All people have the natural, essential and inherent right to acquire, possess and protect their property

CONCORD, N.H.―The Natural Rights Council, which is made up of a seven-member legislative board and at least 40 other New Hampshire representatives who pride themselves in their defense of inherent rights, has decided to take a formal position in favor of the Right to Work bill (HB 474) and to make overriding the governor’s veto of the bill an organizational priority.

“According to all the ideas that made our country great, there is a clear natural right to labor and to contract without interference from a third party, such as a union,” said Rep. Andrew J. Manuse, cochairman of the Natural Rights Council. “All people should be free to choose whether or not to join a union to represent them when applying for a job to feed their families and put a roof over their heads. They should not be forced to give up a portion of their earnings to support a cause they don’t believe in.”

The Natural Rights Council has been intricately involved in most of the legislation that has gone through the House this year and has an excellent track record of helping to pass good bills that support Part 1, Article 2 of the New Hampshire Constitution and helping to defeat bills that oppose it. With the Right to Work bill, the Council will work with House and Senate leadership to ensure the rights of all workers in New Hampshire are protected and to promote a culture of job creation and economic prosperity for working families and businesses in the Granite State.

“Article 2 says that all people have the natural right to enjoy and defend their liberty; to acquire, possess and protect their property; and to seek and obtain happiness, but it also protects natural rights that aren’t specifically enumerated, such as the natural right to work for a living,” said Seth Cohn, cochairman of the Natural Rights Council. “If a person can find an employer who is willing to give him or her agreeable compensation in exchange for labor, how can a union legitimately step in the middle of that agreement and force the employee to give up part of his or her earned property? We can all agree that people have the right to associate for their own benefit, but they also have the right to not associate with a union if they believe the union is not working for their benefit. That’s what Right to Work is all about.”

Besides the important constitutional grounds for supporting Right to Work, the Natural Rights Council has identified clear evidence that this bill benefits working families in states that have passed such legislation. Right to Work states have better gross state product, better private sector employment, better per capita individual income and higher population growth rates than forced unionization states. These same benefits can be realized by New Hampshire’s working families and businesses if this bill passes.

“We ran for office to stimulate the economy by creating an environment that facilitates job growth as well as to adhere to the constitution, individual liberty, and personal responsibility,” said Mark Warden, cochairman of the Natural Rights Council. “It’s a great day in Concord when we can vote for all of these things by overriding the governor’s veto and passing the Right to Work bill.”


About The Natural Rights Council

The Natural Rights Council, formed in 2010, is a bipartisan, principle-driven coalition within the New Hampshire House committed to supporting legislation that adheres to the state constitution, defends individual rights to life, liberty and property, and ensures equal treatment under the law. The Natural Rights Council is led by Reps. Mark Warden (Goffstown), Andrew J. Manuse (Derry), Seth Cohn (Canterbury), George Lambert (Litchfield), JR Hoell (Dunbarton), Daniel Tamburello (Londonderry) and Laura Jones (Rochester). For more information on becoming a member, e-mail members@naturalrightscouncil.org or visit www.naturalrightscouncil.org.