N.H. lawmakers kill ‘right-to-work’ bill
In spite of aggressive lobbying efforts by Republican Gov. Chris Sununu, New Hampshire failed to become the so-called “right-to-work” state as lawmakers voted 200 to 177 to the kill the measure.
The union-targeting legislation was supported by Gov. Sununu but many fellow Republicans voted against it, arguing that it would weaken unions and hurt workers. The Republican-led state Senate had passed the measure last month.
The measured was designed to prohibit unions from charging any sort of fees from nonmembers for the costs of their representation. While supporters said it would make the state more business friendly by increasing worker freedom, opponents kept arguing that it would hurt the state’s economy.
Following the measure’s collapse, the governor said, “While it is clear that some House members did not understand this opportunity to unleash the untapped potential of our economy, I know that we can continue to work collaboratively on initiatives that will drive new business into the state.”
Of 223 House Republicans, 32 bucked the new governor, exposing a significant split on an issue that has long been part of the Republican platform.
New Hampshire lawmakers have debating the controversial “right to work” issue since the 1980s. In 2011, a similar measure was vetoed by a Democratic governor, and Republicans couldn’t muster enough votes to override that veto.
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