To The Daily Sun,
One of the first items on the current General Court’s list is to determine whether or not New Hampshire should have a Right to Work. This writer is against RTW. The title of this act is a misnomer. As one reads this act, there is no statement of any kind that discusses a person’s actual “right to work.”
One assumes by its title that work is a given right in this state. This would mean anyone could claim they have a right to be governor of this state; the governor would no longer be an elected position. Can one imagine some 100,000 governors of this state? But the title says we “have a right to work.”
Efficiency is the hallmark of collective bargaining. We simply cannot negotiate two groups of employees, union member or not. This would add an administrative nightmare to the bargaining process. The contents of this act actually means the “THE RIGHT TO FREELOAD,” a concept developed in a U.S. Steel newsletter. RTW means everyone can get their benefits negotiated for free. This act does NOT indicate anything related to a right to work.
This act attempts to weaken unions and destroy the rights of workers. The act does not provide for the benefits, wages, pensions, as well as health benefits for the hard-working workers/employees and their families. The purpose of the fair share contributions is sharing the costs associated with negotiations. One can then exercise their option to become a full member of the union to enjoy the multiple benefits full membership provides. No one is forced to become a member of the union! The union works hard to ensure its clients receive the best quality wages, benefits, and ensure worker safety (both physical and mental) in the workplace, as well as defend clients when their rights have been compromised.
All employees and workers of the State of New Hampshire, along with their respective supervisors that are covered by fair share to receive essential benefits, protect worker’s rights; to conserve their health, safety, and well being, in and outside the work place, and at home.
It is a known fact, that states that already of RTW laws in place do not fare well in their economies as compared to New Hampshire. Higher minimum wage rates show that these impact positively upon the local as well as state wide economies. It is also a known fact that where RTW is not in place, rates of unemployment are much lower than other states such as right here in New Hampshire (which has one of the lowest rates of unemployment in this U.S.). Arguments stating that RTW will improve the economy in this state is false. The reverse occurs.
Unions, in general significantly improved the well being of all workers. Without unions, workers will have a lower quality of life than they enjoy now. Wages would be far less, benefits would not exist. Unions help to promote the economies, not detract from them. Better benefits also draw more applicants for employment as well as a higher caliber of quality workers. Companies that consider relocation here often do not include RTW conditions. Better transportation network, physical conditions, as well as a higher grade of the workforce are what businesses seek. Businesses want a better educated work force. Unionization creates a happier workforce and a better productive environment. A productive workforce improves and not worsens the economy! Unions strengthen, along with the other variables, our economy here and nationwide. Unions also help provide a stronger and stable tax revenue as well.
Bernie Sanders has said we need to strengthen our work force. The 1 percent must provide for as well as reward its workforce that made the 1 percent wealthy. Their responsibility is reward these employees. The unions strengthen that responsibility that results in the better workforce, not worse.
Those who seek this RTW are those are supported by this 1 percent group that thrives on the backs of New Hampshire’s workers today. Our unions work hard to thwart this demeaning of labor. RTW will return our economy back to the feudal era where the rich simply control their labor force with threats, loss of pay, lowering of pay, and not providing for the families of their workforce. Please tell your legislators and senators to not approve this bill. You and your family’s worker’s rights, health, safety, and welfare are at stake.
Robert T. Joseph Jr.
Political Education Member for SEUI/SEA
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