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USPS Workers To Rally Against Postal Units In Staples Stores On 4-24-14

Please join the Postal Workers on Thursday April 24, from 4-6 pm in Concord NH for a peaceful demonstration near the Concord Staples on Fort Eddy Road (across from LL Bean at exit 14 off of 93 N). Help us to STOP the privatization & destruction of The U.S.P.S. before it’s too late.  A recent agreement between the USPS and Staples established postal counters in 82 Staples stores — staffed with low-wage, non-union Staples employees … Continue reading

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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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3-31-14 AFT-NH Legislative Update: Smarter Balance Testing and A ‘Thank You’ To Legislators

Now that crossover has come and gone both chambers will start working on each other’s bills.  Both chambers have till May 15th to act on these bills. I would like to thank all the representatives that supported us on the following bills: AFT-NH supported the recommendation of Ought To Pass as amended on HB 1494-FN, relative to administration of the New Hampshire retirement system and authority of the board of trustees. The amended version ensures … 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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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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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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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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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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2-10-14 AFT-NH Legislative Update: Common Core and Smarter Balance Assessments

This past week there were several hearings regarding the Common Core Standards and the Smarter Balance Assessment with several others scheduled for this coming week. AFT-NH knows that a recent AFT poll found that 75 Percent of teachers support the new standards, but it also found that they have not had enough time to understand them, put them into practice or discuss them with colleagues. If these standards are to work we need to ensure that in each district the following are in place when implementing the Standards: •    There needs to be planning time for understanding the Standards and … Continue reading

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