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New Hampshire avoids anti-union ‘right-to-work’ law

House upholds governor’s veto by 12 votes

THE STATE OF New Hampshire narrowly defeated so-called “right-to-work” legislation Nov. 30 when the state House failed to override Democratic Gov. John Lynch’s veto. The vote was 240-139 — 12 short of the two-thirds majority needed. The override was expected to pass in the 24-member state Senate, but it never got that far. Republicans dominate the 400-member state House by almost three to one and the state Senate by 19-5.


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Two Wis. GOP state senators recalled

Democrats fall one seat short of regaining state senate

WISCONSIN VOTERS OUSTED two Republican state senators in the August 10 recall elections, one short of the number needed to put control of that house in the hands of the Democrats. Two Democratic Wisconsin state senators face recall elections next week.


L-107 honors Democratic state senators amidst Wisconsin turmoil

L-107 lodge leaders display the signatures of 14 Wisconsin state senators who le

Recall votes keep focus on anti-union aggression

MADISON, WIS., THE epicenter of the far-right’s strategy to blame unions for the nation’s economic woes, while slashing the collective bargaining rights of public workers, has held national media attention for months. And the state’s capital city continues to be a lightning rod for union solidarity.

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L-1393 members rally in Harrisburg, Pa.

Local 1393 members rally for workers’ rights

MEMBERS OF RAILROAD Local 1393 (Altoona, Pa.) rally for workers’ rights recently on the steps of the Pennsylvania capitol in Harrisburg. Across the country, union members are joining together to condemn Republican efforts to deny public workers collective bargaining rights and undermine labor unions. L. to r., Brian Chirdon, president; Bill Brubaker, chairman (Boilermakers); Bob Isenberg, vice president; Jerry Conrad, finance secretary; Tom Risbon, retired chairman (Blacksmiths); and Joe Chirdon, recording secretary.

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LEAP delegates make politics ‘local’

Local 169 BM-ST Bob Hutsell, second from right, discusses a Korean free trade ag

Lawmakers get reminder that Boilermakers vote

THE LATE TIP O’Neill, who served as Speaker of the House for 10 consecutive years, authored a book titled “All Politics Is Local.” What he meant by that statement, which he attributed to his father, was that politicians should never forget where they come from — and who their constituents are.

As Boilermakers attending the 2011 LEAP conference can attest, that is sage advice, not only for politicians, but for those who travel to Capitol Hill to lobby for their issues.

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Labor board sues Arizona over antiunion law

Employee Free Choice Act

Three other states may face NLRB suits

IF THE EMPLOYEE Free Choice Act ever became law (the legislation has been halted for now in the U.S. Congress), workers could form a union simply and quickly. All they would need is a majority of the proposed bargaining unit to sign cards. Or they could opt for a secret ballot election. However, governments in four states — all led by Republican governors and Republican-majority legislatures — have recently passed constitutional amendments to deny workers the first option, in effect heading off any future Free Choice law.

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