JIM COBURN CALLS ON LYNCH TO LEAD ON STATE WORKERS' UNION IMPASSE

For Immediate Release

August17th 2006

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JIM COBURN CALLS ON LYNCH TO LEAD ON STATEWORKERS’ UNION IMPASSE

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Concord , NH – Surrounded by dozens of disgruntled state employees gathered in protest at the statehouse, Jim Coburn called on Governor Lynch to prevent the withdrawal of money from the paychecks of non-union workers until they could be assured that the deductions are both legal and fair. Coburn stressed this is an issue of choice for workers and not an issue about the merits of good employees who choose to join or not join the state employees’ union.

“A group of non-union employees came to me looking for answers they are not getting from the Governor’s office. These folks are simply looking for an explanation of why, without their consent, money is to be taken out of their paychecks and given to a private interest group, the union,” Coburn stated in this call for action from the Governor. “The Governor is the CEO of the state, yet John Lynch has refused to communicate with his employees on this subject. He has pushed this burden onto the department heads forcing them to explain these deductions without a message from the chief executive. In fact, when employees questioned the Governor’s office directly they, and their questions were directed to the State Employees Association. As chief executive it is theGovernor’s job to respond to these employees, and react to their concerns, this is why I am calling on John Lynch to issue an executive order to halt any deductions from non-union workers until all of their concerns are addressed.”