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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New Hampshire Retirees hold Sen. Ayotte accountable

New Hampshire Retirees hold Sen. Ayotte accountable

by Jennifer Kenny MANCHESTER, NH — The voting record of Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte has drawn the ire of New Hampshire retirees.  Unable to secure an appointment with her, they are demanding that Social Security be improved by picketing in front of her Manchester and Nashua offices. The retiree members of the New Hampshire Alliance for Retired Americans (NH ARA) have been  requesting to meet with Ayotte since the summer of 2013.  Initially this seemed like an easy ask.  Considering that the U. S. Senate designates multiple days for travel, in-district workshops, holiday and summer recess, the NH ARA members … Continue reading

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USPS Employees And Community Activists To Rally At NH GOP Event Featuring Congressman Issa

USPS Employees And Community Activists To Rally At NH GOP Event Featuring Congressman Issa

Get those signs ready because every USPS supporter’s favorite Congressman is coming to town. Congressman Darrell Issa will be speaking at a NH GOP event on Presidents Day (Feb 17th) at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord NH.  As the Chairman of the House Government Affairs Committee, Congressman Issa has spearheaded the charge that would lead to the eventual privatization of the USPS.   He has proposed to; cut Saturday delivery, cut thousands of postal employee’s jobs, cut door-to-door delivery, and even proposed allowing UPS and FedEx the ability to use mailboxes like the postal service.  All of these horrible ideas … Continue reading

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Raise The Wage Coalition Calls For A Minimum Wage Increase

Raise The Wage Coalition Calls For A Minimum Wage Increase

Raise the Wage Coalition Demonstrates Strong Support for HB 1403, Increasing the Minimum Wage in New Hampshire CONCORD, NH – New Hampshire elected officials, advocates, small business leaders, and community members hosted a press conference in the LOB Lobby this morning, Tuesday, February 11th to introduce HB 1403, raising the minimum wage in New Hampshire. HB 1403 would raise New Hampshire’s minimum wage in two stages and provide for annual cost of living increases in the future.  It would increase the minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.25 per hour on January 1, 2015 and to $9.00 per hour on January … Continue reading

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Fed Up and Pumped Up: Manchester Newspaper Guild Rallies For Fairness

Fed Up and Pumped Up: Manchester Newspaper Guild Rallies For Fairness

Manchester Newspaper Guild members and allies turned out in force Sunday morning to show Union Leader Publisher Joe McQuaid that his callous contract “final offer” is beneath contempt. About 60 picketers, 40 of them Guild members, marched and leafleted outside the newspaper’s annual sports banquet at the Radisson Center of New Hampshire in downtown Manchester. “It was awesome,” local President Norm Welsh said. “I’m not sure we’ve ever had a better turnout, even when we had twice the membership. “We know we got the publisher’s attention because he detoured on his way to the event to come over to our … Continue reading

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2-10-14 AFT-NH Legislative Update: Common Core and Smarter Balance Assessments

This past week there were several hearings regarding the Common Core Standards and the Smarter Balance Assessment with several others scheduled for this coming week. AFT-NH knows that a recent AFT poll found that 75 Percent of teachers support the new standards, but it also found that they have not had enough time to understand them, put them into practice or discuss them with colleagues. If these standards are to work we need to ensure that in each district the following are in place when implementing the Standards: •    There needs to be planning time for understanding the Standards and … Continue reading

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Republicans and Democrats Push Senate Bill To Further The Destruction Of The USPS

Republicans and Democrats Push Senate Bill To Further The Destruction Of The USPS

Previously we reported on the fierce opposition to Senate Bill 1486 (postal reform) that was at the time, being introduced into the US Senate.  This week the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee voted 9-1 to approve S1486 with provisions that will destroy good jobs, and close post offices. “This disastrous bill would severely damage service to the people; weaken the USPS and make it ripe for privatization, and destroy good jobs throughout the country,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “The APWU urges senators to vote against the bill if and when it is brought to the Senate floor … Continue reading

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Governor Hassan Shows Support For Two Key Labor Issues In State Of The State Address

Governor Hassan Shows Support For Two Key Labor Issues In State Of The State Address

On Thursday Governor Hassan gave her first State of the State address to a join session of the Legislature.   You can see the entire speech here on WMUR.  The full speech covered everything from the increase in home prices to current hot button issues like expanded Medicaid and casino gambling.   While these are important topics to discuss, today I wanted to highlight two issues that the NHLN has made a priority for this legislative session. Governor Hassan on the Minimum Wage: “Truly accelerating our economic growth will only be possible when working families and individuals are confident in their own … Continue reading

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Manchester Newspaper Guild Plans Informational Picket To Protest Horrendous Contract Offer

Manchester Newspaper Guild Plans Informational Picket To Protest Horrendous Contract Offer

NHLN Fans, the Manchester Newspaper Guild needs our help.  We need people to stand with the MNG and show our solidarity against the NH Union Leader and their horrendous contract proposals including an 18% pay reduction among other things.   Details below in the Press Release from the MNG. Manchester Newspaper Guild Plans Informational Picket To Protest Horrendous Contract Offer             Members of the Manchester Newspaper Guild — employees at The New Hampshire Union Leader — will take to the streets of downtown Manchester Sunday to protest a contract “Final Offer” from the newspaper that is one of the cruelest … Continue reading

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Manchester Newspaper Guild Plans Informational Picket To Protest Horrendous Contract Offer

Manchester Newspaper Guild Plans Informational Picket To Protest Horrendous Contract Offer

NHLN Fans, the Manchester Newspaper Guild needs our help.  We need people to stand with the MNG and show our solidarity against the NH Union Leader and their horrendous contract proposals including an 18% pay reduction among other things.   Details below in the Press Release from the MNG. Manchester Newspaper Guild Plans Informational Picket To Protest Horrendous Contract Offer             Members of the Manchester Newspaper Guild — employees at The New Hampshire Union Leader — will take to the streets of downtown Manchester Sunday to protest a contract “Final Offer” from the newspaper that is one of the cruelest … Continue reading

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