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  • I Stand With New Hampshire Working Families

    Even as New Hampshire’s economy continues to recover, hard working, middle class families across the Granite State are struggling to keep up with the rising cost of living. Today, fewer than 1-in-3 New Hampshire residents expects to be better off financially in 2015.1 Among the fastest growing employment opportunities in the Granite State, nearly two-thirds of job openings are in low-wage occupations.2 Child poverty in our state increased from 9% in 2003 to 16% in 2012.3 And for the past six years, New Hampshire citizens have ranked “jobs and the economy” as by far the most important problem facing the state.4

    New Hampshire AFL-CIO invites all 2014 candidates for elected office to stand with Granite State working families by pledging to support policies that will raise wages, promote equal pay, invest in education, make college more affordable and protect middle class jobs.


    References:
    1.  UNH Survey Center, April 2014
    2.  Employment Projections by Industry and Occupation,NH Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, June 2014
    3.  Annie E. Casey Foundation, 2014 Kids Count Data Book
    4.  UNH Survey Center, Granite State Poll, July 2014


  • Stop Everything Now!

    This is a petition that asks Congress to stop everything now.
    because they suck.

  • Lame Duck Session

    Congress is facing a budget showdown after the election. Our representatives will have to choose between tax cuts for the richest 2%, or jobs and economic security for the rest of us.

    The choice should be clear. President Bush’s tax giveaways for the richest 2% didn’t create any jobs and were an outrageous waste of money. They will cost us $1 trillion over the next 10 years. Yet cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid remain on the table.

    Please send a message to Congress to tell Frank Guinta and Charlie Bass that you oppose any attempts to sacrifice Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid in the lame duck session.

  • Congressman Bass, Stop Rewarding Companies for Outsourcing

    Outsourcing and offshoring have a stranglehold on our economy. New Hampshire lost the highest percentage of jobs in the nation to China in the last ten years.  Yet corporations still receive a tax deduction when they move jobs overseas. That isn't right.

    The Bring Jobs Home Act would eliminate this loophole and start to reward real job creators. Please take a moment to sign this petition to tell Congressman Bass that we can't afford to continue bankrolling corporate outsourcing.

  • Congressman Guinta, Stop Rewarding Companies for Outsourcing American Jobs

    Outsourcing and offshoring have a stranglehold on our economy. New Hampshire lost the highest percentage of jobs in the nation to China in the last ten years.  Yet corporations still receive a tax deduction when they move jobs overseas. That isn't right.

    The Bring Jobs Home Act would eliminate this loophole and start to reward real job creators. Please take a moment to sign this petition to tell Congressman Guinta that we can't afford to bankroll corporate outsourcing. Petitions will be delivered to Congressman Guinta's Manchester office on July 10th.

  • Salsa Staff Test - Targeting

    Enough is enough. It’s time for Speaker O’Brien to admit just how much he knew about his own majority leader faking an internship for his law degree – and whether O’Brien really did try to cover it up.

    Having his second-in-command commit fraud is bad enough. But covering for him?

    Please, help us bring integrity back to New Hampshire’s state government by asking Attorney General Michael Delaney to investigate O'Brien's involvement in the Bettencourt scandal. We're asking the Attorney General to investigate these three questions:

    1) Did Speaker O'Brien know about Rep. Bettencourt's fabricated internship prior to his meeting with the representative who sponsored the internship?

    2) Was it unlawful for O'Brien to allow Bettencourt to cover up the reasons for his resignation?



    3) Did Speaker O'Brien offer Bettencourt a job knowing that Bettencourt had committed fraud and might be forced to resign from his House post?

  • Come clean, Mr. Speaker

    Enough is enough. It's time for Speaker O'Brien to admit just how much he knew about his own majority leader faking an internship for his law degree - and whether O'Brien really did try to cover it up?

    Having his second-in-command commit fraud is bad enough. But covering for him?

    Please, help us bring integrity back to New Hampshire's state government by asking Attorney General Michael Delaney to investigate O'Brien's involvement in the Bettencourt scandal. We're asking the Attorney General to investigate these three questions:

    1) Did Speaker O'Brien know about Rep. Bettencourt's fabricated internship prior to his meeting with the representative who sponsored the internship?

    2) Was it unlawful for O'Brien to allow Bettencourt to cover up the reasons for his resignation?

    3) Did Speaker O'Brien offer Bettencourt a job knowing that Bettencourt had committed fraud and might be forced to resign from his House post?

  • Don't let Bill O'Brien speak for you!

    Speaker O’Brien might say he’s all about jobs, but we know what that really means. He’s spent the last two years launching attempt after attempt to take away rights from Granite Staters like you. Don't let Bill O'Brien speak for you - tell your state legislators to oppose any of his attempts to extend his stay in the House leadership.

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  • RTW redux
  • TAKE ACTION: Tell your legislators to support Granite Staters, vote NO on HB 474
  • Tell your legislators: "Stand up for working families on Oct. 12"
  • APPLICATION FOR GOOD JOBS FOR THE GRANITE STATE

    New Hampshire is at risk of losing thousands of living wage jobs with good benefits due to irresponsible state budget cuts to education, essential services, and health care funding. Tell New Hampshire House leaders and House Speaker Bill O'Brien that Granite State communities and working families need good jobs, now.

    Submit your Application for Good Jobs for the Granite State today.

    Thank you for taking action to support working families and fight back against reckless legislative attacks on New Hampshire's middle class.

    Yours in solidarity -

    Judy

    Judy Stadtman
    Community Organizer
    NH AFL-CIO & The Protect NH Families Coalition


  • Tell your legislators to support New Hampshire families

    NH House Speaker O’Brien and his political allies have vowed they will take up their reckless agenda to destroy good jobs, raise healthcare costs in the Granite State, and cut safety net programs for our neediest this fall. There's even a chance that they could bring up Right to Work this Wednesday.

    New Hampshire needs smart strategies for keeping our communities strong - not Right to Work.

    We beat them back last summer - and we can beat them back again. Write your legislators and urge them to oppose Right to Work for less this fall.

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    The NH State House should be open and transparent – Speaker O’Brien needs to give at least 48 hours notice before the HB 474 veto vote!

     

    NH Speaker of the House Bill O’Brien promised to hold the veto vote on HB 474* – a bill that attacks workers and jeopardizes middle class families – on Wednesday, May 25.

     

    But when the day came, Speaker O’Brien realized he didn’t have enough support for his extreme anti-worker agenda so he decided to play politics and postpone the vote until the time and place of his choosing.

     

    Call on Speaker O’Brien to tell us when the veto vote will happen.

  • Help Stop "Right To Work For Less"

    Last week, Governor Lynch vetoed HB 474, also known as the falsely-labeled “right-to-work” legislation.

    Despite overwhelming opposition to this anti-worker legislation, politicians in Concord will be taking a vote, attempting to override Governor Lynch’s veto, restricting the rights of employers and workers in New Hampshire to freely negotiate contracts.

    We need to get 1/3 of the house to vote against the override and sustain the veto. This is going to be an extremely close vote, and with your help, we can win!

    Fill out the simple form below to write your senator and representative, urging them to oppose this attack on New Hampshire families!

  • Stop Corporate Attacks on New Hampshire Workers

    A so-called "right to work" bill is being pushed in New Hampshire by out-of-state corporate CEOs who want to eliminate workers' rights.

    Corporate CEOs have been trying to pass this legislation unsuccessfully here in New Hampshire for many years. But this time, this bare-knuckled attack on workers' rights already has passed the House. The Senate is our last line of defense.

    Please contact your New Hampshire state senator right now. If you can, please take a moment to personalize your message.

  • Help Protect NH Working Families!


    Help Protect NH Working Families!
    This is a critical moment. New Hampshire's middle-class men and women are
    under attack by corporate CEOs and out-of-state special interests.

    We're asking you to take an extra minute to write an individual electronic
    letter to your New Hampshire Senator because it will have a more powerful
    impact on this critical fight than a form letter. It can be brief: even one
    or two sentences is OK.

    In your letter, tell your Senator to focus on creating jobs and to VOTE "NO"
    on H.B. 474, which is an attack on working families.


    Here are some talking points that may help you write your letter to your New
    Hampshire Senator:

    House Bill 474 isn't about rights, and it's not about work. It's about
    weakening middle-class families and unions as political payback to the CEOs
    who financed the campaigns of some state politicians.

    Corporate CEOs spent millions in New Hampshire to elect politicians who
    share their agenda.

    State representatives should be focusing on creating jobs and ending
    outsourcing. But House Bill 474 will drive down wages, decrease safety and
    restrict the freedom of workers to join together and stand up to the CEOs.

    If working people can't join together in unions, attacks on the middle class
    will go unanswered, and it be will harder for all of us to win better wages
    and benefits, job security and safer workplaces. Increased patient-loads for
    nurses, use of risky contractors for important construction projects and
    dangerous cuts to police and firefighting forces are just some of the safety
    threats that could result.

    This is politics as usual-the same old fight between politicians. Enough is
    enough. It's time to create jobs instead of playing politics.  Our
    representatives need to vote NO on House Bill 474.


  • Thank You letter

    Use this form to submit and email message to the State Representatives in your district who voted against HB 474, "The Right To Work" Bill.

    You can use the pre-written message or create your own. Below is the pre-written message:

    I wanted to thank you for you opposition to HB 474, the so-called Right To Work (for less) bill.  I know that members of the New Hampshire House have received a great deal of input from constituents.  For me this issue is an emotional one, but the facts are straightforward.  People cannot be forced to join a union or pay union dues.  Unions can negotiate a union security clause that requires everyone who receives the benefits of the collective bargaining agreement to pay their fair share.

    This legislation as amended has created more confusion in public sector bargaining law and will ultimately undermine collective bargaining and I do not support the amendment or the legislation. I will continue to oppose HB 474.

    Once again I want to say thank you for your support.

     Sincerely,
    (your name and address)

     

     

  • Contact the State House and Say NO to HB 474!

    The middle class and working families is under attack by out-of-state special interests.  We need to call the State House and tell them to focus on creating jobs -- not attacking working families. 

  • Help Protect NH Working Familie!


    In the coming months the New Hampshire Legislature is considering a variety of  legislation to make New Hampshire that will effect NH Working Families.  They are working to roll back health care reform, reduce retirement benefits, eliminate the state minimum wage, and roll back collective bargaining laws. They are even working hard to pass the same old legislation that has failed year after year; "Right To Work" (FOR LESS).

    We need you and everyone you know to help protect NH working families.  You can start by signing this petition to join with us and receive the latest information about decisions being made at the NH State House.

    Let's all tell our Representatives that we want them to focus on creating GOOD Jobs that allow us to retire, be healthy, be safe on the job, and earn a living so we can take care of our families!


     

  • Help Protect NH Working Families!

    In the coming months the New Hampshire Legislature is considering a variety of  legislation that will effect NH Working Families.  They are working to roll back health care reform, reduce retirement benefits, eliminate the state minimum wage, and roll back collective bargaining laws. They are even working hard to pass the same old legislation that has failed year after year; "Right To Work" (FOR LESS).

    We need you and everyone you know to help protect NH working families.  You can start by signing this petition to join with us and receive the latest information about decisions being made at the NH State House.

    Let's all tell our Representatives that we want them to focus on creating GOOD Jobs that allow us to retire, be healthy, be safe on the job, and earn a living so we can take care of our families!