Once again, Right to Work legislation is before our New Hampshire Legislature and I believe with Republicans in control of the House, Senate and with Governor Sununu, this important piece of legislation will pass if Republicans stick together.
On February 11, 2021 the Senate, under the leadership of Senate President Chuck Morse, passed Senate Bill 61, Right to Work, on a 13 to 11 vote. It now has come to the House which recently held a public hearing and the Labor Committee gave it a positive recommendation and it will soon be voted on and, if passed, it will be signed into law by Governor Sununu.
Simply put, the Right to Work bill would allow our private sector, hard working men and women who work for a private business that has a union, the same rights that our public sector workers have, under the 2018 Supreme Court decision, Janus v. AFSCME.
This court ruling gave the freedom to our public sector men and women, the right to decide if they want to belong to a public union, such as our Police, Fire, Teachers and State Employees Unions. They now have the right to decide if they want to join the union and pay the dues or not and SB 61 will give our private sector workers the same rights, protections and freedom to decide.
I encourage you to visit the Mackinac Center for Public Policy web-site for analysis by F. Vincent Vernuccio.
Click here for his comments on Right to Work Frequently Asked Questions, and
Click here for his assessment Right-to-work by the Numbers.
Right to Work means higher incomes, more jobs, lower unemployment for New Hampshire.
From these studies you will quickly see the advantages and many positive benefits for workers in states that have passed the Right-to-Work. Here are a few examples:
1. States that have passed Right-to-Work have higher income growth for workers.
2. Right-to-Work states have higher private sector job growth.
3. Right-to-Work states have lower unemployment.
to name a few.
For more information, go to the Americans for Prosperity Right to Work Webpage.
I would encourage all New Hampshire workers who would like more employment opportunities with higher wages and who want the same freedoms that the public employees have to look up and contact your State Representatives and call, e-mail or send a letter and tell them you want them to support and pass SB 61 the Right to Work bill.
If passed, New Hampshire will be the only state in the Northeast that will have a Right to Work law. Couple this with our state’s accomplishments such as being fiscally responsible and a state that has no Sales or Income Tax. We all enjoy “The New Hampshire Advantage”, and just recently New Hampshire was named one of the top five freest States in America to live and work in.
If Right to Work is signed into law, NH will be a magnet for businesses and workers to move to and we will be the envy of the entire Northeast States.
If my prediction is correct and Right to Work passes, we can engrave “The New Hampshire Advantage” into our rock-solid Granite forever and our hard working, men and women will be the beneficiaries.
SB 61 passed the NH Senate and the House Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services Committee.
The final step is a vote in the NH House of Representatives.
Contact your Representatives and urge them to vote for SB 61.
Click here to find contact information for your Representatives and Senator.
Click here for SB 61 status. Click here to read the text of SB61.
Posted by GST Chairman Ray Chadwick