New Hampshire Considers Collective Bargaining Ban
The war over public employee collective bargaining has moved to New Hampshire, where the Tea Party-controlled legislature has taken up consideration of a bill banning collective bargaining in the state.
The state House Labor Committee is hearing testimony Thursday regarding a package of bills that local labor leaders consider the latest in a series of attacks on public employees. Among these are bills to prohibit collective bargaining among public employees, a bill to prohibit the collection of union dues from wages and a bill eliminating lunch breaks for workers. The bills follow a contentious debate over right-to-work legislation in the Granite State that resulted in the legislature narrowly sustaining Gov. John Lynch's (D) veto in early December.
"We had a drawn out right-to-work fight," said Mark Mackenzie, president of the New Hampshire AFL-CIO. "We have a group that is not in favor of organized labor. They see the second part of the session to focus on their ideological views of labor."