New Hampshire Will Not Be A 'Right-to-Work' State

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Republican presidential candidates lying about New Hampshire's right-to-work law and similar laws elsewhere in the country.

The New Hampshire state House of Representatives failed Wednesday to override Gov. John Lynch's veto of legislation that would've made the state a so-called "right-to-work" state. The assault on workers' rights was vetoed by the governor in May after it passed the Republican-led legislature, but House Speaker William O'Brien led efforts to override the veto. The vote was 240-139, short of the two-thirds needed for the override to be successful.

O'Brien engaged in a campaign to override the veto that used numerous dirty tricks to try to push forward the anti-worker agenda:

Since May, O’Brien has scheduled then delayed votes multiple times and tried to hold surprise legislative sessions, all in an effort to catch Democrats and Republicans who supported the veto off guard and unable to attend and cast their votes.

New Hampshire AFL-CIO President Mark MacKenzie sent out the following comment via a press release from the national AFL-CIO:

Today, 130 elected representatives in the House stood with ironworkers, teachers, nurses and firefighters to sustain Governor Lynch’s veto of the so-called right-to-work law. Their vote is a clear signal to all of our elected leaders, in New Hampshire and elsewhere, that attacking the rights of everyday Americans isn’t the key to economic prosperity.

The working family champions in the House proved today that the will of the people takes precedent over political game playing with the livelihoods of their constituents. Rather than bowing to months of public and private pressure from Speaker O’Brien, Republican members of the House sided with all House Democrats against a law pushed by the Tea Party and out-of-state groups such as Americans for Prosperity. And they rebuffed the Speaker’s blatant political ploy to drag the Republican presidential primary candidates into the debate over right-to-work.

The working men and women urge Speaker O’Brien to take the will of the people into account and focus on jobs, not political attacks, in the next legislative session.

Big victory for New Hampshire, now if we can repeal these laws in other states...


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