They did it!

I was just told that the House Republicans just attached an amendment on the budget bill calling for the repeal of collective bargaining.

Time to get on the phones everyone.

I will post more information as soon as I receive it.

45 Responses to They did it!

  1. rambler american March 23, 2011 at 3:46 am #

    Keep us posted as to Wisconsin type protests. We can do it too.  

    • KrisSchultz March 23, 2011 at 4:31 am #
    • cblodg March 23, 2011 at 5:05 pm #

      I’ll gladly carry a sign and shout.  No way they slink this through and under the radar!

  2. Dean Barker March 23, 2011 at 3:57 am #

    Strikes me as incredibly dumb move by O’Brien to grab the national spotlight for election cycle fundraising.

    Can they even manage to pass “right-to-work” into law?

    I suppose they’ll huff and puff and maybe even shut gov’t down if Senate and Gov don’t give them their way.

    That will work real well for them.

    Well, I was amazed at how they energized our side thus far.

    This, and along with maybe a gov’t shudown, will guarantee even more votes to drum them out in 2012.

    • rambler american March 23, 2011 at 6:16 am #

      I’d rather they held their breath.

      • beverlywoods March 23, 2011 at 6:19 am #

        since they know if they held their breath, they would turn blue.

      • cblodg March 23, 2011 at 5:07 pm #

        more huffing from more puffing.

  3. TimothyHorrigan March 23, 2011 at 4:08 am #

    The House already passed one Right to Give Up Your Rights bill, HB 474.  They REALLY passed it: it wasn’t Tabled after an “Ought to Pass” motion.  Why do they need a second bill?

    • Dean Barker March 23, 2011 at 4:45 am #


      Hardly inspiring numbers for a later veto override fight.

      So if that one looks tenuous, how on earth do they think this would fly?

      This is all about hogging the nat’l limelight and trolling for POTUS and other PAC $.

      • hannah March 23, 2011 at 4:25 pm #

        Some people would kill for five minutes of fame.  Others find that dishing up a regular diet of abuse works wonders.  

        “How outrageous can we be?” Let us count the ways as we deprive the children one by one.

        Somebody ought to do a reprise of the daisy ad, except this time it should be children that are thrown away.

        There was a reason Jesus said, “suffer the little children to come unto me.” We still haven’t learned that human children are an endangered species, because adults routinely threaten them to extort favors for themselves.

    • JonnyBBad March 23, 2011 at 5:43 am #
      • TimothyHorrigan March 23, 2011 at 6:25 am #

        I asked someone on another blog why he referred repeatedly to the “Democrat Party” and he explained that it’s the “Democrat Party” rather than “Democratic Party” because its members are “Democrats” rather than “Democratics”.  By that logic the other party should called the “[Expletive Deleted] Party”

        • rambler american March 23, 2011 at 6:27 am #

          I’ve been calling them that for years.

        • Douglas E. Lindner March 23, 2011 at 8:26 am #

          As long as they call us the “Democrat Party”, we get to call them “Teabaggers”.

  4. Dean Barker March 23, 2011 at 4:28 am #

    Feb 27: Scott Walker Wannabe Paul Lambert said he was all for doing this in January, but instead was going to introduce a bill next year.

    Then on March 6th:

    …one New Hampshire Republican said if Democrats want to walk out on a debate about curtailing collective bargaining, he’d show them the door.

    “Let them go,” said state Rep. George Lambert, R-Litchfield. “We have such a supermajority, we don’t need them. The numbers are so large, the people have spoken so loudly, the Democrats are completely disenfranchised. If they don’t come to agreement with Republicans, too bad.”

    …”I can guarantee a two-thirds majority vote to override any veto,” Lambert said.

    To which Rep. Serlin tweeted:

    apparently he who can “guaranty” a veto override did not count the “Right to Work” vote count which shows we can sustain #toobad

  5. rambler american March 23, 2011 at 4:31 am #

    but I forget. Is it in Concord or Lexington?

    • FrankLloydMike March 23, 2011 at 5:05 am #

      I don’t think the legislature was armed in Wisconsin.

      • rambler american March 23, 2011 at 5:37 am #

        is well taken.

  6. Mike Emm March 23, 2011 at 4:35 am #

    Given how much these guys got their knickers in a twist about the lack of a public hearing for the picayune campground tax, they wouldn’t do something this big without a hearing, would they?

    Yeah, who’m I kidding? Sure they would.

  7. Zandra Rice Hawkins March 23, 2011 at 6:36 am #

    That’s all it took for them to roll back rights for some 60,000 workers in New Hampshire.

    6 and a half minutes, and a lot of backdoor decision-making, far from the public eye. But then, I guess Sunshine Week officially ended on Friday.

  8. foodnetwork March 23, 2011 at 6:39 am #

    The amendment adopted by the House Finance committee says that if a public employee contract expires with no agreement to take its place then the employer can pay the employees whatever they want, fire whomever they want with no reason and determine what, if any, benefits the employees will receive.

  9. Dean Barker March 23, 2011 at 6:48 am #


    After Hours Amendment on Un-Related Bill Calls for Repeal of Collective Bargaining Rights, Harms Middle Class Families

    CONCORD, NH – The Finance Committee of the NH House of Representatives just voted to repeal collective bargaining arrangements during a committee discussion on an unrelated bill, HB 2 dealing with the state budget.

    “This is an unprecedented attack on the middle class in the State of New Hampshire,” said Diana Lacey, President of the State Employees Association, SEA/SEIU Local 1984. “Speaker O’Brien publicly claimed that he was not interested in pursuing these attacks on workers, but Representative Neil Kurk ignored that message and used a backroom maneuver under the cover of darkness to strip more than 60,000 middle class workers and taxpayers of our collective bargaining rights. While the Speaker promised transparency, Rep. Kurk is pushing forward an amendment that’s never had a public hearing or any other opportunity for public input. These legislators should be ashamed of themselves for treating working families this way, without even giving them a chance to defend themselves. This is politics at its worse, dirty and underhanded.”

    The amended analysis reads: “Provides that, upon expiration of a collective bargaining agreement, parties subject to the agreement shall become at-will employees whose salaries, benefits, and terms and conditions of employment shall be at the discretion of the employer.”

    Hundreds of employer-employee contracts in New Hampshire will come to an end immediately if an impasse is not resolved by the expiration of the original agreement. If passed, this could mean thousands of New Hampshire workers will become at-will employees with no rights in the workplace regarding wages, benefits and terms of employment. Even simple delays in contract negotiations would put thousands of workers on the line under this new amendment.

    Hundreds of Granite Staters have attended State House hearings to voice opposition to similar anti-worker legislation, but this move to circumvent the legislative process and ram through an amendment in the late evening hours means not a single member of the public was allowed to comment on the legislation before it was passed.

    “I went to the State House to testify against other anti-worker legislation, and you can bet I would have been there for this bill if they had given me the chance,” said Ann Smith, a Concord resident who recently retired from the Department of Information Technology. “I waited 5 or 6 hours last time because so many people opposed the legislation they introduced. This time the new leadership in Concord didn’t even take the time to hear how many people oppose their extreme ideas.”

    “Instead of focusing on creating jobs, the House of Representatives is attacking working families and the entire middle class here in New Hampshire,” Lacey said. “This move is Kurk’s latest attempt to use the state budget as a vehicle to attack the core and fundamental values New Hampshire citizens hold dear. He knows these are controversial provisions that will dilute the discussion on the serious budget cuts and disturbing corporate tax giveaways extremists like him are trying to push through this year. Does he really think he can attack enough taxpayers in New Hampshire that we will be too distracted to see the damage being done to our fellow citizens? Does he think we won’t realize they haven’t created a single job and in fact are sending more people to the unemployment line, cutting life-preserving services, and rolling back our rights?”

    “The circus atmosphere Kurk is creating with these attacks will not fool anyone. We know extremists when we see them and we’re watching every move. The State Employees Association will be reaching out to other legislators to see if they approve of late-night amendments with no public hearing and to ask if they stand with their more extreme anti-worker colleagues or whether they will represent the middle class families of their district.”

    • Dean Barker March 23, 2011 at 7:01 am #

      “Provides that, upon expiration of a collective bargaining agreement, parties subject to the agreement shall become at-will employees whose salaries, benefits, and terms and conditions of employment shall be at the discretion of the employer.”

      That actually makes it worse than Wisconsin’s bill, which IIRC didn’t touch wages.

      I wonder how much of a haul from the POTUS PACs this will bring in for O’Brien and his team in exchange for hurling tens of thousands of Granite Staters into economic anxiety, and a possible gov’t shutdown, in what does not appear to be anything likely to pass?

      • rambler american March 23, 2011 at 2:16 pm #

        When do we get started?

        • JonnyBBad March 23, 2011 at 5:36 pm #

          please see calendar…like Dean said…they don’t care about passing this as much as they about raising POTUS primary dollars and making themselves Glen Beck’s little achievers. They think our rallying 60’s style, or Wisconsin style will turn the public against us…what fools.

      • hannah March 23, 2011 at 4:32 pm #

        Elected and appointed officials are merely stewards whose unjust service merits dismissal.
        Relying on the chief cook and bottle washer to pull chestnuts out of the fire is not a viable strategy, unless we accept their irresponsibility.

  10. Mike Hoefer March 23, 2011 at 7:17 am #

    It’s time we stop refereing to the House of O’Brien as a Circus, and start calling it by it’s proper name, a Tragedy.

  11. Ray Buckley March 23, 2011 at 7:35 am #

    I feel tempted to call the legislative republicans ‘vermin’ but I really don’t want to wander into that Sununu gutter…

    • Putney Swope March 23, 2011 at 9:30 am #
      • susanthe March 23, 2011 at 2:26 pm #
  12. Dean Barker March 23, 2011 at 2:31 pm #


    The amendment passed 18-7, with Republican Lee Quandt of Exeter joining committee Democrats in dissenting.

    Quandt said after the vote that there has been an “unprecedented attack” on public employees this legislative session.

    “We started a war we don’t belong in,” Quandt said. “No company or government lasts long when you go to war with your own employees.”

    …Rep. Robert Foose, a New London Democrat, said that the amendment “absolutely blows up the relationship between state employees and the Legislature and our government.”

    • Mike Caulfield March 23, 2011 at 3:19 pm #

      Not covering it in their inbox headlines or website main headlines.

    • TimothyHorrigan March 23, 2011 at 4:27 pm #

      Earlier yesterday, Quandt broke with his party on the basic initial votes on Divisions II & III budget reports: those votes were 19-7.  (Evidently, someone took a walk on the anti-worker amendment.)  

    • Paul Twomey March 23, 2011 at 4:35 pm #

      He also stood up to the anti-worker O’Brien machine on the “Right to Work for Less” bill. More and more you are seeing Republicans standing up to the extremist agenda of the House leadership.

      A significant difference between NH and Wisconsin is the presence of a responsible governor here and a rump of Republicans who are not bent on destroying our government. Together, we shall prevail over the madness.

  13. Mike Caulfield March 23, 2011 at 3:35 pm #

    They do cover that Tiger Wood’s kinda sorta girlfriend played volleyball at UNH for a bit, so maybe it was a tough call on web front page space. Heavy news days are tough!

  14. rambler american March 23, 2011 at 3:45 pm #

    A symbolic dissolution of labor unions.

    • Douglas E. Lindner March 23, 2011 at 6:21 pm #

      They say they’re avoiding bias between labor and business.

      How much money says they’ll rename one of the rooms Reagan? Naming stuff after Reagan is still a top 5 Republican priority, right?

      • StraffordDem March 23, 2011 at 6:53 pm #
  15. Corporate Dog March 23, 2011 at 4:09 pm #

    Long time no see, everyone.

    Given that Mrs. Corporate Dog still teaches in New Hampshire, I’m keeping a close eye on this one.

    See you at the protests.

    Corporate Dog

  16. Kaili Lambe March 23, 2011 at 7:16 pm #

    Does any one know when this bill moves to the full house?  

    • JonnyBBad March 23, 2011 at 10:30 pm #

      There will be a press conference tomorrow opposing the budget amendment Union Busting piece,at the LOB at 12pm.

      A Committee vote is scheduled at 2pm. Assuming they don’t do it in a dark closet somewhere before it is scheduled,they will use a rubber stamp to approve it.

      The full house votes next wed.

      The Press conference is the beginning of what Unionsist and Democrats can do…show up in protest and support the right of Public Employees to collectively bargain, every day for the next week.

      Remember, you’re next!!!

  17. ProfessorMike March 23, 2011 at 8:13 pm #

    If anyone is putting together a march or demonstration please count me in.  If Granny D could march for what she believed in then so can we!

    I noted the irony that the Republican leadership would introduce this amendment just days before the 100th anniversary of the Triangle fire where the deaths of 184 workers led to the establishment of effective labor unions.  I recommend Joan Jacobs’ excellent blog on this issue.

    • Zandra Rice Hawkins March 23, 2011 at 10:11 pm #

      Hold Finance Committee Accountable
      Thursday, March 24th at  2:00 p.m. (arrive at 1:30 p.m.)
      Legislative Office Building, Rooms 210-211
      33 North State Street, Concord, NH

      The NH Finance Committee has introduced an unprecedented attack on the middle class in New Hampshire, using a backroom maneuver under the cover of darkness to strip more than 60,000 middle class workers and taxpayers of collective bargaining rights. This and other anti-worker legislation is being tacked onto a budget bill that already underfunds essential services for New Hampshire’s middle class and most vulnerable citizens. Come and hold the legislators accountable as they take the final committee vote on the budget and these anti-worker amendments!

      Rally for New Hampshire
      Thursday, March 31 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
      State House Plaza
      107 N. Main Street, Concord, NH

      The proposed cuts by the NH House target workers and jeopardize New Hampshire’s safety net. Please join us in a rally to restore New Hampshire’s budget! RSVP at:!/event.php?eid=196585980375491

      If you need more information on either activity, feel free to contact me.

    • JonnyBBad March 23, 2011 at 10:31 pm #
  18. PickupPatriots March 24, 2011 at 4:09 am #

    Where is our Governor’s voice? Perhaps we missed it, but we have heard nary a word from the fella in the corner office.

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