Line Construction, Payroll Processing, Power Distribution Technicians, Security Officers, Stock Room Attendants, and Workers in the Nuclear Industry.

Pappas was recently endorsed by the Teamsters Union local 633.

Joyce Craig Garners Endorsement Of Manchester Firefighter Unions

Manchester, NH – Today in front of Manchester Fire’s Station 8, the Queen City’s two firefighter unions weighed into the contentious race for Mayor with their endorsement of former Alderman Joyce Craig.

“Manchester is in desperate need of a new vision for our city and its fire department. Over Mayor Gatsas’ tenure, staffing at the department has been reduced while the city has experienced a continuous increase in call volume and hazardous situations. As a 31 year veteran of the department, I am increasingly alarmed by the dangers and long term effects our firefighters face as they perform their mission to protect life and property. Simply stated we need a change and it must originate from the top,” said James Michael, President of the Manchester Association of Fire Supervisors, IAFF Local 3820. 

“Our members pride themselves on their effective and efficient answering of every call, to every home and every business in need. We see firsthand the lack of efficiency and effectiveness in running our city, most recently through Mayor Ted Gatsas’ tall tale of saving Station 9 in his underfunded budget. As a lifelong resident of our city, I can say that smoke and mirrors does not result in a clear vision for our community. It is time that a change come to City Hall, and today we announce that Joyce is our choice as the next Mayor of Manchester,” said Jeff Duval, President of the Manchester Professional Fire Fighters Association, IAFF Local 856.

“I am proud to receive the support of the Manchester Association of Fire Supervisors and the Manchester Professional Firefighters Association. Our firefighters risk their lives to respond to an increasing amount of emergency calls and hazardous situations with outstanding professionalism and dedication. I also want to thank our firefighters for their leadership and service implementing the Safe Station program. They have opened their doors to more than 2,000 people seeking help for substance use disorder. I look forward to working with our public safety officials to address our challenges and move Manchester forward,” said Joyce Craig, Candidate for Mayor of Manchester.

Joyce Craig is running against the current Mayor of Manchester, Ted Gatsas.  This election rematch is shaping up to be a very tight race.

The firefighters have not held anything back when talking about the failed leadership of Mayor Gatsas.  In his campaign announcement, Gatsas proclaimed he “saved a fire station from closing,” The firefighters quickly tamped that out in their statement.

“The people of Manchester are tired of Teddy’s tall tales. Mayor Gatsas’ claim to having ‘saved a fire station from closing’ skirts the fact that the Mayor’s proposed budget underfunded the Manchester Fire Department from the start. Chief Goonan and his administration warned the Board of Mayor and Aldermen repeatedly that restricting his budget would result in station closures,” said the Manchester Professional Fire Fighters Association and the Manchester Association of Fire Supervisors in a joint statement.

“Not until the final warning came and sufficient plans were presented did the Board act to keep Station 9 open in an emergency meeting. Mayor Gatsas’ careless delays and ignoring public safety professionals’ warnings put lives at risk, and now he wants the credit for fixing a problem he created. Enough is enough,” the firefighters added.


Be sure to follow the NH Labor News for more updates on the Manchester Mayoral Race.

NH Building and Construction Trades Council Endorses Kevin Cavanaugh

Concord, NH – Today, the New Hampshire Building and Construction Trades Council endorsed Kevin Cavanaugh in the Democratic primary for the upcoming District 16 special election. District 16 includes Bow, Candia, Dunbarton, Hooksett, and Manchester Wards 1, 2, and 12.

“We’re excited to support Kevin Cavanaugh in Tuesday’s Democratic primary. He knows how to get things done and has always looked out for every day people who are working to earn a living and raise their family here in New Hampshire. He has a proven record of common sense solutions that would be an asset in the Senate,” said Steve Burke, President of the NH Building and Construction Trades Council.

“It’s an honor to have the support of the Building and Construction Trades Council. I’ve spent years advocating for families who are one injury or sickness away from financial devastation and I want to make sure we have protections in place that support hard working Granite Staters,” said Kevin Cavanaugh.

The New Hampshire Building and Construction Trades Council Represents more than 2,500 New Hampshire workers.

Kevin Cavanaugh has also been endorsed by six other organizations representing local educators, fire fighters, and law enforcement, as well 34 area leaders (full list). The primary election will be held on Tuesday, June 6th.

About Kevin Cavanaugh

Kevin was born and raised in Manchester and has spent the past 32 years as a blue collar worker. He has coached High School Football at Memorial and West as well as multiple youth hockey, soccer, baseball, and softball teams. Kevin was first elected to the Board of Alderman in 2015. He lives in Manchester Ward 1 with his wife and three children who are all in the New Hampshire public school system.

NEA-New Hampshire Recommends Kevin Cavanaugh for Senate District 16 Special Election

Members of the NEA-NH Executive Board with their recommended candidate for the District 16 Senate Special Election, Kevin Cavanaugh.

 

CONCORD – Today, after a unanimous Executive Board vote, NEA-New Hampshire, the state’s largest public sector union, announced their recommendation of working families advocate and community leader Kevin Cavanaugh for Senate District 16 in the upcoming special election.

“As a father who proudly sent all three of my kids to New Hampshire public schools and graduated from Manchester public school myself, I’m honored to earn the recommendation of NEA-NH. Its important to me that our kids get a top-notch education so they can reach their fullest potential,” said Kevin Cavanaugh. “Schools are the foundation of our community, which is why it’s critical that educators are supported and empowered to keep inspiring our children to think big.”

“We are excited to support Kevin Cavanaugh, because he knows that growing New Hampshire’s economy starts with having a public education that makes young families want to stay to ensure their kids can get a good education,” said NEA-NH President Megan Tuttle. “This race is particularly important to us because of our history with Scott McGilvray and we’re confident that Kevin will make kids a priority, just like Scott always did. Like Scott, Kevin will be a fresh face in the Senate, with new ideas, willing to work with everyone to move New Hampshire forward. ”

NEA-New Hampshire represents 17,000 Granite State educators, including over 550 members in Senate District 16, which includes the towns of Bow, Candia, Dunbarton, Hooksett and Wards 1, 2, and 12 in the city of Manchester.

A recommendation is the fullest and most complete level of support NEA-NH can give a candidate.


NEA-New Hampshire is the largest union of public employees in the state. Founded in 1854, the New Hampshire State Teachers Association became one of the “founding ten” state education associations that formed the National Education Association in 1857. Known today as NEA-NH, and comprised of more than 17,000 members, our mission to advocate for the children of New Hampshire and public school employees, and to promote lifelong learning, remains true after more than 150 years. Our members are public school employees in all stages of their careers, including classroom teachers and other certified professionals, staff and instructors at public higher education institutions, students preparing for a teaching career, education support personnel and those retired from the profession.

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard’s Metal Trades Council Endorses Maggie Hassan for U.S. Senate

hassan-psny-metal-trade2Metal Trades Council President: “Governor Hassan is a true champion of the shipyard and its workers, and we know she’ll be our voice in the Senate” 

Governor Hassan: “The Shipyard plays such a critical role in our national security and in the Senate, I’ll fight tirelessly to strengthen the Shipyard”

PORTSMOUTH – Today, Governor Maggie Hassan accepted the Metal Trades Council endorsement – the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard’s largest trade union. Governor Hassan received the endorsement this afternoon in Portsmouth. 

“I’m tremendously proud to have the endorsement of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard’s Metal Trades Council,” said Governor Maggie Hassan. “Thanks to the ingenuity and resourcefulness of its workers, the Shipyard continues to set the gold standard for productivity. The Shipyard plays such an important role in both national security and the Seacoast economy. In the Senate, I’ll work to strengthen the Shipyard and I will vigorously fight any attempt to close the facility – including opposing a new Base Closure and Realignment Commission round. I look forward to doing everything within my power to make sure Congress invests in the Shipyard’s workforce and infrastructure, including modernizing and enhancing the efficiency of the Shipyard’s facilities and preparing the workers of tomorrow through STEM education programs.

“Governor Hassan is a true champion of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and its workers, and we know she’ll be our voice in the Senate,” said Metal Trades Council President Mark Vigliotta. “From her time as a State Senator to the Governor’s office, Maggie Hassan has delivered results for New Hampshire’s workers and there’s nobody better prepared to stand up for us in Washington.”

hassan-psny-metal-trade1“I’ve seen firsthand Governor Maggie Hassan’s commitment to protecting the Shipyard and it’s workers,” said former Metal Trades Council President Paul O’Connor. “To build on the progress she’s been able to make by bringing people together here in New Hampshire, we need to send Governor Hassan to the Senate. I know that Governor Hassan will always fight to keep the Shipyard open and to protect our workforce, and Washington could use her commonsense and commitment to bipartisan problem solving.”  

As a State Senator, Maggie Hassan helped turn back a misguided effort to close the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. She sponsored– and secured unanimous bipartisan passage of – legislation providing state funding for the Seacoast Shipyard Association, which played a pivotal role in saving the Shipyard from the Base Closure and Realignment Commission (BRAC). 

As Governor, she has fought for critical Shipyard priorities including helping secure funding to replace the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge, which provides a crucial rail link to the Shipyard. In order to boost the economy and strengthen the economic security of thousands of Granite Staters, And she has worked to expand access to Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) programs in our schools to ensure a 21st century workforce pipeline for all industries in New Hampshire. 

In the United States Senate, she will fight any attempt to close the facility – including opposing a new Base Closure and Realignment Commission round. And she will also work to fully reverse sequestration and end the threat of uncertain budgets and furloughs. She will support new barracks and dry dock refurbishment, ensure that the Shipyard’s personnel get full per diems when they travel, fully fund the submarine fleet that the Navy says it needs, and look for new ways to diversify and expand the Shipyard’s mission going forward.

NH Building and Construction Trades Endorse Senator Watters

Image from 2014 of Senator David Watters (D-Dover)

Image from 2014 of Senator David Watters (D-Dover)

Today New Hampshire Building and Construction Trades President Steve Burk announced the labor federation’s endorsement of Senator David Watters. Senator Watters is currently the only card-carrying member of a union in the New Hampshire State Senate, and stands to be the senior member of the important Senate Transportation Committee, if reelected.

“The New Hampshire Building and Construction Trades Council is proud to endorse David Watters in his race for State Senate,” said President Burk. “David is a tireless advocate for working men and women, and New Hampshire’s working families are better off with David in the Senate. David supports raising wages for New Hampshire workers, ensuring all workers have access to health insurance and pensions, and making sure New Hampshire taxpayer dollars stay in the local economy and in the pockets of local workers. David has demonstrated his dedication to working men and women countless times in the Senate, and Granite State workers have no greater ally in the legislature. We look forward to working with David to pass a Prevailing Wage law – a bill David has sponsored in previous sessions – to protect New Hampshire construction workers and taxpayers, and to working together to grow our economy and create more good local jobs.”

The New Hampshire Building Trades is an organization of 16 New Hampshire labor unions, representing more than 2,000 New Hampshire workers in the construction industry.

“I am delighted for the support of my sisters and brothers in the Building and Construction Trades,” said Senator Watters. “Every worker deserves a safe worksite, a stable paycheck, and a secure retirement. I look forward to working with my colleagues across the aisle next session to build bridges. Keeping our skilled workers busy will continue to be one of my top priorities next session.”

Three NH Labor Organizations Endorse Executive Council District 3 Candidate Beth Roth

 Salem, NH – New Hampshire Executive Council candidate Beth Roth announced today she has received endorsements from the American Federation of Teachers-NH, the State Employees Association/SEIU 1984, and the New Hampshire Building and Construction Trades Council.

“I’m honored to have earned the endorsement of these three prominent labor organizations,” said Roth. “Together, these organizations represent nearly 20,000 Granite State workers. As Executive Councilor I will always stand up for New Hampshire’s workers and their families.”

Douglas Ley, AFT-NH President said, “Beth Roth will bring valuable experience as a nurse and mental health counselor to the Executive Council, particularly as it deals with the ravages of the opioid crisis here in New Hampshire.  She will be a strong voice for New Hampshire women and working families and will put common sense ahead of partisan ideology.” 

“Few people would be as prepared as Beth Roth is to take on this role, with her background as a nurse, mental health counselor and attorney,” said Joan Hamblet, a member of SEA/SEIU Local 1984 who works for the Department of Health and Human Services as a child support officer. “Her deep involvement in her community shows her commitment to improving the lives of the people around her. We’re confident that on the Executive Council, she’ll work to do just that across District 3, and help promote an economy that works for everyone.”    

“The New Hampshire Building and Construction Trades Council is proud to endorse Beth Roth in her race for Executive Council,” said President Steve Burk. “Beth is a tireless advocate for working men and women, and NH’s working families will be better off with Beth on the Executive Council. Beth supports raising wages for New Hampshire workers, ensuring all workers have access to health insurance and pensions, and making sure NH taxpayer dollars stay in the local economy and in the pockets of local workers. As a former union member herself and as a member of a union family, Beth truly understands the struggle working men and women go through every day. As a former nurse, a mental health counselor, attorney and small business owner, Beth has the experience to move NH forward on the Executive Council. We look forward to working with Beth to ensure that NH’s purchasing power is a tool for growing our economy and raising wages.”

Beth Roth is an attorney from Salem and is a Democratic candidate for Executive Council in District 3. For more information about the campaign, visit www.bethroth4nh.net.

New Hampshire AFL-CIO Releases List of Endorsed Candidates

NH AFL-CIO Logo

Hookett – The New Hampshire AFL-CIO is proud to release its list of endorsed candidates for the upcoming General Election on November 8th, 2016. At the New Hampshire AFL-CIO Legislative Conference on Saturday, September 17, the delegates from the New Hampshire AFL-CIO affiliates voted to endorse candidates for Governor, New Hampshire State Senate, and the New Hampshire House of Representatives. The New Hampshire AFL-CIO has endorsed candidates that we believe will be champions for New Hampshire working families and will continue to move New Hampshire forward! 

The New Hampshire AFL-CIO is proud to announce its endorsement of Colin Van Ostern in his Gubernatorial race, and the following candidates for New Hampshire State Senate. A full list of endorsed candidates running for the New Hampshire House of Representatives can be found on our website, by clicking here.

New Hampshire Democratic Gubernatorial candidate, Colin Van Ostern, released the following statement after his recent endorsement by the New Hampshire AFL-CIO in his Gubernatorial race.

“I am proud to stand with the hardworking members of New Hampshire’s AFL-CIO,” said Democratic nominee, Colin Van Ostern. “Our next Governor must ensure New Hampshire’s economy works for everyone, not just those at the top and we’ll do that by safeguarding the bipartisan New Hampshire Health Protection plan, which has insured over 50,000 Granite Staters, investing in public education, raising New Hampshire’s lowest in the nation minimum wage and standing against the so-called ‘right to work’ legislation my opponent favors that strips hardworking people of their right to collectively bargain altogether. It’s critical that we work together to build on the progess we’ve made and move our state forward, not backward.”

The following candidates running for New Hampshire State Senate have been endorsed by New Hampshire AFL-CIO:

Senate District 1: Senator Jeff Woodburn (D)

Senate District 2: Charlie Chandler (D)

Senate District 3: John White (D)

Senate District 4: Senator David Watters (D)

Senate District 5: Martha Hennessey (D)

Senate District 6: Joe Casey (D)

Senate District 7: Senator Andrew Hosmer (D)

Senate District 8: John Garvey (D)

Senate District 9: Lee Nyquist (D)

Senate District 10: Jay Kahn (D)

Senate District 12: Former State Senator Peggy Gilmour (D)

Senate District 13: Senator Bette Lasky (D)

Senate District 14: Tammy Siekmann (D)

Senate District 15: Senator Dan Feltes (D)

Senate District 16: Scott McGilvary (D)

Senate District 17: Nancy Fraher (D)

Senate District 18: Senator Donna Soucy (D)

Senate District 19: Kristi St. Laurent (D)

Senate District 20: Senator Lou D’Allesandro (D)

Senate District 21: Senator Martha Fuller-Clark (D)

Senate District 23: Alexis Simpson (D)

Senate District 24: Tom Sherman (D)

Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire Back Long Time Labor Leader Joe Casey for State Senate

Joe Casey

Joe Casey

CONCORD, NH – The Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire (PFFNH) announce today their endorsement of Joe Casey (D – Rochester) in his bid to represent State Senate District 6 which includes the towns of Alton, Barnstead, Farmington, Gilmanton, New Durham and the city of Rochester.

“Joe has been tried and tested in challenging the status quo on behalf of New Hampshire’s working families,” said David Lang, President of PFFNH. “Joe is committed to establishing coordinated leadership in the fight against the opioid epidemic. We believe that Joe is the right choice in this election to fight for working families, and better the lives of all Granite Staters.”

“The Professional Firefighters of New Hampshire are some of the most important, selfless members of every community,” states Casey. “They put their lives on the line for all of us when duty calls, and should have representation in Concord that secures them the resources necessary to effectively and efficiently battle the opioid epidemic we continue to face in New Hampshire.”

Casey continued, “We owe these brave men and women an enormous debt of gratitude, and I could not be more honored to accept their endorsement in my race for State Senate District 6.”

The Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire, headquartered in Concord, NH, is a state association chartered by the 43 locals of the International Association of Fire Fighters across the Granite State, representing more than 2,000 active and retired firefighters and paramedics.

Flight Attendant Union Endorses Hillary Clinton for President

ASSOCIATION OF FLIGHT ATTENDANTS-CWA (AFA-CWA) LOGOWashington, D.C. (September 29, 2016) — The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) Board of Directors endorses the election of Secretary Hillary Clinton as the next President of the United States. AFA said in a statement:

“We work in one of the most heavily regulated industries and with the stroke of a pen, the U.S. President can create havoc within our industry and cause irreparable damage to our careers and to the airlines where we work.

“We have experience with Hillary Clinton as a champion for Flight Attendants, especially as the leading voice for the technical correction to FMLA and the relentless advocate for 9/11 first responders. Recognizing the importance of this election and our experience with Secretary Clinton, the AFA-CWA Board of Directors endorses Hillary Clinton for the next President of the United States.

“Parallel to our union’s progress for flight attendants, Secretary Clinton’s fight, long and historic, has opened the door for women to overcome discrimination, sexism and become equal partners in shaping our future.”

Today, after receiving the endorsement of the Association of Flight Attendants, Hillary Clinton issued the following statement:

“For over 70 years, the Association of Flight Attendants has helped raise wages, benefits, and working conditions for its members all across – and above – America.  Over the decades, it has brought our nation’s attention to important issues like discrimination, outsourcing, and equal pay. Every American worker deserves an advocate like the AFA in their corner, and I’m honored to have earned their endorsement.

“Throughout my career, the AFA and I have partnered to fight for fairer labor standards. In the Senate, I led the effort to ensure AFA members had access to Family and Medical Leave Act benefits. And we’ve always stood up for women who have been treated unequally in the workforce.

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