NH Senate To Small Towns: You Lose!

Big City Labor Shoves It To The Small Towns

Not many regular folk can follow what is going on in behind the scenes in Concord but you will soon feel the pinch. Liberal Democrats are paying off Big Labor by offering them the double plum of reducing the minimum number of public employees, now ten, it takes to form a union, to only three.



An “Evergreen Clause” written into State Statute.


Now Selectmen in small towns will have to negotiate with big labor unions over such things as police road crew labor costs. And control of the number of employees appears to be coming out of current law as well.

Nice! It won't cost the big city liberals, Sen. Gottesman, Dist 12; Sen. DeVries, Dist 18; Sen. D'Allesandro, Dist 20 one dime.

Wait until voters in NH find out that liberal Democrats in Concord are taxing and regulating the daylights out of them!

So this is the “change” they campaigned on? I don't remember this promise - to the public. Sounds like someone made private "pledge" to the unions!

Below is a part of the Senate Bill with underlined words coming out of the bill and italics going in.


In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Seven

AN ACT relative to public employee terms of employment, bargaining units, and dispute resolution.

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

1 Definitions. Amend RSA 273-A:1, XI to read as follows:

XI. “Terms and conditions of employment’’ means wages, hours, and other conditions of employment, including matters directly related to safety considerations, other than managerial policy within the exclusive prerogative of the public employer, or confided exclusively to the public employer by statute or regulations adopted pursuant to statute. The phrase “managerial policy within the exclusive prerogative of the public employer’’ shall be construed to include but shall not be limited to the functions, programs and methods of the public employer, including the use of technology, the public employer’s organizational structure, and the selection, direction [and number] of its personnel, so as to continue public control of governmental functions.

2 Determining Bargaining Unit. Amend RSA 273-A:8, I to read as follows:

I. The board or its designee shall determine the appropriate bargaining unit and shall certify the exclusive representative thereof when petitioned to do so under RSA 273-A:10. In making its determination the board should take into consideration the principle of community of interest. The community of interest may be exhibited by one or more of the following criteria, although it is not limited to such:

(a) Employees with the same conditions of employment;

(b) Employees with a history of workable and acceptable collective negotiations;

(c) Employees in the same historic craft or profession;

(d) Employees functioning within the same organizational unit.

In no case shall the board certify a bargaining unit of less than [10] 3 employees with the same community of interest. [For purposes of this section, probationary employees shall be counted to satisfy the 10 employee minimum requirement. In no case shall such probationary employees vote in any election conducted under the provisions of this chapter to certify an employee organization as the exclusive representative of a bargaining unit.]

3 New Paragraph; Resolution of Disputes. Amend RSA 273-A:12 by inserting after paragraph VI the following new paragraph:

VII. If the impasse is not resolved at the time of the expiration of the parties’ agreement, the terms of the collective bargaining agreement shall continue in force and effect, including but not limited to the continuation of any pay plan included in the agreement, until a new agreement shall be executed.

4 Effective Date. This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.

The Liberal Democrats just can't be trusted.