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Acton Firefighter Bikes for a Good Cause – Acton, MA Patch: “Acton Firefighter, Brent Carter, 42, of Townsend, is no stranger to hard work, dedication, motivation and determination; and I’m not talking about his full time gig as a firefighter.
For the past 12-years, Carter has participated in a three-day, 250 mile bike ride from the New Hampshire/Canada border to Portsmouth, NH – all to help benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Approximately 60 firefighters will be participating in the Trans-NH Bike Ride and another 60 or so riders will join. The ride will start on Friday, June 22, and finish on Sunday, June 24.
Carter is looking to raise $2500.00 — Donate Here”
Trans NH Bike Ride » Trans NH Bike Ride: “This ride is a partnership between MDA, the firefighters of New Hampshire and all of the riders and staff who come together to make this the premier cycling fundraiser in New England. We’re not the biggest by any means but we endeavor to make this the ride that you can’t stop coming back for. Held on the weekend after Father’s Day each year, the dates of this year’s ride are June 22, 23 and 24.”
New Hampshire Labor News: Governor Lynch Vetos HB1666 A Bill To Change Contract Negotiations.: “Citing that “HB 1666 would dramatically change the process of collective bargaining in New Hampshire by requiring the fiscal committee to approve all collective bargaining agreements. This runs counter to established law and procedure in New Hampshire, and would, in effect, turn the fiscal committee into its own state negotiating team, potentially requiring dozens of fiscal committee meetings.
We must work to uphold the Governors Veto of HB 1666 and perserve our Collective Bargaining Process. We need to keep the extremist in our current legislature from taking control of negotiations for State Contracts. The last vote on HB 1666 was 232 to 120. We need contact our State Reps and Senators to ensure that they UPHOLD THE VETO!”
State worker bargaining bill vetoed | New Hampshire NEWS06: ” House Bill 1666 would require the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee to approve any contract negotiated with state employees. Lynch said the bill would hamper the executive branch’s ability to negotiate contracts and dramatically change the process. The bill was the one of only a few dealing with labor agreements and collective bargaining to be approved by lawmakers this year. House Speaker William O’Brien, R-Mont Vernon, said lawmakers deserve to have a voice on state employee contracts. The bill creates greater accountability, he argued. O’Brien this session, continued to push for right-to-work legislation that would have prohibited unions from charging non-members for the cost of negotiating and administering contracts.”
Another Article on Governors Veto of HB1666
Governor Lynch also vetos SB 372 the Voter ID Bill
NH Gov. Lynch vetoes a handful of bills, override attempts likely: “One was aimed at making sure people registering to vote live in the state. The bill would require people registering to vote to sign a statement saying that they declare New Hampshire as their domicile and are subject to state laws, including laws requiring drivers to register their vehicles.
Lynch said that’s confusing because it uses the terms “domicile” and “resident” interchangeably even though they have different legal meanings, and that the motor vehicle provision is overly broad and would require retirees and young people who attend college in the state to register a car and apply for a license in order to vote.
“We need to encourage all New Hampshire citizens to vote and to participate fully in our democracy,” he said. “We also need to ensure that our election laws do not unfairly burden those voters that have recently established a domicile in New Hampshire and are qualified to vote in this state.””
Additional Sources on Veto of SB 372Gov. Lynch vetoes a handful of bills
Lynch vetoes ‘early offer’ proposal
Voter rules prove a hot topic with gubernatorial vetoes | New Hampshire NEWS06:
NH ranked in top 10 for manufacturing health | New Hampshire NEWS02: “MANCHESTER — New Hampshire posted a score of B+, putting it in the second tier of states with the best Manufacturing Industry Health, but still in the top 10, according to a report from Ball State University and Conexus Indiana. The 2012 Manufacturing and Logistics Report Card ranked all 50 states on logistics, human capital, worker benefit costs and other factors affecting business. Only five got an A for Manufacturing Industry Health. New Hampshire scored highest on Human Capital — A.”
(National) Public Workers Face Continued Layoffs, and Recovery Is Hurt – NYTimes.com: “Companies have been slowly adding workers for more than two years. But pink slips are still going out in a crucial area: government.”
(National) 3 Labor Movement Victories You Didn’t Hear Anything About « Main Street: “Since June 5th, we’ve lost count of the number of Very Serious opinion pieces about the demise of the labor movement. Outside the DC bubble, however, it’s a different story. Using new tactics and old-fashioned gumption, workers are standing up all over the country, putting their jobs on the line, and advocating for a better life.
Here are three such instances that you didn’t hear anything about:”
American Airlines, Communications Workers of America Locked In Unionization Battle: “In December, Capasso signed a union petition with the Communications Workers of America (CWA), hoping a union would give her and the other roughly 10,000 passenger service agents at the airline giant more leverage in contract negotiations with the company.
“Many of us want a union because we want a voice in our future,” Capasso said. “As non-union [workers], we have no say in our future. American Airlines does to us whatever it sees fit.”
But the union election, which usually takes place a month after enough employees sign a petition, has been wrought with controversy and repeatedly delayed. On Thursday, a federal judge in Fort Worth will decide whether to issue an injunction to block the election, marking the latest chapter in a bitter seven-month battle between CWA and American Airlines.”
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