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The USPS Teams Up With Staples: Taking Good Union Jobs And Turing Them Into Part-Time, Low Wage Jobs

The USPS Teams Up With Staples: Taking Good Union Jobs And Turing Them Into Part-Time, Low Wage Jobs

The US MAIL IS NOT FOR SALE. The manufactured crisis that is being used to destroy the postal service is taking a new turn this spring. As ongoing efforts to eliminate Saturday mail delivery have come to a standstill in our deadlocked Congress. The USPS is moving forward with a plan to place postal counters, without postal employees in 8o Staples stores. In time they want to expand this misguided plan to over 1500 stores … Continue reading

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Can You Help Send Matt To Netroots Nation?

Can You Help Send Matt To Netroots Nation?

Here’s the thing: my friend Matt Murray runs New Hampshire Labor News on a strictly volunteer basis. All the hours he puts in – on the blog site, on the Facebook page, the Twitter Feed, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Pintrest – all his time is donated.  And he usually ends up paying costs out-of-pocket. Matt does this because he believes in the Labor Movement.  He saw a communication gap and decided to fill it: all of New … Continue reading

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Immigrants Generated $252 Million In The NH Economy

Immigrants Generated $252 Million In The NH Economy

There is no denying that immigrants built this great nation and are continuing to shape her every passing day.  Every day immigrants are coming to America to create a better life for themselves and their families.  These immigrants are chasing their own American Dream by starting their own small businesses. According to research from the Immigration Policy Center, between “2006 to 2010, there were 4,253 new immigrant business owners in New Hampshire.”  The IPC also found that in 2010 over 5.7% of all business owners in New Hampshire were foreign-born. If you listen to Fox News, the only immigrants in America are … 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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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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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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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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Feb. 11th Is Your Chance To Help Raise The Minimum Wage In NH

Feb. 11th Is Your Chance To Help Raise The Minimum Wage In NH

The fight over raising the minimum wage is heating up.  During President Obama’s State of the Union address he announced that he would use an executive order to mandate that all government contractors pay a minimum wage of $10.10 per hour.  This falls in line with the $10.10 per hour proposal that the President and Democrats have been pushing for months. During the State of the Union called for more local legislation to push for a higher minimum wage since Congress in unable to pass the proposed increase. “Tonight, I ask more of America’s business leaders to follow John’s lead … Continue reading

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How Immigration Reform Will Help All Workers

How Immigration Reform Will Help All Workers

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

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