Slight majority oppose right-to-work in New Hampshire - 417 participants

Jan 06, 2017

Under right-to-work laws, collective bargaining agreements cannot require employees to join a union. Unions in turn are not required to represent employees that are not union members. SB 11, a bill co-sponsored by almost all of the Republican members of the New Hampshire Senate, along with several representatives, would implement such a law in New Hampshire. Read more about this issue here. On January 6, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should NH pass a right-to-work law, which would allow workers in a union shop to opt out of joining the union and paying dues?”

Should NH pass a right-to-work law?

Right to Work New Hampshire Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 981 participants gave 3,318 responses.

A total of 96% of those participating gave a ‘yes or no’ response to the question. The remaining 4% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a ‘yes or no’ response. In total, 417 individuals from New Hampshire contributed a total of 1,233 responses or reactions to this question. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said

No: A slight majority, at 57% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were opposed to passing a right-to-work law in New Hampshire.

  • “Sounds like a good idea in theory, but in practice, a weakened union leaves the workers without any leverage [to] campaign for better treatment.”
  • “No. ‘Right to work’ is right to work for less wages and poorer working conditions.”
  • “The only thing this legislation will do is take away rights on the job and income from hard working middle class workers… and give more power to corporate bosses and CEOs.”

Yes: The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 43%, were in favor of passing a right-to-work law in New Hampshire.

  • “If a company wants to hire an employee, that employee should not be obligated to join a union and have the monthly dues automatically deducted from their paycheck.”
  • “It’s time that workers have rights, not unions.”
  • “Yes. You should have the right to choose in NH.”

Other: As noted above, 4% of those participating did not give a ‘yes or no’ response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues.

  • Other possible legislation: “They should pass a law that makes contractors liable for their mistakes.”
  • Unions in New Hampshire: “In New Hampshire…the only unions are for teachers, highway workers, utility workers and some companies.”
  • Unions in general: “Union jobs aren’t necessarily good. Ask anyone on the picket line.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 


Kurt Wuelper
- Strafford

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 6:44pm

Without RTW, unions have a monopoly over workers at unionized work sites. As any monopoly tends to do, they trend toward less service to members at higher cost. With RTW, unions must constantly and continually earn the worker's support. This explains why in Indiana and Michigan union membership increased after RTW was enacted.

Related Bill

SB 11 (2017)
Bill Status: Killed in the House
Hearing date: Feb 08, 2017

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