Senate Republicans Including Senator Ayotte Are Pitting Immigrants Against Veterans

Senate Republicans Including Senator Ayotte Are Pitting Immigrants Against Veterans

Veterans have always been political bread and butter.  It has become a game: who supports Veterans more?  This debate has ratcheted up a couple of notches after the budget negotiation reduced the Cost of Living increases for working age retired Veterans (under 62 years of age). The adjustment in the COLA for working age retired Veterans would save the government about $7 Billion dollars.  Of course the Veterans organizations were outraged over these cuts, and so was Senator Kelly Ayotte. Here is a little background on Senator Ayotte.  She currently sits on the Veteran Affairs Committee in the Senate, and … Continue reading

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Manchester Newspaper Guild Files 7 Unfair Labor Practice Charges And Pickets Against NH Union Leader

Manchester Newspaper Guild Files 7 Unfair Labor Practice Charges And Pickets Against NH Union Leader

MANCHESTER, NH — The Manchester Newspaper Guild on Friday filed seven Unfair Labor Practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board against The Union Leader Corp., which employs about 75 Guild members in its news, advertising, circulation, IT and accounting departments. The charges, and one the company filed against the local, mark an unprecedented low in the 72-year history of labor relations between The Newspaper Guild local and The New Hampshire Union Leader. Meanwhile, the members of TNG-CWA Local 31167 continue to pressure the company, the latest effort being an informational picket Saturday, March 1 from noon to 1:30 outside … Continue reading

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“Professional Development” in the Culture of Obedience

This video comes to us out of the Chicago Public Schools. Presumably consultants are hired elsewhere to mold such behavior. After all, it’s not very different from what George W. Bush observed on the morning of September 11, 2001 way down in Florida. The culture of obedience is one that favors form over function — […]

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Free-Keene ‘Robin Hooders’ Featured On Inside Edition (VIDEO)

In May of last year there was a lot of buzz about the ‘Robin Hoods’ in Keene who were feeding the parking meters of random cars before they got ticketed. The group of Free Staters from the ‘Free Keene’ division want you to think that they are just ‘merry men’ (and women) out help the poor people of Keene whose parking meter has run out.  That is what they want you to believe. The truth is far from that.  What they are doing  is harassing the parking enforcement officers. The facts are very simple; the Free Staters go around following the … Continue reading

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2-23-14 AFT-NH Legislative Update : Issues of the Week — Charter Schools and Common Core

The House Education Committee held several hearing and made recommendations on many bills this week, but many more bills remain to be worked on by the Committee. Several of these bills dealt with charter schools. I will start calling them public charter schools when they: •    Accept all children that walk through their doors, •    The entire teaching staff should be certified, •    They would take on all the responsibility of educating special education students and not rely on the local school system to offer services, •    They would take on the responsibility of transporting the students to school. •   … Continue reading

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Newmarket Town Council Calls for a Constitutional Amendment Opposing Corporate Money in Politics

Newmarket Town Council Calls for a Constitutional Amendment Opposing Corporate Money in Politics

With the passage of resolution 2013-2014-50, Newmarket joins nearly 500 local governments nationwide in calling for a constitutional amendment to end the corrosive influence of corporate money in politics and to restore constitutional rights to the people.  The resolution calls on the U.S. Congress and the states to pass an amendment that would guarantee the people’s right to regulate political spending, and clarify that the inalienable rights of the Constitution are possessed by people only, effectively overturning the basis of U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. The Newmarket town council passed this resolution  6-0, … Continue reading

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Overpaid Government Workers: New Report Highlights The Real Overpaid Government Workers

If you ask any Conservative Republican what they think about the pay of government workers, I would bet dollars to donuts they would say the same thing.  Government workers are overpaid! The truth is that they are not entirely wrong.  They problem lies in who they believe are overpaid.  They believe it is teachers, sanitation workers, and caseworkers are lazy and overpaid.  The fact is that the real people who are scamming the taxpayers with bloated compensations are the government contractors. This week the Center for Media and Democracy released a scathing report highlighting the obscene compensations of government contractors … Continue reading

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Solidarity; Multiple Unions Join USPS Unions To Picket Congressman Issa At NH GOP Event

Over 150 union workers stood out in below zero degree wind chill Monday night to deliver a message to Congressman Issa. He was the key-note speaker at a NH Republican fundraising dinner. The message delivered to Issa was the US Postal Service is not for sale. Issa wants to dismantle a highly effective postal service. NALC President Fred Rolando reacted to last weeks announcement that the Postal Service made a $765 million operating profit in the first quarter of 2014 by urging Congress not to dismantle the service. “In light of these results, lawmakers should strengthen the postal network while … Continue reading

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Wage Theft And The Misclassification Of Workers, Fill Out NH’s ‘Top Ten Labor Violations’

Wage Theft And The Misclassification Of Workers, Fill Out NH's 'Top Ten Labor Violations'

This week the State of New Hampshire released their ‘top ten’ list of labor violations. To those of us who are working in the labor movement, none of these are really surprising.  The majority of these violations stem from employers stealing workers pay. Top 10 New Hampshire Labor Law Violations Failure to pay all wages due for hours worked, fringe benefits, breaks less than 20 minutes, etc. *RSA 275:43 and Lab 803.01 Failure to keep accurate record of all hours worked. *RSA 279: 27 and Lab 803.03 Failure to have a written safety plan, joint loss management committee and safety … Continue reading

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Open Thread: Carpetbaggers

Hello Blue Hampshire! Greetings from the Great White South. OK it’s not that far south, and it’s only temporarily white from the snow. But it is great — I refer of course to Massachusetts! Long time no chat, so I thought I’d say hello. Down here, it is taken as a given that Scott Brown […]

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