BY: Citizens Count
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 a ‘Right to Work Act’ in New Hampshire.
Supporters of right-to-work legislation claim it promotes businesses to hire employees and eliminates union intimidation, giving workers greater freedom of choice.
Opponents believe such laws lead to lower wages and fewer benefits, arguing that right-to-work laws are really designed to undermine the bargaining power of unions. They also note that New Hampshire's unemployment rate is below that of states that have already passed right-to-work laws.
Do you think NH should pass a right-to-work law? Join the discussion on Facebook, and we’ll present your opinions as testimony at the legislative public hearing on SB 11, to be held by the Senate Commerce Committee on Tuesday, January 10th. Only comments from NH residents will be counted, so please indicate if you are from NH in your response.
Learn more about right-to-work laws at our issue page.
UPDATE: Read our Citizen Voices℠ report and find out where New Hampshire stands on this issue.