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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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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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Guest Column: Not All Teachers Are Supportive Of The New Common Core Standards In NH

Guest Column: Not All Teachers Are Supportive Of The New Common Core Standards In NH

Editor’s Note: The Common Core has been discussed at great length by many different people.  Everyone has their own opinion on the new CCSS.  The NHLN has taken the position that CCSS is good but not without faults.  L Graykin submitted this Op/Ed to the NHLN as a way to show that not all teachers agree with the way that CCSS is being unrolled.   The views of Mr Graykin in no way reflect the news of the NHLN and are intended to provide more background and explain some of the opposition to the CCSS in hopes that we can … Continue reading

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Gorham Paper and Tissue Announce Layoffs

Gorham Paper and Tissue Announce Layoffs

  Yesterday news agencies throughout the state announced that Gorham Paper and Tissue would be ‘restructuring’ and are being forced to lay off workers. NHPR reports: “Gorham Paper and Tissue, the town’s largest employer, is temporarily cutting back operations, a move that will lead to 20 to 50 employees losing their jobs. The company says other employees will see week-long layoffs.” The Union Leader reports: “This is a temporary move to get us through the winter, until natural gas prices come back down to their seasonal norms in the spring,” said (GPT CEO Mike) Cummings. The temporary layoffs are a … Continue reading

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All I Want for Christmas Is Health Insurance; SEIU 1984 Hosts ACA Enrollment Fair

The State Employees’ Association of NH (SEA) and Manchester Community Health Center are jointly hosting an Affordable Care Act enrollment fair Thursday, December 19 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Manchester Community College in Room 300. The enrollment fair is designed to help educate SEA members, students and working people about how to access new health care options available through the ACA Marketplace. Trained representatives from the sponsor organizations will be onsite to help individuals research their plan options, determine if they are eligible for tax credits that will reduce their healthcare costs and enroll. While the roll-out of the … Continue reading

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Plymouth State University Educators Win First Contract

lymouth, NH, December 14, 2013 – Earlier this morning and two years after Plymouth State University (PSU) adjunct faculty members voted to unionize, the State Employees’ Association (SEA/SEIU 1984), announced that the ‘Teaching Lecturers’ have ratified their first union contract by a 97% vote. “The path to obtain the rights necessary for empowered workers to level the playing field, as equally valuable partners in the workplace, including higher education, can be a long one that takes real commitment,” said SEA/SEIU 1984 President Diana Lacey. “We are so proud of the members’ work!” The contract provides job stability, annual wage increases, … Continue reading

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You Cannot Drive Anywhere But At Least We Did Not Raise The Gas Tax

I am not going to say ‘I Told You So’ but you already know that I am.  Last year Representative David Campbell proposed a meager $.12 cent gasoline tax that would go directly to the roads and bridges fund.  This would have been the first increase to the gasoline tax in over two decades. The Concord Monitor explains what the increase would mean: “When fully implemented, the additional 12 cents per gallon would bring in about $92 million a year. It would mean an estimated $816.8 million over the next 10 years, $183 million for municipal aid and $633.8 million … Continue reading

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Granite Staters Rally At Sen Ayotte’s Office In National Day Of Action To Protect Social Security

Granite Staters Rally At Sen Ayotte's Office In National Day Of Action To Protect Social Security

Statement from New Alliance for Retired Americans President Lucy Edwards at the National Day of Action event in Nashua NH  As the president of the New Hampshire Alliance for Retired Americans, a grassroots volunteer group of senior citizens representing 13,000 NH retirees, I am here today with others fighting to save our Social Security and Medicare benefits from any “grand bargain” between the President and Congress.  Right now in Washington DC, a committee of House and Senate members is trying to agree on a budget that could pass both houses of Congress and get the President’s signature.  Our junior Senator, … Continue reading

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