From Laura Hainey, President AFT-NH UPCOMING VOTE IN THE SENATE: On Thursday the Senate Finance Committee held its hearing on SB 217 the “right to work for less bill”. They voted 4 to 2 to pass the bill, but if it had been referred instead to the Senate Executive Departments And Administration Committee, we might have seen it defeated by a 3-2 margin. The next step is for the full Senate to vote on January 30th when they are in full session. As in the many years past AFT-NH is opposed to this bill and asks that it be defeated. … Continue reading →
The Virginia Senate is now evenly split between Republicans and Democrats because, in a special election, eleven more people voted for the Democrat. As Rachel Maddow says, remember that the next time you wonder whether it is worth going to the polls.
Our ultimate goal should be to help Americans find good paying jobs. Abusing the guest worker program is hurting the millions of Americans who are currently looking for employment. Every year thousands of people legally enter the United States on temporary work visas. They use the guest worker program as a way to get their foot in the door, and begin chasing their own version of the American Dream. Many people, like Senator Orin Hatch, want to see the guest worker program expanded to fill a hole in the US labor market and “meet the demands for workers in the … Continue reading →
As a father of two amazing girls there is one thing I hope they will never have to deal with, and we can make that happen today. There is no denying that in spite of our best efforts, women continue to be discriminated against in the workplace. The proof is in the paycheck. Women on average are paid .77 cents for every dollar a similarly qualified man makes. This is outrageous and should be stopped immediately. Legislators in the past have tried to correct this atrocity by passing the Equal Pay Act of 1963. The Equal Pay Act was a … Continue reading →
Tens of thousands of hard working Granite Staters are currently working and doing their best to survive in minimum wage jobs. The time has come to raise the minimum wage. The debate over raising the minimum wage has been raging throughout the United States since the minimum wage was first instituted in 1938. The debate has not changed in over 70 years. Proponents claim raising the minimum wage will help low-wage workers and will boost the economy because workers will have more spendable income. The opponents claim that an increase to the minimum wage will cost jobs, therefore hurting the … Continue reading →
Governor Hassan Submits Letter Urging Senate Commerce Committee to Recommend Passage of Measure to Address Pay Equity Senator Larson Urges The Senate To Pass SB 207 In Committee Hearing Today CONCORD – Emphasizing the need to address pay equity between women and men in order to boost economic growth and support working families, Governor Maggie Hassan today submitted a letter (included below) to the Senate Commerce Committee in support of SB 207 – the Paycheck Fairness Act of 2014 – legislation sponsored by Senator Sylvia Larsen that updates state law to eliminate loopholes, increase transparency in wages, and ensure that all … Continue reading →
Over the past few years people have become increasingly aware of the effects of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). ALEC provides lawmakers with model legislation created by ALEC’s corporate funders. Some of ALEC’s model legislation includes: Right To Work, Stand Your Ground, Paycheck Protection (a bill to stop automatic dues deduction), School Vouchers, and Payroll Debit Cards (a bill to pay workers with debit cards instead of paychecks). This year the NH Legislature is considering a bill that would require legislators to identify any model legislation. The first of these bills is HB 1207. “This bill requires the identification … Continue reading →
Once again New Hampshire is considering the aptly named ‘Right to Work’ legislation. Today local labor leaders are testifying against SB 217, and AFT-NH President Laura Hainey kindly sent us a copy of her written testimony against SB 217. January 23, 2014 Dear Senate Finance Committee, I am writing to you to ask you to Defeat SB 217 which is inaccurately referred to as the “Right to Work Bill”. AFT-NH represents 4,000 employees in NH, mostly public employees who work in your cities, towns and school districts. The members of AFT-NH are teachers–like me—and other school workers, like librarians and … Continue reading →
If I remember correctly, Dave and Carol Shea-Porter first met at my house at a Howard Dean meet-up. If it hadn’t been for Dave’s talent and tremendous support, New Hampshire would never have sent Shea-Porter to Washington, not once, but three times — 2006, 2008 and 2012. Can we do it again without Dave? We’d […]
Thanks Beverly for posting about the NH Rebellion Walk. Here are a few videos of the effort Overview Day One Day Two Keep on keeping on walkers!