Raising The Minimum Wage, Increases Employment And One City Proved It

Raising The Minimum Wage, Increases Employment And One City Proved It

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

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Governor Hassan And Senator Larsen Voice Support for Paycheck Fairness Act

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

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NH Pushes Back Against ALEC Model Legislation. AFT-NH Testimony On Proposed Legislation

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

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AFT-NH President Hainey’s Testimony Against SB 217 (Right To Work) In NH Senate

AFT-NH President Hainey's Testimony Against SB 217 (Right To Work) In NH Senate

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

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Dave Kulju Remembered

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 […]

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What kind of legislator?

What kind of legislator makes such a proposal? 1. S.AMDT.2603 to S.1845 Purpose will be available when the amendment is proposed for consideration. See Congressional Record for text. : Sponsor: Sen Ayotte, Kelly [NH] (introduced 1/7/2014) Cosponsors (14) Latest Major Action: 1/7/2014 Senate amendment submitted What kind of person gums up the works with non-germane […]

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The NH Rebellion Walk is Underway

News from the NH Rebellion: We have started our long walk across New Hampshire this morning, beginning our two week journey across 185 miles.  Along the way, we will be recruiting citizens of New Hampshire into joining our #NHRebellion. The point of the walk is to focus the citizens of New Hampshire on the system […]

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NAFTA Failed to Live Up to Promises

NAFTA Failed to Live Up to Promises

By Arnie Alpert and Gabriel Camacho In the twenty years since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) went into effect, millions of Mexicans have been pushed by NAFTA to make the dangerous journey across the border into the United States, many without legal authorization.  The U.S. government has responded by turning the border into a militarized zone, jailing hundreds of thousands of people, and deporting record numbers back across the border. Militarization of the border began in 1994 with Operation Gatekeeper, which erected fencing, walls, and other barriers between San Diego, CA and Tijuana, Mexico, forcing migrants into dangerous … Continue reading

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