Bob Bruce for Executive Council (District 4) Press release on Right to Work

Bob Bruce For Executive Council (District 4)

Contact: Bob Bruce

Monday, February 20, 2006

Candidate for Executive Council, Bob Bruce Opposes HB 1496/SB 247, the proposed “right-to-work” laws.

On Friday, February 17, 2006 Bob Bruce spoke to the Labor Committee in Concord in opposition to HB1496/SB 247
the proposed “Right to Work laws.

Bob’s Comments to the committee follow:

My name is Bob Bruce, I’m from Candia, and I oppose the Right to Work Law.

I am not a union employee, though I come from a union family.

RTW is wrong for New Hampshire, wrong for our economy, and wrong for NH Employees.

Every year this bill comes up, driven by an out of state entity.

I along with most people I Know are tired of organizations from another state coming up here to tell us that they know better than we do, what is best for OUR state,  our Economy and our workers.

There is no need for "Right to work" laws. No one can be forced to join a union. The Supreme Court already answered this in Communication Workers of America vs. Beck.

The Communications Workers of America vs. Beck states that employees not wishing to join a union need only pay dues and fees directly associated with the negotiation and administration of the labor contract, because these are the monetary fees that they garner benefit from. This right is provided in Section 8(a)(3) of the National Labor Relations Act.

If I go to work for a union shop and I don’t want to join that union that is my business, no one Else’s, but I should still expect to pay my fair share for their representation.

In the late 70’s, I worked for one of the only non-union airlines, Our wages, benefits and training were always equal to or better than what the other airlines were paying their union employees, so that we would stay put and not move to the other airlines.

So in effect the unions did represent me in a roundabout way.  Without them our pay would have been much lower, our training and benefits would have been almost non-existent.

Our Economy in New Hampshire is Strong, Let’s keep it that way,

I ask you to vote NO on  HB1496 / SB247.

Bob Bruce is a Husband, Father and Grandfather, a Vietnam-Era Naval Veteran; Former Police Officer, Former Firefighter and Veteran's Counselor. Bob has also worked in both Military and Civilian Aviation; and is currently a Test Engineer in the Data Storage Field.

Bob Lives in Candia, NH with his wife Carol.