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Granite State Progress Testimony Against HB 323 RIGHT TO WORK for Less
By New Hampshire Labor News | January 31, 2013
Testimony in Opposition to HB 323: An Attempt to Pass Right to Work for Less
January 30th, 2013
My name is Caitlin Rollo and Iím the political director of Granite State Progress, a multi-issue advocacy organization working on issues of immediate state and local concern.
I am here, yet again, to testify against Rep. OíBrienís on-going attempt to undermine the rights or workers in New Hampshire. After countless hours spent in the last two years debating this measure, we are back again today to repeat what weíve said before, what the people of New Hampshire expressed with the results of last Fallís election, what Gov. Lynch and Gov. Hassan have repeatedly said, and what, ultimately, the House and Senate decided. This bill would do nothing to drive economic development; it would interfere in employee-employer agreements. It is still, after countless hours of protest, testimony, conflict, and chanting, terrible public policy and should, still, be voted down.
To briefly recap how we got to this point, I think, will illustrate that this bill has never enjoyed the support of the citizens of New Hampshire and should be dismissed with as little fanfare as possible. This legislation, then number HB 474 was introduced in the NH House on January 6, 2011. It passed the House on February 15, 2011 by a roll call vote of 221-131. The NH Senate then passed it by a margin of 16-8 on April 20, 2011. Democratic Governor John Lynch vetoed the bill on May 11, 2011. Then-speaker OíBrien publicly announced that the NH House would vote on whether to override or sustain the Governorís veto on Wednesday, May 25th.
FULL story at link.
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The New Hampshire Labor News is a group of NH Workers who believe that we need to protect ourselves against the attacks on workers. We are proud union members who are working to preserve the middle class. The NHLN talks mostly about news and politics from NH. We also talk about national issues that effect working men and women here in the Granite State.
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