National Right to Work Issues Statement on NH Senate Passing Right to Work Bill
The New Hampshire Senate’s passage of a NH Right to Work bill is a welcome first step toward freeing Granite State workers from compulsory unionism
Springfield, VA (January 19, 2017) – Today, Mark Mix, President of the National Right to Work Committee, issued the following statement regarding the New Hampshire Senate’s passage of Senate Bill 11, the New Hampshire Right to Work Bill, by a vote of 12-11:
“This is a great day for hardworking New Hampshirites. The Senate’s support and passage of the New Hampshire Right to Work Bill is an important step in the hard-fought battle to end compulsory unionism in the Granite State and make New Hampshire America’s next Right to Work state.
“A New Hampshire Right to Work law would free tens of thousands of Granite State workers from being forced to pay a union boss just to keep a job and feed their families. The law would also provide a much needed economic boost for New Hampshire.
“A New Hampshire Right to Work law would not prevent any worker from joining a union; it would only prevent union bosses from forcing workers to pay a union fee as a condition of employment.
“Now that the Senate has taken the lead in passing S.B. 11, it’s time for the New Hampshire House of Representatives to stand up to Big Labor’s intimidation tactics and send Right to Work to Governor Sununu’s desk for his signature.
“The time is now for New Hampshire to be the first state in New England to join the 27 other states with Right to Work laws. It’s time that no New Hampshire worker is required to pay any union dues or fees just to get or keep a job.”
Passage of a New Hampshire Right to Work law would make New Hampshire the sixth state in the past five years to outlaw forced unionism. Indiana (2012), Michigan (2013), Wisconsin (2015), West Virginia (2016) and Kentucky (2017) have all recently passed Right to Work laws.
The National Right to Work Committee, established in 1955, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, single-purpose citizens’ organization dedicated to the principle that all Americans must have the right to join a union if they choose to, but none should ever be forced to affiliate with a union in order to get or keep a job. Its web address is nrtwc.org.