Today the Senate voted to table HB 1677 Right to Work (for less)! If this were in the House, we would view this as a tactic by O'Brien to string us along all summer long, however the Senate seems committed to putting this bad legislation to rest, as it has already been defeated once this session and there is more important work to accomplish this year.
This is certainly good news and a brief sigh of relief to those of us in the labor movement. Our work will continue to push back on more bad legislation aimed at attacking workers rights in NH.
This is a testament to YOU & YOUR HARD WORK Brothers & Sisters!! Every phone call, letter & postcard to your Senators & Representatives... Every District Meeting & Phone Bank... THANK YOU!!
This is a press release issued today from the Unity Table:
For immediate release
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Contact: Nora Frederickson, New Hampshire AFL-CIO, 603-785-4211
Beth D’Ovidio, SEA, 603-271-3411
George Strout, NEA-NH, 603-244-7751
Statement on NH Senate Decision to Table Right to Work for Less
The NH Senate voted today to table repeat right to work for less legislation, acknowledging the legislation would fail but leaving the door open for extremely anti-worker House Speaker Bill O’Brien.
Following the vote, New Hampshire workers, labor leaders and community allies expressed hope that the Senate would take a similar approach to additional anti-worker bills from the House and move on to more important issues.
“The Senate took a step in the right direction today in voting to indefinitely table HB 1677. Their vote follows confirms what we hear each and every day: people are tired of right to work for less dominating the discussion in Concord,” said President Mark MacKenzie. “Yet New Hampshire’s working families still face threats in our Legislature. We hope that the Senate follows through on its promises to focus on jobs and rejects any other proposals to curtail the rights of Granite Staters.”
“Today we saw our senators demonstrate leadership by putting aside Speaker O’Brien’s never ending war against working families,” said Diana Lacey, President of the State Employees Association. “Unlike their 2011 vote, all of the senators know now that this bill has no chance of becoming law and it is good to see them signal to the House that the focus needs to be on job creation.”
Most workers and community members believe that NH House Speaker Bill O’Brien’s extreme Tea Party ideas are to blame for the continued attack on workers, public infrastructure and essential services. Rhonda Wesolowski, president of NEA-NH, called for the Senate to reject that agenda and instead take the lead on job creation initiatives. “We now look forward to the Senate enhancing the opportunity for better jobs through renewed support of public education and educators.”