New Hampshire House kills right-to-work bill

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For the second time in three years, right-to-work legislation has gone down to defeat, 212-141, in the New Hampshire House of Representatives. The bill killed today, like the bill in 2011, would have prohibited employers and labor organizations from including fees for non-union members in collective bargaining agreements.

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Opponents argue that right-to-work is little more than a political power grab that does nothing to generate jobs or help the middle class, and in fact drives down both union and non-union wages. Educators, labor organizations, firefighters, small business owners and workers rights groups prepared for this year’s right-to-work legislative push by banding together months before the 2012 elections to help elect a pro-education and pro-worker governor and state legislators.

The state Senate tabled similar legislation last year.

New Hampshire is one of  eight states this year where extremist state legislators and corporate backers are moving so-called right-to-work legislation.

Read more from today’s New Hampshire Union Leader

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  1. We are being asked to capitulate to downward pressure on wages exerted on the middle class workforce since the advent of offshoring jobs to exploit cheap labor abroad for a larger profit margin for our “multinationals” who are experiencing record gains by selling this cheap crap at Wal-Mart,

    I believe that if our offshoring corporations want to employ sweatshops (China- $1.36/hr. avg. wage) to increase their profit margin AND then want access to our still potent, but rapidly declining middle class consumer market they’ve abandoned, our government, to keep USA capital from being funneled OUT OF the massive USA middle class consumer and INTO China (China’s economy draws even with that of the mighty USA in just 12 years since their admittance into the WTO, and the deep pockets of our plutocratic class, needs to do some clever maneuvering to balance our solvency (an issue that I believe has become a matter of national security) with the potential for trade wars or worse. Otherwise we will continue to bleed a slow death as capital, to sustain our consumer market and fund our government, gushes out like blood from a severed artery (sorry for the melodramatic analogy).

    For an example of a possible balancing act, consider Germany. They impose a 19% tariff on imports (except some ag. and raw materials) as well as a VAT (depending on how much of a product was manufactured/assembled inside and outside Germany) to protect their vital industrial base and keep worker wages high; a wage that the German populous pumps back into the economy to sustain a decent GDP. We don’t do that here and it shows.

    Why? Because that would upset the gravy train for our plutocrats who are realizing fabulous profit margins (and loophole subsidies from the USA tax code) from the lucrative business of offshoring production and then importing these cheap goods, made at pennies on the dollar, rolling up on our shores daily in Maersk freighters (capacity: 2.2 million train car sized “containers”), tariff free ($600 BILLION/yr. trade deficits for 10 yrs. and counting) to soak the USA and fleece an increasingly dependent middle class running low on disposable income to purchase higher priced, Made In USA.

    Even Wall Street has succumbed to (an addictive analogy) a dependence on the Chinese derivatives to fund the kind of returns on investments that prop up our retirement pensions, 401k’s and other investments that make them an integral part of our financial survival and solvency, which has gigantic implications for our sovereignty.

    That our insulated plutocratic class, sitting in board rooms with their executive teams and board of trustees, champions of the free market and disciples of blind capitalism have no allegiance to the USA may be the reality, but if they wish to enjoy the benefits that accompany a USA address, as well as access to our consumer market, I believe they can cast their lot with their nation of origin, place their shoulder strenuously to the wheel and chip in with the arduous task of bringing America the Beautiful, land of opportunity, to solvency.

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