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  • "Right-to-Work" Defeated in NH
    Updated On: Apr 11, 2017

    Victory in New Hampshire! So called "Right-to-Work" (RTW) legislation fails in the House of Representatives by a vote of 200 - 177, and the motion to indefinitely postpone the matter passes 193 - 184!

    RTW (for less!) proponents are working their way through the country, state by state, demonizing union membership and trying to persuade working people that RTW legislation is beneficial to workers. Not true! Workers who are represented by unions consistently enjoy higher median earnings than workers in the same jobs but without union representation, and RTW means fewer employees are represented by unions, (See the Bureau of Labor Statistics report at https://www.bls.gov/news.release/union2.t04.htm)

    Union representation also means that members are protected by a legally binding contract that spells out their rights and benefits, including sick days, holidays, vacations, wage increases, healthcare coverage, overtime pay, seniority rights, the grievance procedure, and more. Without a contract, workers must rely on state and federal laws for protection, which may not be as comprehensive and authoritative as their industry requires. Union members have dedicated representatives to stand up for their contractual rights and fight for them. If a nonunion worker's rights are infringed, they would have to hire a lawyer and take their employer to court, a long and expensive undertaking... So who do you think is pushing for RTW legitslation? Certainly not anyone with the best interests of workers and families in mind!

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