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February 21st workshop - Legislation, HB 474

Listed below is some of the information covered in the Feb 21 workshop session on legislation. 

Contact your legislator (NEA-NH): http://capwiz.com/nea/nh/state/main/?state=NH



Sample Letter (long form):

Dear Senator      

I am writing in opposition to House Bill 474, the “Right To Work” bill, which would reduce local control and interfere with the ability of employers and employees to settle labor agreements. This bill recently passed the House and will be making its way to the Senate in the near future.

HB 474 claims to relate to the freedom of choice on whether to join a labor union. However, the Federal Taft-Hartley Act (1947) already prohibits employees from being forced to join a union against their wishes.

This bill reduces local control by putting the legislature between public employers and their employees. HB 474 would prohibit bargaining for an agency fee clause which may require all employees to share in the costs incurred during contract negotiations.

Prohibiting an agency fee allows employees to enjoy any benefits afforded under the terms and conditions of a contract without bearing any of the responsibility for negotiating that contract.

Currently, parties must negotiate any language involving an agency fee at the local level, rather than having the state mandate those terms. I feel this decision should  remain at the local level.

Also of concern is the recent amendment to HB 474 which eliminates the duty of a public employee labor organization to represent non-members. This amendment, perhaps unintentionally, would allow for the creation of splinter groups that could needlessly complicate the collective bargaining process defined under the Public Employee Labor Relations Act.

This bill is a solution in search of a problem. This legislation does not create jobs, it does not reduce spending, and it will not increase state revenues.

I urge you to vote NO on the “Right To Work" Bill.


Sincerely,

Your Name
Your Address


Sample Letter (short form)

Dear Senator

I am writing to express my opposition to HB 474, the “Right To Work” bill which recently passed in the House.

This bill is a solution in search of a problem. This legislation does not create jobs, it does not reduce spending, and it will not increase state revenues. I urge you to vote NO on this bill.

Sincerely,

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