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.