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Raise the Wage Campaign–Constituent Meeting with Sen. Boutin

New Hampshire’s minimum wage has not kept up with the cost of living for more than 30 years, and is currently stalled at $7.25 an hour – or less than $300 a week for full-time workers. It’s time for New Hampshire to address the plight of 76,000 Granite State workers and raise the minimum wage. The NH House of Representatives already passed HB 1403; it’s important that Senators hear from you about public support for the bill. Here are two important opportunities to speak directly to Senators:

This event is being coordinated by the Raise the Wage New Hampshire Coalition. RSVP to Caitlin at (603) 225-2471 or caitlin@granitestateprogress.org.

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Raise the Wage Campaign–Sen. Forrester Panel Discussion

New Hampshire’s minimum wage has not kept up with the cost of living for more than 30 years, and is currently stalled at $7.25 an hour – or less than $300 a week for full-time workers. It’s time for New Hampshire to address the plight of 76,000 Granite State workers and raise the minimum wage. The NH House of Representatives already passed HB 1403; it’s important that Senators hear from you about public support for the bill. Here are two important opportunities to speak directly to Senators:

This event is being coordinated by Sen. Forrester. RSVP to Liz Sheil at liz.sheil@leg.state.nh.us by Monday, April 14 at noon. Also let us know if you are planning to attend: Caitlin at (603) 225-2471 or caitlin@granitestateprogress.org.

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The New Hampshire House Passes Minimum Wage Increase

The New Hampshire House Passes Minimum Wage Increase

The New Hampshire House of Representatives today by a vote of 173 to 118 approved HB 1403, a bill to increase the state minimum wage to $9.00 an hour over two years and apply cost of living adjustments in future years. New Hampshire’s current minimum wage is $7.25 an hour and the wage has remained at this level since 2008. “New Hampshire’s current minimum wage leaves workers struggling to get by,” said New Hampshire Fiscal … 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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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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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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Granite State Rumblings: Federal Contractors Get Raise, NH Pushes Bill To Increase Minimum Wage

Granite State Rumblings: Federal Contractors Get Raise, NH Pushes Bill To Increase Minimum Wage

Just hours before the President delivered his fifth State of the Union address, the White House revealed that President Obama will issue an executive order to increase the minimum wage for new federal contract workers. The action will cover all workers employed under future government contracts, ensuring that none is paid less than $10.10 an hour. In a fact sheet announcing the action, the White House highlighted several occupations that will be helped by the move, including kitchen and laundry workers on military bases, as well as janitors at federal buildings and construction workers at government building sites. Then, in … Continue reading

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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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New Hampshire AFL-CIO Calls For Minimum Wage Hike As Part Of 2014 Legislative Agenda

CONCORD – AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler joined New Hampshire AFL-CIO President Mark MacKenzie and progressive legislators in laying out the New Hampshire labor movement’s priorities for the 2014 legislative session. “This year, we are calling on our legislature to lift up working families and lift up New Hampshire,” said New Hampshire AFL-CIO President Mark MacKenzie. “By raising the minimum wage, establishing prevailing wages, paying men and women equal wages, and making sure that temporary workers, construction workers, and those paid by payroll card aren’t cheated out of their pay, we can ensure that every worker in New Hampshire takes home … Continue reading

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The NHLN’s Top Five Priorities For 2014

The NHLN's Top Five Priorities For 2014

Today we begin a new year and I thought I would take a few minutes to lay out my priorities for the NH Labor News this year.   As the creator and content editor of the NH Labor News, I get to choose the direction the blog moves in.  This year we are going to be focused on these five things. 1) Raising the Minimum Wage in New Hampshire and throughout the country: The minimum wage is so far behind that people are working full time and still live in poverty.  We need to increase the minimum wage to help give … Continue reading

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