[Ualeindiv] NH RTW Bill Defeated (For Now)
dekearnold at yahoo.com
Fri Apr 13 10:44:42 EDT 2012
Full-blown right-to-work seems dead in New Hampshire this
year. The Senate tabled the bill and the
Senate President, a RTWer, says it will stay there. The RTWers had the votes to pass the bill,
but the House was unlikely to override a veto and the Senate didn’t want a
drawn-out, high-profile, losing RTW fight in an election year. The Senate President is already promising RTW will be back next year.
Last week, a Senate committee stripped out a clause that eliminated majority rule exclusive representation in the public
sector. Proponents claimed getting rid
of exclusivity answered complaints about free-riders, but the proposal’s also on
the wish list of ALEC and the National RTW Committee.
Several unionbusting public-sector bills are still slithering
around the Legislature. The two with RTW
provisions face an uphill fight. There
are also bills to let public-sector employers initiate decertification
elections and to divide health insurance cost increases equally between
employer and employees if a contract expires without a new agreement.
Union members and supporters have already defeated bills to
ban public-sector dues deduction, to eliminate public-sector bargaining
entirely, and to change the tri-partite public-sector labor board to a board
made up entirely of business owners (or former business owners).
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