Right-to-Work Law

LFDA Editor

Under right-to-work laws, collective bargaining agreements cannot require employees to join a union.

New Hampshire has considered right-to-work many times, but a bill has never succeeded.

Supporters of right-to-work legislation claim it promotes businesses to hire employees and eliminates union intimidation.

Republican Gov. Christopher Sununu, a supporter, described its benefits this way: "In our shared efforts to grow New Hampshire’s economy and again become the region’s economic driver, it is critical that we provide for ourselves every available tool to both strengthen our workforce and attract new, thriving business opportunities. Right to Work legislation helps to realize those goals as it ensures fairness and choice for workers and signals to the business community our commitment to fostering a pro-growth environment."

Opponents believe such laws lead to lower wages and fewer benefits. As for increasing the number of jobs, many argue that New Hampshire's unemployment rate is below that of right-to-work states.

New Hampshire AFL-CIO President Mark MacKenzie said in an interview that the union environment helps stabilize and grow a workforce. He said the right-to-work law would be disruptive.

"Here's a situation where you have people who are in a bargaining unit and what they try to do then is move out of the bargaining unit, say they don't want to be a member of the union, say they don't want to contribute to an organization from which they directly benefit," MacKenzie said. "It really doesn't promote labor peace in the workplaces, and it really is disruptive overall." Under federal law, unions must fairly represent workers in a collective bargaining unit, whether they are dues-paying members of the union or not.

Right to work was among the 2017 legislative priorities for Sununu and the Republican controlled House and Senate. While the measure passed the Senate by a single vote, it failed in the House 200-117, with 32 Republicans voting against the measure.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY

Killed in the House

Right-to-Work bill that prohibits collective bargaining agreements that require employees to join or contribute to a labor union.

Killed in the House

Requires state employers to report the ratio of the number of employees paying union dues to the total number of employees.

Killed in the House

Right-to-work bill that prohibits collective bargaining agreements that require employees to join or contribute to a labor union.

In Committee

Prohibits a public employer from withholding union dues from a public employee's wages.

Interim Study

Permits an employee who is not a member of a union, but who is required to pay fees to a union, to opt to have such fees contributed to a charitable organization.

Tabled in the Senate

Right-to-Work bill that prohibits collective bargaining agreements that require employees to join or contribute to a labor union.

Tabled in the Senate

Right-to-Work bill that prohibits collective bargaining agreements that require employees to join or contribute to a labor union.

Killed in the House

Right-to-Work bill that prohibits collective bargaining agreements that require employees to join or contribute to a labor union.

Killed in the Senate

Right-to-Work bill that prohibits collective bargaining agreements that require employees to join or contribute to a labor union.

Killed in the House

Right-to-Work bill that prohibits collective bargaining agreements that require employees to join or contribute to a labor union.

Tabled in the Senate

Right-to-Work bill that prohibits collective bargaining agreements that require employees to join or contribute to a labor union.

Vetoed by Governor

Right-to-Work bill that prohibits collective bargaining agreements that require employees to join or contribute to a labor union.

Should NH pass right-to-work legislation?

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Comments

Laverne MacInnis
- Manchester

Wed, 02/24/2016 - 5:06pm

Help! The Manchester Education Association union is trying to extort an agency fee from me. I belonged to their union for years and all they did was soak me for money. They never did a thing for me - in fact every contract they've inked in the years I've worked for this district has been worse than the last one. I quit several years ago. This last contract is the worst and they are demanding an agency fee from me. I have claimed conscientious objector status and they are telling me I can't do that and are threatening to take me to court. Can someone please help me deal with these complete low lifes who only want the dues to fund their overpriced excursions to blowout parties in Washington DC and other parts of the country where they trade sob stories about how hard they work for the membership?

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Issue Status

SB 11, the Senate's right-to-work bill, passed in a party-line vote in the upper chamber in January and went to the House where it was defeated, despite the Republican majority and despite it being near the top of the GOP legislative agenda for the year. See Legislative History elsewhere on this page for details. 
 

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