February 13, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Concord, NH – The New Hampshire state House will vote Feb. 16 on a bill to outlaw the union shop that the Senate passed narrowly last month.
While Republicans have a 226-174 majority, not all GOP legislators are behind the bill. “A lot of people don’t feel that it’s necessary,” Rep. Martin Bove told WMUR-TV in Manchester. “I know one of the arguments is that it would help jobs, but right now, we’re looking for people.” House Speaker Shawn Jasper says he strongly supports the bill, but has been accused by some far-right groups of not being zealous enough. “We’re looking at the political realities, but trying to work to do everything we can to be supportive of it and to get the bill to pass,” he said. Gov. Chris Sununu has said he would enthusiastically sign it, claiming it “isn’t about getting rid of unions.” Meanwhile, Senate Minority Leader Jeff Woodburn called the bill “punitive politics, a template of national, fringe issues that have become more mainstream in the Republican Party” that would be “bad for New Hampshire” and make it harder for workers to organize. Read more