NH House Leaders Statement on Passage of Bill Allowing Employee/Employer Communications in Collective Bargaining

CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien and House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt today offered the following statement on the passage of House Bill 582, which injects into the collective bargaining process an opportunity for the negotiator for each party to talk directly, in a closed session, to the board of the public employer or to the employees, respectively. The benefit to the negotiating parties is that legal costs may be reduced if this direct communication breaks impasse and enables the parties to reach agreement without having to go through mediation and fact finding.

House Speaker William O’Brien

“Allowing negotiators to directly appeal to decision makers in bargaining discussions very well could jump start any stall in negotiations and help bring efficiency to the process. Avoiding costly mediation or litigation between towns and employees or school districts and employees is certainly a benefit to the taxpayers who pay their salaries. This legislation represents the efficiency in government that will be a hallmark of Republican efforts during the second half of this legislative session.”

House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt

“As stewards of taxpayers’ hard earned money, we must support policies that ensure state government is effective and efficient. Fostering better communication in collective bargaining in the public sector can only help not hurt.”