N.H. House And Senate Considers "Right-To-Work" Bill

Feb 17, 2015

FairPoint workers in Manchester on strike.
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

  Tuesday afternoon, the state Senate Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on a bill that would make New Hampshire a so-called “Right-to-Work” state.

The bill prohibits collective bargaining agreements that require employees to join a union.

It’s a perennial issue in the state and it went as far as passing the Republican-controlled legislature in 2011. But it didn’t have enough votes to override then-Governor John Lynch’s veto.

Governor Maggie Hassan is against Right-to-Work.

Proponents argue it provides workers with greater freedom of choice while unions say it’s creates a free-rider problem that forces unionized employees who pay dues to subsidize those who don’t.

A similar bill in the House will have its first hearing Thursday in the Committee on Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services.

*Correction: An earlier version of this story suggested the Tuesday hearing was for the House bill.