Thursday, February 23, 2006

Senate Committee Denies Anti-Worker Bill, Calls for Extensive Amendments

Decision Allows Workers to Continue to Live Free in New Hampshire
In a surprising move yesterday, the anti-worker lobby in New Hampshire was dealt a significant blow in the state legislature when the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee agreed to radically amend SB 247, the proposed "Right to Work" bill. Rather than helping people to get a job, as the name suggests, this legislation is intended to strip New Hampshire workers of their rights and their benefits.
While the original legislation was nothing more than an attack on workers, the amended version of SB 247 now proposes that the state of New Hampshire take a hard look at the rising cost of health care. In order to continue to push this legislation, big business interests will have to accept exposing their own complicity in the massive shift of health care costs from the employer to employee.
"The members of this key committee sent a clear message yesterday," said Dave Laughton, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 633 in Manchester. "With these amendments, the New Hampshire Senate is signaling that it is not interested in passing legislation that weakens the voice of our workers."
"From New Hampshire to New Mexico, the Teamsters will continue to fight any bill that weakens the rights of workers or makes it easier for unscrupulous businesses to take away their benefits," said Jim Hoffa, Teamsters General President. "Anti-worker groups think they can implement their national plan one state at a time, but the Teamsters will be there every time to oppose them."
Founded in 1903, the Teamsters Union represents more than 1.4 million hardworking men and women in the United States and Canada.

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