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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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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